Vinny Basciano Wins His Nickname!

Former (or current) official Bonanno crime family boss Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano looks worthy of the nickname he so despised.

Longtime reader/commenter David Gizewski sent us the photo. Thank you, David.

Former (or current) official Bonanno crime family boss Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano, above, is looking worthy of the nickname he so despised.

Longtime reader/commenter David Gizewski sent us the photo. Thank you, David.

He requested that we post it with the following quote:

"It's not about being a rat or loyalty.
It's about being a man. 11 years in solitary confinement and still smiling."

Vinny Gorgeous actually has something to smile about: his release from Colorado's Supermax prison.

As noted in August 2015, he was relocated to the high-security prison facility on the same compound.

"Better than the hellhole Supermax prison in Colorado... where ex-Bonanno crime boss Vincent (Vinny Gorgeous) Basciano had been rotting since 2011 after he was convicted of racketeering and murder. Basciano, 55, was recently sprung from the most infamous prison in the nation to a high-security facility located on the same 31-acre compound in Florence, Colo., the Daily News has learned. The exact date of the transfer is unclear," the Post noted.

"Vinny B" was convicted in 2011 of ordering a mob murder and was also suspected of drawing up a hit list while awaiting a separate racketeering and murder trial. Brooklyn Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis, a federal prosecutor and cooperating witnesses were included on the list, which Basciano insisted wasn't a hit list. Basciano was convicted in the second trial, but he was not formally charged for writing the list of names.
Basciano is serving two life sentences.

"Now, the special administration measures ordered by the attorney general that kept Basciano in almost total isolation in the prison’s notorious “H Block” are history. So is the 23-hour-a-day confinement to a cell," noted the Post.
Sources told the Post's John Marzulli that Basciano apparently had successfully "graduated" from a Supermax “step-down program,” which rewards good behavior with a transfer to a less-restrictive prison.

“Inmates who continue to demonstrate positive institutional adjustment for 12 months are referred for transfer to another facility,” according to documents on the bureau website.
Basciano will be able to mingle with other inmates, room with a bunkmate and play sports. And if Basciano stays out of trouble, it's possible he'd eventually be moved to a penitentiary closer to his family in the Bronx.
Supermax, the concept... The federal Bureau of Prison’s highest security lock-up is the Colorado Supermax, where prisoners of the U.S.'s war on terror are housed. Mobsters are known to be occasionally housed in Supermax prisons, unfairly in our opinion.
John Gotti and Vinny B are two names.

British “shoe bomber” Richard Reid is held there. Omar Abdel-Rahman, jailed for conspiracy after the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, is also believed to be an inmate.
Ramzi Yousef, also implicated in the 1993 plot, is also behind bars at the institution known for its harsh conditions.
Abdel-Rahman, also known as the blind sheik, has been transferred to a minimum security facility in Butner, North Carolina due to failing health. He is in the same institution as Bernie Madoff.

The U.S. government uses the abbreviation ADX for the Florence supermax. ADX stands for Administrative Maximum Security.

Built in 1994 at a cost of about $60 million, ADX Florence is said to be equipped with 1,400 remote-controlled steel doors, motion detectors, pressure pads and gun towers with perfect sightlines across the complex.

Tightly controlled and technologically advanced, such facilities are designed for the most dangerous and disruptive prisoners – and have been a source of controversy for many years.

Also read: Basciano's Attorneys Take Their Defense From 'The Godfather'

Solitary confinement is an almost permanent way of life, with ADX Florence’s 400-or-so prisoners locked in spartan cells for at least 23 hours each day.

An hour each day can be spent in a concrete-walled recreation yard.

A typical “Supermax” cell’s furniture – bed, desk, stool – is made from poured concrete.

The cells are equipped with showers that run on a timer, and a toilet that shuts off if plugged. Meals are delivered to inmates in their cells to restrict interaction. Each cell also is equipped for 24-hour video and audio surveillance.