5 federal prisons that you should pray you never go to

United States Penitentiary-Atlanta, Georgia

United States Penitentiary-Atlanta, Georgia(Photo Source: BOP.gov)
United States Penitentiary-Atlanta (Photo source: BOP.gov)

This prison is a sprawling medium security complex located 20 minutes from downtown Atlanta. Neighbors in the area during the mid 1980s told tales of prisoners easily buying liquor and cigarettes in the community and returning to the prison at night. In 1987, a massive influx of Cubans seeking refugee status flooded the United States; many refugees were housed at the facility. In November of 1987, these detainees rioted, took hostages and set fire to the prison. This facility housed famous inmates such as Al Capone, Irish mob boss Whitey Bulger and Pan-Africanist Movement and Black Nationalist leader Marcus Garvey. As head of the Universal Negro improvement Association, Garvey served four years for mail fraud. The fraud charges were for operation of The Black Star Line, an economic plan of the UNIA. He was freed in 1927 and deported to Jamaica.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.



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