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5 federal prisons that you should pray you never go to

United States Penitentiary-Atlanta, Georgia

United States Penitentiary-Atlanta, Georgia(Photo Source:

United States Penitentiary-Atlanta (Photo source:

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.

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  1. shellyTheGreat on September 30, 2015 at 9:39 am

    i pray i’m never sent to even the best federal prison. good article.

  2. Tony on October 1, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Worked as a Correction Officer in three out of the five. Leavenworth Pen, USDB and the Atlanta Pen. Seen some crazy stuff. Some of them should never see the streets again!! Retired from the Federal Prison System after 30 years of service.

    • Sasha on November 13, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      You probably don’t hear this often enough, so thank you for your service.

      I live in Florence, CO and it’s a great little town. Unfortunately we are only known for ADMAX.

  3. CaryPGHPraveen15 on February 15, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    The prison system in the USA is beyond crazy. Things really need to change and people shouldn’t have to go to jail for minor offenses such as shoplifting or theft. Those are not serious like robbery, assault, rape, & murder. At this rate everybody will end up in prison for a minor offense they committed.

    • Jessie Smith on June 15, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      So if someone steals your car, you want them to get off with a slap on the wrist. You need to get out more often.

  4. Jessie Smith on June 15, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    For some reason, I can only see the first and last ones. I worked almost two years at the U.S. Penitentiary Leavenworth before it became a Medium and at the U.S. Penitentiary Pollock (aka the Meat Grinder) for 8 1/2. A Federal Detention Center, 3 Medium Correctional Institutions all with Camp facilities. These ain’t no pic a nic grounds Boo-Boo. Go through life and behave yourself like Mom and Dad tried to teach you and don’t go to prison.