Atlanta Federal Prison Camp On Lockdown (Con’t)

Posted: February 19, 2013 in Inmate Population

I did some more checking and it seems that they still have the Atlanta Prison Camp on lockdown.  We are looking at almost a month since all this hoopla happened.  I will guarantee you the only reason this is occurring is because they were embarrassed (made the news) about contraband going in the camp.  I know everyone is laughing about the guys “breaking” back in, but that is simply just so that they don’t pick up an additional charge.  While I was there I always thought it was funny that people broke out and then back inside.  These guys not only risk getting caught, but they do risk injury.  I saw some guys who had razor wire cuts all over their arms.  It doesn’t stop them.

All this just for some cell phones, alcohol, protein powder, etc.  I can almost guarantee that the weapons they found belonged to the driver and his companion.  In that neighborhood they probably need them!  There have been at least 2 shootings across the street from the prison in the last year.  I know of at least two deaths while I was there at the housing projects across the street.

For those who are trying to figure out what these guys were trying to do, let me try to explain (as best I can).  Being at a Federal Prison Camp you are given a great deal of freedom compared to your average jail or prison.  During the day you are allowed outside the fence line and at some camps you work with the community directly (some work at hospitals, office buildings, etc).  With that freedom these guys grow a strong want for things that make them feel even more free.  Things like Cell Phones (phone calls can get extremely expensive from the prison phones), alcohol, protein powder (huge price on this), cigarettes, and other items.  I know one person that brought in three sacks of McDonald’s cheeseburgers every Friday.  I really don’t know how they got in or who brought them in, but they were all over the compound within about 30 minutes of their arrival.  They were always warm and fresh.  So their whole purpose is to just try to make their time more comfortable in their eyes.

I think the BOP is trying to make statement to the inmates regarding this activity.  This happened at least twice a week while I was there.  If you wanted to get something from the outside, you contacted the proper person, they made arrangements to get it to the camp, and you paid them.  The person making the arrangements is not necessarily the one who is going out to get the product (this is so they don’t get busted).  Were there items that came through that were completely illegal (drugs) – absolutely.  But most of these guys keep to themselves and don’t get other involved unless you want to be involved.

This “problem” is not something that only happens at Atlanta.  Every camp deals with this.  The only difference is Atlanta has a fence around it so it gets a lot more attention.  Other camps don’t have a fence around it so inmates will walk out into the woods, parking lot, etc and get the items they want from people.  Some of the items even come from the CO’s themselves (doesn’t happen as often, but it does happen).

If things go as they have in the past it could be another 2 weeks before inmates are allowed to make phone calls or have access to computers.  I’m sure by now they have been allowed to go outdoors, but probably only go to work and that is it.  The rest of the time they are most likely confined to their dorms.  Unfortunately all the TV’s and computers have been removed which is going to make for a lot of grouchy and bored inmates.  I’m sure they have access to the commissary, but only for essential items (toiletries, stamps, etc).  They won’t be allowed to get their candy, chips, and ice cream for the week.  The one thing that is going on is a lot of card playing and dominos.

I’m sure all is well and eventually these guys will be allowed to serve their time as they have in the past.  Just hope it comes a lot sooner rather than later.  I’m sure the staff is feeling the same way as they have to deal with the grumpy inmates as they start to go a little stir-crazy.


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