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I spent 3 months in a Atlanta Federal Prison Camp. It is not something I am proud of obviously but it is a fact and I feel compelled to share with the world the truth about what actually goes on in that environment. Some of you might find pretty shocking.

My crime is of little importance, suffice it to say that it was “White Collar” hence the sentencing to a camp environment but I can tell you that it was not at all what I expected it to be given the preconceived notions that are in existence out there.

As stated in a previous post, the notion of “Club Fed” is a nowhere near true. Despite what you might have read or seen on sixty minutes, there is no place where those convicted of federal crimes go to “Hang Out” in a spa environment, play tennis or work out with weights all day. It simply doesn’t exist. (more…)



Posted: January 1, 2013 in Detention Center Unit Complex, Food

The one thing that everyone seems to be most concerned about is the food that you will be served.  And they certainly do have something to be concerned with.

In the beginning you will receive food that is extremely bland and in some cases very inedible.  While you are in the DCU you will be fed three meals a day.  It’s your choice to eat them or not.  If you choose not to eat you want to make sure you have some commissary items to get your through the day.  In the DCU  you will definitely want to have a bag of chips or other snacks available.

Keep in mind that all your meals are prepared (at least in the DCU, Atlanta) by the Medium Security Inmates and sent to the DCU. They come in a hot box and are delivered to your cell by Orderlies (other inmates). These inmates will place the food in your food tray and get it to you. If you don’t take the tray, eat your food, and place the tray back in your food tray, you will not get fed. Make sure you always take your food and then decide what you want to eat. Food will get better once you get to the camp. As will your portion size.  You will only have about 10 minutes to eat your meal and get it back to your food tray. (more…)

Prison Politics

Posted: January 1, 2013 in Detention Center Unit Complex

The first thing that everyone thinks of when they think of prison is “don’t drop the soap”.  While this may be true in some locations it was not the case at the Atlanta USP DCU or Camp.

The people who will meet will definitely be from varying backgrounds and some will have some criminal backgrounds that are pretty extensive.  Keep in mind they are just doing their time like you.  I know that when I first went in the only thing I kept telling myself was, “don’t make any friends” and sure as heck don’t carry on any conversations with these guys.  Well, you will need these guys just as much as they will need you.  For you to get through your sentence without having some sort of meaningful conversation is impossible.  There is not way you can keep silent during that time.  This becomes even more true if you have a cell mate. (more…)