ATLANTA USP

A low security u.s. penitentiary with an adjacent minimum security satellite camp.

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The United States Penitentiary in Atlanta is no longer a penitentiary. It used to be a high-security federal penitentiary. Now it’s a medium-security federal prison, but it still has the huge wall surrounding it. The Bureau of Prisons remodeled the 100+ year old prison in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The prison has a long history, as it was the second federal penitentiary in existence. I’ve written extensively about the first eight years of my prison term, which I spent in USP Atlanta.

Inmate Gender: Male Offenders

Total Capacity:
Population as of May 15th,2018:

Judicial District:GA

County:FULTON

BOP Region:Southeast Region

User Review

  • 1. My name is:Michael Santos
  • 2. I arrived on:1987
  • 3. I’m scheduled to leave on:1994
  • 4.My judge sentenced me to serve how many months? My judge sentenced me to serve 45 years in federal prison. I started inside the United States Federal Prison in Atlanta.
  • 5. In the past, I’ve been confined at the following institutions:I was confined in more than 20 federal prisons, detention centers, and jails while serving multiple decades in federal prison. But I started at USP Atlanta back in 1987.
  • 6. I was convicted of the following offense:A jury convicted me for violating various laws related to the distribution of cocaine. I started selling cocaine when I was 20. The movie Scarface inspired me and I made some bad decisions.
  • 7. Pros of the facility:It’s important to remember that I’m offering this review in 2017, more than 30 years since authorities locked me inside the gates of the USP Atlanta. I still remember that time. If you visit the audio section of PrisonProfessors.com you can listen to audio clips from my book, Earning Freedom, where I describe my journey through USP Atlanta. Although I was new to prison, I can say that I made great progress while I was confined in USP Atlanta. I know times have changed. But I learned that regardless of where authorities confine a person, strategies exist to make time pass more easily.
  • 8. Cons of the facility:The facility was built in 1902, so it’s old. Although it has been completely remodeled, it’s still old. The new housing units offer all the modern aspects of a newer prison. It has hot water and air conditioning, for example. But the design is of an old prison. I didn’t like that 40 foot wall that surrounded the penitentiary. White collar offenders who serve shorter sentences would serve their time in the adjacent, minimum-security federal prison camp. That camp has had some controversy, as many people walk away from the camp. But a minimum-security camp will have less volatility.
  • 9.Food assessment of the facility:I liked the food at USP Atlanta. But food quality changes. When I was there, Atlanta had a salad bar and a soup bar. I don’t know if that still exists. The quantities used to be large. WIth the growing prison population, it may no longer be the same. People inside can count on good cheeseburgers each week, and chicken each week. That’s the same in all federal prisons.
  • 10.Recreational opportunities at the facility:The recreation yard in USP Atlanta is large. It’s about a half mile to run around the entire lower yard. I used to run many long-distances there. Twenty loops would equal ten miles. The prison may not have weights any more, but it would have good exercise equipment. People who want to stay fit will find many opportunities in USP Atlanta.

    • 11.Programs available in the facility:I earned an undergraduate degree from Mercer University and I earned a master’s degree from Hofstra University while in prison. I started those studies inside the walls of USP Atlanta.
    • 12.Best jobs in the facility:Like all prisons, inmates provide the labor that runs the penitentiary. USP Atlanta has a huge UNICOR factory. They manufacture all types of products for the government. I used to work in an office that oversaw the production of mailbags for the US Postal Service. That job worked for me at the time. Later, I would have preferred to stay away from any type of work that limited my progress toward goals I set.
    • 13.Living Quarters in the facility:The living quarters in USP Atlanta are two-man rooms. In the camp the living quarters would be open dormitories.
    • 14.How would I assess safety in the facility? :A medium-security federal prison will not be as volatile as a high-security federal prison. USP Atlanta is now a medium-security prison, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe. There are many gang members inside who want to extort, or pressure people. But if someone wants to avoid problems, the person can stay away from trouble. In the minimum-security prison camp in Atlanta, there is much lower volatility levels. It’s safer. Still, I found that I could avoid trouble in prison by leading a values-based, goal-oriented life.
    • 15.What types of pressure did I feel in the facility?:I felt pressure when I was there because I was at the start of my prison journey. After time, I felt more at ease. I became used to the prison setting. Other people will feel pressure of prison because they miss home. But they can adjust, as I adjusted.
    • 16.What is my general review?:Prison is a personal experience. My general review comes from a personal experience. I served the beginning eight years of my term in USP Atlanta. They were productive years. My activities inside shaped the remainder of my term. I liked USP Atlanta, but when I started, I didn’t have any frame of reference. Later, when I transferred to other prisons, I learned that I liked them better. That’s when I realized that prison is really a state of mind.
    • 17.On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give the facility a rating of:8
    • 18.Personal Blog:

ATLANTA USP

A low security with an adjacent minimum security satellite camp.

Find Us

601 MCDONOUGH BLVD SE, ATLANTA, GA 30315

Phone

404-635-5100

Email

ATL/PublicInformation@bop.gov

HOW TO SEND THINGS HERE

Freight and non-USPS parcels
STAFF NAMEATLANTA USP

U.S. Penitentiary

601 MCDONOUGH BLVD SE

ATLANTA, FULTON, GA 30315

Inmate Mail
INMATE NAME & REGISTER NUMBER

ATLANTA USP

U.S. Penitentiary

P.O. BOX 150160

ATLANTA, FULTON, GA 30315

CAMP INMATE NAME & REGISTER NUMBER

ATLANTA USP

U.S. Penitentiary

P.O. BOX 150160

ATLANTA, FULTON, GA 30315

Inmate Money
Do NOT send money to an inmate using this facility’s address. All funds sent through the mail must be addressed to a processing center in Des Moines, Iowa. This applies to all Federal inmates, regardless of where they are incarcerated.
Staff Mail
STAFF NAMEATLANTA USP

U.S. Penitentiary

601 MCDONOUGH BLVD SE

ATLANTA, FULTON, GA 30315

Visiting Schedule
FCI General Visiting Hours*

Sunday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sunday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
FCI CAMP Visiting Hours*

*About Visiting Hours

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