Atlanta Federal Prison Called Inhumane

The federal prison in Atlanta is uniquely dangerous for residents and staff, reports The Intercept. Countless family members are still fighting for answers years after their loved ones died of “natural causes.”

Atlanta Federal Prison Called Inhumane

The federal penitentiary in Atlanta, currently under investigation by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, is uniquely dangerous for residents and correctional staff, reports The Intercept.  Countless family members are still fighting for answers years after their loved ones died of “natural causes.” Media reports have long exposed the medium-security prison as a “cesspool” of drugs, corruption and violence.

Witnesses at a recent U.S. Senate hearing described the prison as so out of control that the lawlessness had been given a name: “the Atlanta way.” A whistleblower who worked as the chief psychologist at USP Atlanta from 2018 to 2021 testified that the inhumane conditions contributed to a disproportionate number of suicides at the prison. But the hearing did not include witnesses who could describe how hard it was to get basic information after the death of a loved one at USP Atlanta. In addition, many of those held at USP Atlanta are pretrial detainees, and a number of those who died were never convicted of a crime.