United States Penitentiary Atlanta | USP Atlanta Facilities: USP Atlanta with an adjacent minimum security satellite prison camp and a detention center.

Facility Address & Contact Information

United States Penitentiary Atlanta
601 McDonough Boulevard, SE
Atlanta, GA 30315

Phone: 404-635-5100

Fax: 404-331-2403


BOP Website: https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/atl/

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Penitentiary,_Atlanta

Inmate Correspondence Address

For USP Atlanta

Inmate Name and Registration Number
USP Atlanta
U.S. Penitentiary
P.O. Box 150160
Atlanta, GA 30315

For Satellite Prison Camp

Inmate Name and Registration Number
USP Atlanta
Satellite Prison Camp
P.O. Box 150160
Atlanta, GA 30315

NOTE: Funds cannot be sent directly to inmates. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners for more information.

Sex: Male

Security Level: Main: Medium; Camp: Minimum

Location: USP Atlanta is located southeast of Atlanta, at the junction of Boulevard and McDonough Boulevard; off I-20 (south on Boulevard) off I-285 (north on Moreland Avenue, left on McDonough Boulevard).

BOP Region: Southeast Region (SER)

BOP Institution Code: ATL for USP Atlanta

Medical Care: Level 2. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.

Judicial District: Northern District of Georgia

Population (as of Sept. 23, 2020): Main: 1,639; Camp: 111

Background: USP Atlanta was opened in 1902. It was the largest prison when it opened, with 3,000 inmates. Documentation on every inmate was kept as a mini-documentary. Every detail was kept, from medical treatments to letters from the outside. Notable incidents include a bloody riot staged by Cuban detainees, who took dozens of hostages and set fire to the prison. Nearby hospitals reported that at least one inmate was killed, eight had gunshot wounds, and two guards were injured. The prison was rebuilt after the riot. In 1995 a new housing unit for pre-trial detainees was added. Notable gangster, Al Capone, leader of the Chicago Outfit, smuggled and bootlegged liquor during the 1920’s Prohibition (convicted of tax evasion in 1931). He stayed at USP Atlanta until being transferred to Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in 1934.

Housing: Inmates are housed in one and two-person cells to open dormitories. At the camp, inmates are housed in dormitories which are divided into two-person cubicles.

Health Services: At USP Atlanta, the Health Services Department provides routine, urgent and chronic care to inmates as needed. These include sick call, emergency medical treatment, medications, physical examinations, preventative health screening, HIV testing, treatment for on-the-job injuries, TB screening, and routine and emergency dental care. Emergency care is available 24 hours a day.

Psychology Services: USP Atlanta provides a psychological intake screening. General psychological services include individual and group psychotherapy. Regular groups include anger management, criminal thinking, and others. The Mental Health Step Down Program is also available for inmates with serious mental health issues who need to develop functional skills. Notices of groups are posted in inmate housing units.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): USP Atlanta does not offer the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP) but inmates can be referred to an institution that houses RDAP. The facility also offers a drug program, Drug Education class, the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP), and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

Education Services: USP Atlanta offers literacy, GED, and English-as-a-second language (ESL) programs. An Adult Continuing Education (ACE) and parenting program are also available to inmates. High school diplomas and post-secondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.

Advanced Occupational Education: USP Atlanta offers advanced occupation education in Custodial Maintenance.

Vocational Training: USP Atlanta offers vocational training in Basic Custodial Maintenance, Electrical, and HVAC. The camp also offers Custodial Maintenance. Some work experiences available include cook, baker, butcher, electrician, plumber, painter, and carpenter.

Apprenticeship: USP Atlanta does not offer any apprenticeships.

Library Services: USP Atlanta offers both leisure and law libraries. In the leisure library, inmates can check out books, newspapers, and magazines. The law library primarily consists of the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library. Typewriters and a copy machine are also available. The law library is open Monday through Saturday.

UNICOR: The USP Atlanta UNICOR facility employs inmates as industry workers (mailbag, battle dress uniform, mattress), quality assurance workers, and clerks orderlies.

Commissary: The Commissary is located on the lower compound. Each inmate may spend a maximum of $360.00 per month on commissary items. Inmates may only shop once a week on their designated shopping day. It offers a variety of candies, beverages, toiletries, and other items for sale. Deposits are made through the centralized inmate lockbox.

Recreation Services: USP Atlanta recreation services consist of both indoor and outdoor activities, and range from individualized arts and crafts programs to intramural team sports such as softball, basketball, soccer, and volleyball. Musical instruments are also available in the recreation area.

Visitation Information: See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.

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