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NCJ Number: 65274 Find in a Library
Title: ATLANTA, GEORGIA STAFF STUDY OF THE UNITED STATES PENITENTIARY
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: US Congress
Senate Cmtte on Governmental Affairs
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 33
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Congress
Washington, DC 20510
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Legislative/Regulatory Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A UNITED STATES SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE'S FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ARE REPORTED FROM AN INVESTIGATION OF CONDITIONS IN THE FEDERAL PENITENTIARY IN ATLANTA, GA.
Abstract: IN RESPONSE TO INFORMATION FROM A NUMBER OF SOURCES, THE SENATE PERMANENT SUBCOMMITTEE ON INVESTIGATIONS CONDUCTED A YEAR-LONG INVESTIGATION OF THE FEDERAL PENITENTITARY IN ATLANTA, A MAXIMUM-SECURITY PRISON HOUSING 1,300 ADULT INMATES. AFTER A PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION, THE SUBCOMMITTEE CONDUCTED HEARINGS IN ATLANTA ON SEPTEMBER 29 AND OCTOBER 2, 1978. TESTIMONY FROM PRISON INMATES AND EMPLOYEES REVEALED THAT THE PENITENTIARY IS THE SETTING FOR INMATE MURDERS, EXTENSIVE NARCOTICS TRAFFICKING, AND VARIOUS OTHER CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES. ONE EMPLOYEE INDICATED THAT THE PRISON ADMINISTRATION ENCOURAGED EMPLOYEES TO OVERLOOK ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES AMONG INMATES IN THE INTEREST OF KEEPING THE INMATES UNDER CONTROL. IN RESPONSE TO THE REVELATIONS OF THE INVESTIGATION, THE PRISON ADMINISTRATION INSTITUTED SEVERAL MAJOR CHANGES IN PRISON MANAGEMENT. SUBCOMMITTEE STAFF MONITORING DISCLOSED, HOWEVER, THAT DESPITE EFFORTS TO INCREASE SECURITY, THERE HAS BEEN NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN THE AMOUNT OF VIOLENCE AND NARCOTICS FLOW AMONG INMATES. THE ATLANTA PENITENTIARY IS CONCLUDED TO BE TOO OLD AND TOO LARGE TO PERMIT SAFE AND EFFICIENT PRISON MANAGEMENT. BECAUSE THE NECESSARY RENOVATION IS TOO EXPENSIVE, THE CLOSING OF THE PRISON AS SOON AS FEASIBLE AND NOT LATER THAN 1984 IS RECOMMENDED. CLOSURE OF THE PRISON HAS ALSO BEEN SUGGESTED BY THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND THE BUREAU OF PRISONS. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION IS PROVIDED IN THE APPENDIXES. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED--RCB)
Index Term(s): Commission reports; Corrections management; Drug law offenses; Federal correctional facilities; Georgia (USA); Inmate discipline; Inmate hustling; Inmate staff relations; Murder
Note: STUDY BY THE PERMANENT SUBCOMMITTEE ON INVESTIGATIONS OF THE COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS, UNITED STATES SENATE, 96TH CONGRESS, 2ND SESSION - COMMITTEE PRINT
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