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Hi all, I'm a reporter who has been covering the pandemic in BOP facilities. I have heard from a number of people over the past few months saying that their loved ones got stuck in transit while in the process of being transferred and wanted to see if any folks on here have similar accounts. I know that transfers were suspended and are only just starting to restart. I also know that there are certain designated holdover facilities like Oklahoma City and Atlanta...but one of my sources says her husband is at USP Canaan, in some kind of holding area. What the accounts have in common is that the conditions sound horrible. These housing situations were clearly not designed to be long-term.

If anybody has general impressions to share about Atlanta or any of the other holdover facilities, I'd love to know. Perhaps more importantly, if anyone's LO is in similar circumstances and wishes to share their account, please send me a private message. I would be glad to keep you anonymous. Thank you!
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Welcome to Prison Talk. I was at Atlanta for 28 days (visits were permitted after 30 days) and Oklahoma City for 6 weeks. Neither stay had anything to do with Covid, I was in the middle of 6 months of "diesel therapy", the bop's unofficial punishment for unpopular inmates. Mine was caused by a federal law enforcement supervisor who had absolutely nothing to do with the bop, he called in a favor.

Atlanta was awful, 23 hours a day locked in a hot cell (mine had 2 beds, but 5 prisoners, so 3 of us slept on the floor.), no book cart (the nasty COs claimed it was too expensive) and the one hour out, when not cancelled for "short staffing" which happened about half the time, was enough time for a phone call or a shower, not both. Constant plumbing problems and when we complained about the heat, the answer was "you're lucky you aren't on the second floor". Atlanta was also the only bop prison where I experienced race as an issue, I was told "get out my office" by two different prison counselors.

Oklahoma City transit prison was far better. We were out of the cells for most of the day and had access to 2 book carts that were rotated weekly.
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