The federal prison does show movies weekly, pays low wages stating at twelve cents per hour, allows you to spend$380.00 per month in commissary that is marked up 30% for processed food if you have the funds, make phone calls up to 300 minutes per month at .21 per minute and read and send e-mails at five cents per minute. What the public is not aware of is the violence and death you observe during your time in the U.S. Penitentiaries at Club Fed.

My first experience at Club Fed was in 2000 at U.S. Penitentiary Atlanta when I observed an inmate having his throat cut by another inmate during the lunch meal.  Blood went all over the food and table I was sitting at. Realizing then that membership in the Club is very dangerous.  Gang membership or affiliation is a problem.  You never know when you would be expected to “put in work” on someone you know or do not even know just because that is the way it is.

Seeing fights, stabbings and deaths is part of your membership in to the Club.  At U.S. Penitentiary Coleman 1 there is a lot of violence.  Inmates and staff were being attacked and stabbed.  I can close my eyes and still see the lacerations and evidence of repeated blows as I stepped over bodies to get away from the area. The ten years at U.S.P. Coleman 1 placed violence into your life. Never being involved with any violent activities nor observing them before Club Fed is unforgettable. Watching someone literally being beat to death so severely that the eye pops from the skull and the inmate lays there on the ground for five minutes before staff notices. Something I will never forget is stepping over the body to get away from the area.  [The reason was that the gang member was called upon to put in some work and did not want to so the gang put work in on him and killed him.]  To begin with Club Fed fights are never a fair fight.  It is usually three or four on one.

This is only a small part of what you can expect at Club Fed. The public is not told or aware of the cost of membership until it is too late. So it might not look so great being a Club Fed member after all.  Best thing is not to get a membership in the first place.

— David R.

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