The United States Penitentiary in Atlanta was built in 1902. It encompassed 300 acres and accommodates some 1200 prisoners. During the 1980s
it was used as a detention center for Cuban refugees from the Mariel Boatlift who were ineligible for release into American society. Its population as of July 6, 2006 was 1909 in the penitentiary and 554 in the camp. During
November of 1987, the Cuban refugees rioted for 11 days. Some interesting detainees included former Major League Baseball player,
Frank Abagnale, the inspiration for the movie Catch Me If You Can, Al Capone, and Michael Vick, quarterback convicted for dog fighting.
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