After a little more time off to move to Tennessee and get settled in, "History Personified" is back, and we're looking at a long-forgotten, politically-motivated true crime history event...are you ready?
On Nov. 20th, 1987, the federal Bureau of Prisons said it would deport about 2,500 Cubans detained in federal penitentiaries. These men had been in the U.S. since arriving after the Mariel boat lift, and had been incarcerated for various offenses, including some jailed for not having proper documentation. On Nov. 21st, the Federal Detention Center in Oakdale, Louisiana was overtaken by Cuban prisoners there.
Nov. 23rd saw the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta taken over next. Prisoners captured guards and set fire to the 63 year-old structure. On Dec. 4, before daylight, the detainees released 89 people, freeing the last of more than 100 people taken nearly two weeks earlier. The uprising remains the longest takeover of a federal prison in U.S. history.
What happened during the uprising? And where does an Aryan Brotherhood prison gang leader fit in? We discuss all this and more with author Mark S. Hamm, who wrote The Abandoned Ones: The Imprisonment and Uprising of the Mariel Boat People. Don't forget to download, enjoy, and share!
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