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A prison without wardens

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The Old Atlanta Prison Farm – also known as the Honor Farm – has quite the dark and menacing past. The prison’s hundreds of acres of land were initially purchased to act as a cemetery for the Civil War, but were later turned into a liberal experiment once owned and operated by the United States Federal Penitentiary.

The best-behaved prisoners were sent to work on the farm, which quickly became a success and allowed for the prison to be self-sufficient.

The prison is said to have operated from 1945-1995, but records of the land are murky after the 1960s.

Erin O’Brien, 360 Media, Inc.

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