When you first enter the facility + before and after each visitation + when ever you leave your cell for any reeson + when they deside to do a random check, you under go a strip and cavity serch. What that means is that they make you take off all your close-- shirts, hats, bras (if your a girl), underwhere, under shirts, shoes, socks, jewlery, any thing in your hair, pants, evry thing. Then the CO (correctional officer) inspects your close and your body. They make you run your fingers thru your hair, open your mouth wide and move your tung around, pull your ears foward, lift your arms up, and spin around. You spread your legs a part, squat 3 times, and cough. Then you turn around, lift your feet, and wiggle your toes.They take all of your personal belongings, put them in a bag, and lock them up some where. You sit at a cownter where they take down all your info (personal + arrest). You wait in a area while your info is prosessed. Once it's done, they tell you what your bail amount is. Sinse you can't afford it you'll go to the classification cownter where you'll be asked questions about your behavior and mood, and they'll check any other prior convictions to assign you to a cell. After that you go to medical where the nurse takes down your medical info and any problem.Then they hand you soap and shampoo and have you shower. Once your done, they visually serch you again and you gotta stand up with your legs a part and your arms out. They make you put on your prison jumpsute. Then they take your close a way. After that they take your finger prints, your mugshot, and put your inmate ID on your rist. They give you a inmate handbook and your supplys in a rubbermade contaner. They take you to your cell, slam the door, and lock it.The cells are small. If your sent to any prison except max. security, you'll be sharing a cell with 1-3 other pepole. In max., your the only one in your cell becuz your to dangeris to be kept with other inmates. The beds were tiny, and the mattresses are 2 inch thick mats on top of the metal bedframe. It's about 5 degrees colder then you'd like. Some times there are windows in the cells, but not usually becuz you cud escape. If your in a max. security, your locked in your cell behind bars and a metal door in front of that. You get your food thru a slot in the door and your in "permanant lockdown", meaning your in your cell 23 ours a day. If you keep getting in trubble tho, you'll either be locked up in "the hole" (max. security if your not in one all reddy).A lot of fights happen in prison. Child rapists / molesters are really looked down upon. Newbies are some times called "fish". Inmates make weapons from any thing they can get there hands on. They melt toothbrushes and form it to a point and use it as knifes. They rip peeces off there bed and stab you with it, until a hole is formed at which point they proseed to rip out your intestins if the gards don't come. It's all about gangs, about race. You stick with your kind and no one else. You got your black guys (black guerilla family), your asian pepole (asian boyz), your hispanics / mexicans (la eme), and your white guys (aryan brotherhood). It don't matter what you in for. It's a fight about race. Don't look at any body unless your looking for a fight. A riot will brake out eventually. Don't take on more than you can beat.There are secrets that go on behind the gard's backs. Stabbings, killings, tattooings (i worked as a tattoo artist, i did it for all inmates in exchange for money), drug rings. It all still go's on. But don't consern your self with that. Just lern the unspoken prison rules: 1) Dont' make any deals with other inmates at all. Don't make your self in debt. 2) Be vague about what your in for. 3) Never snitch on fellow prisoners. Trust me. 4) Don't where a tattoo you haven't erned (tattoos are sacred in prison, they all have meanings behind them). 5) Don't stare at any body. 6) Don't look week. Act tuff, look tuff, make your self hardened beyond caring. 7) Keep your mouth shut. 8) Hook up with a few guys from your race. Don't make friends. You don't want friends. You want acquaintances who'll back you up in a fight as long as you do them. 9) Don't get to comfy.The food is awful, but you get a "brown bag special" 2 times a week. That's a bolonya sandwhich, 2 cookys, and some kool-aid. They give those out on court days. If you cud get a job (secret job like mine, or maintanence, library, clerk, etc.) you get paid about 10 sents an our. With the money you cud pay for things from the commissary, which is a little store where you go to by luxerys (soaps, cigarettes, lighters, cards, snack food). But if you byed them you gotta be willing to fight for it.You die of boredom becuz you can only play chess or read for so long.If your in any thing except max. security, your allowed out most of the day.The gards treat you like crap and they all ways keep there eye on you. U cud go out to the yard to exersize.
But there are patrol gards & barbed wire fenses. The tv go's off at 10 pm & that's when evry one is locked up in there cell for the night.If your in max.there's 1 our a day your out. You can shower, watch tv, go out in the yard.U only get to shower 3 times a week.In all prisons, lights are on 24/7.If you get good behavior you can transfer to a lower security prison or get liable for parole.Some times you get raped, not much. In max., your also allowed out to work except for that our, and in that our you have to stay in your block.In max. you visit pepole behind a glass & talk thru with a telefone. Pepole from the out side cud send money to your account in check or fund form.Your not allowed food or packages from the outside, tho.Ur serched before & after each visit. In lower sec. prisons you go in to a visiting room.Only family & certin # of friends are allowed to visit.You can call once a week to pepole. Evry thing's recorded. Jail is friendlier then prison tho.
· 8 years ago