Cell Block C: Max Security
Have you ever been incarcerated in a maximum security facility?
From the moment you get on the elevator, the mental war begins with the officer and the inmate. After the short ride up the elevator, when you step off, you walk 20 feet or so to the "block". The floor has 7 blocks but, I am in cell block C.
Always watch around you and stay well aware of all that happens. Protect yourself bu,t do not try an be a big shot cause you will get hurt. You don't want to make any waves. You just want to do your time and hopefully, fly under the radar.
Cell Block C
Correctional Officer Weaponry
CO Weapons and Gear
In the county jail, on the max security floors, officers are armed with a wide array of weapons. This would include: body armor, batons, mace, tasers, dogs and even lethal force in the most dire circumstances.
Also, we are talking anywhere from 3 to 20 guards rushing you with force. Force could be used during a jail riot, during a lock down, a shack down, or any major fighting, an escape attempt.
By Any Means
Physical Punishment From the Police
Always keep in mind that once you are arrested, the rules and laws actually change. Freedom is over. If you are disruptive in any form then be prepared to be treated far worse than film portrays.
One time while we are being strip searched for contraband a fellow inmate laughs at the situation in disgust. After he gets dressed the guard tells him to go to the hall and as the inmate walks by the guard strikes him on the back of the leg and below the knee with a very long wooden night stick causing the inmate to swell up and cradle his leg and scream in pain.
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Freedom in jail is plain and simple. Visits, calls, mail and commissary. I sit here missing my family and all the liberties that seem like nothing to those in the "free world". It is hard at times but, praying, reading The Bible and exercising helped to sustain me through these horrific times.
The 3 meals are warm at best but usually pure cold. The amount received per meal was less than my 10 year old son gets for his school lunch. This causes you to lose weight. Then you get depressed. Your mom comes to visit as often as she can.
As a prisoner, no matter what the crime is, you will experience zero respect from the guards and not much more from your fellow inmates. I have been tested a few times but, I stood my ground and fought by keeping to myself and standing up for myself when I had to, insured I was off the hook compared to some of these guys.
As for the corrections officers, that is a different story. These guys have power and some of them abused it with impunity. The best way to avoid this is to stay low key which is what I tried my best to do.
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18 Hour Lock Down in the Max
On average its 18-19 total hours of lock down, where three guys crowd into two man cells with only 2 beds. We get to come out to eat three times and to shower. In some cases, we are forced to skip showers and bathe in the sink. This is known as a hoe bath.
3 men, one on the floor, shares the toilet or as it was called in the county, The Sh-- Jacket. You share the sink and the mirror.
Nothing to Do
One day in prayer circle, in which usually 10-12 attend, the final prayer was being said when an inmate named Bo was talking loud. A guy they call N.O. ask him could be quite for just a minute for the last prayer. As prayer winded down, Bo was still talking the same loud if not louder. N.O. walked at him and launched a huge right hand to the temple and Bo went down hard and cracked his skull on the concrete floor below. Another inmate picked him up like a baby in his arms and ran to the guards with him. That guy was never seen on any of the blocks on this floor again.
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Backs to the Wall
An unwritten rule that should always be adhered to is keeping your backs to the wall. I saw one dude get jumped while he was on the phone and it never appeared as it was gonna happen. But when he turned his back he got stuck with a shank toothbrush. The only toothbrushes we are allowed to have are shorter than a middle finger and even shorter after being filed down.
You never know what a murderer is thinking and several killers were my next door neighbors along with rapists, armed robbers and even some innocent people.
Cludging and Not Budging.
The cubicle outside the block has 2 or more co's, and it has a camera but it does not show up under the stairs. Cludging is when 2 or more guys jump a single inmate under the stairs. Truth be told you got to stand up and be a man when another tries you. It is best to submit to the guards but when one man tries to punk you the choice is fight back right then or get ready to constantly get picked on cause the block is watching.
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