Keeping Going

Posted: March 18, 2013 in Federal Prison Camp

There are many times in one’s life where we all lose control of some aspect of our lives. No place will give you that feeling as much as life in the Federal Prison System.  While a lot of it is designed that way, it is very easy to feel like you have lost complete control of everything  and lost all touch with reality.

When you first arrive you are indoctrinated into the “Ways of the Prison System”. You are told you have to go to bed at a certain time; you aren’t allowed outside until a specific time; you have to wear certain clothes at certain times and days; etc.  All of these seem pretty basic and are usually not a surprise to anyone who has any familiarity with the prison system.  The one thing they don’t tell you is that you will have a great deal of time all to yourself.  And for some inmates this can be very dangerous.

While in Atlanta, I saw several people come into the system and several leave; both physically and mentally.  Watching new inmates coming into the system you get to see the look of fear and anguish on their faces.  Obviously no one really wants to be in the system and it can be very disheartening.  I’m not saying that the prison system needs to be a “happy go-lucky” type of place.  However, there is a line that needs to be drawn between treating people like animals and treating them like people.  During your indoctrination you are screamed at, yelled at, told you mean nothing, and you will pay for you all you have done.  You are told that they will take everything they can from you just because they can and they will haunt you every day you are at the facility.  For some this may be necessary.  I guess that depends on the crime.

Every day you have to find something that will help you get through the day.  You always have to have something to look forward to; whether it a letter in the mail, an upcoming visit, or even a simple email.  Each day is a struggle, but knowing that there are people on the outside that think and care of them often.  It helps with the sanity or insanity that an inmate deals with .

As an inmate you get into a routine.  You get up, eat, go to work, eat, go back to work, shower, and sleep.  This can become pretty monotonous over time.  And those that have been in for a long time will tell you it gets old.  Hence all the issues they have at the camps.  However, knowing that you have something to look forward to makes everything go back very quickly.  And it will keep your inmate out of trouble.

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