Would I do it again? The answer is of no consequence. I don’t regret the ink I received, I only regret the places that I received them.
Getting quarantined feels like a punitive sanction because one is confined to a cell not their own without much of one’s personal property. Having to spend time in the infirmary is worse.
Jewish prisoners at Monroe Correctional Complex in Washington state have been unable to celebrate Hanukkah for the second straight year after positive COVID-19 cases were found in several of the cell units, resulting in another lockdown.
The food we make in prison is the closest we will get to homemade food. In Menard Correctional Center and in Stateville Correctional Center where I’ve been for the last 18 years, there are a variety of foods that we make. You wouldn’t believe the methods we use to cook and prepare these foods, but they are some of the best meals in prison I’ve ever tasted.
These meals include tacos, pizzas, burritos, tamales, nachos, breakfast wraps, and many other foods. We also prepare and make desserts like cakes, pies, pudding, cookies, etc.
I really didn’t like preparing and cooking prison food until I landed in a cell with my former cellie named Drip, who was a master of cooking jail food. He taught me how to become a prison chef.
We might have broken our social contract with society, our communities, our families and ourselves, and we are paying the consequences, but there are times like Thanksgiving Day when humanity supersedes everything else, and we get the chance to prove to ourselves and others that we are still human.
Concern for family and friends still living in Haiti is at the top of every conversation these days among residents as well as correctional officers. One of the dorm sergeants mentioned that he still had a lot of family in Haiti, and the past month had been hell for them, but Haitians were strong people.
I was awakened by another prisoner who woke up early and noticed that the water, including the toilets, had been shut off — a sure sign that a shakedown was coming.
On Monday, March 15, the classrooms at the Arizona Department of Corrections Rehabilitation and Reentry (ADCRR) Eyman Complex at Cook Unit in Florence, Arizona, resumed teaching sessions after a brief closure.
Going through the postal system is a long and tedious process, but the courts don’t care about the reason if they receive your brief late.
I came back from a Saturday morning jog and had just gotten out of the shower when I heard the crackling of the North Block public announcement system. “Yard and dayroom recall,” a correctional officer shouted. “Everyone lock it up!”