The Felonious PhD.

White Collar Female PhD. Felon, Prison Camp, Re-Entry, Criminal Justice Reform. Women, Lesbian

Sunday Night…This Is Prison?

on November 13, 2013

November 4, 2013

I am sitting in the unit and all around me there are women, positively interacting with each other.  To my right a group of Latinas are looking at pictures, laughing and talking about their lives and other things that an English-only speaking person is not privy to hearing.  To their right is a group of four women who have been playing spades, laughing, and having some fun competition.  Across the way a few other women are quietly crocheting and reading books.  This is Prison!!  As I sit here and absorb this whole experience, I can’t help but question this process…..again.

Honestly, we have not seen a C.O. since 4pm for count, a process I will discuss when I am free, for reasons that will be clear when that time comes.  I think to myself and say out loud that they would and could never manage 130 or more men in this manner.  Let our asses go home where we are more useful.  Really, I am just stating the truth.  Today the women had their visitors, went to church, practiced for the Christmas program, wrote letters, read, exercised, washed and ironed their clothes and to end the evening, many watched the daily movie, The Hunger Games, as the others watched “Black Girls Rock,” on BET.

On a normal night, when I felt tired and ready to go to bed, I would just go.  But here, that cannot happen until there is a count. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I want this place to be anybody’s hard time, but it’s just surreal.  There just has to be a more effective way to create the accountability and rehabilitation that the government wants.

The reality remains….this is prison

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5 responses to “Sunday Night…This Is Prison?

  1. tracy mitchell says:

    Yes indeed, u can definitely use some good books.
    Please list your favorite books by James Baldwin.
    I will be happy to send them to you. Please let me know how to package and address them properly.

    YOU CAN DO THIS!

    • tracy mitchell says:

      Yes indeed, u can definitely use some good books.
      Please list your favorite books by James Baldwin.
      I will be happy to send them to you. Please let me know how to package and address them properly.

      YOU CAN DO THIS!

  2. Lucretia Haymer says:

    Taxes payers dollars at work

  3. Lucretia Haymer says:

    Taxes payers dollars at work?

  4. Lucretia Haymer says:

    What books you like from Alice Walker? Can u send a list?

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