This is a long read but read it. What becomes clear is that it is all a complete waste of time and scant resources. What are we doing this for?
Worse than all that is the complete failure to pay significant attention to serious medical issues. They wait for the victim to die.
Truth is, the problem of incarceration has never been successfully addressed. I suggest that we apply the rules of a natural community and consider eliminating guards altogether except to protect external interactions. Those rules include a specific size of 150 individuals, application of the rule of twelve for internal governance and geographic separation from the community at large.
That can be quite flexible depending on reliability. The 150 hard cases can be dispatched deep into the boreal forset while petty thieves can be at a park close3 by a city. Again the rule of thelve can determine acceptability to a community.
All communities can demand a four hour sustaining shift working on a ten man team to produce a ton of wood chips or some appropriate volume. That allows an individual to eat well.
Technology exists quite able to ensure separation from society. Merely using geography properly will sooner or later make real escape impossible. Spending a sentence grooming trees in the boreal forest is an experience no one will want to repeat. In fact a six week instruction program there in the first place should induce high levels of cooperation.
My four months as a prison guard
Chapter 1: "Inmates Run This Bitch"
I park, find the classroom, and sit down with five other students.
CCA RUNS 61 FACILITIES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES:
- These include 34 state prisons, 14 federal prisons, 9 immigration detention centers, and 4 jails.
- It owns 50 of these sites.
- 38 hold men, 2 hold women, 21 holds women and children.
- 17 are in Texas, 7 are in Tennessee, and 6 are in Arizona.
"Do not run!"
"Don't ever say thank you"
WINN CORRECTIONAL CENTER
Medium-security prison for inmates serving 50 years or less
- Inmate population: About 1,500
- 75% black, 25% white or other
- Average inmate age: 36
- Average sentence: 19 years
- Average time served: 5.7 years
- Daily rate charged to state per inmate (2015): $34
- Violent crimes: 55%
- Drug crimes: 19%
- Property crimes: 13%
- Other: 13%
"Ain't no order here"
"We are going to win this unit back"
Chapter 2: Prison Experiments
People say a lot of negative things about CCA," the head of training, Miss Blanchard, tells us. "That we'll hire anybody. That we are scraping the bottom of the barrel. Which is not really true, but if you come here and you breathing and you got a valid driver's license and you willing to work, then we're willing to hire you." She warns us repeatedly, however, that to become corrections officers, we'll need to pass a test at the end of our four weeks of training. We will need to know the name of the CEO, the names of the company's founders, and their reason for establishing the first private prison more than 30 years ago. (Correct answer: "to alleviate the overcrowding in the world market.")
The dog team
"Part of the bid'ness"
I love you and miss you so much daddy, but we are doing good. Rick Jr. is bad now. He gets into everything. I have not forgot you daddy. I love you.
Our anniversary is in 13 more days on Christmas and we could have been married for 2 years why can't you see that I want this to work between us?...Bae, [remember] the tattoo on my left tittie close to my heart that won't never get covered up as long as I have a breath in my body and I'm about to get your name again on my ass cheek.
Hope everything is going well with you. Very deeply in love with you...
I won't be able to spend x-mass with my family either. Baby my heart is broken and I am so unhappy. I always had a great fear of being homeless...And even if I did find a job and had to work nights or work the evening shift, then I wouldn't have anywhere to sleep because the shelter won't let you in to sleep after hours. In order to get my bed every night I have to check in before 4pm. After that you lose your bed so the program is designed to keep you homeless. It don't make sense...
I bet that this is a sad letter. I wish that I had good news. This will be a short letter because I don't have a lot of paper left.
Merry Christmas baby. Very deeply in love with you.
Here I am once again w/ thoughts of you. I hate it here everything reminds me of you. I miss u dammit! It's weird this connection we have its as if I carry you in my soul. It terrifies me the thought of ever losing you. I pray you haven't replaced me. I know I haven't been the most supporting but baby seriously you don't know the hell I've been through since we got torn apart And I guess my family got fed up w/ seeing me kill myself slowly I attempted twice 90 phenobarb 2 roxy 3 subs. I lived. 2nd after I hung up w/ you 60 Doxepin 90 propananol i lived WTF? God has a sense of humor i don't have anyone but u, u see no one cares whether I live die hurt am hungry, well, or safe...So I've been alone left to struggle to survive on my income in and out mental wards and running from the pain of you bein there...
Your my everything always will be
Love your wife.
Chapter 3: "The CCA Way"
"Used to," he says.
Chapter 4: "You Got to Survive"
PRIVATE PRISONS HOLD
- 7% of state inmates
- 19% of federal inmates
- 62% of immigration detainees
- 31% of juvenile detainees.
Sex and violence
Assaults behind bars
- 19% of all male inmates in US prisons say they've been physically assaulted by other inmates.
- 21% say they've been assaulted by prison staff.
- Officials reported fewer than 8,800 incidents of rape and other sexual victimization in all American prisons and jails in 2011.
- Yet between 3 percent and 9 percent of male inmates say they have been sexually assaulted behind bars, which suggests more than 180,000 current prisoners may have been victimized.
- Former inmates of private state prisons are half as likely to say they have been sexually victimized by another inmate as those who were in public state prisons. However, they are nearly twice as likely to report being sexually victimized by staff.
- 66% of incidents of sexual misconduct by prison
staff involve sexual relationships with inmates who "appeared to be
willing," according to authorities.
- 7% of the total prison population
- 22% of all victims of inmate-on-inmate sexual victimization
- 33% of all victims of staff-on-inmate sexual victimization
You are the only same sex person in my life. So you have to never worry about anyone taking your place, not even a female...Sweetie, you are a good wife. I don't give a damn what anybody said because I saw the good in you; the true you. That's why when we had sex I'd always look you in the eyes. To truly understand you was my hardest goal but when I did our relationship got so good.
When we finish count, I go back to Pink Shades' tier. "Give me your ID," I say to him. He refuses. "Give me your ID! Now!" I shout at the top of my lungs. He doesn't. I get his name from another officer and write him up for making sexual comments. He says he's going to file a PREA grievance on me.
Where did those words come from? I rarely ever shout. I am not homophobic. Or am I? I feel utterly defeated. I go back to A1 and call Pink Shades to the bars.