Oct 8th 2016 by LauraBAllan • 71 Questions • 1921 Points
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There is a post on my Google Plus account of me holding up my prison ID which has my picture and inmate number on it, there is another picture there with my face in it also. Then also got a piece of paper with my account name on it and the date.
Well, I was just in federal prison for importing chemicals from China. I had a website and was importing a particular chemical, MDMC. The chemical actually because Schedule I ten days AFTER I was indicted, I was indicted in 2011 with violating the "controlled substances analogues enforcement act of 1986", which actually charged me with importing MDMA.
I was sentenced to 92 months, which was dropped to 77 months thanks to "All Drugs Minus Two" legislation that was passed. Then I was immediate released less than a week ago pursuant to a motion the government filed on my behalf.
The security level prisons I were in were FCI (Medium) and USP (High). I was in the following prisons:
FCI Otisville (NY) FCI Fairton (NJ) USP McCreary (KY) FCI Jesup (GA) FCI Estill (SC)
I also was in the transfer center in Tallahassee, FL, as well as the new prison for the Virgin Islands, also located in FL. I went through another transfer center in Atlanta, GA; as well as in Brooklyn, NY (MDC), and the FTC (Federal Transfer Center) in Oklahoma.
The worst prison I was at was obviously the USP in Kentucky called McCreary. Lots of gangs and violence there, drugs, alcohol, etc.; but the rest of the federal prisons were very similar.
I'm also a nerd and happen to be a programmer (php/sql mostly, I've developed proprietary software for a few companies), and a long time music producer. Been heavy on the internet since the 1990s and I'm 29 now.
My proof is here:
I was inmate 56147018 if you want to search me. My real name is Timothy John Michael, and I am from Saint Petersburg, FL. My friends and family all call me Jack.
Updated proof with more pictures :)
Hi Laura, How are you enjoying Ghana? the people? the villages? Eti sen Reena, Mardyia, Grace, my fellow Ghanaians. Any goals, ambitions for the future?
What is the biggest misconception about X Factor and do you regret doing it?
Is it possible to survive in prison just being neutral and minding your own business. Or are you forced to be part of a group?
Laura: I am loving Ghana so far, the people are warm and friendly. Living in a village is very different from living in a city in Canada but it is an amazing experience and I am learning SO much. Eye Paa !
Reena: I have been empowered by GLP to take my rightful positions, I want to be a Lawyer so that I can fight for women in Ghana and everywhere! Mardiya: My goal is that after I finish the program with my GLP students they will be happy and empowered by the program. My ambition is to be a teacher. Grace: I want the GLP students to know that they are good and right as women and that they are equal can become the president if they desire to. I want to be a nurse in the future
Hi! I talked with my daughter about your AMA and she had asked if you could describe a typical school day for a student there?
Who was the rudest celebrity you have interacted with?
All of our programs are pretty low maintenance. We use pens and notebooks, but most of our sessions are revolved around discussion. We do like to read books though that are relevant to female empowerment. The GLP girls are currently reading the 'I am Malala' book! Monetary donations are the most effective in terms of sustainability of the organization and program.
As far as behind the scenes preparation, we would spend a few hours with a music producer to get the rendition/length/portion of the song we were covering down. Most of the practicing came down to how much time each individual contestant wanted to set aside. We would spend a day with a choreographer that would block where we would stand/what we would do/where we would walk. (With us, this was always kept really simple) and the day of the show would have a warm up with a vocal coach.
Simon would come in the day before the show and would watch our dress rehearsal and give his comments. So we would usually see him definitely once, sometimes twice before each performance. If we saw him more than that, it was to film us interacting/talking. We saw him more and more often as the weeks went on.
Most of our time was spent with producers/coaches that never made it on the screen.
In the USP, very common. In the FCI, they were there, but more rare. guys in the USP cup up the bunk and the lockers mainly to make the metal ones, then they have acrylic mirrors they melt down or plastic tray lids for "floaters" that get through the detectors.
Holy shit you played DnD in prison? What in the fuck was your character and the characters of your mates? This is so so incredibly important for me to know
No our program has not been covered on any TV stations
There was a thread on another subreddit (maybe /r/dnd) about playing RPGs in jail and the main thing I took away from that is how you would have to use improvised dice because real dice aren't allowed. What did you use for dice in there?
We work extensively with our local staff, and our staff who are professionally trained teachers in working to build a curriculum that is high quality and culturally appropriate. When dealing specifically with our GLP program there are issues that clash with their traditional values and cultures (for instance perspectives on contraceptive). One of the main reasons we are doing the GLP program is to try to break down some of these values.
Are there any prisoners that get special treatment, I'm thinking along the lines of goodfellas where they are eating sausages and drinking wine?
Volunteer, volunteer, volunteer! I personally interned for different nonprofits during summer breaks and took courses that I thought would be beneficial for a career in development. From almost everyone we've talked to and worked with, experience is the most important thing. Usually universities offer an array of clubs that you could get involved with that will further your experience/knowledge. Networking is also very important! This field is very competitive in nature and professionals in the field usually have extensive experience and a Master's degree (though there are plenty without). I'm in Ghana finishing my Master's degree requirements, so I think that was a huge help in getting me this position.
We get most of the funds to run our programs through various fundraising campaigns and endeavours. We also have applied to various grants, but as a small NGO it is harder to receive large grants. Most of our funds are raised from individual donors.
This is a pretty personal question so please tell me if it's something you wouldn't want to answer, but you said you're heterosexual "for the most part." Would you elaborate on that? Did you have the same preferences before being locked up?
I mean, I'm heterosexual, but I'm open to the idea that anybody could potentially be the right person for me, just so happens I've never met any guys or anything that interest me in that way, but I'm very open minded. Just so happens I almost always have a girlfriend, lol. I think everybody is somewhat bisexual, in a sense, I mean, everybody should find themselves attractive, and at the end of the day, isn't that kind of technically homosexual? I dunno, I might just think about it too technically in the syntax.
That's a really interesting way to look at it. I respect your open-mindedness. Thanks for taking the time to reply - I read every comment in this thread. Wish you all the best.
Thanks :) It has been a lot of work to keep up with the comments, but i'm trying.
How did you learn the culture in prison and how it worked in there socially? Did you already know some stuff before entering, or you had to learn completely from scratch?
Eh, I learned as I went for the most part. Socially it is a very different atmosphere, but just imagine the high school you went to, the locker room with all the jocks, except for they are all drug addicts and/or murders and there are no teachers around, and that is like the social situation for the most part. A lot of pranks and stuff and I talked to some military guys and you'd be surprised the parallels between the military and prison, socially.
How hard was it to get drugs? And what were the typical rates?
The main drugs in prison, illegal ones, are heroin, suboxone, "toonchie" (they spray synthetic canabinoids on paper and cards), spice, and then weed of course.
The rates vary depending on the prison, but a small little quarter inch by quarter inch square of toonchie is about $8 and you can get high twice.
Suboxone strips go from $40-$300, depending on where and how much you buy at once. Generally a 1/16 or a 1/8 goes for $8 and guys snort it with water into their nose.
Weed is like $4-$8 for a very small pinner joint.
I never really knew the prices on the other stuff like heroin or meth and stuff when that would come around. When I was in Jesup, GA, there was a ton of cell phones and they had spice there almost as cheap as on the streets.
God I feel so old (mid 30's) because I don't even know what some of these drugs are....
Don't feel old, just some people are out there looking for that stuff, and it has been popular for about the last ten years, the synthetics, so if you were not really into that type stuff, the drugs don't just seek people out lol. I know many people older than you who know what they are and many more younger that don't.
What were some of the moments in prison that stuck out as a great display of humanity between people all stuck in a shitty situation? Were there any? Any other positive experiences you'd like to share from your time incarcerated?
Oh yeah, there were tons, I mean, you really see people come together and look out for each other. A common practice at many prisons is, like, if you are from New York say, and you get somewhere, you get a care package, and it usually doesn't have to be paid back. Your other people from New York will make sure you have soap and a bowl and some food and all the other essential things you need.
I rarely seen people going hungry or anything or at a want for something, because there are always store men and stuff that will lend you out a line of credit to pay back in a week or a month or however long it would take. So when it comes to hospitality and things like that, prisoners are surprisingly more positive than you'd imagine towards one another.
There are a few instances that stick out in my mind, but the last place I was at, Estill FCI in SC, there was a lot of sex offenders and stuff there and those guys, some of them have a charge like they were 19 with a 17 year old girlfriend who sent them nude photos, so now they are in prison and most prisoners are not trying to look past what the charge was (possession of child pornography), but there was a real good group of guys where I was at who essentially took all the misfits and the geeks and the people who were weaker in the prison system into their fold and made sure to get time for them on the rec yard and in the library and other stuff and I ended up becoming good friends with some of the people who started their group, they even had commandeered a few tvs (precious commodities) and specific tables in the chow hall. A lot of people in that group didn't actually have messed up charges or anything, but they were people that would be overlooked or outcast as social pariahs by the other primary groups, but they had a home with those guys and it was one of the best things I seen, the friendships they had and the way they watched one another's backs and made sure to stick up for each other and make sure everybody always got gifts on their birthdays, etc.; which, in prison that can be a big thing.
Is prison anything like on TV/movies where you gotta show your "worth" as soon as you arrive so the other inmates wont treat you like garbage?
And would you say the American prison system helps at all at reeducating criminals or it's just a place where you send people to be punished and they usually come out worse than they entered?
Last question, how were the guards like? Professional, self righteous assholes or friendly?
Sorry for too many questions, always had these doubts.
First: in USP you have to show your paperwork, to prove you aren't a child molester or a snitch or a check in or a gang drop out. So, in a way, yeah, but people take you on your word in prison. Word is bond and that is all you got, so if you go around sputtering nonsense and not living up to what you say, then you wont last long.
The american prison system is garbage and it does not help you at all, most people leave much worse. There are not really any good programs for people trying to better themselves and they do try to make guys get a GED and stuff, but even guys fuck that off and there are loopholes around it.
The guards were much better than you'd imagine, you got a few bad apples, the higher security places, they leave you alone and treat you with a lot of respect. For the most part, all the prison staff know the places are fucked up and just do their best to try and make sure everybody survives from one day to the next.
Somebody who goes to the SHU (Secure Housing Unit / Special Housing Unit) that is essentially the hole, either because they don't want to pay a debt or are scared of somebody, or something like that. It is a bad reputation to have to do that, because federal prisoners do have email and communicate between prisoners, so whatever you do one place, always catches up with you eventually. Sorry for not clarifying.
Did you ever get into any fights or anyone ever try to attack you?
Yeah, well in the county jail you can fight all the time it is no big deal and I had to be there going to prison. Then in NY I fought my celly almost immediately because he dropped a kite/note on me and then tried to get me out of the cell and when they wouldn't move me, tried to put his shoes on (which indicates somebody wants to fight), so I fought him. The only other fight I really had was in the USP with one of my best friends, lol. for the most part, people left me alone, I'm like 6'3" and 220, at one point in prison I was like 250lbs and I'm very energetic guy and grew up a rough life and used to fight a lot. I only do it as a last resort. There really is no "winning" a fight in federal prison, you can get in a lot of trouble and it jacks your points for your security level way up.
Well, my best prison friend, lol. When you live around somebody essentially 24/7, I'm sure you can see how that leads to heated arguments and fights over dumb shit, it is the same on the streets if you hang around a best friend too much.
What did you miss the most while you were in prison? Also, did you gain any new hobbies to pass time?
Yeah I learned to bead lol but mostly I just typed for other inmates, legal work, grievances, and books that they'd write down. The typewriters are very shitty though, you can get paid about $1 per page to type.
I missed the internet the most, of course.
What, if you had one, was your scariest moment in McCreary?
Hmm, just about every day, you never know when people might jump on you, I would say I seen two gangs riot against each other in the main chow hall around December of last year though, two aryan gangs, ARM and AC, and it was literally a massive melee and the police couldn't even control it, they were screaming they needed more people and everything and started pepper spraying the entire chow hall and we were all trapped in there. Seen some people beat really bad. Besides that, another time I walked by a tv room type area and heard somebody getting killed in there and the sounds gave me chills for a long time, I didn't actually see it first hand because I minded my business and kept going, but it was one of those things, hearing someone choking to death isn't pleasant.
I'm sorry to hear that McCreary is so bad as have a former client there now. He's relatively young and I've been sending him some books here and there to keep him sane and give him a link to the outside world. Do you have any particular advice I can relay to him or any books or anything like that I can send him to help him get through it?
Just try and get him to get moved to the Yellow side. I was on the Blue side and it is a hell hole. The Yellow side has a medical unit, an old man unit, a recycling unit and a Challenge program, which is a load of trash but it can help him get out of that prison to a better location. Tell him to avoid fights, it adds too many points to your custody rating, you get 5 alone for the fight and another 2-3 for the incident report and other things that happen after to your living skills and programming.
Oh wow, and did you have anyone to talk to while you were there, inside or outside of the prison? I can't imagine having an experience like that and having to keep my thoughts to myself
Yeah we have an email system called trulincs to keep in contact with family and I used phone a lot and made a lot of prison friends.
Holy Shit. My dad worked at USP McCreary for years. Just retired about 4 months ago. Small small world.
Wow I might know him, did he used to be a compound lieutenant? I wont say his name, but kind of bigger older guy, really relaxed attitude, bit of a bear, but not really? I know there was a lieutenant there when I was there that was getting ready to retire.
The feds feed you good except in a usp, you don't get a dinner meal they bring a styrofoam tray to the unit, baloney sandwich every other day. Most the FCI are good though, you got a hot bar and a cold bar most the time and can eat as much as you want. They call it FED for a reason. You also get canteen and can buy all kinds of crazy stuff and got microwaves in most the units where you live.
1.Did you feel genuinely bad for anyone while you were in there? Did you believe any sob stories of "oh I didn't do it".
2.How would you improve incarceration? (left open ended on purpose)
3.How much money were you making before?
4.Say you did go back to selling drugs, would being a felon make it harder or not? Any street cred?
5.Spend any time in solitary? If so what did you do to pass the time?
6.What did you do to pass the time normally?
7.Make any friends?
8.Were you allowed to work? If so what did you do, what did you like, what did you hate? Any jobs they wouldn't let you do?
9.What was the worst story you heard in prison?
10.What story you heard made you the happiest?
1.) Yeah, there were a few people like that where I'd read their case work and be like omg this person really is innocent, lol.
2.) there are a ton of ways, but I think sentencing reform would go a long way. Inside, I'd say more programs would help.
3.) A lot. I'd buy a kilogram for $2000 and sell grams for $40-$120. Or the whole thing for $10-$20,000
4.) Yeah it would be easy because of the street cred, but dumb and stupid because of the risk.
5.) I did time in solitary when I got in trouble and all you can do is read books and listen to the radio. Ground Zero and Coast to Coast for the win!
6.) I typed a lot and listened to my mp3
7.) Yeah, a ton, all over.
8.) You can work, but like kitchen job, pick up trash, landscaping, I did all that type stuff, clean the unit, etc.; You can even be electician and plumber in there but they don't pay much, $50-$80 is considered a big amount.
9.) Hmm, I dunno, some of the things people did to get there. One guy had a picture on his wall of the skeleton they found in his murder case.
10.) Shit, the one where they told me I was getting immediate release lol :)
I don't quite understand the crime committed here. Were you importing a chemical you did not know was illegal? Or knew the implications of such an order considering you had a website for it.
It was not Schedule I until ten days after I was indicted, and the CSAEA for analogues used to be read in the conjunctive for the three prongs, like sold for human consumption AND has effect of Schedule I AND has structure of Schedule I (or II). Then they changed it and started reading it in the disjunctive, so they used OR instead of AND. A guy went to the Supreme Court over it last year, McFadden, and argued the mens rea of such a statute, but he really didn't even get relief because they just remanded for a lower court and slammed him on his other counts on his indictment. The thing is, the feds can indict a ham sandwich for conspiracy to have cheese and they'll win in court every time, there is no fighting them or beating them. So yeah I got fucked over, because I was under the assumption it was legal as long as it wasn't for human consumption and I had a pretty hefty disclaimer customers had to agree to that included indemnification, but it didn't help me out in court at all.
Yes, how do you address rumors that Magneto was secretly kept in a giant vault beneath your prison for killing JFK?
Did robot Clinton tell you this, or shape shifting interdimensional reptile Trump? Where are you getting this data?!
Did you happen to know my dad i never met? Mark Claborn. He was a DWB and went by the name "cravker". Tall white guy with a shaved head and a reddish blonde goatee and mustache. .. Just curious..
For some reason that does sound kind of familiar, where was he from?
You can use email via their proprietary system but it is very slow. No internet access.
What do you think is the biggest thing that needs to be changed about the prison system?
Hmm, that is a tough question. I think the prison system, as it stands, for shorter duration, would not be so catastrophic. I hope criminal justice reform really takes off after the election and that sentencing changes. That is really the corrupt and messed up part. There is just a million ways they can look at your case or your history and lock you up for 10, 20+ years and there isn't much you can do about it besides do the time. Federal prison is 85% with no parole. They are talking about adding more programs and helping people earn more good time credits and stuff to get out earlier, and that is really what they need to do. They have the capability and the scaffolding for proper classes and training and ACE (Adult Continuing Education), but from what I've seen, they don't utilize it properly and the prison budgets just seem to go to random things. The prisoners actually pay for more than you'd suspect, because all their money goes into a type of Trust Fund, so when they over pay for things (everything), that money is supposed to go back into their facilities, and it rarely seems to make it there.
So, yeah, the prison system, as messed up as it is, would be better if guys were not sitting in there so long. The prosecution and the way conspiracy laws work are atrocious. Essentially, if two people (even criminals looking for a time cut) say that you did something, you're guilty. In my case, it was just one other person who said I was doing something, and that was all the evidence they needed for a grand jury to indict me. That is what really needs to be changed.
When you were importing the chemicals, did you think about getting caught, or did you think you were pretty safe?
Also. How did you end up getting caught?
I thought it was not illegal if it was not for human consumption. One of my best friends came over my house to give me money personally for a kilgoram of MDMC, which I usually only take payments in other ways and not in cash, so it was odd, but he had a cell phone and I thought he was sending text messages, but I was on video. I didn't discuss the transaction, all I did was accept the money and not even count it. Usually I'd have a purchaser send the money via Western Union to either Nanjing or Shanghai in China, and then provide them a tracking number to their specific address. In this case, the guy was working with the DEA and the address he gave me was actually for the DEA, which at the time, the packages were still getting through customs because they were not illegal, so I ended up counting the money the next day and it was not all of the money so I only sent 850 grams to that location and then another 150 grams to another location from what I paid in the difference. They still tried to claim 1000 grams arrived at the location in Tampa, FL; and what they did (video tape me in my own office/house) is actually illegal under Florida law, but acceptable under Federal law is the person is working as a confidential informant for the government.
Then they said I was in "conspiracy" to import during that time frame and the person provided a statement that he was purchasing several kilograms from me every month, so they tried to estimate, after raiding my residence (*and not finding any drugs or anything else there, just some empty packages that used to contain synthetic marijuana, all labeled not for human consumption) that I had imported twenty kilograms. Eventually my lawyer and I fought down to four kilograms, as the person who set me up, they caught him with a kilogram and then said I sent them another kilogram, all of which they used against me, which btw, they got him by illegally towing his vehicle that was parked only for a few minutes in a private parking lot and then breaking into the locked trunk and then into a locked safe inside of that trunk (the case got a successful motion to suppress in the 11th Circuit, but then the court of appeals overturned it in the government's favor, saying the search and seizure was not illegal because the person mistakenly believed the police were pursuing him.).
Anyway, long story short, they did a bunch of dirty stuff and at the end of the day, even the person who set me up was not willing to testify against me, and I had him on video agreeing to my website's legal disclaimer, so they tried to arrest my girlfriend and two other females, my codefendant's ex girlfriend and his secretary, and then tried to charge me with a superseding indictment that said that the person I dealt with may have been armed when he did a transaction with me, so they were trying to charge me with that firearm, which is also illegal, and I signed a plea deal to get all of the females, their charges dropped, and to duck the superseding indictment, and to take only 4 kilograms, which was the same sentencing bracket as the 20 kilograms they originally wanted anyway.
At the end of the day, I ended up getting relief, but it took many years of sitting in federal prison.
Best friend set you up? That's fucked up. Bet they are watching their back now you are out.
Nah, lol they got like 20 years in prison they set me up for free on the house and then tried to run from the feds and didn't even get a time cut for it. So, karma is a bitch.
Assuming most people don't go their entire sentence without a wank, how and when did you do that?
You get cell time to your self, you're usually in a two man cell. Some people do it in the shower, they call it the abortion clinic, which btw, the showers are not like on tv, you get in there by your self and it is a one person shower, they got a ton of them and a gate closes in front of it and then you got privacy in there. Some guys "gun" or "snipe" and jerk off while talking to female officers and staff, which can get you into a lot of trouble and I'm not an animal like that, lol. There is some old porn magazines and stuff in there too and people trade pictures of girls, like pg13 stuff, they call it "fiend" or "flicks" and a picture of a hot chick a photo can go for like $1
Did you meet any people inside who legitimately shouldn't have been in there? Like say someone who beat up someone who molested their kid or killed someone in self defense? Basically someone you said "What are you doing in here?!".
Yeah lol a ton, that is a big part of the population, and guys who were innocent and guys conspire to get them indicted to get time cuts, there are tons of those.
How do drinking and drug use happen, like what do you do when you're drunk or high? Also, what's are some unwritten rules that most people outside of prison don't know?
Uh, I mentioned above the "hands off" policy and "hands laid, debts paid", besides that, you get drunk or high just like anywhere else, people smoke a lot of those synthetic canabinoids on paper, out of cans and pipes and stuff. Guys use a battery and strip off part near the negative terminal, then cut a small strip of foil from a candy bar wrapper usually or Goya seasoning, then connect it to itself on the negative and it flames up, which you use to light up a small piece of rolled toilet paper (a wick), then you can make a candle with vaseline and a cut up soda can... There is a way to "pop a socket" too, with two pieces of pencil lead stuck in each side and another piece of led dangled on a piece of toilet paper between them causes an arc to shoot sparks you can light an additional piece of toilet paper with.
I know you didn't ask how. The what people do is usually just listen to their mp3, watch tv, or sit in their cells and hang out. Some like to get high and go to the rec yard, etc. especially when they are drunk, but you run the risk of being breathalyzed by officers.
For the most part, people tend to stick with drugs that either don't show up on tests or are hard to test for, like suboxone and the synthetic canabinoids.
How was it coming back to Reddit after so long? What's the same and what's different?
Also, I'm glad you're out now. Good luck, and I wish you the best man.
Reddit is still the same. Digg changed a lot. I'm more comfortable back on reddit because it still looks and feels the same and the community here has always been superb.
What are your current job prospects like? Are there programs to help reintegrate convicts into society, and if so how effective are they?
Well, you know they just refer you to the state programs and stuff, job core and work force and stuff. I'm trying to get back into programming and have contacted a few companies I used to work for. I know one of them still uses software I wrote as a teenager... so, pretty good I think lol
What is the process for getting out? Do they assist you with housing, job, etc? If you don't have money/friends/family..what do you do the first day you are out?
shit, they gave me my money on a chase card and paid for me to take a Grey hound back to my city and i'm on my own from there, they try and help you locate a career and stuff through the probation officer, but that is about it. You get housing and stuff if you molest children, which I personally think is fucked up. The first day I was out I rode a grey hound bus that broke down on the side of the road so they ordered us all pizza, lol
How do you feel about all of the improved mobile phone tech?
Well, before I was locked up I had an early Android phone, a Kyocera Echo, and then I had a Toshiba thrive tablet, so I mean, I don't know how much they have improved, I've seen some and I've noticed they are more ubiquitous than before I went to prison, back when I bought that Toshiba Thrive, I was like the only one anywhere with a tablet, now everybody seems to have some kind of tablet or smart phone that is similarly capable. I've stayed up to date a lot of technology, and I plan to go try and get a Galaxy or something when I can afford it. Right now I'm just stuff with my laptop, which is only a year or two old I got from somebody and Google voice, lol.
1) Did you always have privacy for using a toilet or were they just open in a shared cell like sometimes seen in movies?
2) I get that it's not like the 80s or 90s and that the rape situation in prison has improved a lot and rape is rare, but does being ugly by female standards or being above a certain age seem to protect guys from getting raped?
3)Is it possible to kill yourself in prison and if so how do most guys do it? Is there some equivalent of suicide-by-cop where you say the wrong thing to the wrong guy and get stabbed 20 times? Are improvised weapons available or easily created in prison?
4) How were Jews treated in prison? Did you meet any? I guess the blacks and Mexicans would have no problem with it, but prison movies make it seem like all the white guys are white supremacists. Seems like being a small, shy, Jewish geek is about the worst thing you could be in prison (in terms of a type).
5) How were shy people treated in prison? In hyper-masculine cultures shyness is sometimes treated as a kind of femininity. Were shy guys victimized?
6) Do you think staying in your cell and not socializing much and just in general trying to stay as invisible and low profile as possible is a safer or more dangerous strategy for avoiding problems with other inmates like getting beaten, killed, or raped? I'm thinking that the fewer people you talk to and deal with the fewer people there are who might get angry with you for some reason.
7) Was it usually two men to a cell? Any prisons you were at that had 1 man cells and were those cells regarded as a good thing to have or a bad thing? Did any cells have open steel bars or were they all like steel doors with a small window or something like that.
8) Did they lock your cell at night after a certain time? If so did you feel claustrophobic about not being able to get out? The one time I spent in a jail cell I completely freaked from being in a cage where I couldn't leave no matter what and just paced back and forth for like 12 hours until I made bail. Did you ever have an experience like that?
Yes, you get privacy, you can put a shit sign up over your cell door. Yes .
3.) Yes, hanging by sheets mostly, and drug overdoses. Yes a lot of people make weapons.
4.) Good, they go to services and get matzoh and grape juice every friday, sometimes Challah and can make special orders for passover. Happy Rosh Hashana btw.
5.) Shy people are seen the way you described, some get victimized, but not always.
6.) Yeah, that is a good strategy, as discussed elsewhere
7.) Yes, two man cells were the best. No one man cells, you might get a cell to your self sometimes though out of luck or manipulation. All steel doors with a small food slot in case of lockdowns.
8.) Yes, you get locked down around 9:30-ish for a 10PM count and do not come back out until 6:30AM. I would get claustrophobic sometimes, but you learn to deal with it :)
What are your thoughts about how society and the media seem to trivialize rape in prison and even suggest it is an appropriate form of vigilante justice? What were the perceptions like on the inside and how prevalent are sexual assaults?
Well, there is something called PREA, the Prison Rape Elimination Act, so they try and do away with it. People think rape is more common in prison now, because it was before in the 80s and 90s, but there is a big push and a lot of programs to try and prevent and stop it, especially of staff on inmates. The perception on the inside is generally that you know, you do what you do to get by and some people, I honestly and I know this is going to cause me a lot of trouble, but one of my friends was like a rape magnet, he'd been raped before and was constantly getting sexually assaulted by people, and I think it had a lot to do with how he carried himself.
So, how much time did you actually serve? Why no camp status? Under 10 years and no violence usually means a camp. Why were you moved around so much? That is usually reserved as a punishment. Did you not qualify for the drug program reduction? How did they catch you, like their methods, or the usual "The ex girlfriend ratted or ex-friend got caught holding and ratted". Sorry if these questions are repeats.
Yeah how they caught me is kind of long and I answered it elsewhere, but I had a few criminal history points for probation violation in the state and misdemeanor marijuana possession and then some other stuff, which caused my custody score to go up. When I got to an FCI I also had a detainer from a state saying I had open/unresolved charges, so that added 7 to my points until I got it taken care of. Yeah, 2 of my moves were disciplinary transfer, one was custody level decrease and then the last was a type of adjustment transfer after I was under investigation and they couldn't find anything to give me an incident report for.