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Life In Prison - continues
By Gina R Autrey
Thursday, June 21, 2007

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The saga of prison life continues

When you are in Recieving you are tested physically and you are also given mental tests to determine if you have health or mental problems.  They also assess your IQ - a higher IQ means your chances of going to maximum security are higher - they see you as a potential escape risk.  I was poked and prodded and went through all the testing.  My days were spent waiting to be called out for tests or sleeping on my mattress on the floor.  I didnt talk much.  I didnt really have anything to say.  I was too depressed.  I wasnt eating hardly anything.  The food was gross anyways.  The highlight of my week would be when we got to make phone calls home.  God, I missed my kids so bad.  I missed all my family.  My husband and my kids were writing me letters and those letters help me to survive my time while I was being processed into the system.  I was in processing for 78 days.  Typical time is 2-4 weeks, but SC had a serious overcrowding problem at the time (they still do), so the time was much longer. 

I watched and observed alot during those 78 days.  I noticed that a lot of the women were "flirting" with each other.  I had never been exposed to any kind of homosexuality so this was very strange to me.  Even though they were locked in different rooms some of the women were now a couple.  They would yell at each other through the bars at night and stand in the doorway gazing out for hours on end.  These women more often than not did not have any family support.  They had no one on the outside who was standing by them.  So they turned to each other for that support.  That is what most of the "relationships" in prison are all about - support, encouragement, someone to depend on.  Alot of them are also about canteen.  The prison population is divided into two classes.  Those who get money from the outside to buy canteen and those who do not.  Those who do not are going to find a way to get canteen - one way or another.  Either by having a girlfriend that does or by washing clothes for inmates or cleaning tennis shoes and living area or performing sexual favors for payment.  That is just the way it is.  The things provided by the state are not fit for use.  The deodorant smells worse that sweat.  The toothpaste is great for cleaning tennis shoes, but not your teeth - the list goes on.  And if you are to eat anything decent it comes from the canteen - not the cafeteria.

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Reviewed by Raymond Richardson 6/22/2007
Just reading that short piece was a really horrifying,and disturbing piece of literature.How do you expect people to come out of a situation like this and revert to a normal life without some consequences.Would have liked to have read more.

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