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    Well, as I sit here on the back porch during this beautiful March morning, drinking my coffee and patiently waiting for the mailman, I was wondering if someone in here could give me a breakdown of a day in the life of an inmate. Now I guess this would be a generic breakdown as every prison is different, (i.e. minimum security would definitely be different from max) but what I’m curious about is what time the inmates get up, how meals are handled, etc. Do all the lights really go out at “lights out”, etc? You know, the ordinary things that we all do – how are they done in prison?

    Thanks so much, y’all. Have a great day!

    MIR

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    Hi Marsin


    One of my mailmate did tell me what het does the whole day, which is nearly nothing. He does not take any courses, or does not work. He is based in Texas - and he told, me that he gets out of bed, when his cellmate is leaving to go to his course, around 9 that he the refresh himself, do some drawing or writing some letters, the he goes to lunch, and right after luch, he does some talking to his mates on his row, and after that he goes back to his cell - before dinner he takes a shower, and then goes fro dinner together with his cellmate, then he has a walk in the yard, and then returns to his cell to draw some more while listening to music.
    He tries to stay out of trouble, because he is going to be paroled by the end of this year, sow he avoid contact with others, especially with any gangs (which are very frequent in Texas prisons) and he wants to return to his family, sow he keeps a low profile.
    Nothing exciting is happening as you see, only when he gets my letters, that seems to be the most exciting time of the week for him.

    Hope this give you some insight, but guess it is different from prison to prison and from person to person.

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    Micky

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    It has been almost two years since my PP has outlined her daily routine, to me, but I will try to remember some of it.
    She is also incarcerated, in Texas, and she lives in a dorm with 33 other women (34 total). Her cubicle is about 6' X 8' and the walls are waist high. They are awakened ever three hours, for a count, day and night. They are awakened at 4:00 a.m. and marched to a building where they are given an issue of clothing. They have two sets of clothing, so that they have one to wear while exchanging the other. I misunderstood that aspect, but she assured me that they didn't have to run out in the cold weather in their "Victoria Secrets" to get a change of clothing. Sleepint attire is optional. Skivvies and bra or night shirt. With colder weather, my PP wears long underwear because it gets cold in the dorm. Some of the ladies wear their jackets.
    So, after clothing exchange, they are marched to the mess hall where the entire 34 women are given 20 minutes to get their food, eat it and get out. If they aren't done in the 20 minutes . . TOUGH! . . out they go. She says that it is a sickening sight to see several women wolfing their food. Then, they are marched back to their dorm, where they prepare for their jobs.

    During their "marches" they walk in half-step with eyes straight forward and not talking to anyone. No waving to someone you know, etc. When one of the inmates from SU are brought through, they are required to stand on the edge of the sidewalk and face outward or crowd up against a building.
    At 6:00 she is marched to her job where she works until noon. After lunch, she can write letters, go to the library, clean her area, etc. But, everywhere she goes, she has to have a pass to show to any CO who should challenge her.
    Dinner is at 5:00, for another 20 minute force feed. She says the food is attrocious: high in fat, meat stringy, and for an entire year, they weren't allowed to have any salt because someone tried to pass a note in a salt shaker.
    Ice water is placed in pitchers in the center of the long table.
    Quite often, they will get a meal that has jalepeno peppers in everything. Then, she says it is a fight for water. She can tolerate a certain amount of jalepeno pepper, when eaten slowly. But, when they have to wold their food, it gets very hot and she says that the sweat pours down her face.
    At some time, during the afternoon or evening, she gets an hour in the exercise yard, where she generally walks around the track and visits with ladies from other dorms. In the summer, she prefers the 7:00 yard time because the Texas sun isn't so high and so hot.
    Lights go out at 10:30 at night.
    I do send her a small amount of money, every month, so that she can buy better underwear, including the warm long underwear, facial lotions, soap, toothpaste, ice cream and other snacks like ramon noodle soup, cheese and crackers, Dinty Moore stews and the like. She does not get paid for her job, so she depends on my monthly gift, for which she is very grateful. It is a 12 hours between dinner and breakfast, which is a long time if you are hungry. So, the snacks are very comforting. :-)
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    My PP is always telling me about his day...so I think I can help. He is in a Medium sec prison. Lock down is at 10 pm til 5 am.

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    My PP is always telling me about his day...so I think I can help. He is in a Medium sec prison. Lock down is at 10 pm til 5 am.

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    He has an art class for the morning, and goes to hobby shop in the afternoons. He likes to play handball and run, spends maybe 2 or 3 hours in yard time and calls me from 9pm til lockdown. They have movies, cable tv he can watch in his cell, Satalite radio etc.

    I send money so he can buy hygeine, snacks, socks, tennis shoes, phone time etc.

    Their day depends a lot on us....if they got a letter, or if they get to make that phone call. It can make a day great or horrible

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    One of my pals is in a special housing unit so he is only allowed out of his cell for 1 hour out of 24. That is for a shower and personal hygiene. His day starts when they wake him at 6 am to be counted, has breakfast around 7 am, waits until about 8 am to go shower. He's free to do whatever he wants all day so long as he does it in his cell. His breakfast and dinner are brought to him. As Dave said, he can get extra commissary if he has the money but a lot of times the guards mess with him and don't bring him what he orders. He gets frustated with the counts because he doesn't go anywhere. He writes, does artwork, origami, watches TV and listens to radio. Lights out are at 10 pm.
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    Wow, such a huge difference between the inmates in experiences. From work and hobbies to eating meals with someone or alone in your cell, there doesn't seem to be much consistency in the U.S system. I guess the states have the majority say so in what and how they treat their inmates so that accounts for the huge differences?

    MIR

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    Compared to Dave's (XRay) Pal mine is in a pretty good place...and she is in Florida!

    She is in a room...not a cell...a room with wooden door and window. Granted it is a small room and she shares it. They have bunk beds.

    She usually wakes up at about 6 am, makes coffee in her room...goes for a shower...first count is at 7:30. She is required to sit in her made bed...no talking...until the count is over.

    She skips breakfast...nothing is edible in the dining hall. Then it is off to school until 11:30...second count...lunch...in the dining hall if it is hamburgers...in the common area with canteen food if it is not.

    Back to school until 3:30. Next count at 4:30...time to herself until 5:30 when dinner is served...she usually skips dinner and she and her friends cook up something from canteen food in the common room. (They are quite
    ingenious with what they can cook up using canteen food.)

    Fourth count at 10:00p lights out at 11:00. She spends most weekday evenings studying, or working with another woman on her Early Conditional Release Brief and application.

    She has one dress, two button shirts, three t-shirts, a sweat shirt, two pairs of pants, a pair of PJs, underwear (that she just hates), socks and shoes, running shoes. Some of this, the basic stuff, is supplied by the state....other stuff she buys once a year from a special canteen list. We call it her, "trip to the mall", usually in the spring. We gave her a $100 gift certificate for Christmas to pay for her trip to the mall.

    Medical care is minimal but she is young and in good health...so it is not too concerning.

    Food is atrocious. No fresh veg or fruit, low in fibre, high in fat...generally inedible.

    Sure glad she isn't in Texas!!!

    Tom
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    >Compared to Dave's (XRay) Pal mine is in a >pretty good place...and she is in Florida!

    Thank you Tom, for the outstanding outline. Actually thanks to everyone for their wonderful outlines. It helps me to fill in the blank areas of inmate life.

    A question, Tom. Is your friend in a Minimum security facility? It sounds like it but I wouldn't really know. Also, her canteen must provide a greater variety than what is generally given. BTW, what kinds of things does she and her mates creatively "cook up" if you can recall?

    Thanks a bunch.

    MIR

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