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Old 06-20-2005, 05:45 PM
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Arrow What is Reception Like, Headed to Reception, Journey to the Prisoners World

Do you want to journey to the Prisoner's World?

if you have anything to add here, that refers to what it really is like for inmates, please send it to me!


a letter from my son written for another young man - Momma Ann

going to prison soon--he said it was fine with him if you wanted to post it.

Prsion Life is not as bad as you think, It sucks-but it could be a lot worse-I expected a lot worse. For the most part nothing is like what you have seen on TV. And things get better as time goes by. County jail will be the worst; Reception will be a little better then, when you finally get to your final facility you start to adjust. I've been told that it takes about 6 months to adjust. Well, I have been here about 3 months and feel I am adjusted. If you accept prison as your home and forget about how you used to live it will be a lot easier. There is no sense in wishing you weren't in prison-even though you will. Sh*! in one hand and wish in the other and see which one gets filled up first.

Once you have accepted prison as your home for the time being, you have to find ways to pass the time. One of the best ways to pass the time is to forget time exists. Don't worry about what time it is or what date it is-that will only make time go by slower.You also have to find ways to keep your mind busy. There are lotsa of ways to do that-reading, writing letters, watching TV, puzzles, cards, listening to music, drawing pictures and other things. Before you know it, you will have too much stuff to do.

When dealing with other inmates, just remember none of them are your friends. NONE of THEM! Some of them will seem like nice, helpful guys, but they are not. Everyone wants something (cigarettes, stamps, addresses, food etc.) from you.Don't accept anything from anybody. There is no such thing as a gift in prison. No matter how much you want or need something, my advice is don't take it. I've been offered everything from cigarettes to shoes. Everything has a price eventually. If someone tries to give you something because they say they don't want it, tell them you don't want it either. People will try to force you to be in their debt.

Also, do not let anyone scare you. If they know you are scared, they will feed off that. A good example, I just bought a black lighter. The guy in the cell next to me was complaining he had a purple lighter and he hated it. He wanted to swap. I told him I wanted to look at his lighter first. Of course, it was 1/2 empty. When I said I didn't want to trade, he got mad and kept saying you don't know how mad you made me etc. I ignored him--I think he was trying to scare me into giving him my lighter. He left me alone--they are just testing you. If people start talking sh@# ignore them--don't answer back or you will start a fight.If people realize that can't scare you and they can't intimidate you, they will leave me alone. I keep to myself.

If somebody tries to take something from you (has not happened to me), it is better to fight than let them take it. Even if you lose the fight, you gain respect. Not that different from standing up to a bully in the neighborhood. Inmates want to find guys they can rob who won't fight back. Once you fight back, you will be off their list.And if you act like you will fight, he will know you will both end up in trouble--and very few guys want that. They want to find the easy marks. But if it comes to fighting-fight. One ass whooping is better than living in fear. Once you fight, you will be left alone. But this has not happened to me--just advice if it does.

Rape is a thing of the past. There are enough guys in here willing to have sex with other guys--so no one has to rape anybody. Don't listen to what people tell you- they are trying to scare you. The don't drop the soap in the shower thing is pretty much a myth. If you wrap your soap in your washcloth, you won't drop it anyway. And in my final prison, we shower alone. In reception you shower together, but the guys wear their boxers in the shower--washes the boxers at the same time! And do not hang out with the gays. Don't worry, you will know who they are.

Do not tell on anyone unless you really feel your life is threatened. You do not want to be labelled a snitch.

If things were to get very bad, and I do not think this will happen, but know you can request protective custody. But do not do that unless you feel you have no other choice. If you stick to yourself and don't owe people or start problems with them, you will be fine.
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Old 07-10-2005, 10:16 AM
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Default What Prison Reception is like

Care to take a journey into my world— August 27, '02. The day I depart from NYC to prison, 4:30 a.m. I was awoken by the sounds of keys singing and an officer opening up my cell bars telling me, "Pack it up, you're headed upstate." 5 o'clock. A captain escorts me downstairs. I go into a holding pen where I am fed breakfast, four slices of bread, one milk and oatmeal cereal. 5:30 a.m. Finger printed, mugshot, handcuffed, and put on a city correction shuttle bus to Rikers Island to be put on another bus. This time it so happens to be [with] a tribe of individuals cuffed and shackled going to the same location as me, the lost world.
While traveling through the interstate, I gazed out the window, soaking up the magnificent view of cars passing by, trees looking so beautiful and calm grass freshly green, animals attending to everyday nature activities. A sight I will no longer [be] able to enjoy unless I view it from a television screen. . . .

One hour has lapsed, the gate finally starts to open, the bus pulls into its loading dock, the sound of the engine shuts off and the gates slowly shut. One by one the cuffs and shackles are removed and we are told to step into a huge holding cell occupied with a toilet and sink. Numerous officers approach. "Turn around, place your hands on the walls, and spread your legs out open." All your clothing has to go either in the trash or [be] sent home, however, you are allowed to keep all legal work and religious articles.

A doctor/nurse comes and asks you questions about your medical history. After questioning, you step back into the holding cell. You are fed, given a shower, haircut, and shave, issued state greens with boots and tennis shoes, assigned a housing unit along with a cell, locked in until the next day.

7:00 AM the next day begins with a stand-up count, fully dressed standing by your cell, served breakfast in the mess hall, off for more testing, medical, TB, chest X-rays, eye examination, shots, etc. Back to your housing area, locked in til chow, the same thing continues, more testing education this time, talk to a counselor who tells you your classification level, back to your cell.

There you have it—some insight on what happens when you enter prison reception. . . .
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