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Cell Block C: I'm Already Hip

Updated on April 28, 2016

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Booking

This is the first area of the county jail. Located on the first floor and it is called Booking. When you arrive you will be standing cuffed in line behind others. Once you are summoned to the desk an officer will fingerprint you and get general info before sending you behind a brick wall. It is here that those arrested must strip naked and bend over and cough as well as a few other things. Then you slip into a red jail issue outfit for felony or a blue one for a misdemeanor charge. Then after giving blood to a nurse you are put into the "Holding Tank" with at least 20 others at any given time. Anywhere from 3 to 10 hours later your name will be called to go to your floor and your block. This jail has 10 floors. The first few are for courts, nurse station, female inmates and small crime prisoners. The top 4 floors however are for first degree felonies only such as murder and armed robbery. Escorted to an elevator with cuffs on wrists and ankles the misery at the top floor awaits.

Booking is the safest section of the jail and it is only a short term holding grounds for new meat.

On Edge

The block has one small television, a checker and chess board and a few tables for 35-50 inmates to share.
The block has one small television, a checker and chess board and a few tables for 35-50 inmates to share. | Source

The Block

When you enter your block you come into an open area that has 6 cells on the bottom and 6 more on a top tier. As stated before these are the felony floors which, by the way, are maximum security. Whether you are locked up for 8 months or 4 years you get zero outside air. Inmates stay in a small cell with 2 bunks but usually a third person shares the cell and sleeps the floor. You are in these cells for around 18-19 hours each day. From 6 AM till 8 AM you are out to eat, shower, watch news or shower. From 12-1 you eat again then the final time you are out of the cell is from 5-7 sometimes longer and sometimes you aren't allowed out at all.

Face your fears cause you can not go home the concrete jungle is home.

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Life is hard when you lose your freedom and you are told when to eat, shower and sleep.
Life is hard when you lose your freedom and you are told when to eat, shower and sleep. | Source

Concrete Reality

Unwritten rules must be obeyed when one is incarcerated especially when convicted and accused murderers are with you all day. Gangs will definitely jump an enemy with four or five at a time. When another inmate is on the phone do not be loud and if you owe another an item you need to pay up when that time arises. For better or for worse, if you get picked on or if another man steals from you then you have to physically retaliate. It is kill or be killed with all inmates backs on the wall because shanks in the small of the back are the order of the day.

Jail is not like you see on television or in the movies it is actually much worse.


A Day in Jail (Video)

Truth

It is best to stay to yourself. The more info that you let out the more it can and will be used against you. That goes for the C.O.s and for those locked up. Some inmates have been sentenced to life in prison or they are in the county appealing a death sentence. Shanks can be made from a toothbrush, pencil, hardened plastic and several other ready made items.

Inmates and corrections officers both have weapons and both men will use them.

Tools of the Trade

The "night stick" or baton can be wooden (like the one pictured) or they can be metal and extend out.
The "night stick" or baton can be wooden (like the one pictured) or they can be metal and extend out. | Source

Crime and Justice

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C.O. Control

As dangerous as jail can be dealing with other inmates it is nothing compared to the correctional officers. Armed with "billy clubs", tasers and pepper spray the guards will use them. Sometimes justified and other times not. If a guard chooses to hurt an inmate he can because certain areas, in particular the block, have no cameras on them.

Whether you like it or not show full respect to the guards who can not only hurt you physically but they can hurt you emotionally and mentally as well. They can do things such as suspend visits and phone calls and put prisoners in the hole.

Law Library

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Work The System

You do not have much in jail but use whatever you got to survive the heat. If you are lucky you get the 4 only true privileges inmates can have which are: mail, visits, phone calls and the store or canteen if you will. Store items are like cash in jail and items are the number one currency.

Protect Yourself At All Times

It is common for an inmate to be "Cludged" or jumped by several other inmates.
It is common for an inmate to be "Cludged" or jumped by several other inmates. | Source

Lonely and Dangerous

It is lonely in the county especially at night. You are locked away with nothing but your thoughts, a few books and letters from loved ones if your lucky. Read and work out. That is all their is to do. Of course a more important thing that helps you fight the boredom and complete loss of freedom. Constant danger.

Armed and Dangerous

Homemade knives or "Shanks" can be made from almost any item.
Homemade knives or "Shanks" can be made from almost any item. | Source

Survival

Certain rules and a little guts is a big part of surviving the horror. Never snitch no matter what you see because that could get you hurt or even be your death sentence. Another biggie in the slammer is to mind your own business and it should go without saying but pay back anything you owe and do it when that item is due.

Jail Escapes Caught on Tape

Exit Strategy

Standing up for yourself, watching your back and trusting nobody are essential to surviving the game but using your brains are even more important if you plan on getting out of the system and staying free. Visit the law library and soak up facts about cases similar to yours, behave and stay out of trouble while incarcerated and keep in touch with the outside at all times for moral, mental, emotional and financial support.

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