Originally posted by Creep Thumper
"Solitary confinement" isn't solitary. It just means that there's one inmate per cell. You are surrounded by other inmates whom you can, and do, talk
to at all hours of the day and night.
Inmates sing, play chess, hollar, debate, abuse each other, and the staff, etc., 24/7.
About 23 years ago, I landed in a county jail in New York State. During inmate visiting, one inmate ran across the room and began attacking another
inmate. The guy being attacked was basically caught by surprise and did not even have time to react as he got his azz kicked. When the "Goon Squad"
came in, they added insult to injury by going after him, thinking he was the instigator and continued to pummel the poor guy curled up on the floor
and he screamed in pain. Amazingly, the attacker was largely ignored.
I was visiting with my father at the time in a community type visiting room.
Upon seeing all of this, and being the outspoken type, I jumped up out of my seat and started yelling, "Hey, you got the wrong guy, you're beating up
the wrong guy!!!"
Well, then I became their target. They ran over to me, three of them. They lifted me up out of me seat and ran me head first into the wall knocking me
unconscious. A few days later I had a disciplinary hearing and was given a 30 day sentence in "Administrative Segregation" ... solitary confinement
for "obstructing security & safety"
There was no open window in my cell and it wasn't a cell in the way most people would think of. It had a door with a 12X12 window and a slot for a
food tray which was closed from the outside. I was allowed out to shower once a day; I was to walk backward to the cell door, naked, was then cuffed
and walked naked to the showers. Out of cell activity was outside in a large cage, by myself with a basketball hoop and a basketball, in my underwear
and flip flops. 1 hour a day, but they made excuses every day and it turned out to be like twice a week. It was very quiet in the cell and there was
NO WAY to communicate with anyone. I was given a book and could exchange that every three days, but other than eating, that was all I had.
I was in for possession of Marijuana and ended up doing 120 days.
Your comment is completely off base and may apply to the jail you are familiar with but not all jails in America. I was DEFINITELY in SOLITARY
CONFINEMENT and definitely doing long and hard time, especially considering the thirty days came off my "good time" and actually did NOT count toward
my sentence. People that think all sorts of abuse doesn't happen inside jails and prisons in America are in some serious delusion.
After getting out of solitary I almost wished I was back in there. The place was disgustingly over run with large roaches which wasn't a problem in
the sealed room type cells of solitary. I remember waking up one night seeing a long crack in the wall that I couldn't remember being there in the
daytime...it turned out to be literally a parade of roaches, each one about the size of my thumb. I slept very little.
edit on 9-3-2013 by
odd1out because: (no reason given)