Yah - you heard me right. I wasn't kidding.
While I may not be an officially incarcerated inmate - at times - it sure feels like I am because Rambo is a prison guard. Yup - another prison rant from the prison guard's wife. I can't keep these fears in or they'll drive me crazy so you lucky little readers get to hear this shit again.
When Rambo was first in the prison system, he only guarded seg inmates. That means he only guarded inmates who were in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day. There were no fights or rapes or anything. Though the prisoners were literally dubbed the worst in the state (and even some federal inmates would be shipped there in the middle of the night in secrecy) - Rambo was safe....because these prisoners were so dangerous or they'd be killed immediately in general population...that every prisoner was in segragation.
The last few years, part of the prison has been converted to general population. My biggest fear come true.
General population means MANY prisoners with very few guards. It means fights and racial tension and way more issues.
It means I worry way more than I used to over stupid things like canteen.
Canteen is things like Doritoes, snacks, candy, soda. The inmates put orders in for it and buy it with their own money. It is usually cheap.
Yesterday, Rambo watched a white inmate walk into a Mexican inmate's cell and hand him a bag of canteen. A BIG bag. $20 worth.
That's a lot of canteen.
And in the prison world - $20 of canteen means something is up. A deal is being made. Someone is being paid off for services rendered or services to be rendered in the future. You cannot give another inmate canteen like that. Especially when you're different races.
Something is going to go down.
I hate that Rambo caught them doing it - even though I know he caught them because he's good at his job.
One inmate agreed to lose 5 days of electronics for what he did. The other one is more stubborn and is awaiting a hearing.
And now we wait. To see if someone can figure out what the canteen payment was for.
Maybe because the canteen transfer was stopped - the "event" won't happen. I don't know.
What I know is that I hate general population politics. I hate that in prison - people can be killed or beaten or raped over $20 worth of Doritoes and soda. I hate that another human being's life is worth such a small amount.
Then again - knowing what some of these men have done - Doritoes and soda can sometimes be an overpayment - if you ask me.
I doubt I'll ever look at Doritoes the same way again.