#1: Video Fridays in 60 Seconds — Fentanyl, New Staff, and Shakedowns

Today I’ve created a new category for you all titled “Video Fridays in 60 Seconds.” This category will feature weekly videos about life here and how incarceration impacts myself and those around me. They’re videos to inspire and videos that answer the broader question: What is it like to be incarcerated in the United States?

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Prison Hustles Make the World Go Round

Most convicts live month to month on their state pay (a monthly stipend earned from working a prison job). There are jobs for working in food services, the education department, maintenance, recreation, and even in the cell blocks. Everyone here works. There are probably 50 or so different jobs guys can choose from and 95% pay a monthly earnings of $21.00 or less. Think about this for a moment. Twenty one dollars for a month’s work.

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The First Visit

I spend alot of time thinking. Most of the time it’s about current events and happenings in my life, but sometimes I find myself thinking back upon the past. I know I’ve said it before, but time has a way of putting things into perspective. My first year incarcerated was a frightful one. I learned through trial by fire how to survive in This World. You either fight to survive or you fold and are swallowed into oblivion behind these walls. That first year was a lonely one for me. Not so much because I had no one here that I could talk to, but because I realized for the first time that family is all that matters in life.

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