Another Ohio prison has burst wide with cases of COVID-19. North Central Correctional Institution is so short on healthy staff, that a statewide call for correctional officers has been issued.
I recently completed my “7 Days Behind Bars” series. In it you’ll read stories of events from each day of the week, snapshots of life behind bars. They’re essays of hope and fear, inspiration, happiness and crushing sadness. Above all else, they’re reality of life behind bars. For those of you who haven’t yet read these 7 postings, you’ll want to read them now:
The first posting of a long running essay titled “Lost In Darkness,” about one sex offender’s problem with sex addiction, was published on 23 December 2019 in the post I’m D.E., a Sex Offender. Then in Video Fridays In 60 Seconds #10, and again in #18. Today I’m posting the second to last installment of D.E.’s essay “Lost In Darkness,” which you can read here.
This week our COVID-19 lockdown ended and we’ve returned to semi-normal operations here. Many of the departments that were closed have reopened, and guys are happy to get moving again. Of course, nothing is really back to “normal” in the sense that we remember. The ‘new normal’ (as clichéd as that phrase has become) is a world where we’re still restricted in some of our movements, and everyone still wears masks. Don’t get me wrong, I really AM thankful. After the last 8 weeks, our new normal is awesome.
As I write, I am watching the protests and looting in cities across the country over the police killing of 46 year old George Floyd, in Minneapolis, MN. I hear the voices and see the reactions of my peers over Floyd’s death, and theirs is a mix of anger and frustration.