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:
A lot has happened this week. On Monday, all of us were issued homemade facemasks per directive from the director requiring facemasks to be worn at all times. A week ago supplies were purchased, and thousands of masks were made here by us inmates. By coincidence, at my facility the first COVID-19 case amongst staff was confirmed on Wednesday. The staffer in question was one of the outside contractors.
Ah, the week before Christmas! This week was your typical end of year holiday week around here. There are cheerful guys and frumpy ones, mopey guys and suspiciously happy ones. The guys that are happy are easy to spot, the suspiciously happy even more so (they’re UNUSUALLY chatty). As for the guys that are frumpy and mopey? That’s another story. (I wrote a little about these in my holiday post Cry Baby, Santa and the Easter Bunny). Needless to say, I drew a wide path around the chaos. Does it faze me? Nah. The holidays here are what you choose them to be. I choose zen.
Here in This World, many offenders suffer from addictions. By far, drug addictions are the most common, but large numbers of offenders suffer from non-drug related addictions. These individuals don’t attend Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) because neither would help them. In particular, these individuals suffer from one of the many forms of sex addictions. They’re serving sentences on charges ranging from rape to pandering, and it’s easy to view these offenders as having committed ‘spontaneous’ or ‘one time’ acts rather than suffering from ongoing addiction. On December 23, 2019, I will post the first of several guest writings to come. The author was convicted of child sex crimes, and it is the first essay in a series of guest writings covering sex and non-drug related addictions.