My Cell

Prison Life

Mar 10

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011 |

My cell in the SHU is about 6′ wide and 12′ deep. It has one bunk bed that is the same as the Low. My mattress is very thin and uncomfortable, and lays on top of a steel deck. There is a stainless steel toilet and sink combo unit, a stainless-steel shower and a small desk. There is very little room to move around. The cell also has a 1’ x 4′ window with bars. The door is heavy steel with a small window and a pass-through door that is always locked.   This is small horizontal trap door is used by the inmate to receive his food, and it is also where he sticks his hands through so they can be handcuffed.

An inmate must talk through the cracks in the door, if he doesn’t want to yell, to talk to anyone. It can get very noisy since everything is concrete and steel. I do not have access to the light switch. The CO’s must turn the light switch on and off, which they will do upon your request.

From what I can tell, there are 24 or so cells in each wing, and there are four wings. Many of the cells have two inmates in them. I suppose that I am lucky to be by myself given that there is so little room in the cell.