SHU Routine

Prison Life

Mar 24

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 |

The good news is that my case manager approved a second call to Christine.  SHU inmates are only allowed one 15-minute call every thirty days.  As I’ve said before, I have been treated as if I’m here for disciplinary reasons, and not protective custody.   So, I was very happy to speak with Christine last night.  We covered a lot of territory in the short time.  It was so good to hear her voice.  She knows that I am doing ok.  I’ve fallen into a SHU routine (more on that in a minute) that I am hoping will make this time pass soon enough (I pray).

I was moved to a cell at the other end of the hall and I am still by myself.  It doesn’t matter because I can’t tell one cell from another, or one hall from another.  Walking down the hall confirmed to me that nearly all the other cells are occupied by two inmates. I’m still isolated me from the other inmates, and the fact that I am always at the end of the hallway means that other SHU inmates are not walking by me.

My routine is always the same here:

5:30 – 6 am:  Wake up and lights on (light switches are controlled by the CO’s)
6:30 – 7 am:  Breakfast in cell (best meal of the day and I always request an extra milk, but I don’t always get it)
7-11 am: Read and listen to some talk radio (yes, I could get my little radio out of my property bag.  This is a treat)
11-11:30 am: Lunch in cell
11:30-5 pm: Read and listen to some talk radio (I haven’t found many music stations worth listening to)
5-5:30 pm: Dinner in cell
5:30 pm: Mail delivered to cell
5:30-9:30 pm: Read (as you can see, I am reading a lot!)
9:30 pm: Lights out (I can request that my lights be turned on or off earlier)