Tuesday, February 3, 2004


I am sure you all know by now that I used to work in a state prison before I became disabled. If not, the short end is that I was an institutional counselor and did the psychological testing on inmates coming into the state system in order to process them to the appropriate facility. I loved my job...loved the people I worked with and I enjoyed meeting others from a variety of places. Now working in a prison with 1,500 men does not phase me in the least. I guess because I know that every day I can walk out the gates and they cannot. I never had an ounce of fear because they can definitely sense that. Honestly there was nothing to fear. We received inmates that had more then a year and a day to serve up until life. The only inmates we never saw were those sentenced to death-they were taken directly to the state prison that the death penalty is done at. I guess I should start filling you all in on my adventures at the prison life..I am sure you would get some laughs at least from it all. Today I just wanted to point out that an inmate has escaped from the facility I worked at. He apparently (they suspect) walked out the front gate like any other person because he had gate priviledges. Well there has been a mad hunt for him every since...he is not seriously dangerous but I just cannot believe there was an actual escape. My hunnie works in the confinement unit (solitary confinement) so he does not have alot to do with what goes on, on the open compound..but I tried to call him last night at work and the institution is not allowing any phone calls in or out because of the escape. I know he is going to be caught...they always are... inmates are not known for their high intelligence and they make mistakes (that is how they get caught)... but the entire atmosphere and such changes at the prison and the roads around it. We live about 15 miles from the prison and every day now they are doing road searches here... they have a feeling he is heading out towards the east. Why would he want to escape with only 11 years to do and he only serves 85% of that--now he will receive at least 6 more years. If they catch him I will fill you all in... my son's high school that is about 20 minutes west of us was locked down today because there were rumors that he might now be in that area... I just find it all very interesting--PEACE!!!!


sonensmilinmon said...

I used to babysit for a nurse at a prison and I remember lock downs and I would have her child until she was finally free to leave again. She paid me well, and always had interesting stories to share. :)
Smilin Mon

grandmumsy08 said...

thanks for visiting my poem blog, Ellie, and directing my attention here. this is a very good-looking journal: tidy and appealing graphics, not overdone. Home Schooling ROCKS! You go! (I am a college teacher of basic speech classes, and believe me, I know whereof I speak!)

deabvt said...

I can appreciate your position..I interned at the Pa Maximum Security Forensic Diagnostic Hospital....Got some tales too!
Good luck with your journal!

barebytes said...

Telling us you live around where an escaped prisoner is running losse and then not writing for weeks on end is not a good thing. Now check this message and get back to us. Hugs Lanny