Jesus F. Mercado Jr.
CJ100 Intro to Criminal Justice
April 18, 2013
Freedom is something you can gain or loose with a blink of an eye, it’s up to you what path you decide to take. In any given point that moment when you gave your significant other or your children their goodnight kiss would not occur because you would not be there for it to happen. Is just a matter of thinking before you act in doing something foolish and making time behind bars as a result.
Life Behind Bars
Inmates refer to jail as still being on the “streets” due to the fact that in jail they still have enemy gangs and in any point ...view middle of the document...
Another thing that people don’t often talk about that happens all the time behind prison would be rape to other male inmates. Rape is usually the result of the lake of females and the need of sexual intercourse. Visiting hours on inmates are very strict. For general population they may only get fifteen minutes, four days a week, to visit inmates. Most of the inmates won’t even get a visit for a long period of time. Almost half of a prison is controlled by different gangs. There are different kinds of gangs in just one prison and it goes back to the term “street” because it is run as if they were back in their home turf. Inmates that are gang members will try to make a weapon of anything they can get in their hand to retaliate to other gangs. Gang members will send out written messages to each other and giving then the “green light” to murder some other inmate, this are called the “green lighters”. When correction officers get their hands in such a message they can decode the message and either search the inmates’ sale in search for any weapons or find out more about the gang and their ways of communicating.
This comes to the beginning where I mention that you have to think before you make any foolish acts because that can get you in jail for even your life. Is either, well spending your life with your loved ones or spending your life in a place where is full of gang members that at a point you’ll be on their side or against them and even die behind bars.
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