Prison Pete

Sunday, September 05, 2004
  Yet another problem with the mailroom.
I got your letter about the returned books on Tuesday, and actually went to lunch today to find a mucky muck to explain what happened to the books. As you can tell from the policy statement, they are supposed to send some sort of paperwork when they return books. Well I never got the notice.

Do you think "they" forgot to send it to me? So, now I have to find out what the problem is. But since I have no paperwork to prove that the mailroom ever saw the package, WTF am I supposed to do?

You will note also that with the exception of porno-type stuff, the only person who can reject a book is the Warden. Well, I will try to talk to some staff people on Thursday.

Yes, I did get the other books! Things were getting slim in the locker, so I appreciated the delivery. As it happens, one of the inmates was bitten by a spider and his leg is twice the normal size. He is confined to his bed and likes Westerns, so I gave him the one Western type book and the Baldacci book also. I have already read it and love his writing. As luck would have it, I never did read Primary Colors, and the Frederick Forsyth book is also one that I have not read!

Let us go ahead and try sending me the hardcover James Bond books as long as it is five or less. For now, that seems to be OK. I noticed that the policy does say that the warden may set limits locally on the number or volume of publications an inmate may receive or retain (page 6/f). You can get the national list if you get PS 5580.06 Inmate property list.

The inmate property statement does say five books is the amount we can transfer, and the institutional supplement says that we may have an additional five books, the Catch-22 is that if I push the issue, "they" could decide to make sure my locker never has more than ten books or anything else that is not specifically on the list of official property. My thought is to ask the warden informally what his opinion is on the number of books.

Life sucks and then there is prison.
I'm new to your blog and I've enjoyed reading it very much. I am exasperated though, at a prison limiting the number of books that you can have. What are they thinking? Obviously, they aren't.
Aren't books supposed to build character and intelligence ?
This "10-Books rule" is absolutly idiotic.
Kinda saw ur blog tru coincidence. was kinda bewildered by such a blog. But i guess blogger is a good place to express urself n transport urself to another world that u can find solitude n freedom. Think u r perhaps one of the saint'est person in the prison. well at least i feel that u don't exactly sound like a prisoner. coz most won't even bother writing blogs. u will be out soon. hang on there buddy
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