Prison Pete

Monday, September 19, 2005
  Amy Fisher's book.
Well I stayed up till 5:00 AM this morning reading Amy Fisher's book, "If I Knew Then..." I was certainly intrigued enough to read the book in one night to see how she explains her journey through the legal system and the New York State Prison system. The other thing of interest is her current occupation as a columnist for the Long Island Press and her advocacy for various causes.

She describes at least three specific rapes she suffered while in the Albion Prison which is actually up in this area somewhere. She talks of her first glimpse of the Bedford Correctional Facility and thinking it was coed. No, she quickly found out those were hormonally-challenged females.

I guess that was like my first glimpse of the cooking room here, and thinking there was a female staff worker that supervised that area. No, that was not a staff member, and no it was not really a female. Well okay, it was partly a female. (Who has since left the area, has been released.) He/she would have a confusing 5 o'clock shadow, but would have a bra hanging from the shower curtain rod. Optical delusion.

By the way according to some of the other inmates who were familiar with the he/she from Downstate, he/she was actually a post-op transsexual and did not have a penis. Apparently he/she was not accepted in the female section at all. The optical delusion I ran into up here was still male according to others (although not personally verified) and still had all the male plumbing down below the waist.

It does appear that Amy Fisher was certainly subject to some very abusive attention, and I do not doubt much of her descriptions of the time she spent in prison.

The book was not at all that well written in my humble opinion. In one paragraph she says the guards in the Nassau County Jail treated her well and in the next paragraph she states how her mom would be subject to all kinds of harassment when trying to drop off clothing etc. for her.

Interestingly, she blames a move when she was 13, when she moved into Merrick and started attending the "rich kids" high school, John F. Kennedy as opposed to Mepham High School in North Bellmore, which she labels the poorer one.

It is 8:20 PM and I will stop now and get this letter out.
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