Prison Pete

Monday, May 29, 2006
  Wanted: Village Looking for an Idiot, This Village Will Send You One!
This is a follow-up to a recent post about an inmate that was giving me a hard time. He has been moved to the other side of the dorm and still sneers at me when we pass. Why? Who knows?

After the 11:00 AM count this past Saturday morning, this same charmless individual made an announcement to the rest of the dorm that the inmates that were creating all kinds of noise by banging their lockers in his immediate area had better stop.

While I can not quote his speech verbatim, the message was that he was not going to stand for it anymore; he has another sentence after this one, and if the noise continued he was going to do something about it.

The kicker of this was he then added something to the effect that if anyone doubted him, they could check with 35 bed. Well guess who is in 35 bed. Yep, it is the humble abode of Prison Pete.

I was kind of surprised that he would use me as a reference. Considering this announcement was made in plain hearing of the officer, not only should he have been written up for threatening other inmates but he was implicating me in some sort of unreported disturbance. This is the kind of thing that could end up with both of us being tossed into the special housing unit while an investigation is conducted.

This also is clearly against the code of a convict, which is that you never air your dirty laundry in front of any staff member. I should point out that there is supposed to be a difference between an inmate and a convict.

I have yet to come across a convict who is not just looking out for himself most of the time and all the talk about respect and the convict code is a myth created to make “convict” out to be a noble designation, but it is just another way to say hoodlum.

One of the reasons he even attempted to sound like a tough guy was that our regular officer was out and the replacement officer would not be up on all the inner workings of the unit. Luckily for me the officer did not bother to investigate his claim that I could vouch for his tough guy status.

This is just another way that, as an inmate, you can never be sure of what is going to happen next. Things can crop up at any time that will change the reality you thought you had.

Alas, the title of this post is only a dream, since number one: no one out there is looking for an idiot for their village; and two; this particular idiot is also a guest of the State of New York in this gated community and by his own admission is apparently not going to be leaving anytime soon.

Our regular officer is apparently on vacation for a week or two but when he returns I am sure he will be able to move this unhappy inmate off into another dorm where he can complain to a whole new bunch of inmates.
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