Prison Pete

Monday, May 07, 2007
  Sewer Snakes and Snitches.
Your letter contains enough mayhem for several months, let alone just the week or so you lived through.

Around here when we have a sewer line backup guess who gets to go fishing? Yep, you guessed it. The inmates. We have our own massive snake machine and I am not sure if I mentioned it, but last month it was my own dorm that had the clogged line.

In our case the water comes out through the shower drains. And it is not at all just shower water. This particular clog was caused by a large pair of boxer shorts that made it all the way to the main trap at the edge of the building. Since the snake does not go through the traps, the only way to clear the clog was to open a couple of covers that led straight down to each side of the trap.

A couple of my fellow inmates had spent the better part of an hour snaking over fifty feet of heavy duty snake along all the interior pipes only to come up empty. I figured out how to get to the trap and had the line flowing in minutes and was the proud owner of one very skuzzy pair of boxers that some moron had flushed down the toilet.

They have rounded up three inmates from our dorm and have been able to apparently build enough of a case that the three inmates will be facing some substantial additional time. They are being charged with arson and sixty counts of endangering all the inmates in the dorm. I noted there was a blurb about a lock-down at the Fed joint in Ray Brook. I wonder if this case will make any blip on the new front.

One of my neighbors mentioned that one of the inmates that they caught was also the one the had attacked me while I slept a couple weeks back It is strange how the idea about not snitching that has been in the news the last few days, is so strong in the prison system.

Except in this case, there was one inmate that they managed to get some key information from and then it appears they were able to get the ringleader so to speak. I guess since they did not get into any trouble for attacking me, they felt somewhat invincible. This apparently caused them to take it to a higher level and at that point they got caught.
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