What It’s Like to Be Moved from Cell to Cell, Prison to Prison

By Arthur Longworth |vice.com
January 29, 2016

From the column ‘Life Inside’

prison lifeLife Inside is an ongoing collaboration between The Marshall Project and VICE that offers first-person perspectives from those who live and work in the criminal justice system.

I’m moving cells today. A guard issued the order at 6:30 AM this morning during rack-out, when the cell doors first open for the day. He read my name and prisoner number off a list. Soon I was piling all my books—my dictionary, my thesaurus, my Illustrated Birds of North America—and all my belongings into a cart outside my cell.

I’m conscious of a not-unfamiliar physical sensation, like a piece of me is being torn away. I try to push the feeling aside and keep myself moving, moving around my familiar six-foot by eight-foot space.

I put a pile of books into the cart. Then my plastic clip-on lamp, my small fan, my small bronze Buddha, which has sat at my side for more than 25 years, and my small bell, given to me by a prisoner 16 years ago, the day before he died.

I have to move; there’s no choice. Guards wouldn’t tolerate it if I refused, nor would they exercise patience if I merely went about the process slowly.

It’s almost ironic: Even though one in five prisoners in this state are sentenced to a term they won’t live to see the end of, they are always moving around. There are always prisoners being buoyed around, from cell to cell, from prison to prison, on the tide of administrative whim.

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1 Comment for “What It’s Like to Be Moved from Cell to Cell, Prison to Prison”

  1. K.Balduin

    WBAL in Baltimore, Maryland News May 2, 2016 2:41 P.M.:

    “Spring is here and so are the crazies”, according to local Police and FBI and that Seattle Police say officers reported being struck by sticks and batons by some anti-capitalist demonstrators at a May Day protest Sunday in Seattle and that according to reporters “mayhem is expected to rise with the thermometer” and that out of towners are expected to wage war on the locals with plenty of looting and rioting and shoplifters stabbing security guards with screwdrivers as they get away with the loot, according to recent reports.

    Anyway, dozens of black-clad people gathered at Westlake Park in downtown following a peaceful, permitted march earlier in the day by advocates for workers and immigrants and after while, things took a turn and that the anti-capitalist demonstrators, who did not have a permit from city officials, carried signs, including one that said “We Are Ungovernable And We Are Anarchists” and another saying “Hope Law Enforcement Have A Long Hot Spring And Summer” and the groups gathered at the downtown park before starting to march through the streets looking to start stuff and make a scene.

    Some downtown businesses had earlier boarded up storefronts, anticipating violence and a shoplifter stabbed a store manager with a knife after stealing some items from a local department store and that Seattle Police reported seeing people with poles with bolts, rocks and cans of spray paint in the crowd and as they tried to arrest some of them, two of them has their tasers removed from their wastes and the tasers were used on them along with their property taken out of their pockets. Also, Police said there was some property damage, including broken window at a residential building during a course of an elderly woman being stabbed and money taken out of her pocketbook along with several cars being shot up and set on fire and guns and packs of matches have been stolen from places to use in violence, according to Police and FBI reports.

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