The other night I had a whim. I wondered..... just how many other people are out there writing about working in a prison? Surely there has to be others.
So I went to my Yahoo page and put in "Prison Blog" in my search box.
Yahoo returned me 67,900,000 results.
So I set to scrolling through a few pages of those results. Now and then I would click on a page and look..... then go back to my search and scroll some more.
After 25 or so pages I gave up in disgust.
There were lots of prison blogs.... written by inmates. I read quotes from Lil Wayne, Paris Hilton and David Berkowitz, the infamous "Son of Sam" killer. They weren't actually blogging from prison. They were sending out letters and friends and family and sympathetic supporters were posting them in the internet.
There were lots of support blogs. "Free So and So!" and "Reform Now!". All written by either ex-inmates or friends and family of inmates decrying the "deplorable conditions" and the "physical and psychological torture" and the "inhuman suffering".
Of course there's little mention of what So and So did to get into prison in the first place. No entries about the shattered lives and broken homes and possibly even mangled corpses left behind for the rest of us to deal with while this "poor man" suffers in the hell that is prison.
When I read that someone referred to Berkowitz as a "reformed man" and a "true born again christian" I wanted to retch. I wonder how his victims feel about him?
I suspect that if I were a religious person before I read that statement, I wouldn't be afterwards.
But anyway, I digress.
I refined my search and put in "Corrections Officer Blog".
That netted me nineteen results.
None of which were me, by the way.
Most of them were from "Organizations" like the CPOA, which is, I'm sure, a fine organization if you happen to live in California. But none of them lead to actual blogs supposedly written by corrections officers.
So where are our voices? I know you people know how to talk. I listen to you every night. Some of you talk nonstop!
Why are we letting the inmates get all the air time?
Sorry. It was a long hot busy night down in the Hive. No real excitement, just work and almost unbearable heat and very little relief. It was a heat index of around 114 degrees today.
Right now, even after a cool shower and a big glass of ice water, I feel like a baked potato that has been left in the oven too long. Nothing more than a dried out husk.
Guess I'll quit being such a crabass and go to bed.
Tomorrow will be National Pecan Pie Day. Not a real huge fan, but I'd eat some. And that appears to be all she wrote for the holidays tomorrow. Simple. I like that.
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