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We leave the prison but the prison never leaves us. Paddy Hill, cited Real Crime: Picking Up the Pieces 2021
Lakeview Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility, New York State: These girls are all facing up to three years in prison. But they’ve been given a choice: instead of serving time in prison they’ve chosen the option of boot camp – where military discipline is used to change behaviour. It’s called Doing Shock. Stacey Dooley in the USA I: Girls Behind Bars, BBC 2017
There are [male] prison boot camps all over America. ibid.
Up to 45 minutes of military-style exercise and still a mile to run before breakfast. ibid.
Iowa Correctional Institution for Women, midwest America: to meet a load of women who have been sentenced to Life without parole. In this prison there are more than 40 women who have been told they will be inside till they die. Stacey Dooley: Locked Up With the Lifers, BBC 2020
The prison estimates that more than three-quarters of inmates suffered sexual or physical violence before they ended up here. ibid.
But once you’re in here – inside – away from those who you pay to protect you, well then you’re just like everyone else. And you are old now; no-one cares about you any more. The world doesn’t give a flying fuck about knowledge. About the old way. About how things used to be. How they should be. The world has moved forward. But you keep hanging on to the good old days when respect meant something. We Still Steal the Old Way 2017 starring Patrick Bergin & Lysette Anthony & Julian Glover & Tanya Franks & Ian Ogilvy & Billy Murray & Nicky Henson & Vas Blackwood & Cristian Solimeno & Deborah Moore & Kieth-Lee Castle et al, director Sacha Bennett, opening scene, governor’s monologue
Would you do six months for two thousand quid? Ken Loach, The Wednesday Plays: 3 Clear Sundays, lag, BBC 1965
I got three kids and a wife at home. I just can’t do any more time. The Friends of Eddie Coyle 1973 starring Robert Mitchum & Peter Boyle & Richard Jordan & Steven Keats & Alex Rocco & Joe Santos & Mitchell Ryan & Kevin O’Morrison & Marvin Licherman & Carolyn Pickman et al, director Peter Yates, Coyle
You dad’s not going to stop till he gets you out anyway. Ray Donovan s5e11: Michael, Lena to Bridget, Showtime 2017
If I get any trouble out of ya, I’m gonna integrate this jail. A Time to Kill 1996 starring Samuel L Jackson & Matthew McConaughey & Kevin Spacey & Sandra Bullock & Brenda Fricker & Oliver Platt & Charles S Dutton & Ashley Judd & Patrick McGoohan & Kiefer Sutherland & Donald Sutherland & John Diehl et al, director Joel Schumacher, black rozzer to two white rapists
I got put inside for a long time because I made one mistake. Just 14 times. Sacha Baron Cohen: Who is America? I, Channel 4 2018
Any prisoner may be required by a prison officer to provide a sample used for the purposes of testing for the presence of a controlled or specified drug. Prison I: Drugs, Channel 4 2018, screw
Her Majesty’s Prison Durham holds nearly 1,000 men. As a remand prison it takes in men straight from police cells and the courts, locking up everyone from murderers to first-time offenders. But mostly the crimes that bring men through these gates are drug-related. ibid.
Phones are essential to the drugs trade in prison. ibid.
Like most prisons, Durham has been badly hit by the psychoactive drug commonly known as Spice. ibid.
It’s common for prisoners to try to take a nicking for friends and associates. ibid.
‘It’s obviously the lads struggling a bit with mental health problems.’ Prison II: Mental Health, clean-up inmate
Durham: a growing number of men are coming in with mental health problems. ibid.
All mental health services in the prison are provided by the NHS. ibid.
Once in the prison he quickly seeks confrontation. ibid.
In a lot of jails and prisons there are a lot of living circumstances and practices that go on within that are not addressed that people need to shed light on like solitary confinement, for example. Maybe another form of punishment or segregation should be implemented to deal with inmates who break jail rules as opposed to inmates who cause severe harm to other inmates and correction officers because the mental health risk it poses are too great. Kalief Browder
I won’t ask you to let me go again. Just tell me why I’m here please. I have a right to know why. God, I’ve already been locked in here for two months. Oldboy 2003 starring Choi Min-sik & Yoo Ji-tae & Kang Hye-jung & Kim Byeong-ok & Oh Tae-kyung & Yoo Yeon-seok & Woo Il-han & Yoon Jim-seo & Oh Dal-su et al, director Park Chan-wook, Oh Dae-su
If they had told me then it would be 15 years, would it have been easier to endure or harder? ibid.
Actually, life is a bigger prison. ibid.
Sometimes jail’s better than this place. Trailer Park Boys s3e8: A Shit Leopard Can’t Change Its Spots, Ricky
I’ve been here too many times and you know the thrill’s gone. Trailer Park Boys s5e1: Give Peace a Chance, Julian
Julian, the sexiest man in Sunnyvale, is fucking going to go to jail for seven fucking years unless we can come up with $10,000 in the next couple of hours. Trailer Park Boys s12e6: Flow Me the Money, Ricky on megaphone
I just need to get my story out. I was going home from a party. There was a guy saying I robbed him. They said, We’re going to take you to the precinct. They said most likely we’re going to let you go home. But then I never went home. Time: The Kalief Browder Story I: The System, Kalief, Netflix 2017
Kalief Browder was 16 when he was arrested for allegedly stealing a backpack. He spent over 1,000 days on Rikers Island. More than 700 of those days in solitary confinement. Kalief had over 30 court dates. His case was ultimately dismissed. ibid. captions
You are really a hero. ibid. Rosie O’Donnell
Kalief alleges that he was wrongfully arrested by the NYPD, denied a fair and speedy trial by the Bronx District Attorney and was beaten, starved and tortured at Rikers Island. ibid. caption
This happens every day. And I feel like it’s got to stop. ibid. Kalief
What they’re being punished for is that they don’t have enough money to make bail. That’s their crime. ibid. Van Jones, author & activist
It was like hell on Earth. Time: The Kalief Browder Story II: The Island, Kalief
Rikers Island has a predatory population. They’re usually the younger inmates. Those inmates fight, stab, slash, they light people on fire when they’re sleeping. ibid. Bernard Kerik, former commissioner NYC department of corrections
Before you know it, the whole house is jumping me. ibid. Kalief
A place where beatings are routine while accountability is rare, where a culture of violence endures even while a culture of silence prevails. ibid. Preet Bharara, US attorney for the southern district of New York
Inside the Program: Secrets of Sadistic Rikers. ibid. press article