10 October 2005
Thank you for writing and for your news updates. My mother finally got to visit me yesterday. She is afraid to drive on freeways, so she took a shuttle and a cab, and it took her four hours to get here. There is no provision for securing her belongings while she visits me, so she left her belongings with the cab driver. That seemed unwise to me as I have known some cab drivers who were none too honest. I hope she and her things make it back to Phoenix all right.
There was some unpleasantness here last week. The Aryan Brotherhood, the gang that runs this prison, was conducting a lottery for a couple of porno magazines. Postage stamps were to be paid for the entry fee. Several people approached me asking me to sign up, but each time I said I wasn’t interested.
Then Kenneth, one of the inmates who had asked me came back to me and told me that an inmate know as “Riot” said my participation was mandatory and took me to see him in the recreation yard. Riot threatened me and called me some names, but I refused to participate. He then told me to go away from him. Nothing more has come of this, but I shall remain wary.
I must say to in answer to your question that overall this place is better than the Maricopa County Jail. The food is better. The recreational opportunities are better. The library is better. There is a better commissary. Medical care is cheaper, and there is actually dental care available.
There are a few things that are worse here. As I mentioned, it is more dangerous here than at county jail. Also the visitation and telephone systems are worse. I still have not been able to telephone my mother, and even when I get telephone privileges, I will only be able to do three times a week, not everyday like I could in county.
I am glad you found some good computer activities at the University of Arizona and Pima College. I hope you find a good job soon.
Interesting about Joe Bonanno’s home. I had a friend who lived only a few blocks away from the church where his funeral was conducted. She didn’t drop in to see it though.
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