Former inmate's description of minimum security Federal prison: sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll

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46 Responses to “Former inmate's description of minimum security Federal prison: sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll”

  1. Donald Westbrook says:

    JRE!!

  2. DoctorTecate says:

    is it just me, or do these prison stories sound like some old roadie telling tales from the glory days of his youth that likely never happened?

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      As a friend of mine said about sliding down a trash chute into an empty dumpster at the Beverly Hills Hotel while trying to escape the cops, “It sounds better now. At the time, it just hurt.” His descriptions of jail were equally prosaic. He certainly never mentioned recreational or dining options.

    •  Google satellite view confirms multiple soccer fields, baseball diamonds, basketball and tennis courts, and no guard towers.

      Although there appears to be a more secure facility with fencing and a less secure area with no fences as described.

  3. sqyntz says:

    so I don’t suppose they have any time to manufacture license plates..

  4. rattypilgrim says:

    Why do I get the feeling this guy is saying the things the right wing wants to  use as examples of “Big Gov’t” spending and how poor people are living high at the tax payers’ expense?

    • Brent Dill says:

      Actually, I can plausibly imagine that this was his prison experience – but that it would NOT be a “normal person’s”. He sounds like he was reasonably well-connected and upper-middle-class before any of this happened. 

      Of course, yes – this will likely motivate the right wing to make “poor people’s jail” even worse, while not doing anything to reduce the luxuries that people get in “rich people’s jail”.

    • David Davion says:

      Not saying this isn’t fishy, but if that was the kind of lie it was trying to endorse, it wouldn’t be a privately run facility. 

      • rattypilgrim says:

        The privately run prisons are becoming the norm. They’re not white collar prisons. They’re prisons for profit. The kid he talked about who didn’t want to go home was not an upper class Wall St. criminal (not that any of them have paid their dues).

    • regeya says:

      I could see this playing well in northern Illinois, which people erroneously assume is all Democrat.  People in the surrounding counties know most their tax dollars go to other parts of the state, and that areas like the one I live in are dependent on those tax dollars to keep correctional facilities open.

      • ChicagoD says:

        What part of northern Illinois other than Chicago has enough people and tax dollars to have this sort of analysis? Lake County? Certainly not Rockford, McHenry County, Kane County or any area further west.

        • Jamie Lillyreed says:

           If you don’t think there isn’t a lot of wealth out in the chicagoland suburbs, you are crazy. …or very ignorant.

    • Dlo Burns says:

      Back before I was born a family friend got caught doing finance fraud and was sent to a ‘country club prison’ which makes this one sound like steerage

  5. AwesomeRobot says:

    I’m not calling the guy a liar, but these seem like stories someone would embellish up to pander to a specific audience. 

  6. ef zee says:

    i call total bullshit on this guy, and his story.

  7. This is the point where I’m supposed to be shocked that rich people, with rich friends, get VIP treatment, right? This is my completely unconvincing “pretending to be shocked” face. Where did you think you lived? Some country with actual rule of law?

    Edited to add: Oh, and I’m only mildly shocked that the rich people’s prison with all the hookers and blow is on Commerce Way, just off of Petroleum Club Road. They’re not even trying to hide from us what kind of country we live in, not any more, not really. http://goo.gl/maps/bgz9b

  8. unclezip says:

    Pictures or it never happened.

  9. tw1515tw says:

    In the UK, prisoners are six times more likely to take their lives than an average person. (Source: Ministry of Justice website and the Samaritans Information Resource Pack). 

    I don’t know the suicide rate for this prison, but it might provide some more perspective on what this prison is like.

  10. purple-stater says:

    Back in 1986, I was in the US Air Force, stationed at an installation in Montgomery, Alabama.  There was one Air Base and one Air Station (no flightline), each with Federal Minimum Security installations.  One year before I arrived, the barracks I was put in had been used as “cells” for prisoners (a dormitory-like environment) but the prisoners had to be moved out, as the rooms WERE TOO SMALL TO HOUSE TWO PRISONERS IN!  Just fine for two service members though.  The prisoners also go to eat first at the chow hall each day, as they weren’t allowed to be in the dining hall at the same time as service members, having them eat later would have broken the law.  So, very often, the majority of the best food was eaten at it’s freshest by the prisoners and the main lines of food would be gone for the military late arrivals.  They had their own exercise facilities (gym, weights, etc), basketball courts, tennis courts, baseball field, and free run of the base golf course (they had to schedule tee times just like anybody else).

    Rough life indeed.

    • Saltine says:

      I live in Montgomery, and I’d like to very briefly contrast that to other prisons in Alabama. Until very recently, a minor offense could land you in jail and without conviction you could find yourself at hard labor. Convicted people, often for very minor offenses, were sent to coal mines and lumbering, and there were many deaths. This is still done, to a degree, the labor part, but they’re much more careful about safety. Also, many, most, of the state’s prisons are for-profit, and the guy running the largest for-profit prison company is connected to the governor, I believe, by marriage. And we have many, many people sitting in jail for smoking a joint or something like that.

      And I’ll conclude with this: the fact that the prisoners were protected from crowding and cold food says more about the military than the prison system. And currently, there’s a dirt-cheap alcohol store on base, a dirt-cheap PX, cheap apartments, a huge rental allowance. Frankly, as someone with friends over there and relatives in the service in general, I don’t think people in the armed services should be griping too much. They’re pretty well cared-for (at least prior to combat).

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  12. Work_Watch_Buy_Repeat says:

    2.5 million prisoners in America — one out of 50 adult American males are incarcerated.  

    I’m going to guess that the overwhelming majority of American prisoners aren’t kept under this kind of “honor system” minimum-security protocol.

  13. welcomeabored says:

    I’m not surprised to hear that inmates simply walk out of a fenceless, honor system prison; I want to hear the part of the story about how the poor and homeless are trying to get in for the ‘three hots and a cot’, and being turned away.

    • Peter says:

      Inmates who want to get out and hang out with their families ought to sell their spot to homeless people who want a nice place to live.  You can’t make much on it, since homeless people traditionally don’t have a lot of money, but if the inmates aren’t going to be there ANYWAY, a little bit of money is better than none. 

      • welcomeabored says:

        If you could buy your way in, I doubt the homeless would have much of a chance in competing with the hookers ($30,000 a month!).

  14. wizardru says:

    So I’m supposed to accept such revelations from Joe “the moon landings were faked” Rogan?  Color me unconvinced.

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  16. For some reason, I always picture Rogan recording his podcasts from inside of a tanning bed.

  17. yumtacos says:

    This guy is so full of crap. I’ve seen minimum security prisons – two of them at least – and they were the most sterile, boring, unhappy places I’ve ever been. No pool tables, no sports, a TV you couldn’t change channels on, no internet, inmates were sent to lockdown for handling money, and a cup of coffee cost $4 and you had to have a guest/visitor buy it for you.

  18. ZikZak says:

    It’s interesting that in the most imprisoned nation in the world, so many of us have little idea what prison is actually like.  This guy can claim to tell us what prison is like, and we believe him because we don’t have much else to compare it against.

    1% of US adults are in jail, and yet it’s somehow rare to hear about their experiences.  Why is that?  Well, if he had told this story to a poor black audience, they would have rolled their eyes and shook their heads.  Because in the black community, 11% of men are in prison.  Almost everyone knows someone who did some time, and so they probably know something about how miserable it is in reality.

    Unfortunately, the stories which reach our ears are from the likes of this guy, while the majority of the US prison population suffers in silence.

  19. Ryan Lenethen says:

    Well at a certain point, if it costs 100,000$ to keep some jerk in prison, would it not be more efficent to simply give the prisoner the 100k and tell him to take a vacation for a year?

  20. habeasdorkus says:

    Victor Conte is a narcissistic serial con man. If you actually believe him, more fool you.

  21. miasm says:

    Joe continues to wake up from the haze of his super-tough guy past.
    Martial arts, Yoga, DMT and isolation tanks will do that for a person.
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    He’s making the effort and asking his listeners to give it a go too.
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  22. Leachpunk says:

    Looks pretty much how Conte described…

    http://goo.gl/maps/Us5Cj

    • Leachpunk says:

      Baseball fields, soccer field, track and the likes… I think everyone is just assuming that prisons are the worst places on earth, but there are prisons for all income levels, and this isn’t the only time I’ve heard “rich” people talk about prisons as resorts.

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