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BCDC’s Steel Side: Rape Screams In The Dark Of The Night

13 years Later And The Nightmares Still Come

Warning: Blog Post may be Extremely Offensive

On occasion I would work the 11-7 shift. For me it was a chance to get some relaxation, the Inmates are all locked in, and the hardest part of working the shift, so I thought, was the body count. We were required to walk the tiers and awake Inmates in the middle of the night and have them stick their hand out so we could read their Inmate I.D. number. That was always a task because every other Inmate was hostile toward you. It was required though, 3 body counts during the shift was the only way you could be assured nobody had penetrated an escape, and it helped make sure everyone was safe. Safe by Jail standards meant the man was alive and breathing. there is nothing safe about being housed on the Steel Side. It seems as even in the early morning hours no one is safe, that’s why we had to walk the Catwalk (Caged perimeter) flashing your light looking for any sign of trouble. Some of the Inmates told me that they liked when I worked their section, because they could hear my Keys dangling as I walked the tiers. For them it was a sign that someone was looking out. Someone was actually working, and it gave assurance that help was just a few footsteps away. To others, the patter of steps, and dangling keys was an alarm. Inmates are notorious for passing kites (notes or messages), contraband and other items from cell to cell. Some had other criminal or rule violation intent and the only opportunity to execute their sadistic plans was when the CO wasn’t looking. As I walked or while I was sitting at my desk, I could hear faint whimpering, moans, and sometimes cries of distress. Those sounds could only be from one thing. Cell mates fighting or even more dreadful, the sounds were from young men or homosexuals being penetrated by another man. The sounds usually are followed by laughter from other inmates as everyone knew what was occurring. Sometimes I would hear  crude comments like, “Tear that mother fucker’s ass up”, “He fucking that nigga in the ass”, and “Save some of that asshole for me”. There were also those who were annoyed by the loud chatter, and would rebuke the hecklers by highlighting the fact that their excitement and jubilation condones homosexuality. Others called them faggits outright. This jail house dialogue almost certainly sparked a conflict. An Inmate would say, “Shut up mother fucker before I fuck you in your ass”. The selling of wolf tickets (Threats & Invitations to fight) would began. I would have to go to the location on the tiers and attempt to quiet the Inmates down. My efforts were often times futile as these kinds of incidents just gave Inmates something to talk, joke, and laugh about throughout the night. I would then have walk the tiers again to make sure a rape was not in progress as sex by inmates were a violation of Jail Policy. As I would get closer to the jail cell where the incident was, sometimes I could here bumps and thumps. and someone saying, “shut the fuck up”, which was typically the Inmate perpetrating the rape, beating his victim in an attempt to silence the Inmate who was being raped. I would stop and talk to some Inmates, conduct a visual search of the cell, and look for signs of an altercation. The Inmates would never tell. An Inmate who told, even after having been raped would be a marked man, because he would be deemed a snitcher, a major taboo by Jail standards, and he would have to pay a severe price if word got around he was cooperating with Jail Police. What I would often find, was Inmates housed in violation of policy (Inmates in a cell they are not assigned) It took me awhile to figure out what was going on. Inmates would threaten other Inmates and force them into a cell where the rape would occur. This all happened before Lock Time. Also, known homosexuals would trade contraband (Cigarettes, Money, and Drugs)  as well as commissary items like Cookies, Little Debbie Snack Cakes, Oodles of Noodles, Deodorant, and Sneakers etc. in exchange for sex. When an Inmate was found illegally housed, an investigation was conducted to find out why the man was not in his correct cell. These Inmates would never tell, and I would issue them a Ticket (Jail Infraction Notice) which meant they were sent to a Disciplinary Hearing, and often times would have to spend some time on Segregation (Lockup and held in cell 23 hours a day) and allowed out out their cell for only 1 hour.

To the weak or intimidated Inmate, this was a gift as the Segregation Unit served as a shelter for Inmates who were being bullied. Over the years I have taking several Inmates to the MDC (Men’s Detention Center) Clinic for complaints of rectal bleeding. The Inmate had to be discrete though, because if anyone knew about this, he would be a target for other Jail Sex Predators. If I ever found out about an Inmate raping someone, I would make certain that it was known to Staff and the Inmate Population. A tactic utilized to deter Jail House Raping, as the embarrassment of being classified as a Rapist brought repercussions. The inmate would be deemed either homosexual or targeted for rape by other inmates who despised such practices. Is this the right thing to do? Probably not, but it serves it’s Justice turning the table on would be Rapist and giving them a chance to experience how it feels to be raped. It also served as an Investigative tool for future Rape incidents, because Jail Staff could narrow down possible suspects if known Jail House Rapist were in the proximity where Rape Cries were overheard. To the experienced CO, it is not hard to tell which Inmates are running around Raping people. One time I overheard an Inmate telling another, young white kid, make sure you get all of those shit stains out of them draws. The Inmate was in the shower washing underwear. Dominate Inmates force their victims to perform humiliating acts to show dominance and to let others know that a man was their property. It isn’t always the typical white, young, and weak Inmate who falls prey to these kinds of criminals. If it were a Predominant White Inmate population, young Black Men would fall prey in these environments also, and likewise in Institutions with other Predominant Ethnicities.  I find it repulsive that grown men with the psuedo-macho Bravado demeanors claim stake to Street Credibility of having been to Prison and survived the ordeal, but hide behind the reality of having performed or victimized by homosexual acts. The Rape Screams in the Dark of the Night have always troubled me, and I wonder if I could have done more. The culture of Jail Life haunts me still to this day.

Next: BCDC’s Steel Side: The Night That Tyrone Pinder Died

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13 years Later And The Nightmares Still Come

Warning: Blog Post may be Extremely Offensive

On occasion I would work the 11-7 shift. For me it was a chance to get some relaxation, the Inmates are all locked in, and the hardest part of working the shift, so I thought, was the body count. We were required to walk the tiers and awake Inmates in the middle of the night and have them stick their hand out so we could read their Inmate I.D. number. That was always a task because every other Inmate was hostile toward you. It was required though, 3 body counts during the shift was the only way you could be assured nobody had penetrated an escape, and it helped make sure everyone was safe. Safe by Jail standards meant the man was alive and breathing. there is nothing safe about being housed on the Steel Side. It seems as even in the early morning hours no one is safe, that’s why we had to walk the Catwalk (Caged perimeter) flashing your light looking for any sign of trouble. Some of the Inmates told me that they liked when I worked their section, because they could hear my Keys dangling as I walked the tiers. For them it was a sign that someone was looking out. Someone was actually working, and it gave assurance that help was just a few footsteps away. To others, the patter of steps, and dangling keys was an alarm. Inmates are notorious for passing kites (notes or messages), contraband and other items from cell to cell. Some had other criminal or rule violation intent and the only opportunity to execute their sadistic plans was when the CO wasn’t looking. As I walked or while I was sitting at my desk, I could hear faint whimpering, moans, and sometimes cries of distress. Those sounds could only be from one thing. Cell mates fighting or even more dreadful, the sounds were from young men or homosexuals being penetrated by another man. The sounds usually are followed by laughter from other inmates as everyone knew what was occurring. Sometimes I would hear  crude comments like, “Tear that mother fucker’s ass up”, “He fucking that nigga in the ass”, and “Save some of that asshole for me”. There were also those who were annoyed by the loud chatter, and would rebuke the hecklers by highlighting the fact that their excitement and jubilation condones homosexuality. Others called them faggits outright. This jail house dialogue almost certainly sparked a conflict. An Inmate would say, “Shut up mother fucker before I fuck you in your ass”. The selling of wolf tickets (Threats & Invitations to fight) would began. I would have to go to the location on the tiers and attempt to quiet the Inmates down. My efforts were often times futile as these kinds of incidents just gave Inmates something to talk, joke, and laugh about throughout the night. I would then have walk the tiers again to make sure a rape was not in progress as sex by inmates were a violation of Jail Policy. As I would get closer to the jail cell where the incident was, sometimes I could here bumps and thumps. and someone saying, “shut the fuck up”, which was typically the Inmate perpetrating the rape, beating his victim in an attempt to silence the Inmate who was being raped. I would stop and talk to some Inmates, conduct a visual search of the cell, and look for signs of an altercation. The Inmates would never tell. An Inmate who told, even after having been raped would be a marked man, because he would be deemed a snitcher, a major taboo by Jail standards, and he would have to pay a severe price if word got around he was cooperating with Jail Police. What I would often find, was Inmates housed in violation of policy (Inmates in a cell they are not assigned) It took me awhile to figure out what was going on. Inmates would threaten other Inmates and force them into a cell where the rape would occur. This all happened before Lock Time. Also, known homosexuals would trade contraband (Cigarettes, Money, and Drugs)  as well as commissary items like Cookies, Little Debbie Snack Cakes, Oodles of Noodles, Deodorant, and Sneakers etc. in exchange for sex. When an Inmate was found illegally housed, an investigation was conducted to find out why the man was not in his correct cell. These Inmates would never tell, and I would issue them a Ticket (Jail Infraction Notice) which meant they were sent to a Disciplinary Hearing, and often times would have to spend some time on Segregation (Lockup and held in cell 23 hours a day) and allowed out out their cell for only 1 hour.

To the weak or intimidated Inmate, this was a gift as the Segregation Unit served as a shelter for Inmates who were being bullied. Over the years I have taking several Inmates to the MDC (Men’s Detention Center) Clinic for complaints of rectal bleeding. The Inmate had to be discrete though, because if anyone knew about this, he would be a target for other Jail Sex Predators. If I ever found out about an Inmate raping someone, I would make certain that it was known to Staff and the Inmate Population. A tactic utilized to deter Jail House Raping, as the embarrassment of being classified as a Rapist brought repercussions. The inmate would be deemed either homosexual or targeted for rape by other inmates who despised such practices. Is this the right thing to do? Probably not, but it serves it’s Justice turning the table on would be Rapist and giving them a chance to experience how it feels to be raped. It also served as an Investigative tool for future Rape incidents, because Jail Staff could narrow down possible suspects if known Jail House Rapist were in the proximity where Rape Cries were overheard. To the experienced CO, it is not hard to tell which Inmates are running around Raping people. One time I overheard an Inmate telling another, young white kid, make sure you get all of those shit stains out of them draws. The Inmate was in the shower washing underwear. Dominate Inmates force their victims to perform humiliating acts to show dominance and to let others know that a man was their property. It isn’t always the typical white, young, and weak Inmate who falls prey to these kinds of criminals. If it were a Predominant White Inmate population, young Black Men would fall prey in these environments also, and likewise in Institutions with other Predominant Ethnicities.  I find it repulsive that grown men with the psuedo-macho Bravado demeanors claim stake to Street Credibility of having been to Prison and survived the ordeal, but hide behind the reality of having performed or victimized by homosexual acts. The Rape Screams in the Dark of the Night have always troubled me, and I wonder if I could have done more. The culture of Jail Life haunts me still to this day.

Next: BCDC’s Steel Side: The Night That Tyrone Pinder Died

David Adams

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