Hi, Justin Paperny here. Below is the second blog post from my friend and client Steven Lamont. Steve has decided he would like to blog reguarly during his time at Tucson Federal Prison Camp. For that reason, I will create a separate and new spot for him to blog on this website. I will have it set up this week. JP

Part 2: First Day At Tucson Federal Prison

We left the FCI facility and drove over to to Tucson Federal Prison Camp. The counselor gave me the rundown of what to expect and the dos and don’ts of the faculty. There was another gentleman that surrendered the same time as me. Larry is a 74 year old man who received a 1 month sentence, kind of ridiculous. The counselor put us in the visitation room and told us someone would be there to get us set up. We waited an hour or so before someone came. From there we went to get our clothing, three pairs of green pants and green shirts. Four pairs of white boxers, white tee-shirts and gray socks. One pair of work boots and a belt. From there a prison inmate greeter gave us the tour. We walked the facility and he gave us the rundown. We entered our housing unit, it is a big open warehouse type building with buns lined up and down. Each bunk bed has a locker for each inmate and a desk to share.

Settling In At Tucson Federal Prison Camp

Settling In At Tucson Federal Prison Camp

Tucson Federal Prison Camp has more inmates than beds so were put on cots in what they call the “street”.

Our greeter gave us some basic toiletries and showed us to our cot. Justin told me Tucson Federal Prison will have a lot unwritten rules to abide by. He was correct! One of them is the separation of races. I’m not very comfortable with that one. I understand why but I’ve always had friends of different racial backgrounds. Our greeter showed us the chow hall and assigned us a table to eat at. Once I got settled in my living area I decided to take a quick walk around. The gentleman that I met outside when we pulled in was housed next to my cot. This gave me comfort knowing I would have someone that I had already met close to me. He introduced me to other inmates and luckily we all have similar interests. I went to dinner and took a walk on the track that evening. The first day was in the books and all in all it wasn’t that bad.

Day 2 in federal prison started early. I had some troubles sleeping the first night.

There were guards doing a count throughout the evening. Many inmates were ill and there was plenty of coughing throughout the evening. I got up early, went for a walk and had some breakfast. After breakfast I did some stretching and core exercises. I felt alone and the realization of what was ahead was starting to hit me. How would I get through each day? What am I going to do and so forth?

By Wednesday, my third day, I was settling in.

I found a group of guys to exercise with, they showed me around and felt more comfortable. Also, I was able to call home. My wife sounded great and kids were fine. Everyone was settling nicely into our changing lives. Later that day I was assigned a bunk it what is called the “fishbowl”. It’s a small room with 5 sets of bunk beds. It’s tight quarters but it’s a great group of guys.

I have to admit, I am very pleased with the quality of individuals that are housed here. Everyone treats each other with respect and everyone seems to be pleasantly adjusted to the Camp. It almost seems like a big family. I know that none of us want to be here and there are many bitter inmates about their situation, but for the most part, the inmates are making the best of their situation. I’m looking forward to the days ahead. In a week or so I will have a job here at Tucson Federal Prison Camp. As long as my family is dong well, I will be OK. As of now, I am OK.

Thank you,
Steve

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