As inmates we associate the reality of prison with normalcy as a coping mechanism. We tell ourselves that it is normal to keep eating when someone is being beat to death or pepper sprayed. That maybe he even had it coming. We tell each other to man up and stop whining about it when we express anything other than tacit disassociation.

The truth is nothing about prison is normal. Nothing about its design is healthy or rehabilitative. We are caged in a bathroom. We are subject to a master and anything other than complete submission is punished.

We are experiencing active trauma and being told it is normal. We must recognize prison for what it does, traumatize and then repair it. A healthy rehabilitative institution will work itself out of business.

Instead they enslave.

With Love
Jeff Jeffebelle Utnage