My Journey to Living Behind Bars
The adversity that is faced by convicts facing short or long sentences in prison today has changed just a little bit for a better, more humane prison life, compared to the way the prison department treated its convicts a few years ago. Today, the human rights bodies and changes in prison policies have seen a huge change in the way prisoners are treated while serving their prison sentences.
I was arrested by the secret service when I was twenty and in college, for hacking into a government site to acquire some blueprints that I had been paid handsomely to acquire. The secret service walked straight into my college room without having even to cause a stir or ask around for my whereabouts. I was seated in my chair inside my room when I heard a feeble knock on my door that caused no alarm to me whatsoever, and I courteously obliged to honor it.
I opened the door to its full way to path way for my visitor. I was astonished to meet two people standing outside, a beautiful lady and a man, all dressed up in some very smart official suit and tie. It is the look on their eyes that sent a chilling feeling inside me and immediately realized that the two were not just ordinary students.
The Cruelty that Happens in Prisons
I pretended not to show any signs of discomfort or guilt before having to hear them out. I allowed them in. they presented themselves into my room and without so much ado, they told me that I was under arrest for cyber crime, and carried me away where I was put under detention awaiting the ruling of the courts. After two days I was taken to court and charged with unauthorized access to government computers that carried a penalty of class B felony that was punishable by up to twenty years in prison or a fine of up to fifteen thousand pounds or both.
The latter was too expensive for me and therefore I was taken to prison to serve the term as my family sought to find a good lawyer for me who would raise a successful appeal. My life took a brand new dimension since that day.
Life in prison is not a mere prison life story that we often read in books or catch in movies. It is real and rather cruel. I could not imagine that I was the person who was going through such ordeal. The inmates are a cruel lot, with a lot of character having been drawn from them due to the harsh conditions. However, it is the prison labor that not only disgusted me, but almost tore me apart and destroyed even my dignity and pride.
Surviving Harsh Conditions in Prison
The sanctity of the human body is destroyed and the desire for a better life may be destroyed. The department of correctional services had no glimpse of mercy towards the convicts. We were treated more badly than even how the slaves were treated during the hay days.
Prison labor was being leased to well paying farm owners, manufacturers and other companies who would require their services for a fee to the prison department. We would be taken by our leasers and made to do some very ugly chores. They did not care what we went through since they were not responsible for our health.
I was young, learned and ambitious; therefore I could not take us much of the oppression at the time. My body had started to deteriorate in health and so I had to think fast before it got worse. Therefore I approached one of the wardens and requested him to be giving me some indoor and office chores that I could help with. It was by mere coincidence that by the time I was making the request, they had just upgraded their IT department and they needed someone with the knowledge of it. I was the lucky guy. I served the rest of the term working there until my release since the appeal failed.