The Coronavirus as seen through the eyes of our Insiders

See also: Part II  Part III   Part IV   Part V   Part VI   Part VII   Part VIII   Part IX   Part X   Part XI  Part XII

Who are the Insiders? They are the men and women, boys and girls incarcerated due a sexual crime conviction. NARSOL has received articles, op-eds, and original art from them for many years now, and their contributions, published in the Digest, offer unique perspectives on life behind bars. With the onset of Covid-19, the Coronavirus, emails have come in to us from federal prisons all over the country through the BOP Corrlinks Program. Too voluminous to publish in one Digest, we offer them here, on the serialized section of our blog, roughly in chronological order.

Part I: The Beginning

Meridith: 3/14

We are not allowed visitation from the outside for at least 30 days because of the Coronavirus. They claim that no one in the whole BOP has been found to have it, and that this is phase two. They still aren’t giving us bleach or the good cleaner to scrub with.

Christopher (Lompoc, California)

3/25 They put us on lockdown about 12:30 on 3/25. We assume it’s COVID related. All units kept separated. Fed in the dorms.  No info given out for sure. Will let you know what I hear/see.

3/31 It’s being reported on the radio – 106.3 Lompoc Area  (Yes, I heard it myself, not inmate.com) that 3 inmates and one staff have tested positive for COVID. It is not clear if it is at the USP Lompoc (Medium), FCI Lompoc (Low) or the Camp (minimum). I asked the counselor and got blank stare. Will keep you posted.

William 4/3 (Pekin, Illinois)

So the BOP, in its infinite stupidity, has locked the whole nation down as a publicity stunt and to appear to the American people that they actually do anything worthwhile for people. They say we are not being punished or anything, but they are feeding us less, won’t let us get things like ice and hot water while we are getting chow. There is no rec at all. No nothing. The BOP has claimed one death due to COVID-19 in Oakdale, Louisiana. They say there are 23 cases in the inmate population and 24 cases with the staff. It is not here at Pekin yet, but I am sure it will come around before you know it. It only takes one person to set it off. We are the ones that are going to infect the staff with it because it started in prisons, right? So we get to pay a price for it I guess.

They are letting us spend twenty-five dollars at the store per week though, and laundry is still getting done weekly. We get one hot meal a day, but the amount of food is definitely less than normal.

Even though they passed a law allowing and urging the BOP to let those inmates go that are at risk, elderly, close to leaving, non-violent, the BOP has yet to do so and is not required to do so either under the new law. It’s more the government saying, “Hey if you want to go ahead and release people, do it. But if you don’t there is no problem with that either.” Politics is the key thing that is slowing down the healing of our world. Profit mongers and fear mongers out there are exploiting this to the max.

So I’ll be in my cell most of the time. They will more than likely let us out a little at a time to take a shower and use this computer. It will more than likely be every three days. I hope all of you are safe and healthy. That everyone has all their needs met.

I pray that the country gets back to normal, but I don’t know that it will. I think the opportunists out there will try and make some real drastic permanent changes to the country but not in the best interests of the people. I feel like this is a serious wake up call to the whole world, but I don’t think the answer is more laws that restrict people even more than you already are. Because believe me you are restricted a great deal; it’s just that people have become so used to it and are so beaten down that they don’t see it that way.

Wakey, wakey world, get up and open your eyes. These are the birthing pains of a new world that’s coming. We are all part of the light that is God. He is in us as we are in Him. Bless this and see the perfection in it. God’s will be done.

I love you all very much.

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      Deanne Yeager

      I pray everyday for All incarcerated people, no matter the “crime”. My son was released a year ago, & I’m so thankful he isn’t there now, especially since the wbole covid 19 fiasco. I have been signing online petitions & letters to senators & congressmen, requesting the release of inmates to home confinement until this thing goes away. But it’s the bop. They’re going to do what they want. They don’t want to lose any $$ by allowing that. I can only imagine the fear & loneliness of each & every person affected. My heart goes out to you all, & to your families as well. Stay strong. Know that you are loved & missed. This will hopefully end soon.

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      Perry

      Meridith, Christopher, and William: I pray that all three of you are Supremely Protected by the Hand of Almighty God. I was recently released from an Institution up here in Pennsylvania, and I hear from various people In-The-Know, how things are at that same Institution now…Horrible! Naturally; The Media, Federal and State Legislators, all the other Modern Day Pharisees, Sadducees, and Jim-Crow-Draconian Supporters are going to say: “We’re doing our best to help keep these Inmates Alive…”Which we all know IS AN OUTRIGHT BLATANT LIE!
      I sometimes wish, that NARSOL, would post some of My Story Responses, DIRECTLY TO ALL THESE KNUCKLEHEADED FACISTS, I am NOT Afraid to tell it like it is, and I don’t give a Damn what they think or say. Let them Threaten Me. I’ll STILL TELL THE DAMN TRUTH ANYWAY!
      They know they want to kill Us All, and they pray that The Virus does for them, WHAT THEY’RE TOO COWARDLY TO DO THEMSELVES!
      Believe that.
      Done.

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      Sandy Dame

      I am so overwhelmed with everything happening in our country, especially for our inmates, I can hardly function. My son is in the minimum security prison in South Dakota. The news released 2 correctional positive for COVID but supposedly watched cameras and they were amazingly only in contact with 2 other CO’s who were sent home to self quarantine. They do not do any testing just quarantine inmates who are symptomatic. It looks better to the public that way and for our politicians who could care less about the inmates. My son was jumped when he was first incarcerated (which he never reported to protect himself from further consequences). The result is he has 3 discs protruding out in his neck pinching his spinal cord and causing narrowing of the nerves in his neck. He lives in constant pain and extreme migraine headaches which started with numbness in his hand and now has progressed to the entire left side of his body and half his face. He is need of a very critical surgery to correct this but it has been delayed due to the virus. He is also at high risk of contracting the virus due to weakened immune system, and respiratory problems as well as lowered liver and kidney function which has gone into failure. We have exhausted all available efforts for early release and are left to the mercy of the system. I talked to him this morning to inform that our last ditch effort at a sentence modification was denied by the Judge. His response to me was, “I hope I get it, get it over with I can’t take this anymore”. Inmates are helping him to walk and medications they give him to help control the pain are not working. I feel so helpless, I can’t see him and his 12 year old daughter fears she will never see her father again. I can’t believe how cold and cruel the system and those individuals that comprise the system can be. They are trapped every day waiting and wondering if the virus will come to them. They have no escape or protection from it and are isolated alone separate from anyone who loves and cares about them. I can only hope that GOD can show some mercy to them to give them some peace and comfort.

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      Jim

      The corona Virus is a real thing but is being exploited by the government to take more rights away from the sheeple. Just like the sex offenders are, a reason to grab rights from the sheeple for the illusion of safety. The government has now proven that it can grab and deny peoples rights from EVERYONE! for any reason it wants to, With out ANY RESISTANCE from the sheeple. Do what the government commands and you will be safe is what they want everyone to believe. When a government relies on the people there is a democratic republic. When the people are forced to rely on the government it is Communistic Socialism. PERIOD. Spoken by a bullied, registered sex offender for 30 years so far, with NO RELIEF in sight.

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      Marie Shook

      Sandy Dame: I am in the same situation here in Ohio. I feel your pain! I am in pain everyday!

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      Jeff

      My prayers and thoughts are with all – but especially to our nonviolent brothers and sisters behind bars, “strangers in a strange land”, who feel especially lonely, misled, and abandoned by our schizophrenic society which has created so much darkness, leading us all astray. Know that you are NEVER truly alone ~ each thought, word & deed will eventually be counted for and measured on the scales of TRUE justice, which rises universally above & beyond our human conceptions of the word, and that this entire life is but a moment in eternity for which we are preparing every second. My love goes out to you ALL.

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