The New Normal

Written May 21, 2020 We got our first word of the pandemic on March 13. That is the day prison authorities notified us that visiting all other programs were canceled indefinitely. We’d seen news coverage prior to that, but few of us had any idea of the scope of...

The Good Old Days

As the DOC is significantly increasing the population at the reformatory, I distinctly recall their attorney telling the state Supreme Court how they were in the process of reducing that same population to mitigate potential COVID exposure. Even as I heard this, I had...

“Oops”

“Oops” By Timothy Pauley A short time ago I detailed how the doc had converted one of the education buildings into a COVID regional care facility. It was rows and rows of prison beds lined up in close proximity to one another, 45 in all. This was a...

Message Received?

Message Received?  By Timothy Pauley A short time ago, I told you about ‘The Bad Place,’ where they send people here who report anything resembling COVID symptoms. Very shortly afterwards, they distributed memos to all of us actually describing the bad...

Enforcing The Rules They Like

Enforcing The Rules They Like By Timothy Pauley As I stood in a substantial line waiting to use the telephone, I couldn’t help but notice that of the 8 people in line, absolutely none of them were engaging in any kind of social distancing. I was able to confirm...

The Imported Threat

The Imported Threat By Timothy Pauley My boss spoke to me this week. I know this might sound trivial, but it doesn’t happen very often. You see, as a shift commander, he has many duties with which to occupy his time. Probably more than I even know. Typically...