In my last post I said I would tell you how words affected an inmate. Recently someone I know from Leavenworth arrived here at Coleman. He was released around 10 years ago and just returned with a fresh 15 year sentence.
Upon arriving he spoke to an inmate about being in a county jail where an inmate was raped. He was picked to be in a line up. This happened 30 years ago. He was never charged and the person who did the rape got convicted. However, the person he told this to told other inmates he had a sex case. Which is not the case.
Anyway, the word spread that the new guy was a a sex offender. Inmates came to me asking me if I knew my friend had a sex case. I told them I did not believe the rumors and will speak with him. Within minutes word spread that the new man was a sex offender.
A lot of inmates were ready to beat him down and send him to the hospital as a result of hearing this rumor. Sex offenders have a difficult time in the max penitentiaries. Inmates have ways of finding out what people are charged with and often new inmates are asked to show their paper work which shows their charges. They also must show their PSI or pre sentence report. This shows the history of crimes an individual has been charged with.
However, paper work can be falsified. My friend had his paper work in his property. The problem is his property would not arrive for another week or two.
The haters did not want to wait they wanted blood. I spoke to a couple of shot callers, and they agreed to wait for the guy’s paper work. Another week went by, and he had not yet received his property.
A group of inmates had decided that on a certain day they would get him. On the very day they were to beat him down he received his property. He showed his PSI and was a able to convince the inmates that he was no sex offender. Had his property not arrived on that day he would of been in a hospital .
Words are powerful if you allow them to affect you. Since my incarceration I have seen many people hurt due to people allowing words to affect them.
Practicing having equanimity will help keep us in harmony with all moments. Practicing not to allow our emotions to run our life is to practice awareness of staying in the moment.
Be well my friends,