Randy Lanier’s Prison Diary – Life Without Parole for Marijuana
On Saturday morning a white guy head butted a black guy in another unit. Incidents like this have the potential to turn into a race riot. Whenever there is a fight of any kinds, we go on “lock down.”
When we go on lockdowns we are afforded a shower three times a week. Each time we go to the shower we are hand cuffed behind our back and escorted there with a guard beside us. We have five showers on each tier. Each shower is a single stall with a steel door that has steel bars and a steel slot where we stick our hand through to get our cuffs undone. Once we step into the shower stall the steel door gets locked. Once our cuffs are taken off the slot also gets locked. We are allowed five minutes to shower. Depending on the five guards who are running the shower detail, sometimes we get up to ten minutes.
When I am ready to go back to my cell the process repeats itself in reverse. Once again my hands are cuffed behind my back and I am walked back to my cell.
My cell door locks before I stick my hands through the slot in order for the cuffs to be removed. The steel slot is locked.
The cell doors are made of solid steel with a 4 by 14-inch window that looks out into the common area.
On Friday I moved from a two man cell to a single as one came available and I put in a request to move into the empty cell. As there were several men wanting the cell, I feel blessed to have been allowed to move in. I now have a quiet space to practice yoga, tai’ chi, meditation, and Qi Gong.
Life is good!