Your Law Professor/Dean of Fuckery/Queen of the region of Mean, is very tired so Blue stepped in for me
Edit: I am still here kids. My surgery is not until January. My Dr’s have simply advised that I try and take it easy which is why Blue has so graciously picked up the reins. I will be back for Stabby 2morrow.
Welcome to Doing LWOP (1 of ?)
Hi, BlueWhiteRed (BWR) here. In my efforts to make Kelly stay still and rest up, I wanted to become Adjunct Faculty at the Really Big Mean Dog School of Law, as her Associate Professor of Real Life For Felons. Please stand up, face your nearest Department of Corrections and salute. Thanks. My wife saluted me back.
I am not a felon. I am squeaky clean. I haven’t had a speeding ticket since 1996, in a tiny town called Welcome. Can you stand that? I want to write what I know about being a young female doing Life Without Parole (LWOP) in a state prison. I know such a girl. She is not in AZ but really, on the state level, I don’t think it much matters.
I won’t tell you her name, the state, the prison, her crime or my opinion of her guilt. I will just try to show you what I have seen with my eyes, heard from her directly, or researched on my own. My wife knows everything (remember, Juan said, “With the truth, you ain’t got to remember nothing?”) so she knows I write this, and knows the contact I have with “My Prison Girlfriend” (that’s what Mrs. BWR calls her). For you, let’s call her Susan.
Susan has been in prison for 12 years. It took about 8 years for her case to go to trial, from crime occurring to commencement. She has been on house arrest and pre-trial incarceration. She had never committed a crime before this. Her case was fairly notorious where it occurred although not televised. I was not in the USA when it was adjudicated. She was a professional person with a post-graduate degree.
She is not liked in prison. There is one prison for females and so she is high security. She can’t hold a job, take classes. The COs hate her, probably because she will not shut up about the smallest of things she perceives to be unfair. I have tried many times to tell her to choose her battles carefully, you know, like those people on “Extreme Couponing”. I never understand how they lose their minds when 1 coupon doesn’t double. Maybe it’s just me. Anyway…the CO is not supposed to be her friend. But she has a lot of problems remembering that prison is not a democracy, and she surrendered most of her rights when the gate closed behind her. She has not been beaten or raped, and has become “Gay for the Stay” (as they say). Unfortunately, she is the poster child of who I predict Jodi will become, should she receive LWOP. She has ample commissary (what some jails/prisons call “canteen”. It’s money earned or sent for the inmate to use to buy things that are not given to them.) So, she gets involved emotionally with women whose goals are to milk her, financially via her commissary account. Then they get transferred to another Bunkie and Susan ends up heartbroken and with yet another new Bunkie. A Bunkie is a prison term for your cellmate. The COs rotate every couple of months, and from her letters and calls, I can tell when a Stickler is on her block versus someone less so. I never have gotten the impression she has gotten in good (not sexually) with any CO or administrator. Because she is the Norma Rae of that place, they do tend to take her protestations seriously but do not do anything to appease her.
In this series, I will tell you about a typical day for her, the day I had visiting her, the day I spent shadowing a county CO when I was offered a job as a CO and anything I can to help you see what a LWOP involves. I hope to dispel some things I hear like, “free medicine for life”, and that they have computers/Internet, etc. Personally, I think Jodi deserves the death penalty. I think the cruelty and absolute lack of remorse, plus the sadism she shows (the irises she sent Travis’ Grandmother?) make her the worst of the worse. But this isn’t about Jodi Arias. This is about what LWOP means. Right at this moment, I don’t know which is worse.
Feel free to leave specific questions in the comments and I’ll regularly post an FAQ at the end of each post. As I’m sure most of us would say, Kelly — rest and get stronger. We all miss you and want to hear your magnificent humor and take on the soap opera in Maricopa County.
BWR – roger out.
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