By Jay Goodman

The United States of America in my opinion is the greatest place to live. I have been all over the world and I have loved a lot of other countries I’ve visited. But to me, there has never been a place with as much opportunity as the United States. And if a person was to study the history of this country, and its achievements, one would quickly be amazed at all of its accomplishments over the rest of the world.

When this country started, I am sure no one could ever imagine how we would become what we are today. I mean think about this, most other countries were here thousands of years before the United States of America came along. And look how we’ve passed them in almost every aspect. There are people all over the world who want to come here, they live halfway around the world and do everything in their power to get here. Who would want to come to a country that seems to be blessed and everything it has set out to do? The car, plane, and many other things were invented here. And American was the first person to step on the moon. The list of accomplishments goes on and on. Truthfully, I could write a book on everything the United States is done and how we have passed the rest of the world in almost every way. Like I said, the United States is admired by almost everyone around the world. Knowing the history of the United States like I do, and seeing the great accomplishments just in my lifetime, I cannot but sit and wonder how our country hasn’t figured out how to change the prison system. How can a country that has set the bar so high not develop a system that would change our prisons into a place of rehabilitation? Look at what I’ve written about over the years, look at the insanity of what goes on in here. This is not something that has just started, the shit that goes on in here has went on forever. There was never a time when the prisons across our country were good, and then went bad. They have always been bad. And this is not a secret, the fights, stabbings, and killings have always went on. But nothing ever gets done. Every now and then if something happens that catches the eye of our news, it’s possible that a certain employee may get fired. But, as I have shown in chapters I’ve written years ago in Texas, if someone does get caught doing something bad enough to be fired, usually what ends up happening is the prison system will either let them resign, or if they have enough time in the prison system like warden Beard at the Stevenson Unit in Cuero Texas, who got caught red-handed with stolen food from our prison and the local food bank, they will just allow these scumbags to retire. Never mind he was a criminal; never mind he had probably been stealing for the entire 30 years he worked for the prison system. Never mind he start thousands of people. But the point I am trying to make is whether they are allowed to resign or retire, they can come back and work for the prison system again. All they have to do is wait a while, and go to a different prison and apply for a job. The entire prison system is run by dysfunctional people who flat don’t give a shit. They don’t want things to change, and why would they? If things change that means they couldn’t sell drugs and phones. The United States changes for the better faster than any other country on earth. But our prison system is at a standstill when it comes to change.

One would think that our federal prison system would be the most advanced the world has ever seen. But it’s still stuck so far in the past that it looks like something out of an old Hollywood movie. Since I moved from the United States Penitentiary to the federal correctional institution right next-door, it’s been stressful and hectic. We are up one day, lock down the next. Everything that happens, they lock the entire prison down. If someone gets in a fight in another cell block, we get locked down. If someone falls out from smoking K-2 anywhere in the prison, the lock us down. If anyone has an altercation with the staff, we get locked down. No matter how big, or how small we get lockdown.

We are also supposed to wear mask because of COVID-19, even though the entire prison has been vaccinated. The warden and some people from administration came through one day and there were a few prisoners that had their mask pulled down below their nose, they lock the entire place down. A lady who is a ranking officer came in our sub walk and did the same thing several times. Now call me stupid, but wouldn’t it have been an easier solution to just lock down the few prisoners who didn’t have their masks on? Of course, the answer is yes, but there’s a reason why they don’t. Everything that goes on in here the institution uses it as an opportunity to play a little mind manipulation.

In the cell block I live in there are 128 prisoners. Whatever happens they will punish everyone even though it’s one person that got into trouble. The guards or the administration want the different groups to punish the prisoners that are causing trouble. So, instead of punishing the man who gave them the trouble, the lock everyone down hoping to make the other prisoners mad, then they will be beat this individual. I have wondered how many of men were beat because of this tactic? I also wonder how many people have lost their lives because of this?

As I said at the beginning of this chapter, this country has led the world in almost every area of technology. But the prison system is being run by a bunch of idiots.

In my next few chapters I am going to break down how this prison is being run. How the staff and administration use the different groups to run the prison. Hell, the staff is really a gang by themselves. It’s no wonder that the entire prison system is in total chaos. And it’s no wonder the prison population continues to get worse. I don’t know what they see in their future but I know one thing, if something doesn’t change soon, they will bill the prison system like Texas has.

The Attorneys
  • Francisco Hernandez
  • Daniel Hernandez
  • Phillip Hall
  • Rocio Martinez