WARNING: These stories are not for the faint of heart
Being released after a long stretch and having $20 to start your new life. (SneeKeeFahk)
Do you think you could start all over again after time in prison? For many people, this would be like a second chance of life. But do you remember how to live and thrive on the outside? Are you even thinking about money and material possessions, or are you just happy to have your freedom? Would $20 be enough? Who do you turn to?
I worked in prison as a nurse.
Sometimes severely violent or mentally unstable inmates were placed in “the chair” (this was always a temporary thing). It’s basically a big black chair that after the inmate is handcuffed legs and feet, he/she is then tied to this chair to contain them. Because this risks their circulation being cut off, there was required a nurse to be present to check pulses every 15 minutes in hands and feet. They were let out of the chair every 2 hours for a 15 minute period to walk around the cell.
PCP is a scary drug
So an inmate on PCP comes in to the prison intake, Wild and combative. He is immediately put into “the chair” by a set of 5 trained corrections officers in swat-like gear. I was called from the medical unit to be assigned to monitor his circulation. He’s acting out of it but other than some yelling he was pretty calm with me being there… but he can only be so wild when tied to a chair anyways.
The two hour timeframe was reached to let him out to walk the cell. As soon as he had his handcuffs unlocked he went completely insane. Biting the officers in the arms and shoulders and head butting them as well as punching them in the face. I had to run out of the cell and back off as quickly as I could. I managed to get out fine but the officers had to restrain him immediately again. All five had to go to the hospital for either broken bones, stitches or chunks bitten out of their arms. It was all pretty horrific. (klc223)