"The fight for freedom is God's fight.
So when a man stands for freedom he stands with God.
And as long as he stands for freedom he stands with God.
And were he to stand alone he would still stand with God.
A man will be eternally vindicated and rewarded for his stand for freedom."
--Ezra Taft Benson

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Life in a Jail

I talked with my husband tonight and he sounded discouraged.   He feels bad that the people he has been fasting and praying for are not able to get pre-trial release for instance his cell mate has been there for over a year and he was denied once again.  Pete Santilli who is the reporter from Nevada Standoff was also denied pre-trial release.  He is trying really hard to have faith and hope that God will soon intervene.  I wish my husband could just come home to a nice soft bed and a good home cooked meal to cheer him up.  But instead he gets to have a bologna sandwhich and a cold cot with a hump in the bed for a pillow.

Below is a picture of where my husband is currently being housed.  His room is on the top floor.  He has a cell mate so instead of a single cot there is a double cot.  That is about the only difference there is from these pictures.  Each inmate is also given a box where they are to put their personnel belongings in and commissary items.


A cell for a single occupant, most house two inmates. Photo by Buford Davis | iH

Some of you have asked me what my husband does all day in jail.  Well he sits on his bed and reads books or writes letters.  They let the inmates out for meals and then right after meals they lock them up for several hours and then they let them out for a couple hours and this pattern repeats itself several times throughout the day.  When my husband is out of his cell he is able to talk with other inmates, take a shower and talk on the telephone.   He can also watch tv if he would like but it is usually not a program that he is interested in watching. The guards have the control over the tv.  Alot of people think that my husband is able to work in the kitchen or laundry but that is not the case.  He is classified as to high risk so he is not able to have a job.  Some also think that maybe he can take college classes while he is in there but again that is not the case.  While you are in jail they do not allow you to take classes and progress that way.  Some of you may also think that these men get to go outside and run and play basketball but that is not the case either.  These men get their exercise by walking up and down the stairs of their pod.  Definitely no sports for them.   I know that there are worse jails then the one in Henderson so for that reason I am grateful that he does have a bed, bathroom, food, some privacy, inmates to talk to and use of a telephone.  Also, my husband says for the most part the guards at the detention center have been fair to him and respectful.

I am just praying that these men will be able to go home to their families.  These are men who like to be productive and feel that they are accomplishing a task and contributing to society.  I know that my husband wants to be home and be able to provide for his family. It is hard for them to have these freedoms taken away especially since they are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty.  

1 comment:

  1. I hope your husband gets out of jail soon. I spent several months in jail because of a shoplifting charge and it was very difficult for me. I had no friends on the outside, only my daughter. My baby mama left me when she found out I got arrested, and my mother had died a few years back. I hope things get better for you.