Today I’m writing to inform the general public of the situation in the jail/institution that some of us call home. At this time I’m one of them.
As some of you may know, jail is not a pretty place; however home is our comfort zone and being institutionalized here at Pine Grove Correctional Centre, it becomes our home for a period of time.
We like to feel comfortable and treated with the same respect as the staff/guards would want to receive. At times, this does not occur.
As a result, some of us get cranky, upset, offended, mad, worried etc. In my eyes, this negativity falls through, conflict begins, inmates get into trouble when they speak their minds. We get locked up just for freedom of speech, sometimes with no showers, no food, no medical, no proper clothing for days on end.
Is this right?
What is going on in our institutions these days? People are dying, there is too much bullying; we should be taught to respect each other, including the staff. They should show respect if they want respect.
Being a guard in an institution is not an easy job, especially after years and years, but it doesn’t give you the right to call someone an idiot or for a nurse to roll her eyes just because you are in pain and need medical attention. Everyone has problems and nobody is perfect.
I’m sick to my stomach from what I’ve seen so far.
It’s time for change. This place is stale like a potato chip that has been sitting for over 100 years.
Something has to be done. Change is positive; action for change could be the next step to success in the overcrowded institution most of us call home.
Inmate on remand
Pine Grove Correctional Institutional