Jason Bayless is a life-long activist and is currently working at The Pachamama Alliance. When he is not working he spends, working with Center for Farmworker Families and spending his time recording shows, writing blogs, collecting 3D movies, and playing VR games.
Welcome to the second letter in the Zombie Popcorn’s Post from Prison Series.
Zombie Popcorn is opening its pages to the words of an individual who is sitting in prison. We will get first hand experiences about life in prison. They will talk about their likes, loves, dislikes and what is is like being in prison. Our first ‘Post from Prison‘ goes by the name, “Z0mbi3Kid“. He would like to remain anonymous and he will post under that name. This ensures that he can speak freely without the fear of being reprimanded.
You will be able respond to his writing in the comment section under each post. I will then print out the post page and mail it to him for his response.
You can always find the other letters in the ‘Post from Prison’ archive.
I am still here at the —- Unit. Every six months all of the Texas Department of Corrections (TDC) goes on lockdown for ‘Shakedown’. That is where they stop all movements, stop all classes, close down the chow-halls and the inmates stay in their cells. For the unfortunate ones who are on stuck on intake/transfer units, like I am are in dorm type rooms and don’t have cells so we are required to say in our bunks and can only get down to use the restroom. We are now into this lockdown for eight (8) days and will probably go another week.
They haven’t changed our sheets yet and don’t know if they are going to. When it is time to eat they bring us “Johnny” sacks – which is just like a sack lunch. We get them three times a day. All they have in the bags are a peanut-butter sandwich – NOT peanut-butter and Jelly, just peanut-butter – and a ham and cheese sandwich – dry. It wasn’t bad at first but now I feel like my stomach is touching my back.
I’ve had a lot of time to get to know the guy that sleeps below me. He is a 20 year old black kid who is in here for shooting his friend and killing him. They gave him 12 years. He is a really good kid. He is very respectful and he stays in the bible. He will probably have to do all of the 12 years because it is a murder charge. He took the 12 years on a plea bargain because he was scared to take it to trial because he thought they would give him life. From the sound of his side of the story it sounds like it was self-defense. The prosecution must not have had much on him if they plea bargained 12 years on a murder case.
As for me everything is going alright besides by back hurting from being in this bunk for eight days. I haven’t talked to my girl since I got to TDC. I guess she is out there in the jungle still. I don’t really expect her to stay. She still out there drinking heavily and doing drugs with no signs of slowing down. So its really probably better that she just moves on.
I did get to see parole the other day. The parole officer seemed to think that they would send me to a treatment program and then send me home. But I won’t know for sure for about 6-8 more weeks when the parole board votes. If they do send me to a program I’ll probably be home in about a year. The other alternative is that they give me a year set off and review me again next year. Until I find something out, I will be here trying to beat the heat. Thanks for listening.