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Old 05-24-2003, 02:53 AM
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To this day, I still remember the first time I went to prison. I was a tough guy. I had two bullets in the county under my belt. I was a Marine. I ran the streets of 'Derry, & Belfast. And I was so scared. I had no idea what to expect. The CO's were all dressed for combat. Jumpsuits, tucked into combat boots, belts with all kinds of stuff on it, including a night stick. These guys were serious. Then it dawned on me. They have no idea who we were. We could be mass murderers, or shoplifters. They were taking no chances. We went through the strip search, & started our way through the loop. The booking process into prison. During this process they would occasionally send in the goon squad to take some guy out. When you parole out of the SHU, or Ad Seg, you still owe CDC the balance of your sentence. Five big guys, all decked out for a war with the Iraqi's would go to a cell, call out a guys name, & yell at him to "Put your hands behind your back, & back up to the cell door, turn around & we will beat the shit out of you." & off they would go. They have you filling out paper work. I never saw so much paper work since I was in the Corps. The first paper you fill out is what you want them to do with your body if you die in prison. Then you talk to a counslor, who decides where your going to be housed.

Prison is divided into levels. 1 is the lowest, & 4 is the highest. It's all based on points. They have things they add points for, & things they subtract points for. Until you go through this process, they have no idea what custody level your supposed to be at. This counslor, talks to you to get a feel for where you should be housed till they find out more about you. Level 1 & 2 live in dorms. Mostly non violent guys, dope charges, theft charges etc. A lot of kids. A lot of first termers. A lot of fights, but few stabbings. All the prison rules apply, but the politics aren't as serious as they are on 3 & 4 yards. 3 & 4 yards live in cells. These are the tough guys. Guys who have been in the system for a long time, or will be in for a long time. A lot have violence on their jackets. These are the convicts. There are just as many stabbings as there are fights.

I have been on the minimum yard at reception on my first term, & by my second term, I was on what they called the lifer yard. This is where they put everyone who had a third strike sentence or more (25-life +). Some of these guys had been in reception for over a year, waiting on a cell at a prison where they had no enemies. A lot of very angry guys here. I ended up here after stabbing a guy on my previous term, & coming up from the hole in the county. I'm not a tough guy, & I don't look like a tough guy. I soon realized, many of these guys wern't so tough either. The shaved heads, tatts everywhere, big muscles, most were just defenses, so people would just leave them alone. Don't get me wrong, there were some real bad asses here, but they were a minority. You treat them with respect, you get respect. EVERYTHING, & I MEAN EVERYTHING IS ABOUT RESPECT. Guys get stabbed for disrespecting someone.

At any rate, reception is where you learn the ropes. You get schooled as there is nothing to do but talk to each other. Mail is so damned slow. No phone calls. No idea where they are going to send you. No idea if you'll make it through your term alive, or without going to the hole, or catching a SHU term, or how many riots you'll be involved in. A lot of not knowing. They put you through a lot of testing, background checks, till they have a good idea who you are, & what your about. Let me say here, they make a lot of mistakes. Guys get labled with things they aren't involved in. Once that happens, it takes an act of God to get it removed from your jacket. Some guys spend years in the SHU over these mistakes.

After a few weeks, you talk to your counslor finally. He goes over your point level, gives you your max date, & your third date. Then he plays a cruel joke. He ask you where you want to be sent to. He gives you this speel, that CDC try's to keep prisoners close to their families. You tell him where you want to go, & he says, OK, I'll recomend you go there, & he even writes it down on the form, all official looking. It's also all bull. I have never been sent where my counslor said I was going, nor do I know anyone else who has either. Guys get their hopes up, write their families etc.

Then, one day, your reading, or witng a letter, or sleeping, when your name is called out, & your told to bring all your property to the CO's office. Yee Ha, your transpacking. Your getting out of reception, & going mainline. The CO, inventories all your stuff, & seals iit into bags with your name & number on it. It stays in his office. The next morning, early, like 3:30, they pull you out, give you your stuff, & send you to R&R (Recieving & Release). You stand in line, a guy yells out your name, & tells you what cell to go in. Over that cell is the name of the prison your going to. Now you know.

Next, will be the bus ride, prison chow, & other things.-----Ken


Be sure and Read all 10 Parts of the California Prison Series - "What California Prison Is Like" - listed below!

PART ONE - Introduction & Rules

PART TWO - Reception

PART THREE - Clarification on fights, riots & stabbings & Rape

PART FOUR - Your New Home & Job, House Rules, Phone Calls & Such

PART FIVE - Drugs, scams, & schemes

PART SIX - California Prison Horror stories

PART SEVEN - (CCF's) Community Correctional Facilities

PART EIGHT - Prison Gangs, Racism, Correctional Officers, Mail, Visits, Phone Calls, and Questions & Answers

PART NINE - Points / Levels, 3 Strikes Law, Ad-Seg / SHU / Protective Custody

PART TEN - Short Time, Release, Work Furloughs, etc
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Old 05-24-2003, 09:01 AM
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This is GOOD stuff...
I have a Reception question. Who is the mainline for at Reception?
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When you go to prison, they really don't have the whole picture of who you are. So, they put you in reception till they find this out. They run your name through NCIC (Federal Criminal Data Base), Interpol, & a variety of criminal resources. They check to see if your name pops up on anyones enemies list. If your affiliated with any street gangs, or prison gangs. They get your complete criminal history on any crime you have ever committed anywhere in the world. They learn the details of every prison & jail term you have done. How many times you've been to the hole, & for what. They also test you mentaly, intelectually, & physically. All this info is put into your C-file. This file follows you everywhere. By the time this process is over, they know you pretty well. This then allows them to make a decision as to where to send you.

Mainline is where they send you from reception. They have facilities for jobs, school, canteen, recreation, etc. This is where you do your time. Every prison uses prisoner labor to run the prison. They do laundry, cook the meals, do the landscaping, do the clerking, etc. So, even reception centers have a mainline for prisoners who do the work at the prison. At Wasco, & Delano, it's the A & E yards. A yard is level 3 & these guys do the work inside the prison wire. E yard is level 1, & they do the work outside the wire, & most of the clerk jobs.

As for who goes where, when a bed opens up on a yard, a computer spits out the name of a prisoner on that level, & they are then sent to that prison. It's all the luck of the draw. Now there are exceptions to this rule, but they are exceptions, & this is the way it works for the majority of prisoners. They do haave "Special" prisons, for "Special" prisoners. Ironwood, & Chuckawalla are "Special" prisons. They are for what they call screw up's, & trouble makers. These prisons have very little to offer prisoners. Now, not everyone at these prisons is a screw up, but if your a screw up, you will probably be sent to one of them. They aren't going to waste their programs, good jobs, etc. on prisoners who don't want it, could care less about it, & have problems following the rules. A lot of guys who get out of the SHU at Corcoran get sent to Ironwood, & Chuckawalla.
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Mainline does all the labor at the reception center
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Thanks a bunch Ken great info .. I have 2 questions here for you
Why would they send an inmate to CMFthen to Folsom and then back to CMF???
second Q's is do only the mentaly Ill go to CMF, or is other inmates their for other crimes ??? just wondering
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Old 05-28-2003, 01:49 AM
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Why they would move someone like thaat I have no idea, unles they wanted him off the count for somereason. Prissoners in transit are off count. It's like they don't exist.

As far as I know, yes there are regular prisoners at CMF, they do the labor, clerks, helpers, landscaping, cooks etc.
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, he went to CMF first .. Then they transfered my penpal from CMF to Folsom and unknown how long back to CMF, I guess I need to ask I guess , thanks
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Hi Ken, I would like everyone to know that your series is in the California forum and I have done a Sticky on them so they can follow the series as you unfold it to us. Love Barbara
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Barbara, thanks so much for putting these as a sticky, as they will be available to future members. Alsso thanks for your help in editing. You have really been a big help. You were one of the main inspirations for this series, so you deserve a lot of thanks for it's creation as well. Love ya------------Ken
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Just wanted to add that this is a great series.I'm learning alot and keep reffering back to them for info! Thanks for all this Ken.
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Will we be allowed to visit him while he is in reception? I am new to all of this, my husband is still waiting to be transfered from Orange County to Wasco.
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Once again, good information. My hubby was told that he would be going to Calipatria, and he ended up at Corcoran. He was in Delano for reception. He was arrested in Los Angeles County, then I moved to Placer County. He had a great counsolar at Corcoran, and we had him transfered to within 100 miles of me before 6 months of getting into the mainline. Of course it took 6 months prior to that to just get him sentenced.
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okay two things I am confused about after reading this why would my husband who was serving his first term, for his first offense, and is certainly not a gang affiliate be made a level 3?

He actually was put at state prison here in LA County like he requested does this mean they are going to move him far away from us?
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Hollywoodhussy, His level is based on the nature of his crime and the length of his sentence. Has he been through reception? After they go through reception they are USUALLY moved to a different prison where they do the remainder of the time.Hope this helps ...
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Ken,

I am doing your series backwards from #9, now to #2. They are great pieces and I have learned something new from each installment.

What really hit home for me with this piece was:

Quote [The first paper you fill out is what you want them to do with your body if you die in prison. ] Unquote
If that isn't a major slap in the face, dose of reality, I don't know what is?

I admire the fortitude and inner strength you were able to muster to survive your prison experience and come out on the other side willing to share your knowledge to help someone else who may benefit from your wisdom.

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Thank you Valerie. Yes he has been trough recepetion, I am just afraid they may move him again. Christ this is all quite frustrating!
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Yeah when my bf did his 90day op at wasco he had to fill out that "body" paper- then he sent his copy to me! I opened the mail and was really scared for a minuite because that was all the envelope contained!
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Thank you ken.my brother is going to san quentin on9-20-03 this is his first time in prison he is going on drug charges an doing 16 mths will he be a level 1 and will he do the full 16 mths? Do you have an idea? This is all new to us. He is in county now. thank you soooooo much for your input.
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30 days to 9 months

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My husband has been in reception going on 9 months
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Its supposed to be (or was) 12 weeks.
But I think that has been extended now. Regardless they hold them there until they have space for them somewhere else.
my hub was in reception for 13 months but that supposedly isnt that common.
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My friend sat in reception for 6 months...A bed opened up and he was gone...I would check the inmate locator daily and that still said he was sitting in DVI a week after he was transported to his prison. Reception is the worse...hang in there!
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My husband is currently in Wasco Reception. He hasn't been endorsed and has had his counselor changed 3 times.
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