Sunday, February 6, 2011

A Prison Facility

Today, hubby and I went to a prison facility to visit someone. It is my first time to go inside and observed the inside activity. My idea of a place like this is that it is extremely dangerous, the inmates will be intimidating, they will wear orange dress code or stripes. I was thinking that it will be like what we saw in the movie.

The whole experience of visiting someone was nothing like that. Since the place that we visited is not the maximum facility, I had a positive experience. First, we need to set up/inform the place that we would like to visit someone. There is a background check and it is up to them to approve you or not.

In most activities that I have, I usually read the rules and follow them. We arrived on time before the head count. We fill up the paper and gave our ID's. You can't give anything to them but, you can buy them something from the machine. The prices were a bit too high though. If you plan to give money, you can send it money order to their account. They will use it to buy the things they need in the commissary.

We stayed for four hours and we talk so many things about the life inside the prison. I observed that they wore the dress code when they have visitors and they look neat! It was the same design when I work as a teacher back home. I can recall that the same style we wore on a Thursday :-) Anyway, they look so good. You can't tell that they are inmates. In fact, they were never address the people inside as inmates.

Each one has a job to do. They were being paid but a rock bottom pay which is good for that moment while they serve their time. They have activities and they learn so many skills while living inside. The people in this facility didn't commit heinous crimes. They are good people who committed wrong decision punishable by law!

I saw that they are so overwhelmed with happiness seeing them with their family especially when their kids were there. You'll see tears of joy! My experience today taught me to embrace my freedom, respect the law and live as a law-abiding citizen. I pray for those people who are unlawful to change their life to a better person, direct their lives towards God and abide the law. May they will have a prayerful heart!

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