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If you’re in jail you gotta have commissary.

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Editors Note:
Hancock Anti-Drone Resisters Jailed Last Night (7/29)
Posted on July 30, 2015
Four anti-drone resisters were sentenced Wednesday night in Judge Joseph J. Zavaglia’s DeWitt (NY) Town Court for alleged trespass at a “die-in” on April 28, 2013 at Hancock Air Base…
All four were identically sentenced to one year’s conditional discharge… Both Pleune and Rice told Judge Zavaglia, through their attorney Lewis Oliver, that they would not agree to the conditional discharge – which led him to sentence the two to 15 days in Jamesville Penitentiary. Pleune and Rice were taken from court in handcuffs.

A week after Bev and I got home from our week long stint at the Jamesville Correctional Facility, I went on line and put some greenbacks into the commissary account of the young woman who pressed three books into my hands as I was led into THE PIT my first night there. The guards didn’t really want to put me in solitary. It’s just that there wasn’t another available room at the inn. Anyway, back to putting money in Sal’s commissary account. When I told her about my intention and asked for her prison number, she told me not to do it. She told me that the first $25 would go to pay her fine for telling an officer to be intimate with  himself. I guess we can say that I decided to get the credit for that pithy curse. I also threw in enough for a little radio (to be used only with a headset) and  for a few toiletries too, although she had told me that the radio is the most important thing for her sanity. Not so shampoo, I guess. Usually I’d be all about the shampoo, but the importance of the radio (with headset!) I really get. You could almost skip the radio. I’d settle for the earmuff-like headset. Jail is noisy!! A lot like an indoor shopping mall on a Saturday afternoon.  But back to the commissary. If you’re in jail you gotta have commissary. You want a comb? Buy it yourself. The same for paper, a pen, coffee, deodorant, shampoo, and shoes you can actually walk in. Need pajamas or long johns, buy them yourself or get your family to send them. Only white ones. The list goes on and on.   Those without funds or friends have greasy hair.  One cute little thing that Jamesville does is on Friday night, inmate relatives can order dinner from a selected restaurant for their prisoner.  I imagine some administrator is getting a chunk of change from that restaurant. As you can imagine, there aren’t a whole lot of women who get this goody, but some do.  Like everywhere , jail has its haves and have nots. But mostly have nots.

– Joan Pleune
for the Granny Peace Brigade