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ResisterA Story of Protest and Prison during the Vietnam War$
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Bruce Dancis

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452420

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452420.001.0001

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A Typical Day in Prison, and a Few That Weren’t

A Typical Day in Prison, and a Few That Weren’t

(p.292) Chapter Fifteen A Typical Day in Prison, and a Few That Weren’t

Bruce Dancis

Cornell University Press

The author describes what a typical day was like during his nineteen-month stay in the Federal Youth Center. A horn will start to blast over the loudspeaker at 6:45 a.m., with a voice shouting “Wake up! Wake up!” signaling that it was time for breakfast. After shaving, one had to make his bed, military fashion; this was followed by an inspection and counting of inmates. Work call was at 8 a.m., while the first class of the day began thirty minutes later. Mail call was next and, after supper, lights would go off at 11 p.m. Weekends provided an opportunity for inmates to spend hours on the yard, in the gym, or back in their dorms. The author also talks about vices inside the prison, including alcohol and drugs, as well as entertainment for inmates in the form of music and movies, weekend visits from relatives, his encounter with Mel Morris who offered to help him escape from prison, and the prison policy of “minimum” custody.

Keywords:   mail call, Federal Youth Center, inmates, vices, alcohol, drugs, music, movies, weekend visits, minimum custody

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