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Prison Gal-Boys…

During the 20 years I’ve spent in the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), I’ve witnessed a variety of sexual situations.  There was only one that I could consider to have been coerced.  The kid (maybe 20) was a nervous wreck and scared like a chicken spotting a hawk.

Sal Mineo & Don Johnson

He was in and out so fast—checked into segregation and was apparently transferred—that I never did get his story.  But I have no shortage of others…

FCI Ray Brook, Lake Placid, NY, was a form of international village of prisoners (in fact, it started out as the Athelete’s Village for the 1980 US Winter Olympics).  No one ever accused the US of failing to Romanize the world… more…

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Justice & the Prison Experience…

“What’s the first thing you should do when you find yourself in a hole?”

     Walking around the track one day at FCI Ray Brook, Lake Placid, NY, one of my exercise buddies—a general contractor from Virginia—showed me a letter he wrote.  It was addressed to the Attorney General of that state.

     Bruce had been convicted of bank fraud in a contracting scheme, where he had also stiffed his sub-contractors.  He was doing a 10-yr bit, “old law,” which meant he would-max out after 7 yrs. 

     I read the letter and was frankly astounded at his political and social naiveté—to put it politely.  He was a pretty conservative type and was always good for a lively argument, but this was simply beyond the pale. more…

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FCI Ray Brook, NY…

One of  a dozen federal prisons I’ve served in is FCI Ray Brook.  Ray Brook is just down the road from the massive ski jumps near Lake Placid in northern New York State, the site of the 1980 U.S. Winter Olympics.

If you’re of a certain age, you’ll remember those Olympics as the “Miracle on Ice,” in which the U.S. men’s hockey team won the gold medal.  I remember Ray Brook somewhat differently…

The creation of FCI Ray Brook was a reaction to the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany, where a number of Israeli athletes were murdered in retaliation for the Black September War in 1970 in Jordan (which involved a number of other states, including Israel).   more…

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Immigration & the Free World…
Back in ’91 I was a prisoner at FCI Ray Brook, NY, up by Lake Placid.  It was built by the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) as the Athelete’s Village for the 1980 US Winter Olympics.  After the event, the Jacuzzi’s were pulled out, another razor-wire fence added and–Voilà!–instant prison.

Athelete's Village, FCI Ray Brook, NY

As a remote mountain location near the Canadian border, it was ideal for certain prisoners.  Many were Native Americans, perceived by the criminal justice system as wards of the state, along with Washington, DC prisoners at the time, Canadians awaiting completion of their sentence, and a number of other prisoners from around the planet awaiting deportation.

There was also a large group of Cubans and other Hispanics.  Actually, quite an ongoing Athelete’s Village representation of the world.  Fully 27% of the federal prison population are aliens (mostly Hispanic).  more…