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Kamp Kitchen for Kerik…

On June 10th this site spoke of the release of Jack Abramoff from the prison camp at Cumberland, Maryland, and the incarceration of Bernie Kerik, in FCI Cumberland (presumably the medium-security prison).  In fact, Kerik has been assigned to the satellite camp as well.

"Damn! Almost made it..."

"Damn! Almost made it..."

A satellite camp  is where the inmates do in-house chores, ground’s work, and other assorted details that support the main prison facility.

In Kerik’s case, he’s been assigned to the AM kitchen detail.  Getting up around 4:30 in the morning, he might help the cooks (unless he can actually cook himself), scrub pots ‘n pans, or help set-up the dining room.  He’s been angling for a job in the chapel, but no luck so far.  Meanwhile, he’s furiously taking notes for his planned book.  Hey, Bernie!  How ’bout a prison cookbook?!? more…

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Prison Education…

After my first year in prison, 1990, I was called into a prison factory manager’s office (UNICOR) and informed that my scheduled pay raise to grade one ($1.15/hr.) had been blocked by the Education Department.   He said that they claimed that I did not have my GED.

Start 'em Young

Start 'em young...

     (Congress had deemed that inmates be schooled to at least a GED level.  That without at least a GED they could not go beyond grade 2 pay, among other losses of “privileges.”  To understand the retributive/punishment regimen of the prison system, it is necessary to realize that all rules, regulations and programs also have these facets for inmate control and compliance.)  more…

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Prison Dog Training…

As I drifted out of a pleasant dream into the harsh glare of a flashlight, I heard the 3am bedcheck officer asking, “Medvecky,  who’s your girlfriend?”

Myself w/Kaley at Auburn University, 2006

Myself w/Kaley at Auburn University, 2006

It took me a moment to process the question.  Was he propositioning me?  Not likely.  Certainly not in a dormitory full of prisoners.  His light then shown on the face of my dog, Kaley. 

She had apparently climbed into the bunk w/me during the night and made herself comfortable—her head on the pillow facing me.  It looked like she was smiling.  Her tail began to thump waiting in anticipation of my response. 

My cube-mate, former Congressman Ed Mezvinsky (D-IA) and future father-in-law to Chelsea Clinton, grumbled at the intrusion and turned away from the light. (Something about cops/guards that really get off on blinding lights and bash-resistant flashlights…) more…