Within minutes of arrival from court, you will be strip searched. Every cell door has an observation window that any officer can look into at any time of the day or night. Often all of us would be in the bathroom at once. How does it work? Men do have their physical needs and, when sharing a cell, it can be very difficult to get any privacy to satisfy such needs. Carefully, I folded my black gabardine slacks and pink blouse.
I always felt so vulnerable in my nakedness and if the officer was hostile, it made it worse.
Sharing cells, open showers and masturbation: What privacy in prison is really like
It was not easy. Some days I was lonely. Start at the top. Prison officers regularly patrol the landings but rarely venture into the showers so, of course, this is where scores are settled and deals are done. I knew I always had a choice and I chose to stand straight, lopsided or not.