Prison Radio
Peter “Pitt” Mukuria

Hey, this is Peter Kamal Mukuria, comrade Pitt, calling from Jessup Correctional Resort, naw just kidding, Institution. So I want to leave this commentary on a specific issue, a specific unprofessionalism that is very, very pervasive and very much part of the culture here at this facility.

So me taking a job, you know, it’s something that I’m very much opposed and have refrained from going through over the last decade or so. But when I got here, the first thing I did want to do was try to, you know, try to make things work for me.

So they to make it, you know- give me a job, offer me a job so, you know, I can move around, you know, stay out of the cell, and the job was actually a compound worker, which meant, you know, I can go outside and, you know, move around, work a little bit and, you know, interact, network, etc. and I took that job, because, you know, after being at Red Onion, I was pretty much in constant isolation, so this job offered an opportunity to kind of, you know, freely move around, which was pretty cool given the last decade I’ve been in constant isolation.

So I took the job, and I actually do enjoy what I do in terms- cause I’m the kind of guy that I prefer- I like to keep myself busy. So I take the job, and the job pretty much just consists of, you know, distributing ice from, you know, ice bags from, you know, to different buildings, and just pretty much just dumping on the trash. That’s pretty much all the job is of and which is something usually takes about two hours at the most, and the rest of the time, we pretty much just outside, which is something that was for me.

So anyway, part of the issue when it comes to this job is that sometimes, you know, the chief security, [inaudible], she would, you know, allow us, you know, people that work on the compound, to come back in at nine o’clock, which was- nine o’clock was the time that, you know, people would simply lock in, go back to their cells, and then nine o’clock would actually be the time that I’m coming back from work. And so she pretty much allowed us to, you know, use the stall instead of locking down, you know, to sit in the day room, use the phone, and take showers, you know, use that time, you know, without too much other people, you know, in rushing or getting in the way, so she allowed us compound workers to use that opportunity to shower and get things done.

And that wasn’t a problem. Everything was going along fine. And all of a sudden, the major decided to undercut the chief security decision and said that “No, you guys cannot be out there, I don’t care if you’re coming back from work, I don’t care if you’re dirty, blah, blah, you have to go in the cell,” and you know, after working and you’re sweating and you’re dealing with trash, etc. …