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Life Arts    H1'ed 10/27/10

The Feds and the Prisoner's Wife - Do Unto Others... as You Please

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The following morning, Mr. Ingram was again present but not sitting at the desk when I entered to visit Gary, so I had no interaction with him. The duty officer I had spoken with Friday evening came into the room, approached me, introduced herself, and inquired whether I had encountered any problems that morning. I thanked her and told her everything had been fine. But I noticed Mr. Ingram watching, rather intently, during my conversation with the duty officer. After her departure from the visiting room, Mr. Ingram made a show of putting on gloves, and as visits ended, prisoners leaving the visiting room were strip-searched, two at a time, despite the written policy that any prisoner required to remove clothing for a search would be searched privately, not in the presence of other prisoners.

Gatlinburg, TN, Christmas, 2009

Visiting with Gary had escalated, not relieved, my concern about his well-being. He was not feeling well, and he was not functioning well. From the time Gary was first allowed to call me, and I became aware of the withholding of his medications, I asked that he would call me for just one minute each morning at 6:15, just to let me know he was still alive and hadn't died during the night. Before making the long drive home that Saturday night, I removed my contact lenses and, sitting in my parked car, cried uncontrollably, grieving the loss of so much of the husband I love.

Let's take a break here, Judy. In our next installment, we'll hear a lot more about what life in federal prison is like. Stay tuned!


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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)

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