I’ve been invited to contribute to the team over at Murder Books. It’s a roster full of authors who know how the system really works.
Pop culture, television, and movies rarely get the details right. They’ve made most believe if you’re in prison, you can get tossed in the “hole” for no reason other than to mess with you. Let’s take a look at what really happens:
It’s a pleasure to be here sharing my first post on the Murder Books Blog. Thanks to the crew for letting me contribute.
You might know that I worked in prisons for the better part of thirty years. You get to know a bit about how the system works and a great deal about those who end up there—on both sides of the bars.
At the risk of dating myself, there was a popular song back in the day called, 30 Days in the Hole by Humble Pie. The lyrics talk about a drug-addled, jailhouse-bound guy destined for thirty days in the hole to mend his ways. A cool song that made you want to avoid going to the “hole,” but like most pop culture, it doesn’t paint an accurate picture of life behind bars.
For a few years, I worked in what you might call the “hole.” One of…
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