Re: FairFax County Jail
harold a. hecuba
Date: December 25, 2009 02:29AM
All of these posts by people about the ADC make me laugh. i was in that hellhole for 300 days-- on cellblocks 3S1, 3S3 and 3S4. During that time, my cellmates included a robber with a long record, a drrug addict, a gang banger (affiliated with MS-13), a spanish guy who couldnt speak a word of english (he was my best cellie), and a black dude that showered about once/week....many of the people that i encountered in that place had severe mental problems.. i spend some time in solitary confinement in a cell that was about the size of the average bathroom in your house. its amazing how fucking small your world can get when you are in solitary...and how you learn to appreciate very very simple things.. like getting a shower every 2 days, or making a phone call, or eating dried noodles out of a cellophane pack..or reading a 20 yr old book
what's the ADC like? what did i see during my 300 days at ffax ADC?
I saw plenty of violence (inmate-on-inmate and deputy-on-inmate). I saw no rapes or anything like that.. Saw medical neglect by medical staff.. Saw (and experienced what amounted to a starvation diet).. saw 15 inmates crammed into cellblocks on the B-floor that were designed to hold 5 or 6 inmates.
>>saw my cellie get beat into unconsciousness by a man who was going down the road for his second robbery conviction. my cellie was about my size--6ft, 240 lbs. my cellie broke the guy's jaw on the first punch, but then the guy just went wild and buzzsawed my cellie with about 20 punches until my cellie went down and went unconscious. dude turned around and asked me if i wanted some. i shut the fuck up. this whole fight was the result of my cellie calling this guy a faggot.
>>saw the deps twist a guy's arm halfway up his back until i heard it break.. the dep was about 200 lbs and the inmate was about 140 lbs and was not resisting.. this happened on the B-floor
>>saw a little mongolian guy (who was in for assaulting a cop and drunk in public) who was about 5'4 and 140 lbs completely beat the shit outta this fat spanish guy (who was about 220lbs)..the spanish guy was about 21 yrs old, gang affiliated, and was in for a stabbing murder somewhere in 7 corners area....the spanish dude tormented this little mongolian guy relentlessly for about a month.. then one day, the magazine cart came and the mongol saw a national geographic magazine with an article about mongolia prominently displayed on the cover.. well, he grabbed that mag from the trusty and looked at it all day, proudly reminiscing about his home country. well, the spanish dude thought it would be funny to hide the mag from the mongol. he did it.. mongol got pissed. they went into an upstairs cell for about 15 mins and the spanish guy came flying outta that cell like the devil was after him. he didnt have many cuts, but he had a righteous black eye..the little mongol gave it to him good. who says that David cant kick Goliath's ass on occasion??
>>saw one 50 yr old guy (who was in for assaulting a police officer) go into some sort of diabetic fit at breakfast at 430 one morning.. we banged on the cellblock windows to get the deps attention.. guess the dep was sleeping because it took him about 30 mins to enter the block (after they locked us back in).. they hauled the guy out.. dont know what happened to him...
>>saw a former Iraqi war veteran who was in for beating his wife try to hang himself from the second tier at 430 in the morning..the guy was new to my cell block.. that was a hell of a thing to have to see at 430 in the morning.
>> saw a spanish guy lay himself out on the floor in a position similar to jesus being crucified on the cross, with bible in left hand and rosary on his forehead and he shouted something like "papa..papa" over and over again..deps came in an beat the shit out of the guy and then hauled him off
>>saw a 55 yr old black man have a stroke in my cell block.. all i heard was his body hitting the floor.. "thunk"..sounded like when you throw a log on a concrete patio.. i remember the look in his eyes when i ran into his cell.. it was the look that a raccoon gives you when you have trapped him and he has nowhere to go.
>>saw a white guy get knocked completely unconscious because of a disagreement over a card game
>>saw a pakistani guy beat the fuck out of a spanish guy because the spanish guy accidentally spilled water on him.. these guys were both about 140 lbs, but the paki whooped the spic's ass so very badly. the spanish guy had huge gashes above his eyes, on top off his head, across his cheek... it was hard to believe that someone so small could inflict this kind of damage with just hands/fists and in such a short period of time.
>>was in cell next to this black dude named Ja-Bo.. Well Ja-Bo's cell mate was this persian guy who was in for stalking his girl.. The persian guy had this strange light in his eyes.. you could tell he wasnt playing with a full deck mentally. He made the mistake of getting a ton of commissary one time, while Ja-Bo was his cellie.. That night, I listened to Ja-Bo beat this persian guy repeatedly for at least 2 hours..Persian guy didnt say anything,, Just took the ass whooping..Next morning, Ja-Bo had all of the persian guy's commissary.. Persian guy wigged out at morning walk thru and was taken out in a hammer lock by those "manly fairfax county deputies".
let me close with a few observations. I made it out of that place. Still on probation now, but I will complete it shortly. I was lucky to get a good job again. I work hard and WILL NEVER put myself in a position to be in that place again. I value my freedom and dont take for granted things that i took for granted before like the love of my children, the feel of sunshine on my face, fresh air rolling thru my hair (note: i didnt go outside that facility for the entire 300 days i was in there)...I want to do everything that I can to earn back the trust of my community. On the day that I left, DEPUTY LOFTIS looked at me with a sneer and said "you'll be back".. Well, DEPUTY LOFTIS, no I wont.. not in this fucking lifetime. I am OUT, making good money, seeing my kids and abiding by the law. You chose to go to work there, effectively "incarcerating" yourself for a paycheck. As far as I am concerned, the day that I walked outta there was my last day there.
One other comment I'd like to make, i really love these "hardass" fuckers who have the "lock them up and throw away the key" mentality. Yes, for some crimes this is appropriate response..child molesters, rapists, murderers and the like...But the "lock 'em up" approach doesnt apply to the whole incarcerated population. i honestly wish those "hardass", "lock 'em up" fuckers could spend about a year in jail and they may soften their opinion a little bit. I used to have that same opinion, until I went into the ADC. Now, my opinion is tempered with some mercy and the realization that "a man is not defined by how many times he gets knocked down, but by how many times and how quickly he gets back to his feet".