In the deep vast unknown
there travels a small ship
circular spinning pristine
that cast shadows upon
waters and filters truth
into air that you breathe
in … and out… In and out
and somewhere in the body
beats your heart as massive
vessel of circular reasoning
pumps truth in and out
…in and out
it’s a lonely traveler on the
highway that sign painted
“Life” driving itself wild
return by the circular wheel
in which distractions weave
in and out… In and out
going nowhere just feel.
In the deep vast unknown
sits your mind connecting
random dots, thoughts
pulling, probing and building
something to grasp in the
truth that when it awakens
it is always alone dreaming
itself in and out

baby, right now its out…


Bruce A. Liller, Chief of Psychology at North Branch Correctional Institution in Maryland explains why, despite the higher security risk of allowing inmates out of their cells during the day, the practice is necessary. Even though North Branch is a Maximum Security institution, the inmates are not on lock-down 24 hours a day. As Dr. Liller suggests, the psychological well-being of the inmates demands some movement and involvement in activities such as working in the cafeteria, visiting the library, or exercising in the yard. [x]


As part of training to become a corrections officer, cadets must subject themselves to getting pepper sprayed in the face. During this time, they are expected to keep their eyes open and maintain control over an inmate and successfully work through the pain. There are two main reasons for this type of training: 1. when an inmate is pepper sprayed, some of the agent will inevitably reach the officer during physical altercations and, in spite of this, they must always have the upper hand, and 2. so that officers know what they are subjecting inmates to and will use proper judgment and empathy when making the final decision to reach for the pepper spray.

The cadets fully recovered after 2 hours.


Inmate Christian Knighten explains his mentality after hearing he had been put “on the list” by his gang. Knighten, a faithful member of the Mexican Mafia, was put on a hit list - the result of a power shift. After he was slashed in the face, Knighten took 28 days to exact revenge. He cut the throat of his attacker from the nape of the neck to the Adam’s apple, killing him. [x]


Lt. Aaron Vigil, pictured above, was stabbed in the back of the head by inmate Conrad Salazar with a shank when the officer was just 18 years old. He was taken to the hospital, patched up and came back to work the very next day. Salazar marveled at the fact that Vigil never took the incident personally and said that if the roles were reversed, he would definitely “try to retaliate in some way.”

The Penitentiary of New Mexico, Santa Fe.