This letter was written by a person incarcerated at Pleasant Valley.
I never thought that my life would become so complicated overnight. I remember waking up early in the morning and turning on the TV. It was really scary!
Seeing this virus break all the rules in the book. It respected no one! Our age, ethnicity, and professional background didn’t matter.
This virus was causing chaos and panic. Especially in prison. It was hard for me to go to sleep that night and being locked up made it 3 times worse!
I couldn’t just go and be with my family and those who I care very much about. I was afraid of the uncertainty of the things to come.
I wasn’t the only prisoner who felt this way, of course! As a small community in prison, we all knew each other, and felt each other’s pain and fear! I honestly thought that they, CDCR, were going to implement new strict rules and regulations for all inmates.
I guess I was just feeling optimistic because as months went by, things were the same. Every program was running normal like if nothing was wrong out there in our community. I became very worried for all our safeties.
These correctional officers didn’t mind wearing their own masks. While us prisoners walked around without anything covering our faces. We couldn’t do much!
And our voices were far from being heard. Now things got worse and people started to get sick in here. I guess things are finally starting to change a little.