This story was told by a person incarcerated at Avenal.
UCI: Yeah. So how have you been feeling mentally?
Caller: Mentally, I would say drained, exhausted, because uh, besides dealing with this pandemic, you have to deal with a lot of, uh, animosity and nit-picking. I mean, it’s like it’s almost gotten to the point where if we’re smiling on a certain day, it’s like we’re breaking a rule.
It’s like, we’re already stressed out about the pandemic, you know? We don’t gotta be worrying about like if we’re walking–If we’re walking in a straight line or if we’re, I don’t know, you know? You have to roll your sock leg down, or I don’t know, something. It’s always something around here. I think this is not the time to be nit-picking.
Caller: It’s pretty–They’re creating a pretty stressful atmosphere.