This letter is written by a person incarcerated at USP Atwater Federal Center.
With all this being said allow me to properly introduce myself. As I’m sure you are already aware that my name is [redacted]. I’m 31 years old, and I’m not from California, I’m born and raised in Florida. I’ve been down seven years and have a few more till I reach my release.
I won’t go into no prison politics and will stay on course as to what’s going on inside here during these trying times. Also I will answer your question to the best of my ability and my personal experiences and point of view.
For the most part doing your time is what you make it. As for me specifically, I’m all about productivity. I’m in a special housing unit in the prison that promotes change. It’s called the [redacted] which is a program of inmates that all have similar struggles and want to change for the better and become productive members in society.
I’m all for rehabilitation and reform. No matter the ethnic background or race. In this program we support one another. So to answer your question, yes it is a little lonely, depressing, and frustrating being incarcerated on top of it being a pandemic and to add on being confined within these walls. But there is things to help us cope. Like I already mentioned this program brings inmates together like a community so we support one another.