Free Dick Simkanin

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Dick Simkanin

Dick Simkanin writes a letter from jail.

I have now been in prison over 7 months, and believe me, this unit I'm in, it seems like 7 years. They call this the Jail Unit. It is sealed off from the rest of the prison population(aobut 1200). This jail unit contains on the average about 90 inmates. Of this 90 most are sent here from all over the Southwest-South for mental evaluations. You can just imagine the type of people running loose in this unit.

There are people who crow like roosters, bark and whine like sick dogs, talk to themselves all day long, hide out all day long, walk in circles from sunrise to sunset, can't speak a word of English, people coming off of hard drugs, murderers, rapists, bank robbers, dope dealers and smugglers, and all kinds of drug related crime. The population is about 50% Mexican, 40% Black, and the rest white Anglo.

Prision has its own way with your mind. Prison gives the occupants NOTHING, but it takes everything it can. The only relief from prison is sleep, so one tries to sleep as much as possible.

Like I said, prison has it's own way with your mind. In prison, you have a chance to think, analyse, and form conclusions, there's nothing else to do. Actually you could sit around and play cards and dominos with the above types all day long.

Sounds like a nice place.

Read full letter here.

Thanks for sharing Al Thompson.