I was arrested in 2006 and spent 11 months in jail. I knew what I did to get arrested, but no other information was provided to me.
The first week in custody, I never knew what time it was. My internal clock was gone. I didn't know if it was 3am or 3pm, morning or evening, day or night.
My family didn't know where I was. I didn't know what was going to happen next.
The detention officers inside the jail were no help. Every 20 minutes, they would do their rounds to check on all the inmates. And every 20 minutes they would pass my cell and I would beg for them to tell me what time it was.
Usually they ignored me, but sometimes they would laugh at me and tell me to shut up. One guard stopped in front of my cell, looked me in eyes, began to laugh, and said, "Fuck you.”
submitted by michael witham