It’s a challenge not to be “in the moment” the first time you walk in the door of a correctional facility.
The outside door is always the least imposing as it simply marks the entry into an intimating reception area. Most likely you will pause, looking for a friendly face or some type of instructions. Signs will direct and warn you of the consequences of contraband, of wearing improper clothes and failure to pass the screening detectors. (You usually get three tries before you are denied entry.) You will note the noise of clanging locks and how human voices sound different, almost metal-like.
You are aware of each moment because in a correctional facility, whether you are a visitor or an inmate, each moment counts as one less moment behind the barbed wire... (Read more)