Headed down south

Edwards, B.



Headed Down South "Edwards! pack ya stuff ya on tha TDC chain," said the soft spoken boss lady then pointed at me. Her voice echoed throughout the Pod making other inmates look around in hopes it was or wasn't their name being called. Reality already set in my mind from the moment that I signed for my time at the Harris County Court House. Now 34 day's later my name was being called over the intercom for me to catch chain to my new place of residence. From my outer appearance you couldn't tell if I was scared or nervous as my stomach had mad butterflies while my mind started running like a 500 Indie car race. I tried my best to finish my dinner tray that we called "chow." Before my name was called for the TDC chain, the stale wheat bread and hard cooked fish with some cold pea's & carrots tasted pretty good until I gulped down the warm milk that tasted spoil. Since my incarceration I had no-one to call nor write, plus I never made commissary and I had no visitors except from my court appointed lawyer who desperately wanted me to sign my life away just so he could move onto his next case and collect his 2 or 3 hundred dollars. Just those things alone would drive a sane man crazy, especially knowing you don't have any family support and it seemed nobody cared. Before leaving out the Pod, we all held a prayer circle to pray for me. Now that was cool and all, but during the praying my mind drifted off thinking about my kids, my mom, where I'm going to go, Parole etc... The sound of hand-claps interrupted my thoughts as the Bosslady yelled over the Pod intercom. "Come on Edwards!, their waiting for you downstairs!" One would think by the way they rushed us out the Pod, I would be leaving right then and there. Walking out the Pod I was then given my travel card along with a hall pass that allowed me to walk the hall to my destination. My first and last name appeared on my travel card along with two mug-shots of me plus what I'm charged with. Walking down the hallway I checked out my travel card and I noticed the cameras that was mounted around watching my every step. The sound of clanging doors and yelling echoed through the hallway as the trustee janitors swept and mopped the floors of the jail. It had to be the cleanest place through-out the whole county jail. Making it to 5th floor main hallway picket, I handed the bossman my travel card and hall-pass. "Go sit in there," stated the bossman while pointing in the direction of the small holding cell as he held onto the telephone with his other hand. Walking into the small room that was already packed with inmates, I tried to find me a spot to sit. "Hey, Ya on the chain or ATW?", asked a inmate as the other inmates awaited for my answer. "I'm on the chain" I replied then decided to take a leak in the toilet that's called a "shitter." The shitter was filled with old urine, feces, and toilet paper, plus the small room had a lingering smell of both that made me hold my breath as I frowned while taking a leak. I wasn't even able to wash my hands because the sink didn't work. The lil room with all our bodies in it, made the place feel warm as we were all packed inside like a can of sardines. I wasn't much of a talker, but I listened to the conversations of inmates who talked about sports, movies, officers, where they were from etc. etc. etc. When the voices got too loud the bossman came on the intercom for us to hold the noise down. Eventually their voices arose again making the bossman step out his picket. "Hold the fuckin noise down! If I have to come back in here again ima come put my boot in somebody mouth!" He shouted at us as if we were all his lil kid's. About a hour later we were all moved downstairs. Some went home as the rest of us went into a larger tank that was already filled depict the over-crowding. Inside the tank there was only three steel shitters, and believe me, if you had to go number 2, you'd rather hold it than use the nasty looking shitters that looked unsanitized and very unclean. Urine was all around the sitting part, with wet toilet paper on the floor and shitter, even one of the shitters had old feces still inside of it with a bunch of toilet paper. The steel sink that's connected to the shitter water pressure was low or it didn't work at all. Don't get it twisted, some inmates didn't care, so they took care of their business, making other inmates frown or shake their head at them. Around 3 o clock A.M. trustee's brought us all breakfast Johnny sacks that was filled with 2 peanut butter sandwiches and a bag of raisins, along with a 1/2 pint of warm milk that still tasted spoil. While the trustees passed out the Johnny sacks, the bosslady explained to us what's about to take place once the TDC officers arrive. Some inmates asked questions repeatedly that agitated the boss lady which made her catch a early morning attitude. When 6 o clock came, we were all gathered and shuffled out like a herd of cow's. Each TDC officer called out our last name then gave us a pair of holey, raggedy TDC jumpsuits that looked like a onezy. Then we were hand-cuffed to another inmate before being transferred to a white school bus called "The Blue Bird." Being treated like a herd of cow's that's hand-cuffed together, it was kind of hard to walk and hold onto your property at the same time, especially if the person your hand-cuffed with has a bunch of property or has a disability. Walking on the Blue Bird, immediately the heat and the stench from the shitter that was mounted on the opposite side of the driver smelled through-out the bus. It's kind of hard to walk up the stairs being hand-cuffed with a partner, but the TDC officers didn't care, they just wanted us to hurry up and get on the bus. As we each entered the bus, a officer gave row-call before we were able to find a seat. The plastic hard seats had very little space in between each other and looked very uncomfortable for the one's who were either very tall, fat or had any leg problems, plus to mention you had to hold onto your property bag. As I took my seat, the first thing I did was let down the window that was hard to do because of the metal plate that was welded over the window, so the person I was hand-cuffed with had to help me let it down and it became a much easier task for the one's who wanted to let down their window. Before our journey started, one of the officers grabbed his 18 shot pump-shotgun then climbed in the very back of the bus. Again my started running like Hussane Bolt running a 100 meter race, because I was thinking, what if he's having a bad day and decides to shoot us all, what if we have a bad wreck and flip over into some water, what if I needed to use the bathroom, what if... what if... Not only were we hand-cuffed together but the door behind the driver was secured and locked-down with a very big Masterlock that need a key. Pulling out the Harris County garage I finally saw daylight for the first time in 2½ years. Wow was it a beautiful sight to see as I overheard the other inmates talk about family, where we might be headed, car's, buildings, their case, girlfriends, kids etc etc etc... Some even played Bingo as we passed up car's on the freeway. At times to me it seemed the bus swerved in and out of it's lane while speeding pass traffic, as the driver of the bus talked on his cell-phone. Crazy thought continued to enter my head as inmates chatted amongst one another. Some lost their manners making the humid-air unbearable to breath. The long 2½ hour drive was very uncomfortable, especially since I had to hold my bladder because I refuse to walk to the nasty looking shitter that smelled like old stale urine. Arriving at Garza West we were hurried off the bus. "Get off the dam head-running!" yelled a guard while looking at every inmate up and down. Though some guards were cool some guards were being straight A-holes, and talked to us like we were the scum of the earth. (To be continued:) pt 2 The Process

Author: Edwards, B.

Author Location: Texas

Date: July 2, 2019

Genre: Essay

Extent: 6 pages

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