HOW DO PRISONERS SPEND THEIR DAYS?
A typical prison day is primarily determined by the prisoner's classification level. Prisoners whose previous crimes and current behavior qualify them for low or medium security classification have more freedom and more opportunities than those in high security.
A typical day for someone in low or medium security begins with breakfast around 4:30am. These prisoners may then report to their work assignments around 6am. If they have no work assignment, they may have a class to attend or spend time in their bunks reading, writing letters, or listening to the radio. Lunch is around 11am. Afterwards, they may report to work or go to the gym or rec yard for exercise. The third meal of the day is usually around 4pm.
Prisoners may spend evening hours attending classes, watching television, or playing dominoes. Those who have commissary supplies may use their hotpots to heat something to eat, and if the prison has a prison phone system, they may call their families for a few minutes.
On weekends, prisoners may be allowed to attend chapel programs and/or worship services. If they are fortunate, they may a visit with a friend or family member during visitation hours. All of these activities depend on prisoners having good behavior and obtaining necessary permissions and clearances.
Prisoners who have high security classifications or who have disciplinary problems have much fewer choices and many more restrictions. Life is very slow and boring for them.
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