wrote on Thursday, January 29, 2015
All prisoners at Kilby get a free one minute call at first and then to make future calls, they enter their AIS # and the last four digits of their SS# and follow the prompts. Calls are set up collect and you have to use a credit card to put minutes on the phone. Tell him to be careful not to let anyone watch him dial the numbers. All AIS #s are printed on the front of your shirt under your name. If another inmate looks over your brother's shoulder and gets his last four digits of his SS# while he is on the phone, the inmate can steal the minutes to call his own family or friends. It is very expensive to make calls. $25 will get you (3) 15 minute calls. And it is more expensive the further you are in the state from Montgomery. He will need you to put money on his books to buy basic supplies. Kilby does not allow you to keep most of the stuff you bring from the county jail. That means no shower shoes. You do not want your brother standing barefoot in those showers. He will catch some sort of foot fungus or worse. The toothbrushes the facility hands out are so short, you can't reach the back teeth. You can buy normal Crest toothbrushes and Crest toothpaste off the store. He will also need razors and shaving cream. Kilby correction officers are total weirdos about your face being smooth as a baby's butt at all times. They provide single blade cheap razors that suck, but you can buy double blade BIC razors on the store. They feed you the worst meals in prison. Meals at Kilby are consistent with meals he will get at his permanent camp. He will need money for food off the store. It's mostly junk food, coffee and tobacco on the store list, but he will need the substance. There is a snack line in the chow hall that he can buy pastries, microwaveable hamburgers and pizzas, and seven different flavors of ice cream. You can spend $20 in a single visit pretty easy..... I lost 50 lbs. in a year eating prison food and my family even gave me money that I bought ice cream three times a week and ate honeybuns and drank cokes. I ate good because of my family, but still lost 50 lbs. That's how small and pathetic prison meals are...... He can't really do anything in quarantine dorm for a whole week. No store or snack line. They are too busy taking different tests for blood, blood pressure, mental health questions, a test to determine your sanity, classification, etc. Plus, the guards make it harder on you when you are in quarantine. They don't let up much after that either. But you have the chance to buy store and snacks. After you are classified and waiting on that 3 a.m. wake up to go to your main camp, you just lay around in your bunk or watch TV in the movie room. It is very boring and some guys make tattoo guns and do tattoos. Some guys shoot up suboxone with needles stolen out of the infirmary. Some guys smoke weed or talk on cell phones. Some guys fight for fun. Kilby is a Max prison taking in everybody from your common thief to a capital murderer and everything in between. There are some really mean dudes in there that love to steal and fight. There are knives and shanks in there. Nobody was ever stabbed when I was there, but some inmate did microwave a cup of vaseline to boiling hot and threw it in another guy's face. Another weapon is a bunch of AA batteries knotted in the end of a tube sock. I woke up out of a dead sleep to two guys fighting with these one morning. Kilby guards are on power trips. They are underpaid and make their real money by having inmates send them green dot cards through their families for drugs and cellphones. Then those same guards will bust these inmates with the stuff they sold them and blackmail them out of more money to keep their stuff and not go to lock up. It's a racket down there if you get into it. If your brother says yes sir, no sir, please, thank you and...... the big one, excuse me, and stays to himself, then he will most likely be OK. Tell him to keep his head up and don't trust anyone. I hope he does alright, but there's sometimes you just can't avoid the mess.