Yesterday our yard was put on a modified program (i.e. lockdown), but I missed it because Monday is my day off. I heard about it today from one of my patients. He didn’t know why the yard was recalled, but he was telling me about the lockdown to illustrate his point that you can’t count on a regular routine every day; the program is always changing.
On my way to the bathroom this afternoon, I passed by the sergeant’s office and heard him call out something to the lieutenant about the weapons that were found yesterday. Naturally I took a detour and headed straight into the lieutenant’s office, which is right next to the sergeant’s.
“What weapons that were found yesterday?” I asked. Because I’m actually friends with this particular lieutenant, I am completely comfortable with going into his office and asking nosy questions like this one.
“Here, I’ll show you,” he said. He pulled up the photos on his computer.
I looked at the evidence photos and got the shivers. These were inmate manufactured weapons that weren’t fucking around. The handles were made out of wood, and the blade portions were fashioned out of metal that had been sharpened and twisted and designed to have uneven, serrated edges.
“Do you have any leads on who made them?” I asked.
“They’re checking for fingerprints.”
“Shit,” I said. “That’s some scary stuff.”
“It’s a good reminder to always be careful,” the sergeant said. He’d come into the lieutenant’s office to drop off some paperwork. “Don’t forget that these inmates are in here for a reason.”