Sunday, November 11, 2007

Eve: I am more committed now than ever

I visited Eve yesterday afternoon -- at her apartment! She got out of the D.C. Correctional Treatment Facility at 1:30 PM. Her sister Ann was there to pick her up. Although physically tired, she is in very high spirits. She said she befriended prisoners and guards alike inside.

She said that she is more convinced than ever that violence never accomplishes anything. She listened and shared with all the women inside CTF whom she met. Her first cell mate was a young woman who was apparently in for drugs. She immediately helped Eve make her bed, and was very friendly to her.

Eve was able to get a Bible, but not until Wednesday. She said she did not see any physical violence, but there were many violent words thrown about. She said the guards were kind of like mamas to the the overall young and overwhelmingly black prisoner population. "My sisters in chains" is how Eve described the inmates.

No one treated Eve poorly, although the intake guard gave her a hard time about protesting against the war and occupation of Iraq. She was puzzled as he kept saying "Do you want babies to get blown up!?" Of course she thought, our military is there and lots of babies are getting blown up! She said his anger was coming from his own grief, and he didn't really know what to do with it.

She said prison was like a community to many of the women inside. That's why when they are picked up various crimes (most have to do with drugs) they don't mind it much, because they don't have a community on the outside. So, in a way, and it is very sad, prison has become their home.

Tips Eve gives for going to prison include sharing food (she liked to give away her cookies), and sharing of your time -- don't keep yourself apart from the rest of the population. Also, you must be prepared to not get a whole lot of sleep, because there are loud noises throughout day and night.

Although Eve's sentence was 7 days, it turned out to be about 6 days. We have noticed this before that one day of the trial seems to count toward the sentence.

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