tv Lockup Boston MSNBC August 6, 2011 7:00pm-8:00pm PDT
an inmate defended himself against a violent attack. now authorities want to know if he took it too far. >> another inmate keeps staff on alert. >> there was blood on the walls on the floor. all over both inmates. >> while a young man with a seemingly bright future awaits trial for first-degree murder.
the jail takes steps to keep young members from joining the ranks. >> boston massachusetts has been associated with higher learning, but many of the residents find themselves on a less productive path. >> all the way up, lift your tongue up. >> the intake center is located at one of the jail's two facilities.
>> walsh street, bourbon street, rodeo drive, this is nashville street. >> the new arrivals have not been convicted for the crime for which they were arrested and considered innocent until proven guilty. those who are not quickly released or bailed out will be housed until their cases are closed. and every year, thousands of men and women undergo a demanding application process to secure and manage inmates while they're in jail. less than 1% will make it to the final stage. cadet training. >> there was 40 people, 40 candidates that were brought into this academy class. upwards of 10,000 applications for the job. >> the cadets must pass a series of tests to become deputies. >> we teach them everything from
combattives which is defensive tactics to firearms, to first aid, fire safety, approximately 40 different components of what they do. >> this morning, we're going to do defensive tactics training. they have some ground defense where we've brought in some ground defense experts along with our own people. >> you don't want to be in an altercation, but when that happens, you want to be able to deal with it and be able to come out in the end and go home and see your family. >> the explosiveness, allow your hips to get through there. ready? recover. >> among the current class of 40 cadets is 43-year-old abrianna. >> there isn't very many women
working for the department right now. but you know, it isn't too much pressure, but you do want to, you know, stand proud and do everything the men can do. >> i never thought i'd once be a correctional officer. i always knew i wanted to help people and try to rehabilitate people. i've seen a lot of friends go take the wrong road in life. i wanted to be a positive role model. >> trying to keep people prepared, be able to deal with situations that may arise. >> i look at it as -- >> by the end of their training, the cadets must be prepared to
deal with the jail's most dangerous inmates, like 25-year-old devon gallop. gallop is housed four miles away in the house of correction. >> devon has been coming to our building since he turned 18 years old. he's been with us pretty much for most of that time. >> strip searched the inmate. >> he's one of those inmates when he comes back into the institution, he's basically don't pass go, he goes to segregation until we can speak with him.
>> gallop's behavior has prompted several cell extractions from the sheriff's emergency response team or sert. for legal reasons, they are required to videotape all interactions with inmates. >> he makes weapons all the time. he'll make weapons out of anything he can get his hands on. he had contraband that includes the plastic dinner trays. >> we identified his fingers were extremely long in length. we told him his nails were going to be cut. and he refused to allow us to cut them. i explained if he did not comply and allow us to cut his nails to a reasonable length, then we would have to do it manually. >> he decided he was not going to comply and allow us to do it, so we had to place him on the ground and manually cut his nails.
>> i don't always use weapons, but when i do use them, i feel good sometimes. feel like i got my point across that i'm not playing with you. i'm not here to play with you. biting doesn't get the job done. you heal up, i don't want you to heal up that way. i'd rather you not fight and you can live with the bruises. i like to rather just leave you scars. >> gallop is housed in the administrative segregation unit. in order to minimize his contact with other inmates, he's in a single-man cell and takes his recreation time alone. he is currently serving two years for the distribution of narcotics.
he also has an open case for assault with a deadly weapon, to which he's pled not guilty. but his reputation at suffolk county stands from a prior conviction during an earlier stay here. >> when he was sitting down i was like, maybe i could take the mirror off. i learned how to take it apart. >> the inmate was stabbed 19 times. >> as we entered the unit, we observed the cell door was wide open. and when we got down there, he was inside the cell and stabbing the inmate that was inside the cell with a manufactured weapon he had made. there was blood on the walls, on the floor. all over both inmates. >> the victim survived the attack. >> i believe he enjoyed the notoriety. it sends a message to the staff as well as other inmates.
>> i'm just a regular person like i said. you're going to hear from other people i'm some different, but i'm just a regular person here trying to maintain. but you know, sometimes things go the opposite way. coming up, devon faces a shakedown. >> [ bleep ] [ bleep ]. just let us search your cell. >> and a group of youngsters face a harsh reality of jail life. >> open the door! open the door! two of the most important are energy security and economic growth. north america actually has one of the largest oil reserves in the world. a large part of that is oil sands. this resource has the ability to create hundreds of thousands of jobs. at our kearl project in canada, we'll be able to produce these oil sands with the same emissions as many other oils and that's a huge breakthrough. that's good for our country's energy security and our economy.
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the resolution of their cases, tensions can still run high and a calm day can turn violent without warning. a fight on the six two unit has landed alex gonzalez in the jail infirma infirmary. >> i got hit with a tray. >> after reviewing footage, jail staff learned how brutal the fight was. >> what we see here is mr. alex gonzalez has just received his food tray and he's ready to sit down and have dinner. and what we also see is this is detainee darrel couch. one of the interesting things with mr. couch, the routine has been to grab a cup of juice along with the food tray. he doesn't grab any juice because his intention is not to sit down to a meal.
touches to the tray, rammed it right into his face, right in the socket. and was immediately punching him with everything he could get, several times slams to the ground. one time had him in a reverse head lock and drove his head into the floor. >> as soon as he sees the entry of the team, he's moving to break up that fight. there they do, and they remove the combatants, separate them fairly quickly. >> gonzalez who is awaiting trial on an armed assault charge to which he's pled not guilty was immediately taken to the infirmary for treatment to his right eye and head. >> did you get any good swings? >> i don't know. tried. i was hurt. he got me good with the tray. >> while the attack on gonzalez
was severe, it was prompted by a seemingly minor matter. >> that fight actually occurred because alex gonzalez owed darrel couch money for chess losses. apparently they were paying chess, alex lost, owed money for the losses, refused to pay, started a fight. >> the jail's medical staff is determined that gonzalez' injuries are serious enough he should receive additional treatment at a nearby hospital. he will be handcuffed and escorted by sheriff deputies to the emergency room. >> this is what happens. i didn't do it, so you've got to expect it to happen. >> gonzalez recovered from his injuries, and his attacker was given 17 days in segregation for starting the fight. finding themselves on the wrong end of such a brutal attack is
usually the biggest fear of inmates who have just arrived in jail for the first time. >> there are some inmates who come here that they've never been locked up before and they come here, and it is a scary place. and it's those individuals that you tend to be more concerned about because they're sort of lost and they are so young. >> such is the case for 19-year-old sherman. >> i know i'm a good kid. i do what i got to do. go to school, had a job out there, take care of my family. >> he was arrested as a high school student and has been detained without bail at nashua street for nearly a year while he awaits trial. >> never thought i'd be in a position like this. >> i missed a lot. i missed a lot. my girl's birthday, my mother's birthday, grandmother's birthday. i missed everything.
>> if convicted, badgett faces a 25 year to life sentence on a charge of first-degree murder. he has pled not guilty. >> sherman badgett is torn between two worlds. do i want to do the right thing? do i want to excel academically? make my family proud? or do i want to do what my peers are doing in the neighborhood? what's right and what's wrong? he seems conflicted between the two worlds. >> badgett is accused of shooting and killing another student during a high school dance. he denies being the shooter. >> fight broke out, somebody was leaving the gun in the gym. basically everybody started running from the gym. then you hear three shots. the friend in front of the door, he got shot once, it only took one shot -- that's all it takes.
>> authorities could not immediately identify the shooter.uájjt to be able to finish out his school year and wanted him to graduate and get a diploma from their school. so i worked closely with the headmaster. we brought work in for sherman. he did it thoroughly and rapidly without any help. and we sent the work back to his school and shortly thereafter they mailed him his diploma. it was very special. >> since receiving his diploma, badgett spends his time studying his case work for an upcoming trial that is still more than eight months away.
>> wednesday's my birthday, my 20th birthday. i'll be 20 years old on my first birthday being in here. hopefully i'll be out before my 21st birthday. coming up -- the cadets meet the inmates for the first time. >> hands behind your backs, palms up. so do four boys from boston. fi. uh, forgot jack's cereal. [ jack ] what's for breakfast? um... try the number one! [ jack ] yeah, this is pretty good. [ male announcer ] half a day's worth of fiber. fiber one.
protective gloves on and verbalize what you want from these people. if there's any issues, contact one of us. if there's any questions, contact one of us. is that clear? questions? all right. >> a shakedown is a little bit different from a room search whereas you actually handcuff the inmate, bring them out of the room, search the room with a three-person team. >> march. >> and then at the end of it, they get stripped search and placed back in the room so you can be sure the room is clean. >> sir, stand up, please. >> hands up behind your back, palms up. >> behind your back. >> looking for nuisance contraband. health and wellness kind of thing, milk, food they might have taken off the feeding line. things like that. but also looking for contraband weapons, drugs, anything like
that. >> in the pocket. >> guys, make sure all that milk comes out because you don't know how long it's been there for. >> so far, we've been in here for about what? 15 minutes and this is as far as i got. you want to get every inch. i'm breaking a sweat, so. i feel better taking my time and finding something or not even finding something than rushing through it and overlooking four our five things. >> they did very well. they've been doing an outstanding job. >> shakedowns like these will become common place should the officer candidates make it as jail deputies. >> we conduct random cell searches that are computer generated. in addition to those, we do targeted self-searches based upon our prior knowledge of inmates, based on intelligence we might gather throughout the facility that contraband might be present. >> today, the sheriffs emergency response team or sert is focused
on an inmate with assaultive behavior. >> we're about to go into our 1-5-2 segregation unit. inside devon gallop's cell. >> back away from the door. >> the inmate is known for making weapons. usually doesn't go too many days without trying to manufacture something. you know, periodically every couple of weeks we'll take the opportunity to search his cell. and most times it's lucrative. >> i know they're coming. i can hear them. i know what cell they're coming to. they're not coming for nobody else but my cell. [ bleep ] [ bleep ]. >> just let us search your cell, all right? >> they just refer to me as someone who causes trouble. don't trust me, probably think i have a weapon on me at all times. >> because creative inmates can turn almost anything into a weapon, deputies must be
especially vigilant. during his six years as one of the jail's senior investigators, jonathan spinelli has massed a significant collection of inmate-made weapons. >> this is a wall plate and a piece of metal, but this can be filed down to a sharp point. an inmate could use this as a cutting instrument where they could use it as a knife or some sort of sharp instrument to cut them in the throat, the face. these are metal rods filed down, most likely this looks like it was part maybe of a chair or the heating vents they have these slats on the heating vents they can rip them off of. that's pretty common. you can carry this and no one would know it's in your possession. you can walk out of your cell with it and stab somebody with it, stab an officer with it. >> the ingenuity behind some weapons is almost beyond belief. >> this is a paint ball. it's very hard, probably about very similar to a small rock. and what inmates do with this is they chip the paint off the
wall. they heat the water and they soften the paint too with it and makes it very pliable and they can use it and round it into a ball such as this. and what they would do with this then is drop this into a sock and they could make some sort of weapon out of it. an extremely difficult substance once it's molded together and dries and hardens, very difficult to break. if you were using this as a sock, you could -- and again -- with the significant amount of force i slammed it against the desk here, it didn't break, didn't even chip it. >> this time, no weapons have been found in gallop's stuff. >> keep your hands over your head. stand up, face the window the whole time. >> i don't know why i act up sometimes. sometimes i just think, boy, i look for excitement. i just look for somebody, you know, some attention sometimes
is why i act up sometimes. i'm going to get the sert team and have them come up here in for no reason. it's excitement sometimes. >> i think anybody would be lying if they didn't say when they come to work everybody knows that the threat is always there, the possibility of being injured is there. and that's why we can't be complacent. that's why we have to be vigilant at what we do. and the majority of us do a very good job at that. we only have each other to look out for so -- coming up -- >> pick up your feet and move. >> four boys learn what it means to be an inmate. >> is this where you want to go? look around. >> and sherman badgett gets a special visit. >> i'm glad i seen her on my birthday.
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much in film and music and other places, they really don't have any idea what it's actually like. and this shows them what it is actually like. >> today, four boys ranging in age from 12 to 16 have just arrived at the jail for a visit. all four have had run-ins with the law. >> everybody stand up. >> deputy justin plaza heads up the program known as jailbreak. >> jailbreak is geared towards kids headed in the wrong direction. >> put these uniforms over your clothes, hurry up. >> not doing the right thing, making bad choices, and we bring the kids in and show them what jail life is really like. >> how old are you? >> 12. >> why are you here? >> i cut a teacher. >> you cut a teacher? look at me, you're talking to me, right? >> yeah. >> so why are you looking down at the ground for? you look at me. >> they have this false sense of toughness to them.
so those are the ones that i really have to go after to break them down. why are you here? how old are you? >> 16. >> are you kidding me? if you continue to do the things that you're doing, you're going to be in one of these units in a month. i'll give you less than that. 17 years old, you walk through that door and you will not leave. you understand me? you will not leave and that's going to happen to you, that's where you're going. every single one of you, all right. 12 years old and almost 17 years old, take your hands out of your pants. don't let me see you with your hands in your pants again. keep your mouth shut. tired of you. shut up! >> the boys are cuffed and escorted into the jail. >> congratulations, you guys made it. pick up your feet and move. >> i was raised most of my life here in boston. i did go to boston public schools. that's right. i went through a lot of the things that these kids went through. >> get your nasty faces off the wall.
off the wall. >> i feel like i made it. so if i did, i'm not anybody special. if i did, they can make it also. >> one, two, three, and four. this is all you're going to move from now on. everywhere you go. there's four cells down here. one, two, three, and four. look for that cell with your number and go. hurry up. hurry up! pick up your feet and move. is that cell number one? does that look like a cell? is that cell number one? learn your numbers. >> they feel like because they're angry they can do whatever they want to do and anger will solve the problem. oh, i was angry and everything's going to be all right. and they have to realize that even if you're angry and you make the right choice, you will end up in this place. >> you ready the for a cell mate? you want a cell mate? you want somebody to keep you company in there? i've got the perfect person for you. >> what's up? what's up? pop this door right here.
shut up. shut [ bleep ] up. pop this door right here. why you crying? what you crying for? what are you [ bleep ] crying for? [ bleep ] off the floor. come on, man. take them off. take those off. it's going down in here. >> going down in here. >> put your hands up. >> we yelling at you -- we yelling at here. >> put your [ bleep ] hands up. put them up like this. >> because you're 16, you'll be up here in, man. >> you don't get privileges. >> we're liable to see you in one of those units. >> what's up? we crazy. what's crazy? take these cuffs off. take these cuffs off. take these cuffs off. >> are you touching my wall? put your arms up.
>> give me your hand. why are you crying now? >> you got [ bleep ] boogies dripping down your face. you want to be in a cell? >> no, sir. >> it's really not to scare the kids, just to show the kids, jail's not where you want to be. maybe if i went to the programs and seen how jail is really like, i wouldn't end up in here. >> welcome to nashua street jail. >> is this where you want to go? stabbing people, this is where you're going to end up. look around. everybody follow me, let's go. >> you tough people. i'm going to put you in there with them.
>> yeah, he's going in. you want to go in there? huh? let's go. >> he can come in here with me. that's my kid. get in here! >> you ready to go in there? you wanted a roommate earlier. you want to go in there now? you want to cut people, though. you want to cut people. >> you're going to be my girlfriend. >> i don't. >> you don't want to go in there? >> open the door. open the door. >> come on! >> you want to go in there? no, are you sure? you want to cut people, though. >> no, i don't. i don't. i don't. >> waste of time. >> you hear me? tighten up, bro. >> okay. >> get out of here.
>> think about what you're doing. because every time you do something stupid, this is where your mother's going to visit you. >> i wasn't. >> big man. think about it before you end up in here. that's life for you. you don't want this. >> you really have nothing in here. you only got yourself. that's crazy. >> never come here. it's not good. especially for little kids. >> don't know how to fold clothes, huh? >> fold it the right way. >> in boston, there's a lot of problems out on the streets. the population here in the jail is getting younger and younger. and it is just out of control. >> you're a good dude. you do your job well. >> so even if we get a group of
five kids and we could reach three of them and we'll keep those three from coming into the jail, we did something, even one. and we did something right. >> while the jailbreak program attempts to keep young men out of jail, it's too late for some others. 19-year-old sherman badgett was a senior at his school for academically gifted students when he was arrested on suspicion of gunning down a young man outside a high school dance. he is charged with first-degree murder and has pled not guilty. for nearly a year, he's managed to cope with life behind bars thanks to the support of a friend on the outside. >> she made that picture look good. this is mainly all hers right here. >> today it's badgett's 20th birthday and naomi has come for
a visit. >> she's taken a lot of pain off my shoulders, all the stress off me by coming to see me, visiting me. she's doing a lot for me right now. >> he used to date my sister, so that's how we became real close. >> and? >> and -- we're kind of talking. yeah. my sister at first was upset about the whole thing. i guess she felt like because her and sherman's really not together anymore i shouldn't be helping him or doing what i do for him. but like i already told my sister and explained it to her that, you know, when i make a promise, i'm going to keep my promise. and i promised sherman that no matter what i'm going to always be there for him. >> you're allowed one brief embrace, there's no kissing allowed. >> she was a little upset, but she came to understand that it
is what it is. i already made a promise, so it's going to happen. >> the jail does not normally allow contact visits for detainees, but due to filming restrictions in the visiting room, they set aside an area to accommodate our cameras. >> okay. >> hey. >> hi. >> what's up, man? >> how you doing? happy birthday. >> how long's it been? >> a year. and you didn't even write me for like -- >> a month. >> more than that. >> i'm not writing. you better catch up to all of the letters i wrote you. yes, sir, i'm not writing you. >> i want to hold you right now. >> don't be -- no. >> in order to continue seeing badgett, she must visit the jail for quite a while. badgett's trial is still eight months away.
and even then, his future is uncertain. >> okay, guys. finish up your visit. it's almost over. >> i don't want to let you go. >> i love you. >> i'm going to call you tonight at 9:05. >> time to go. >> get a hug? >> just to see him leave, not being able to touch him for a while. i just really want him to come home. >> i'm just glad that i seen her on my birthday. to me it was a gift. it was a gift to me. coming up --
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at boston's suffolk county jail, maintaining the safety of inmates and staff is a top priority. key to that goal is identifying and segregating inmates with violent histories. inmates like devon gallop. >> due to his gang affiliation and willingness to fight not only inmates, but staff, he cannot make it housed with anyone, cannot rec with anyone. so we had to do something about that. >> the first step was housing
him in a one-man segregation cell. now, even though he has an open case in a nearby court, jail officials have appealed to the state prison system to take him back where he can be better managed. >> we don't like to keep inmates in segregation for extended periods of time. we know it's not good for their mental health. we've been working on a transfer for him to the state for about four months. they said no twice and this past time they said yes. sometimes they'll accept inmates if there's nowhere else we can put them. >> he will transfer to state prison as he awaits trial on his charges. how long he waits will depend on the outcome of his case. >> if i'm found guilty, they're probably going to give me 15 years. if i'm not found guilty, then i go home next year. hopefully i get not guilty. you got to survive one way or another. i've just got to maintain,
that's all i know. >> his transfer might solve one immediate problem for the jail, but the cadets who might soon be deputized to work there know they could encounter the next one any time. they are now in their final class, firearms training. >> man with a gun, reengage. >> though deputies don't carry firearms within the jail, certain positions such as transporting inmates back and forth to court require that officers be firearm certified. >> all right. baton drills, good verbalization. >> to pass the course, they must fire 26 rounds at targets from various distances.
>> i shot 26 rounds. three outside the target. so i can only have two outside the target, so i can make up two rounds versus my one outside. what i'm going to do is go back there and shoot twice from the farthest away and have to get it in here. if not, i have to redo the 26 rounds two more times. i've already done one. >> cadet mallard has even a greater challenge, he missed four times and must now be perfect to avoid retaking the course. >> take your time for me, all right? here we go. >> police, don't move. >> don't move! gun!
>> all right. in front of your target. >> i don't know. >> got it. >> thanks. >> all right. >> means i can carry a gun for the suffolk county sheriff department, right? >> but mallard was not quite as accurate. he only landed two out of the four shots in the target. >> wednesday, we'll be coming back, okay? >> two out of two. little things that make this, i guess, perfection. it's little pieces that you've got to get right. and one little thing, if you screw it up, this is where you end up. we'll get it next time.
that in the back of your head in case you do need to use it. >> while he may not hold the reputation of a hardened criminal, 19-year-old sherman badgett is facing a charge of first-degree murder for an alleged shooting. since coming to jail, he has participated in a bible study with pastor timothy young who knew badgett on the outside. >> you've got to be involved in your life. >> he's a very likable individual. he has a smile that will light up a room. if you spend any amount of time with him at all, sherman will have you smiling. >> what you been reading? >> always knew him to be an intelligent, smart young man. certainly someone that would've benefitted from a mentor. just more, again, more an individual who needed to be
motivated and not someone where you think, you know, unless something is done this person is on the path to destruction -- no, not that kind of individual. >> while badgett's future is anything but certain, today he will become one of dozens of inmates baptized at the jail each year. >> he was very excited about the opportunity to get baptized while he was here. in fact, you know, in the weeks leading up to this, all he was talking about. so in my mind, you know, this is going to serve as another source of encouragement for him. this is a symbolic thing that we do. and it's indicative of the burial and resurrection of jesus christ. old things have passed away. so the old you goes in and the new you comes out. so unless a change has taken place on the inside, then this won't matter. if you haven't changed on the inside, the only thing that will
happen today is you'll just get wet. you need to take off your shoes and your socks. >> amen? not to just smile. >> get in. face that wall. sit down. exactly. there you go. extend your legs, and your back. and back here. there you go. bring your body over here. cross your arms. praise god. sherman, in obedience and the commands of jesus christ and all your professional faith, my brother, we do now baptize you in the name of the father, the son, and the holy spirit. amen. amen, praise god. you need to get up. amen. >> amen. >> praise god. >> there you go.
amen. amen. >> amen. it felt good. i can't remember the last time i was in water like that. >> you have to always hold out hope. and especially in a place like this. giving up -- giving up is the worst thing you would want to do. there are different ways of dying. you don't have to die physically, but to lose hope, you can walk around from one place to another, but there's no life in you. >> i feel fresh. i feel like i just made a change.