tv The Rachel Maddow Show MSNBC July 26, 2013 6:00pm-7:01pm PDT
some huge bar and we can all be enriched by more stuff to watch. chris of "huff post tv," david elestein. that is the "all in" for this evening. rachel maddow is off tonight. that means i'll say something i've never said before in my life and never thought i would say. stay tuned for "lockup raw: inmates gone wild." due to mature subject matter, viewer discretion is advised. msnbc take yous behind the walls of america's most notorious prisons. into a world of chaos and danger. now the scenes you've never seen. "lockup raw." >> i think it would be inaccurate to say there's never a dull moment in prison. actually there's plenty of dull
moments in prison. it's just that all that no notty is broken up with moments of sheer terror. there's a lot of bottled up negative energy in prison, and as our "lockup" crews have found out many times, you never know when things can explode. >> i have a bad impulse problem. >> [ bleep ]. >> the assault was a cup a urine thrown in an officer's face yesterday. >> [ bleep ]. >> they thrive on chaos. that's all they know is chaos. they lock us in here like an animal, throw us in a cage. the day we arrived at colorado state penitentiary, a supermax prison at the base of the rocky mountains, we found a sterile, austere environment.
steel doors in which inmates are locked up 23 hours a day. despite his surroundings, inmate sean shields was in high spirits when he sat down with us, he was eager to help our producer get the interview under way. >> quiet on the set, you boneheads. >> it's prison, you know? >> all right. let's roll the tape. >> then he calmly told us how he got 16 years added to his original sentence of 12 for robbery. >> me and another inmate had an altercation. i manipulated the door so that it wouldn't latch completely, and when he came out to walk, i came down after him and proceeded to stab him. >> why? >> it was just a verbal altercation. >> does that happen a lot in here? >> there is a lot of verbal altercations between people. you got to understand there's 16 men living together behind closed doors with stress,
animosity toward one another in some cases, and it's not always a pleasant place to be. >> when inmates erupt, no one is safe. including correctional staff. >> we had an inmate that was on his way to the rec yard and came behind an officer and used his derogatory statement toward him. i immediately told him that his recreation was being taken for that comment. he decided to lean forward as if he was going to brace himself and then just bit right into my left arm. this is my left arm the day that the bite occurred. he bit in so fast and so hard that i didn't even feel him biting in and he severed the nerve in my arm where i now have permanent damage. >> 209. >> while officer mill's bite wound was severe, his ordeal wasn't as nearly as terrifying as the nightmare one of his fellow officers experienced.
in this previously unaired footage provided to "lockup" by the prison, hostage negotiators are outside the cell of inmate willie hill. moments earlier, hill overpowered a female correctional officer, shackled her with her own restraints and was now holding her at knife point in his cell. meanwhile, river bend's emergency response team suits up for action. while the negotiator speaks with hill, the team quietly assembles undetected outside the cell door. >> here we go. coming in. >> at a precise moment, the door is open and the team rushes the cell. setting off a flash bang grenade. the team uses pepper spray to subdue the inmate.
within seconds, the still shackled officer is pulled to safety. a short time later, hill was also removed from the cell. though dazed by the effects of the pepper spray, hill is uninjured. his assault on the officer earned him two months of punitive segregation and an extension of his sentence. river bend's emergency response team regularly trains for crises where a cell extraction is called for. our crew was there to cover one session.
>> as you can see, when you get that many people in one, as small a cell as it is, it makes it kind of havoc about trying to operate in there. >> straighten him out. there you go. pull him out now. straighten him out. >> that's the reason why we do more training. more training you get to do, the better you get. the less injury you have. on the inmate or the staff. >> during the course of our shoot at riverbend, the extraction team would assemble once again, but this time it would be for real. the incident was triggered when officers conducted a routine cell search for weapons in the prison's maximum security unit. >> inmates here are primarily in here because of behavior.
assaultive. if they can get their hands on pieces of metal, particularly, then they will sharpen them and make shanks and knives. >> we search a lot. we search as much as we can to make sure that they're not storing contraband items like weapons, drugs, money. >> it was during this cell search that we first met inmate terrell who was serving an eight-year sentence for carjacking. >> tarrell, can you tell me from your perspective what's going on? >> they take us down all the time, try to see if we got illegal things on us that we ain't supposed to have and stuff like that. i call it harassment, though. >> tirrell's cell is thoroughly searched. >> they hide shanks or homemade knives in their boots a lot of times. they'll come in here and tear the soles up, put stuff in the bottom of them. they have 24 hours to think where they can put stuff, so it's an endless process. >> so what are you doing? >> not allowed to have anything on his doors or walls. i'm just taking it down.
>> this kind of looks like a doctor's waiting room. magazines and things. >> yeah. >> even something as seemingly harmless as a set of headphones can be considered contraband. >> is there a number on it? >> nope, no number on it. it's contraband. we'll take it. >> at riverbend, every electronic item had to be documented and approved by the prison officials. there was no record of his headphones, so they were confiscated by the search team. >> go aid head and bring it back to me. >> later, tirrell is led back to his cell. >> we followed him back to his cell. really have no idea how he would react. cell searches are fairly common, so we weren't expecting anything, in particular. as it turned out, the headphones were really a big deal. inmates have so little when they're in prison that the slightest thing becomes a precious possession. >>wide they take my headphones? >> there wasn't a number on
them. >> a short time later, tirrell repeals to another c.o. for the return of his headphones. >> what do you want? >> i want my [ bleep ]. >> what do you mean? >> what are you supposed to do? >> they come in here and open up every one of my soaps. brand new. ain't nothing in it. trying to talk to you like a man. you don't want to hear it. this is the type of things we go through every day. they want us to act like animals. that's the only thing they know. we already got a lack of everything being back here. it's like being buried alive here. >> though agitated, out producer attempts to interview him about living in maximum security. >> tirrell, where are you? >> i'm right here. >> tell me what life is like in
maximum. >> ask me, is like asking a cancer patient how it feels to die slowly. it's like equated to asking, being dehumanized, demoralized on a day-to-day basis. that's what i feel like. >> our producer didn't know just how meaningful her next question with would become. >> have you heard about officers being assaulted by other inmates? >> i don't know about no guards being assaulted. i don't know nothing about no inmate being assaulted by other inmates. i'm here to do my time. i'm here to focus on my time. i don't know nothing about no guards being assaulted. if anything, i know about guards assault an inmate. that's what i know about. >> the next day, our crew found the cell extraction team suiting up for action. tirrell had assaulted two officers. coming up on "lockup raw" -- >> the assault was a cup of urine thrown in the officer's face yesterday. >> tirrell raises the stakes. >> i'm going to ask you one more time and that's it. [ male announcer ] at hebrew national,
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during a routine cell search at the riverbend maximum security institution in tennessee, a pair of contraband headphones was removed from the cell of inmate tirrell shropshire. >> like an animal. don't want to hear that. >> by the next day, things had escalated. >> the riverbend cell extraction team has been activated to remove all items from inmate shopshire out of unit 3201. he was assaultive toward staff last night. the assault was a cup of urine thrown in an officer's face yesterday and also a coke bottle full of water thrown and hit an officer in the back of the head. when a unit manager discovered this today, he wanted all hard items removed from the cell. we have tried to gain compliance voluntarily by the inmate, he's refused, so a cell extraction team is needed now. >> when they are called, it is meaning that they are going to
forcibly remove an uncooperative inmate from the cell. and when you see them all suited up in riot gear and face masks, you get a sense of how serious they take these procedures and the threat they could pose. they let us follow at a safe distance. >> inside the cell block, they give shropshire one last chance to comply. >> okay. i'm only going to ask you one time to comply, and if you don't, we will have to come in and get you. if you don't comply. >> soon as i get my [ bleep ] back. >> i'm asking you one more time and that's it. >> with shropshire still refusing orders, the extraction team moves in. >> on the bed. face down. don't resist. don't resist. >> [ bleep ]. i ain't resisting. >> don't resist.
>> i ain't resisting. [ bleep ]. >> turn him over. face down. >> [ bleep ]. [ bleep ]. >> all right, gentlemen, just take him on out to the rec yard. >> shropshire is taken outside while his cell is cleared. >> watch his head there. don't resist now while we take these off. >> medical staff is always called in after a cell extraction to check the inmate for injuries. though they did not find any, shropshire's complaints continue. >> [ bleep ], loosen these things off my wrists, man. you're cutting off my circulation. [ bleep ]. >> nothing i can do. >> mr. shropshire, if you could comply, then we would not have to go through this. >> [ bleep ], [ bleep ], you got [ bleep ], and these [ bleep ]. cameras here, and that is why you did all this [ bleep ] stuff. what is the matter with y'all. these [ bleep ] cameras here. that's why you all did this whole [ bleep ], [ bleep ].
>> everything went according to the way it was supposed to. the inmate was removed from his cell, taken to the rec yard so all his property could be removed from the cell. hard items, drinking materials which he used to assault staff with. took him out, medical checked him out. there was no injuries. most of what he was doing was basically theatrical. we moved him back into his house. he'll be in there for a minimum of two hours. as his demeanor and he wants to comply with the policies and the procedures, he'll be removed from the restraints. i think it went excellent. nobody got hurt. >> tirrell shropshire completed his sentence at riverbend and was released in february 2008. but another memorable inmate featured on "lockup" may never know such freedom. >> i was accused of assaulting an inmate with a padlock, so that's why i'm in this area for.
>> when we met dante bullock at the anamosa state penitentiary in iowa, he was spending his third day in ad seg, the administrative segregation unit also known as the hole. authorities say he stuffed this padlock inside of a sock and brutally attacked another inmate with it. >> do you think that you have a violent past or history or angry? what's the situation? >> i'm violent when i'm provoked. >> bullock is already serving a life sentence for kidnapping, but if the padlock assault charges stick, he could spend the next year in ad seg, locked in his cell 23 hours a day. >> i was in the wrong place at the wrong time. the inmate had been assaulted and my defense to them was telling them i was in the area and i was just pushed out of the way as the inmate was trying to get away from the person that assault him. >> bullock was anxiously awaiting a hearing with the prison's administrative law judge to plead his case.
in the meantime, he let us know that while ad seg meant losing his television, the location of his cell at least made it possible to keep up with current events. >> this cell right here in front of the police station, to me, is the best cell on this range due to the fact that you get a lot of movement. you see who is coming in and out and inmates, c.o.s, good scoops on who's dating who with the c.o.s, who got into it with who, whoever it may be. >> so do you know what happened between brad and jen? >> brad and jen? yeah. they're divorced. >> three days later, bullock was about to face his own life-altering event, his hearing on the assault charge. >> we're coming up to see the inmate bullock to see the committee today. he's being charged with a serious rule violation, and we -- anybody that's locked up gets the belly chains put on them and handcuffs, and the
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at the anamosa state penitentiary in iowa, dante bullock faces the possibility of one year in the hole for allegedly assaulting another inmate with a home made weapon. a lock in a sock. >> anything you say may and can be used against you in this hearing and can be held against you in criminal prosecution. >> our cameras were with bullock adds he was about to plead his
case during a prison disciplinary hearing. >> your number? >> after addressing procedural matters, administrative law judge william supeen reads the correctional officer's account of the assault. >> rights determined by the investigation that inmate bullock assaulted with a [ bleep ] weapon and sustained injuries to the head above the right eye and required stitches and broke his right hand trying to block the weapon that required a cast. i have here photos of the scene, of the incident that i will share with you. this is the victim of the assault, and injuries. also before me i have the sock with a padlock and combination lock inside. i have a statement from the staff member that located that. >> i ain't got nothing do with the assault. when the assault took place, i was on the stairs when an inmate ran by me. i could have easily been mistaken, and that's what i believe, that i was mistaken, that they thought that by me
being pushed aside when i was running that i was the one who assaulted him. >> inmates who saw the assault and provided statements remain anonymous in hearings like this, but it is up to the judge to determine their credibility. >> do you have any enemies in the institution, in the cell block, mr. bullock? >> no, i don't. >> tell me things people would make things up about you. >> people i gamble with. >> who are they? >> i'm not going to disclose their names. >> well, i am trying to help you with your defense. >> well, if -- >> excuse me. i'm giving you an opportunity to provide to me names of people that may not be credible, if you choose not to provide those names, that's entirely up to you. >> how can i defend myself with a report when you say there's a weapon involved, but i don't even know what the weapon is? >> i showed it to you. >> now you tell me what it is, in the report it don't say nothing about what the weapon is. >> anything else that you wanted to say today? >> yes. you ain't got no evidence. how can you prove the padlock is
mine? >> let me assure you that there were multiple witnesses to the incident. >> how do i know they are credible? >> that is my responsibility to determine their credibility, just as i attempt to determine your credibility. you know, you've been given every opportunity to present a defense here today. and i've listened to your defense. >> i gave you a defense. >> no. you told me your defense was that you didn't have anything to do with this. that's what you told me. >> you guys have the opportunity to make sure the report clearly states when, where, how, and who. >> the standard of evidence is some evidence. the courts have ruled that that can be the report of the staff member. now, hopefully i'm going to be using a greater standard than that for you, and i usually do, but that's all that is required to make a finding of a violation of the rules in the administrative hearing in this institution. now, whether you accept that or not is entirely up to you. i have answered your questions and i have given you an opportunity to present your brief defense, and at this point i'm going to conclude your testimony and you may have a chair. >> you tell me the padlock is
mine and you ain't even proved -- >> well, you have asked questions and i have given you the answers. you may have a chair in the other room. >> that's exactly what i'm talking about. they say the padlock is mine, but they can't prove it's mine. >> have a seat. >> i believe i probably have a pretty clear understanding of due process. i'm not certain he does. we have met that requirement. >> i understand it is a serious issue, you know what i'm saying, you think they'd take it serious, you know what i mean? and look at, you know what i'm saying, what really happened. >> it's only a matter of moments before judge supeen is ready to render a decision. >> mr. bullock, my finding is that assault with a weapon is a class "a" violation, for our policy, and the accountability for that is 365 days of disciplinary detention and a forfeiture of 365 days of earned time. you're also required to pay any medical costs associated with this incident. you've been locked up for six days waiting this hearing.
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prosecutors charged morsi with murder and conspireing with the militant group hamas during a prison break back in 2011. san diego mayor bob filner says he will undergo intensive therapy after four more women accused him of sexual harassment, bringing the total to seven women. now it's back to "lockup." due to mature subject matter, viewer discretion is advised. when "lockup" producers traveled to the joliet correctional facility in illinois, they walked through the corridors of one of the nation's most historic penal institutions. constructed from sandstone, this castlelike prison was built in 18 57. four years prior to the civil war. and the friction between staff and inmates seems every bit as old. >> just hit me in the head.
[ bleep ]. choke, [ bleep ]. >> during our shoot in joliet, a disruptive new inmate had just been removed from his cell and was being taken to segregation. our cameras were there as captain kim morgan attempted to make the transfer. first, a brief stop to process paperwork. >> you see the [ bleep ]. don't hit me, man. really hit me, man. >> that particular inmate was from the rnc and we had just received him in from the county. he was upset for one reason or another. i don't even know what it was. he was at the front of the bars being aggressive. i told him to go have a seat in the back of the cell and remain quiet. he wouldn't. he disobeyed him, and then he was insolent toward myself and a lieutenant and it progressed toward them. >> why did you hit me while i had handcuffs on is. >> nobody hit you. >> you did hit me. on my mom, i swear to god. hit me now. hit me again.
when i leave, he'll hit me again. don't touch me, man. [ bleep ]. >> as captain morgan processes the paperwork -- >> he hit me severely in the back of the head. in these handcuffs he twisted my ankle. >> -- the inmate continues his tirade against him. >> my mama, man. >> captain morgan completes the paperwork and then escorted him toward segregation. a 23-hour-a-day lockup unit for inmates who violate prison rules. >> i was taking him to north segregation to lock him up in our seg unit. >> [ bleep ], man. >> when the inmate turns on him, morgan tightens his grip. but the situation would soon get much more intense. >> that's when he tried to pull away from me and turned around on me. >> [ bleep ], he's grabbing on me like -- >> that's when i tried to secure him to the ground until i could get more security help. >> no, no, no.
no, no, no. [ bleep ]. huh-uh. [ bleep ]. >> i'm going to walk. i'm going to walk. >> you ain't walking. >> those particular charges that i charged the inmate with were insolence, disobeying a direct order, assault, he attempted to spit on me as well as turn around on me. and this inmate will go to an adjustment committee which is a hearing. it's a panel of hearing officers and he will plead his case against my disciplinary report that i give him and they will do whatever is just. >> while this inmate received an extended term in segregation, combative inmates always risk suffering physical consequences as well. wherever inmates congregate, common areas and cellblocks, the yard, or the cafeteria, there's usually an overhead post manned by armed correctional officers.
if extreme violence breaks out, these officers may use lethal means as a last resort, but they usually stop most assaults through verbal orders. >> keep moving on to the track. >> if that doesn't work, they have an arsenal of nonlethal weapons, including ones that fire wood blocks. though not deadly, woodblock rounds can leave a lasting impression as we discovered at the kern valley state prison in california. >> he shot the [ bleep ]. >> no. but i don't even remember getting shot. i don't even know if i got shot. >> we often talk to the corrections officers about the nonlethal weapons they use, but it's not often we end up actually seeing what those weapons do, and such was the case with george johns. this was something that happened just the night before. we were lucky to talk to him. >> escort! >> during our shoot at kern valley, inmate george johns, serving eight years for being
involved in a high-speed chase while on parole, started a fight in the cafeteria and was hit in the head by a wooden block. we met him the following morning. >> tell me the story. tell me what happened. >> well, i had a personal problem, and i ran over to handle it, but i didn't make it. i was in the chow hall eating, and i got irritated and decided i didn't like this guy, so i'd fight him. that's it. >> next thing you remember? >> they were dragging me out, telling me i got hit in the head with a block. >> can we see your head? >> the shooting left johns with seven staples in his head and a wound still caked with dry blood. he says the scar running toward the back of his head was the result of getting run over when he was younger. >> so you knew the other guy that you got into the fight with? >> yeah, kind of, sort of. apparently i didn't like him. >> i was eating my dinner, baked
potato and gravy at the table right at the corner of the chow hall, and the guy was running, and didn't see him, and he hit me, and i ran into the cement, and that's why i got stitches in the back of my head. >> jeff ahart is the inmate johns attacked. >> the deal is he's one of them guys who wants to go around intimidating other people, throw his weight around, trying to manipulate or whatever. >> though asked a number of times by the producer why he started the fight, johns was never specific. >> if you can't tell me what's going on, then just tell me you can't say what's going on. >> i just told you as far as i can go. i ain't going to tell you i didn't like him. he didn't spit in my soup or nothing, you know what i mean. he didn't do nothing like that. he progressed to the point where i felt like i had to kick his ass. that's it. i just exploded. i just have a bad impulse problem. >> but ayhart has his suspicions about why the attack occurred. he thinks that johns wanted to be sent to the hole in order to
be segregated from other inmates for his own protection. >> he chose to hit me, attack me right in front of the cops in the tower, right in the chow hall. so i consider that to be a protective custody, pc, move on his part. >> he was just saying that the other guy, johns, was doing a pc move. he's trying to say he owes drug money on the yard or something like that, and the reason he's doing that is so he's in the hole now so he doesn't get stabbed on the yard or whatnot. when he's in the hole, he doesn't have contact with other inmates. if he's on the yard, if they're saying pay me the money or you get stabbed, they did something in front of the cops they will be locked up and sent to the hole and they will stay here until a later date. they'll eventually have to deal with it, but for a short time, he's safe in here. >> johns in fact did get sentenced to time in the hole, but never confirmed whether it was on purpose or not. >> so was it worth it? >> not really. but at the time, yeah, i didn't think about the consequences.
i didn't think about falling down and pepper sprayed and burned still. i didn't think about getting staples. i didn't think about none of that. up next -- >> prison-made whiskey, they call it juice. it's got prunes in it. >> alcohol inside our correctional institutions are a very big problem. >> when inmates get drunk. >> when you have that white lightning in your system, you immediately get violent. la's known definitely for its traffic, congestion, for it's smog. but there are a lot of people that do ride the bus. and now that the busses are running on natural gas, they don't throw out as much pollution to the earth. so i feel good. i feel like i'm doing my part to help out the environment.
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something, you know, but that's prison life. >> calvin williams got his nickname while working as a sparring partner to a heavyweight boxer. >> every time i get against the ropes he'd jab me and jab mess hard. and i get upset and i say, man, you're hitting me too hard. he kept on doing it. i took my gloves off. i kept on attacking him, and i knew i could not beat him hand to hand, so i bit him. when they broke us up, they wiped off the blood, it was in the shape of a gator. the head and tail. the whole nine yards. i don't know how i hit him or anything. >> what is your nickname? >> cocoa joe. >> people in the start call me hustle. >> i was called skunk a long time ago. ksr, they called me stinky because it sprayed me. >> everybody said i kind of looked like dracula and people started to call me drac for short and it kind of stuck. >> cocoa. is that for cocaine or cocoa man, what is that? >> i don't know. they gave me that name. >> you have to hustle.
that's how i got the name hustle. >> being quick. i don't know how i got that one. >> coyote. >> what does it stand for? >> it is a nickname my grandfather gave me as a baby. >> stalker steel used to work out on the pile, littlest guy out there. that's how i got those three. >> they call me outlaw. >> outlaw? >> yeah. >> self-explanatory? >> yes, it is self-explanatory. >> they call me doo like the coal miner's daughter and not the daughter part, dude. but doolittle on there. >> and the name hustle got me here, too, you know, so sometimes it ain't good to hustle. >> while nicknames are common in prison, we've discovered something else is as well, but it's not as harmless. >> what is that? >> prison-made whiskey. it's got prunes in it. they just wait until it ferments good.
>> what does it smell like? smell it. tell us. >> it's got a strong whiskey aroma. >> inmate-manufactured alcohol goes by many names, prison julep, pruno, hooch, white lightning. whatever it's called, our crews have seen it, heard about it, smelled it. it exists in every prison we filmed in. >> alcohol is used daily. alcohol inside our correctional institutions are a very big problem because it only takes a small amount of time to make the alcohol, and just about everyone does it. so it's a constant cat-and-mouse game. >> this is a bag of pruno that we discovered in an inmate cell a couple of days ago. a regular garbage bag and inside, you can smell the sweet smell of the prune oil itself and the apples. >> how much could that serve? that's a keg. >> actually it will -- i would say it would serve up to five to ten people depending. some of the inmates actually
even sell the pruno. >> can you order a cocktail in there? >> well, i guess if you go to the right person, i'm sure you could. i don't know the particulars of it. i said i got caught with it. i don't know the makeup or how to do it. even if i did, i probably wouldn't divulge that. >> wut but we've met plenty of officers and inmates who would. >> we give them everything they need for pruno. you need fresh fruit, which we have to give them, and you need something that has sugar in it. most fruits have some. i mean, extra sugar helps. we don't have to give them that, but you can get candy from the canteen issue and sugarcoated, you need containers to keep it in while it's heating. we give them little milk cartons, and if they want to destroy state property, the mattresses and pillows were all in plastic cases.
they can be torn apart and they make a nice little bag. then you need heat. you have a light fixture in there and lamps give off heat. fruit, sugar, water, container, and heat. three to five days, and you have drinkable pruno. >> like a vintner selecting a certain grape variety for their wine, inmates can choose from a wide array of ingredients to brew their hooch. >> kool-aid. apples. oranges. >> corn. corn cobs. >> ketchup, tomato paste. >> pineapple. >> grapefruits. >> prunes. >> peaches. >> drinks. >> sugar and yeast. >> they can get their hands on prunes and whatever they like to use. >> of the many experts we have met, the truest connoisseur had to be tyrone outlaw, an inmate at kern valley state prison. ironically, located right in the heart of california's central valley wine country. >> we have two types of alcohol. we have pruno, which is made from oranges and fruit that you let sit and rot and we pour it
into a bag and make mush out of it, and then you add a lot of hot water to it and let it sit with a lot of sugar in it. that ferments it to make the alcohol base. then we take it from the bag and pour it into the pillowcase and strain it and keep all of the mush out of it and put the lick kid in bag. use 40 apples and 2 boxes of sugar you'll come up with 3 gallons of pruno. and you can sell it. and each tumbler is $10 for a pound, that's a 16 ounce tumbler. that's $10 a piece, or you can just get drunk off it all you want. >> outlaw then told us about a much more potent concoction. >> the second version we do is called white lightning, that is similar to jack daniels, hennessy, it's like 150 proof. >> according to outlaw, white lightning has a very dark side. >> pruno can get you drunk and riled up and get you just that intoxication under the influence
trip, whereas, white lightning can cause you to drink a half a cup of white lightning and it will actually, if the cos were to come to ask you a common question like something like can i see your i.d. card, because you have the white lightning in your system, you will the white lightning in your system, you will immediately get violent. a lot of times they do that and they have to take the dudes to the ground because they are on white lightning and takes six or seven cos to bring them down. >> at pelican bay, we saw the definitive guide to distilling white lightning. confiscated in a cell search. >> i found it in an inmate's cell. they're actually making it. 150 proof. that is not your regular pruno. a little bit more sophisticated. >> this is the final result. this here is about the equivalent of grain alcohol. extremely potent.
>> how does this taste? >> white lightning tastes exactly like whiskey without any cut. some guys in prison will cut it, with say kool-aid or something because it is too strong. then you have other guys, they just down it. just raw. and a lot of these dudes that make this stuff, they don't realize that the bacteria in the stuff they're drinking will give them tuberculosis and other diseases. because it is nothing but rotten food that it is made from. >> since drunken inmates can lead to big trouble, correctional officers are constantly on the lookout. >> they're out there searching. they'll find it. three days later, the same cell, they're making alcohol again. it is just constant. we have over 3,000 inmates doing this. >> coming up -- >> one of the items he makes the most of, these scorpions and spiders.
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their time behind bars creating mayhem, we've met plenty of others who choose a very different path, they use their time to do something constructive in prison. for many, that means turning to art. paul majors had been in and out of prison for most of the last 23 years when we met him at the riverbend maximum security institution in tennessee. >> it's therapeutic for me because it gives me a chance to escape and release a lot of tension. what i can't say verbally, i can
say in a picture, because they say a picture says a thousand words. a picture paints a thousand words. and i guess this is my way of saying a thousand words. the critics want to call it chalk pastels, pen and ink, if they gave me a stick in mud, i would use that. anything i get my hands on, i can use. >> some prison artists, especially those confined to high security cell nearly have to go to such lengths to create art. >> i get the colors off an m&m. the color come off. i can use that color. >> because of his high security level as a confirmed gang member, we could only shoot david's art outside his cell. a corrections officer offered to hold it in place for our camera. but at another california prison, one inmate's artwork is either immediately confiscated and destroyed or kept in a secured location.
the inmate is charles manson. >> we have some manson memorabilia that charles manson has created since he's been incarcerated here at corcoran. >> during one of our shoots at california state prison corcoran, our crew barely got a glimpse of manson before he covered up his window. a recent mug shot shows how much he has aged since first coming to prison in 1971. but his artwork provides a unique insight into his life behind bars. >> here a scorpion that he's made. basically, taking thread from various types of items, socks and t-shirts and towel, he creates it and uses -- it looks like a marker to color. this is probably one of the items that he makes the most of.
spiders. i would assume this is something like a harp. and he's made it out of toilet paper and newspaper. it looks like some dental floss, a small stick, and probably for the coloring, he used kool-aid to get the coloring for it. >> why do you have it? >> he's not allowed to have it. occasionally, we go through and do cell searches and confiscate all items. he doesn't have a hobby card and other inmates try to sneak it out and put it on ebay and sell it. so we go in and dispose of it. >> how does he react when you take this stuff? >> sometime he's passive. occasionally he gets pretty angry and threatens us. for the most part, he is usually pretty passive. he knows all he will do is make more. >> there's one other remnant hanging on the wall of the prison's investigative services office.
new this -- this is when charles manson was out in the prison yard, the inmates that were on the maximum security yard were able to defeat the security lock and get through there. manson was out in the yard playing the guitar and they ended up breaking it. i don't know if they hit him with it. we took it. he wasn't hurt or anything. we quelled it pretty quick. the guy that came into the yard was more scared than manson. he came in real quick and broke the guitar up and got down. he complied with the orders. >> any idea what song manson was singing? >> no, no. i have no idea what he was playing. i don't know.
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