tv Lockup Corcoran - Extended Stay MSNBC June 11, 2017 3:00am-4:01am PDT
due to mature subject matter, viewer discretion is advised. america's prisons, dangerous, often deadly. there are 2 million people doing time. every day is a battle to survive and to maintain order. >> down, on your feet! down! >> among the nation's toughest, california state prison corcoran, severely overcrowded and plagued by racial tension. we spent months inside, where officers try to maintain order in an institution with a notoriously violent past. this is "lockup: corcoran extended stay." >> get on the ground! on the ground! hold him on the ground.
on the ground! >> in corcoran, survival is the number one priority for inmates and officers alike. >> you have to live with it. this is what i want to do. so, i'm here. >> whether it's inmates adhering to racial politics. >> i will probably set off a race riot, if i sat right here. >> or officers keeping themselves and the population safe. >> this is what we're looking for. we're always looking for weapons. any time we remove weapons from a cell, that means one less weapon out there on the yard. one less weapon that could be used against staff. >> when these two sides are fighting to survive -- >> i don't care because he wears green. he bleeds just like i bleed. >> the results can be explosive. in the four months we spent inside corcoran, our producers saw violence erupt many times.
though never between inmates and officers. as we neared the end of our stay, no one foresaw that the greatest threat to corcoran staff might come from an event in a california prison more than 100 miles away. >> three guards and two inmates were taken to area hospitals this afternoon after a stabbing in the maximum security area. two inmates used homemade weapons to stab two sergeants and a correctional officer around 1:00 this afternoon. >> it's significant enough that we lock down statewide the whole system. we made the determination that it had to do with a gang activity and southern hispanic gangs. in this particular case, the attacks seemed unprovoked. so that gave us cause to wonder about how widespread this might be. staff being assaulted and attacked is extremely serious. and we need to take all precautions to make sure that that type of threat doesn't
exist on this facility or in this institution. so the decision was made to lock down the southerners, pending the outcome of additional investigation. we're going to limit their movement, limit their access while we're investigating the possibility of violence. what we want to make sure of is we go through cells on facility. we search southern hispanics and try to find any type of intelligence we can. >> although the lockdown affects only southern hispanic inmates, the resulting tension affects the entire prison. this stress increases the ever-present friction between all inmates and corcoran's officers. >> if a staff below me disrespects me, i have the opportunity to take care of him or i get taken care of. if you don't know what take care of means, i got to stab the officer or my people's gonna try to stab me up, point-blank.
>> i don't care about no write-up. see, me? i was in here with for life without the possibility of parole. i don't go to a parole board. i was sentenced to die in prison. whatever the police say, i don't give a [ bleep ]. put it on paper. send it to me. you know, what are they going to take? i don't have nothing. they can't take nothing. you see what i'm saying? you got staff that think they're cowboys. they're going to talk to you in a tougher way. because they wear a uniform and i wear this blue. they forget that we as inmates don't matter what i wear. they want to talk to you a type of way. i'm a grown man. i'm not going to let a 21-year-old tell me to shut the [ bleep ] up or order me like i'm a kid. >> i've been here for about a month now. >> inmates are not the only ones who must learn to navigate the treacherous rules of prison race politics. >> i've gotten used to it.
the first week or two it's a little nerve-racking because you are with convicted felons. it's a little nerve-racking every time you go through the gates, not knowing what can happen. every now and then you might think this is your last day of working. it's an everyday thing you learn how to deal with it and put up with it. >> rookie officers like faldon rely heavily on the wisdom of more senior staff who know information and vigilance are the keys to survival for all officers. especially so soon after an incident that took place at another california prison where inmates assaulted staff. >> you want to look around. my main thing looking around is i'm looking for anything out of the ordinary. such as the shock collar for the southern mexicans. talking to a shot caller for the white. tells me there's something going on. there's a transaction going on. whether it be a drug-type transaction or maybe a possible hit on an inmate or staff. look for erratic movements that draws your attention to a
certain area. look for arguments. if you see an argument, get over there and diffuse it before it gets carried away. and don't be afraid if you see something suspicious to go ahead on your radio and put the yard down. it's always best to put the yard down and investigate it, as opposed to let it go. never, never ever show disrespect, you know, by disrespecting the inmate's race or his family. if you got to pat an inmate down, do it with respect. after you've been here for a while, you start developing senses that you didn't know you had. for instance, we can come out on the yard and know if something is going to happen. the air is thick. there's tension. you know it's going to happen. and sure enough, most likely, it does happen. >> ever since the officers at corcoran learned of the incident at tehachapi, they've been looking for signs of a similar threat in their own backyard. one particular cell search gives startling evidence confirming an
attack on staff here at corcoran is a very real threat. >> this is an anonymous kite. kind of connects the dots with an attempted murder that just took place at tehachapi. it references that, almost as if they're related. now, we have to establish the authenticity of this kite because we don't know where it came from at this point. but basically it says that everyone has seen the news and the reason for the lockdowns. speaking of the tehachapi incident. it says the next chance that you get, and it specifically cites a sergeant and two officers that assigned to the facility, they're our targets. indicating that they're potentially going to be the next victims of an assault by an inmate. >> fueled by evidence of an imminent attack, officers launch a prison-wide shakedown of the
entire southern hispanic population. our producers are allowed to follow isu as they target one of several cells. >> all right. so we know our target cell, right? one or two? okay. we've got two inmates in there. locked down inmates. southern hispanics. standard protocol. when we hit that cell, just tactical cell search. are we straight? okay. cool. all right. let's roll. we're going to go through the section door. it's going to be the second cell door in, from when we enter the unit. we're going to go rushing into the door. we're going to pop the door. sometimes these guys fight with us. sometimes they comply with our orders. so there's a chance there could be chemical agents or use of force. like this is an unexpected type of a cell search. they don't know we're coming, and we use that element of surprise. okay, thanks. patrol. we good? okay. yeah.
we always take staff threats seriously. but definitely in light of recent events where staff were basically put in the hospital, we're going to take every precaution. coming up next on "lockup: extended stay", officers score a big find. but are there more threats looming against them? and, later, can rookie faldon keep his cool with a hot-headed inmate? >> you know what i'm saying? huh, you know what i'm saying? m] flo: [ amplified ] i got this. guys, i know being a first-time homeowner is scary, but you don't have to do this. man #2: what if a tree falls on our garage? woman: what if a tornado rips off our roof? flo: you're covered. and you've bundled your home and auto insurance, so you're saving a ton. come on. you don't want to start your new life in a dirty old truck. man #3: hey. man #1: whoa, whoa. flo: sorry. woman: oh. flo: you're safe. you're safe now. woman: i think i'm gonna pass out. can you stop using the bullhorn? flo: i don't make the rules. of being there for my son's
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bring your knees to your chest. walk him down. wand him. put him on the side. okay. bring your knees up to your chest. okay. they didn't expect us. they actually spilled their water and knocked over their fan and got into a little bit of panic, but it went as well as we can expect it to go. there's going to be a variety of things we're going to be looking for. kites, weapons, contraband, paraphernalia. drug paraphernalia. a lot of times if they have contraband and want to try to get rid of it, they'll move to the toilet and try to flush it down the toilet. these guys complied with orders. got down. so, we'll see. now we'll go through the cell. >> how did you know to go to this cell? can you tell me? >> we had some leads that put us on this cell. there's definitely some
information in here that we're going to be interested in. a lot of it will be paperwork. but, you know, we'll see what we can come up with. >> have one officer step out to the yard. >> the violence that erupted days earlier at the california correctional institution in tehachapi pervades everyone's thoughts as the search continues throughout the prison. >> what we're just trying do is make sure it's a little bit safer for all of us to walk this yard. we're looking for kites, more or less. you know, just trying to get information on something that might be up-and-coming. >> why this cell? >> these are southerners right here. and that was who assaulted staff at tehachapi. >> if you guys want to check the mattresses and go from there. >> i'm going to go through the shoes right now just in case they've altered them, hid weapon stock in here of some type.
>> i'm just curious what parts are missing and compare it, see how it's all connected. they're parting it out. >> you know, at the end of the day, everybody wants to go home to their families, you know. and, you know, you always look out for yourself and your partners. what hits home is not doing a thorough cell search like we're doing right now and if something was to take place, it would be hard to wake up knowing that was your unit and you didn't take the time to do the search and now you've lost a fellow partner. for myself, i couldn't live with myself knowing i didn't search that house right. so we'll keep searching until we come up on something. or if we don't, maybe one of our partners searching another cell will.
>> a lot of times what these inmates will do is they'll conceal contraband items in their mattress. so this appears to be some ink from an inmate-manufactured tattoo gun. it's pretty common. they'll hide ink and needles and rigs and stuff like that inside of these mattresses. basically we hit the cell looking for paperwork that may incriminate these guys being participants in this threat against staff. we collected a bunch of paperwork. we're going to take it back to headquarters. and then we're going to go through it with a fine-toothed comb and see what we can come up with, see if these guys are actively involved. to err on the side of caution we'll place them in ad seg and do our investigation. pending the outcome, we'll determine what their program is going to be, whether to place them back on this facility or retain them.
it was very successful. we got what we wanted at this point. we'll see what kind of paperwork they have, documents they have that we might be interested in. >> these inmates will be held in administrative segregation until isu's investigation has been completed. although the incident at tehachapi forced corcoran to alter its day-to-day routine, the arrival of new inmates never ceases. and for these new inmates, survival depends on knowing the rules and knowing your place. >> everything comes down to how you conduct yourself. and the overall code of how you conduct yourself is pathetic. but it's by race. you know, you're no longer considered -- you no longer become human. you become a color. >> in the four months we spent inside corcoran, our producers learned that for most inmates the safest place is with their own race. >> would you not hang out with an asian guy? >> yeah, i hang out with the asian guys. if people get into it with my
people, it becomes a conflict between cellies. you have to either kill your cellie or he'll kill you. it's not worth it. >> what i might do is my personal feelings, but what my people or who i hang with might have a problem with it, you know. so i have to do what the community says because i'm just one man. and, you know, there's like safety in numbers. so, me trying to stand out, you know, it's a hard thing to do up in higher levels. it's a hard thing to do. >> knowing these racial guidelines has kept inmate jacob bell out of trouble. >> for the most part it's peaceful. a lot of times it's what you make it. there's a lot of prison politics, as far as races. you have to know where you're at and know how to conduct yourself. it all depends on your stay here at corcoran how things turn out. >> the politics of race creates
rigid demands, which control the smallest details of inmates' lives. >> for the most part you're separated and broken off. you pretty much can walk around, but there are certain areas where you can just hang and sit. the same way it is on the street. we have neighborhoods and things like that. it's a territorial thing. so we try to keep it like that and give each other respect so we can give ourselves distance so we won't cross paths in the wrong fashion. >> the rules are merciless. and ignoring race politics can lead to catastrophic results. >> i'd be in violation of prison rules if i were to sit there because that area is for mexicans and whites, and blacks are on the other side. i would set off a race riot if i sat right there. and that wouldn't be too nice. you know? i would probably hear a lot about that back in ad seg. you got to go all the way around. you can't go across. i can't even cut through the middle of this area here. i have to go all the way around
these borders and walk to the other side. that's prison. >> jacob's ability to adhere to prison politics has kept him out of trouble. but a previous fight within his race may catch up with him and delay his original parole date. also ahead on "lockup: extended stay," isu uncovers a lethal weapon. did it have their name on it? >> we probably caught them in the act of attempting to sharpen and put an edge on the weapon. n. i got a leaf right away. a leaf is a hint that is connected to each person in your family tree. i learned that my ten times great grandmother is george washington's aunt. within a few days i went from knowing almost nothing to holy crow, i'm related to george washington. this is my cousin george. discover your story. start searching for free now at ancestry.com it can be sculpted, in beautiful detail.
after an incident at another california prison, where inmates stabbed officers, everybody in corcoran is feeling the tension. for jacob bell, it's tension of another kind. today he faces a hearing for a fight with a fellow inmate. >> there's a classification committee day. my counselor called me in this morning. i was just involved in a mutual combat where i lost 90 days of credit. if i don't get my time back, i'm going to be in a lot of trouble. if i don't get it back, i'll be going home 90 days later.
i'm hoping to get 100% back. >> you're here for your annual review. you're in front of the captain and the staff assistant. we're going to have cc 1 pacifica. this is a 36-year-old parole violator with a new term, serving a four-year sentence, for assault with force gpi with a weapon. it's a strike two. bell received a cdcr 115 on 7/27 for mutual combat. it was a division "b" offense. he was found guilty. and assessed 90 days loss of credit. increasing his release date. to 6/13/2008. inmate bail has met the disciplinary free period and applied for the loss of credit to be restored. >> i'm going to go ahead and grant you your restoration of credit for the mutual combat, which is 90 days, so you'll be getting that back. how are things on the yard? are they all right? >> yes, sir. >> you have an early release date coming up, right? >> yes, sir. >> you already did your parole plans? >> yes, sir. >> any other questions? >> no, sir. >> okay.
you have a good day. >> thank you. >> and good luck to you with your release date of 4/6/08. >> thank you. >> i went in and got my annual review on the situation that went down with me in the last year. i was involved in a mutual combat. but i was granted back my time 100%, my 90 days. for credit. so you know -- >> how do you feel? >> i'm feeling pretty good about that. i'm feeling pretty good about that. i've been on the yard roughly two years. so it's time for me to stay out of the way, you know, just stay out of the way and just sit back and meditate on things i'm going do when i get out and just prepare, prepare to go home and live a better life i'm trying to live. >> while jacob looks forward to getting away from prison politics, for level 1 inmate stephen parot, politics play a large part in his everyday existence. >> what i do as a housing clerk
for the yard is accommodate people for their race affiliation and medical needs. you have to be very careful about what information you acquire because once you acquire it, then you have certain obligations to pass some of it on. so if you have information, you do go to your people first. if there's something going down that you're privy to, if it's information about whatever it is, doesn't matter what it is, i always go to our reps on the yard first. this is simply the protocol that you follow. and it keeps things organized here. if i don't do that, it would put me at risk. and you don't want to get beat up. that's rule number one. protect yourself. and my focus is to get through here with all my teeth. >> stephan learned early that no one is exempt from claiming a race allegiance, nor except from the associated violence.
>> i had to fight somebody. and the reason i had to fight them was because at first i said i wasn't going to fight. it being my second or third day in prison, i was informed that if you didn't fight, it would put me at risk. i just accepted where i was and what i was going to have to do and it wasn't going to kill me, and so i -- i fought. and that was pretty much the first fight i've ever been in in my life. i couldn't walk very well for about three or four weeks. i had bruised ribs, bruised kidneys. i had black eyes for about six weeks. what i do to get by here is i make a purpose out of it. if you don't find something valuable in this experience, you're going to come back. and that's what i -- [ whistle blowing ]
>> false alarm. false alarm. >> false alarm? >> how long did it take you to get used to doing that? >> well, when i was in jamestown, i got a lot of practice. the yard goes down there a lot. so glad that happened for you guys. coming up next on "lockup: extended stay." jacob's release date arrives. but is he ready for the outside world? and later, can rookie officer faldon stop an inmate's anger from escalating into violence? what's the best way to get two servings of veggies? v8 or a fancy juice store? ready, go!
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might as well call me bin laden. i'm a terrorist threat ♪ ♪ ♪ so my guns is quick to blow just like eliott ness ♪ >> hit that [ bleep ]. >> when it comes to staff threats, we take them seriously and do everything we can to collect all the information we can. definitely in light of recent events at other institutions -- we always take staff threats seriously. and we're going to act on them. >> 17 news at 5:00. >> two inmates stabbed three tehachapi prison guards in what's being described as a violent attack. following the attack, all state facilities went into immediate lockdown. authorities saying it won't be lifted until they're sure this incident was an isolated one. >> ever since the incident at tehachapi against officers, corcoran has been on full alert, searching cells and shaking down inmates to prevent similar attacks in their own prison. >> what are you looking for right now?
>> anything, weapons, anything that would be considered contraband. >> pornography, not supposed to have it. >> we'll give him a cell search receipt saying we took it. most of the time we'll just destroy it because it's not dangerous contraband. >> what are you really looking for? >> just anything, like needles, drug paraphernalia, information. like that would be information. you got names, numbers, akas. >> what makes information so dangerous? >> what we don't know is what's dangerous. these guys just had a major staff assault up at tehachapi, less than a week ago. we don't know. could it go down here? very easily. you never know. i mean, that's -- i like to go home after i do my eight. and i like to see everyone else go home after they do their eight. if i find something that can keep someone safe, great.
have you heard the term birdbath? where they birdbath inside the cell? these guys made their own shower. you stick it in the end there and hit the button. and they sit over the toilet and wash themselves off, you know. >> pretty handy. >> you've got to improvise, you know? that's a trip, man. >> the restrictions of a lockdown and the realities of prison life require new rules of etiquette in order to survive within a cell. >> you have to be compatible with your cellie. you have no know who you're dealing with. two grown men in a cell. both got our own stress and got our own problems. you make it do. it's hard. but it's not impossible. >> it's imperative for us to keep this cell clean. interactions and you walking outside with the dirt and spit and stuff. and you track it back in. >> if i come in off the yard
every day, i've been out there walking around, i'm nasty. so, i got to clean up, clean myself. >> they got all this [ bleep ] floating around. staph infections and all these other people. with viruses and stuff. so, you've got to clean this cell. >> i just came from outside. so, instead of me getting in the shower, i use the sink. i fold this up like this. this is my curtain. this is my bathroom. i fill this up with water. >> you need to do that anyway. >> this is how we wash our clothes, too, in the toilet. >> see how small that is? got to maneuver it. >> this is cleaning. this is the way we clean ourselves. we got to use the toilet. the toilet and sink.
>> but it's kind of limited for us to clean like this because we only get three flushes. i used two flushes already. so, i only got one more flush and the whole toilet will be off. you know, you get used to it. hopefully my cellie doesn't have to use the bathroom. it has to sit there in the toilet. and we have to put a cover over it. this is the only prison i've been into that got three flushes. i didn't know it when i first got here. nobody tell me. so, when i first got here i caught myself taking a [ bleep ] and usually drop one, flush one. i kept on pushing. and that's when i found out the hard way. you got to burn incense. you know what i mean by burning incense, you have to find some toilet paper. oil. >> what is that? >> it's praying oil. it's praying oil.
prison incent. i tape it to the vent. that's how the oil come out of it. so, it work. but it doesn't kill another man's smell. that's why you try to use the flushes. that's in case you use all your flushes up then, hey, you got to deal with it. >> cell searches continue at corcoran in the wake of the incident at tehachapi, giving rookie officer faldon a crash course. in his new profession. >> it definitely opens your eyes up and lets you know, you know, this can happen to you. so, you take extra precautions in everything you do. make sure, you know, no one's behind your back that's not supposed to be there. you just sort of got to live with it. this is what i want to do. so, i'm here. you know? there's no turning my back now. >> are you worried about pissing some inmate off? >> not at all. i don't hit cells intentionally. if they try to come at me in my face. i don't go and hit their cell right after or something like that.
when i do go -- when i do a search, you know, i'm taking what they're not supposed to have. i don't go beyond that. they know what they're allowed to have. anything i take is the stuff they're not allowed to have. anything altered, any excessive items, any like weapons, paraphernalia, anything, i'll take it. not every inmate is going to agree with us with what we take. but we just got to deal with it. >> how do you handle that? >> we talk to them personally later, usually. like, hey, you need to calm down. we'll see what we can do to resolve this. we don't want nothing getting too hectic. try to keep the peace. >> moments later, faldon is tested as a simple cell search angers an inmate. >> what? what? what? [ bleep ]. you know what i'm saying? huh? you know what i'm saying? >> calm down. >> i'm not about [ bleep ] being sprayed. and i don't give a [ bleep ].
i don't give a [ bleep ] about you taking my stuff, huh? i ain't give you nothing but respect, man. i done told you [ bleep ]. tell me, all you got to do is -- don't get no respect. don't i? don't i? >> someone got upset from something we may have taken from him. role we'll have to clear it up later on. we'll talk to him when he calms down. we'll handle it that way. i think i handled it pretty well. we ended up getting him out of here. hopefully it runs smooth tonight. coming up next on "lockup: extended stay." the isu search pays off. >> that into your neck wouldn't
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last night, we conducted cell searches. we rushed up on the door, caught the inmates by surprise. searched them after business hours. upon entering the cell, we found some contraband. metal stock and an inmate-manufactured weapon. we probably caught them in the act of attempting to sharpen and put an edge on the weapon. we feel that's what happened. this is the weapon and metal stock we removed from the cubicle. we placed it out on the bunk so we could take some better pictures of it. it's approximately nine inches
in length. the one closest to the ruler, as you can see, has a pretty big tapered point. that's some pretty thick metal. it easily, as you can see, could puncture the skin, and it could easily get to a vital organ. you know, that into your neck wouldn't be a good scenario. this is what we're looking for. we're always looking for weapons. any time we remove weapons out of the cell, that means it's one less weapon out there on the yard. one less weapon that could be used against staff. >> the search has yielded solid results, allowing officers to remove certain suspects from the general population and send them to ad seg, while releasing the rest of the southern hispanic population from lockdown. >> this day is unique because it's actually the first afternoon these guys have been on yard in about eight days. it's like a new kid on the playground right now. you go to a new school and you don't know anybody.
you start all over again. certain inmates have weapons inside their cells. those individuals are some of the key players on the yard. it's like a spoke on the wheel. they lost one of their spokes. one of the major spokes. now they have to figure out what's going to be done or who is going to be left in charge. i don't think anybody knows yet. they're all still playing the guessing game. they're like little kids. no, i'm the chief. no, i'm the chief. no, daddy left me in charge. it's sort of like that until somebody gets a word from another source. everybody is still just out sort of feeling everybody else around, waiting to hear from their higher power waiting to hear who got left in power, who's doing what. for right now, everybody's just getting back in touch with the world, the other side of the fence. >> sergeant rivera knows that survival hinges on information and vigilance in this tenuous environment. >> it would be nice if we brought one building out at a time. but we couldn't tell much if we brought one building out at one time. we couldn't tell what was going on with the other units.
if we keep them all locked down. so it gives the cops a chance to see how the other inmates are interacting with each other. it gives the cops a chance to interact with the other inmates. it isn't like that all the time. it's just how you conduct yourself among the inmates and how the inmates perceive your actions. but at any given time, at any given moment, something could go wrong. all it takes is just something to let it off and it becomes a forest fire. >> though the staff believes they've resolved the current situation with the southern hispanics, the politics of race-based prison gangs will always be cause for tension between inmates and officers. >> in prison, it's not crips against bloods. even though you've got different groups, it's black thing and everything else. yeah, i'm a crip. they are blood. but i still speak to them. our war is either with the police or the other races. it's more race riots than anything, than gang riots. >> my belief is gang.
prison life. it's like the staff believes for their comrades. you know what i'm saying? my homeboys are my comrades. there's always two sides. i got my gang. they got their gang. they might not be actual gang, but they represent the green uniform. i represent my blue rag. point blank. you know, you got some good staff. you got some [ bleep ] staff. you know what i'm saying? i can't let no staff disrespect me because i'm a man. if i let them disrespect me, that reflects my homeboys. if i don't do something when a staff member disrespects me, something may be done to me. i spent, i think, nine, ten months in the hole for conspiracy to murder staff. >> was there a conspiracy to murder staff? >> i don't know nothing about that. you know, i never did nothing that they didn't have coming. >> staff are targeted? >> hell, yeah. >> why do they target staff? >> everything have a reason. it can be -- okay. it can be a staff, like i say, coming in. he [ bleep ] want to talk to me in a tougher way. i'm not going to accept that. i don't care because he wears green.
every year, hundreds of inmates are processed from corcoran's main gates. each of them must find his own way to survive in the merciless environment behind bars. >> okay. you guys, listen up. i'm going to give you a quick rundown of what's going on in here. you guys are going to be here for about two hours. i'm going to work on getting you
guys housed. the sergeant's going to review your files. you're going to see the nurse. after you see the nurse you're going to be interviewed by the sergeant. any questions? >> corcoran staff interviews each inmate individually in an attempt to facilitate his needs. >> how old are you? >> 22. >> you're 22. where were you born at? >> philippines. >> philippines. you got life, huh? >> yeah. >> okay. you take medication? >> no. >> can you cell up with any other race? >> i bunked up with asian. >> asian only? you're eligible to bunk up with any race now. >> why's that? >> you've got no history of fighting blacks, hispanics, whites, you have none. you're eligible to be celled up with another race because you've got no history of anything. you understand that? >> right. >> okay. you're going to be going to level 4 gp facility orientation unit and you'll begin your property here in a minute. you'll be escorted to a yard, okay? >> okay. >> all right, gary, next. even the newest inmates already know the rules that must
be followed. >> on the street i was lrc, crypt. it's a new world in jail, so it's different, you know? when i come to prison, i'm an asian person. i'm a crypt on the streets. i'm also asian, because that's who i am. when i come to jail, i got to be -- i got to pick, i got to choose one. if i'm a crypt, i got to hang out with the crypts. if i choose to be an asian, i can be with my people. >> inmate out. 206447. do you want to step up over here? >> i'm just thinking about who's going to be my cellie. i was just thinking about what cell i'm going to. who's going to be my cellie, is he going to be cool or not? i don't think about the bad situation first.
i look at the positive things before the bad. if i look forward to the bad things, you know, bad things are going to come. i think about the day i hit the yard, who is going to be out there. me, i can finally settle down and just get a job and just start a new life. prison life. >> for those lucky few like jacob bell, the prize for following the rules is a release date. >> it's all over, man, it's all over! all right. thank you, man, god bless you, too. i didn't have too much time to say good-bye. because we've been on lockdown lately, but i'm definitely not going to miss this place. this is no place for me anyway. it is a wake-up call. i know this one step to getting my freedom back.
it's a huge step because without my freedom i don't have anything, you know? >> give me your full name. >> jacob lewis bell. v, victor, 27698. >> okay, bell. i need you to sign right here for your parole. you've got tennis shoes, your socks, shirt. ail all good. >> i'm beginning to feel like me again, you know? so far, so good. it's been a long ride. i got to get out there and being responsible as far as being there for my kids and doing positive things for myself, you know? >> okay, let's go. >> thank you. >> i feel really nervous right now. i'm really nervous, but i'm kind of excited to see my family and things like that.
>> thank you. >> as jacob passes through the gates after more than two years in prison, the reality of his release begins to settle in. >> you know, i can't stop smiling right now. when i was on the inside, you know, i was serious about everything. you know, right now i can, you know, crack a smile and feel good and be myself. you know? i mean, just it feels a whole lot better on this side than on that side, i tell you that. very nervous though. very nervous. seriously, i don't think i'm coming back to prison. no matter what i have that sense of fear inside of me before i do anything wrong where i can end up. i think that's going to keep me on the right track because this is not it. >> stay out of trouble, take care of yourself.
don't let nothing get you down. you know, keep up that faith, take care of your family. >> thank you. >> all right. don't come back. >> i won't. >> take care, bell. i think he's going to be okay. >> jacob is finally free. but now a whole new set of rules apply as he must learn to survive back in the free world. >> i think he's going to be fine. of all the people i see coming in here, i hope that's one guy we don't see coming back in here. i think he's got a lot of potential out there.
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