tv Lockup Orange County MSNBC January 1, 2014 12:00pm-1:01pm PST
due to mature subject matter, viewer discretion is advised. a sadistic murder transforms the jail. >> he was sodomized, peed on, spit on, boiling water poured on him. he was tortured. a roller derby queen takes a hard fall. >> i have kids, and i need to be with them, you know? this isn't cool no more. and one inmate realizes that even a good day in jail can have a dark side. >> some of these guys are
looking upwards of 10, 15 years each, you. knowing that i'm getting out in two days doesn't make me the most popular guy. >> this is our jail, and we're going to clean house. unlike prison, where all inmates have been convicted of a crime, the majority of the jail inmates stand accused of criminal acts and are either on or awaiting trial. >> handcuffs are going to come off next, but leave your hands behind your back.
>> but the threat of violence is just as real in jail as it is in prison. >> around here at theo lacy, we'll get a couple of these maybe in a -- in a month. >> day-to-day management of the orange county jail in southern california is up to sheriff's deputies. some work permanently at the jail while most others rotate through, then return to street patrol. >> all right. let's line up. let's do a gear check. let's line up on the wall right here. >> a select group of deputies make up the emergency response team, a s.w.a.t.-like unit called to action when inmates refuse orders or cause an imminent threat. >> hang left. >> watch out, watch out, watch out. >> wielding a broken mop stick and other cleaning supplies, joseph etima, who has pled not guilty to a murder charge and is awaiting trial, has refused to return to his cell.
>> he's upset because the hispanic inmates think he's black. he's saying he's not. he's saying he's hispanic. they don't want to program with him, so he wants out of there, and this is his way of doing it. we don't know what's going to happen once we get inside there. we don't know what the other inmates are going to do. when you go inside there, watch each other's back. handle any situation that arises. our job is not to rush him blindly and cause more chaos to a situation that's already out of control. we're more of a tactical unit that'll respond, find out what's going on, work out a tactical plan for our entry. and then prior to any kind of entry, we'll talk to them. we'll let them know, hey, this is what you're about to face. >> can i talk to you? joseph? if you don't talk to me, we're going to have to come in and get you, okay? >> after several more minutes of coaxing and warning etima, response team members approach
from the upper tier and open fire with nonlethal rounds of pepper spray munitions followed by rubber bullets. >> don't go open that hatch so you guys have him. don't go crossfire. don't go in. >> he's not going down. watch out! he's throwing [bleep]. >> hey, hey. >> don't move! don't move! don't move! don't move! >> put your hands on your head. all right. keep them up. >> after he is restrained, etima will be taken to a holding area for further questioning and a check for injuries. >> what we want to do is come to a peaceful outcome, and this guy here, he's got a history of being violent and combative. it's recorded, documented. the best thing to do is show force. a lot of times if you show force, the inmate will tend to tone down a little bit.
>> while the response to this incident might look extreme, jail officials say it was by the book. >> because of the dangerous situation that's involved here, the ert was sent in. he's throwing weapons at them. he's throwing the mop buckets at the deputies. the deputies descend the stairs, fire their munitions at him to get him to comply. it's a sort of baton, type of round made out of rubber. it's intended to strike him, cause pain, and hopefully he'll lie down and comply. the initial shot struck him. he continued through it. they came down the stairs. he had that other weapon that was strapped to his waist. and as you can see in the film, he kind of turns on his side and pulls that out. once he does that, they again fire on him with the .40, strikes the inmate on the side. the inmate then decides it's best to call it quits and lie flat on his stomach with his arms extended. we were able to enter and take him into custody.
>> punishment for incidents like this usually involves the loss of privileges as opposed to the filing of new criminal charges. that turned out to be the case for etima as well. but in 2006 jared petrovich was allegedly involved in an incident that not only resulted in very serious charges, but set off repercussions that still impact the entire orange county jail system today. >> so you're using your legal paperwork as weight. >> yeah. also the magazines, you know? >> petrovich has approximately 20 pounds of legal paperwork in his cell, which helps provide an effect jailhouse workout. >> you do it until you can't do it no more. i can do it all day. >> the paperwork has accumulated over four years since he was accused of being the ring leader of one of the orange county jail's most transformative events, the group assault and murder of another inmate, the only killing in the jail in more than a decade.
at the time, petrovich, in jail for receiving stolen property, was considered a leader among the white inmates at the theo lacy jail facility. >> we're standing in f barracks, the west side in the theo lacy facility, and this is the scene of a pretty gruesome homicide that occurred in 2006. it was the murder of inmate john derek chamberlain. it occurred in october. and it occurred over in d cube when the inmates drug chamberlain behind a privacy wall and out of view from the guard's station and, you know, savagely beat him to death. he was incarcerated for what we would consider a low-level sex-related offense. possession of child pornography. there's an inmate culture here that crimes against children are viewed as something that's rather despicable. so those inmates are commonly targeted for violence. but the reality in 2006 was we just didn't have the housing
space or we were trying to juggle our inmate population to put him in a position. so what we did with him is we told him, you know, don't talk about your charges, don't talk about the crimes that you may have done or committed, you know, try and fit in, be nondescript. >> petrovich claims it wasn't the inmates who initially targeted chamberlain but two deputies who are no longer with the department. >> the cops had pulled me out and told me. they said hit him from the neck down and, you know, make sure he doesn't walk out. they didn't say kill him. i never said kill him. no one said kill him. they said go beat him up because he was a pervert. >> a later investigation was unable to confirm that the deputies told the inmates about chamberlain's charges. >> but what came out of the investigation was the realization that this information was readily available, and they use that information to find a time and
opportunity to attack inmate chamberlain and ultimately beat him to death in a very severe manner. >> he was sodomized, peed on, spit on, boiling water poured on him. he was tortured. >> petrovich admits that he told the other inmates about chamberlain's charges, but he claims he didn't participate in the beating. still he and other inmates were charged with chamberlain's murder and have all pled not guilty. coming up -- >> it was like total anarchy. >> -- another inmate allegedly involved in the chamberlain murder describes the horror. >> it reminded me of like a documentary show like how a wolf pack brings down an elk or a deer. it felt just like death. but first a roller derby queen does time in the oc. >> my roller derby name was "hur in i skirt.
laps, one for each card in her playing deck. >> hey, butcher. >> good morning. >> staying out of trouble? >> absolutely. >> butcher is well known at the orange county jail, not only as a frequent inmate but as a local roller derby star. >> my mom dragged me to a roller derby competition out in corona, so i went there, and who do i see but inmate tami butcher smashing and bashing as she rode around that roller ring. she is not aggressive in jail, but she was definitely aggressive on that roller ring, i'll have to say that. >> it's women bashing other girls for sport value. it's fun. my roller derby name is "hurt in a skurt." i've been doing it for four years.
it's a good way to relieve a lot of tension. it's so much fun. i have broken both my collar bones. i've also broke my hip. i broke my arm. yeah, it's very hard. it's rough. >> butcher is currently in jail for violating her probation on a drug possession and paraphernalia conviction to supply the similar reckless abandon to her other career as a stripper. >> i went to work at this one club in anaheim, and i drank that night. five shots of jack to the head, and i fell off the pole. i didn't slow down at all. i did like this trick like a hover. i didn't even slow down at all. and i, bam, woke up in traction. the doctor's like you're never going to walk again. i'm like you've got me twisted. i don't know whose chart you're reading, but that's not mine. you know what i mean? paralyzed. give me a friggin' break. if i can't shake my tail feather, then there's no reason to even breathe for real. >> butcher not only walked again, but says her medical bills were paid by the men in the audience that night. later, however, questions raised by her then 8-year-old daughter led her to end her stripping career.
>> the last night i had a job, my daughter said, mom, why don't you ever take to work shoes and underwear? i said, well, i don't know. that's a really good question. and she said, what do you do at work, mom? and i go, i think i sell these. >> she's like, those don't look like anyone would want to buy those shoes. those look very worn. and i was like god. i was busted. i hung up the heels. >> butcher's flair for the dramatic is known in and out of jail. >> eric wolfe, currently incarcerated in one of orange county men's units, is a friend of butcher's from the streets. >> everyone loves to hang out with her. she's just a lot of fun. and honestly, if you were ever in a situation where you were going to end up getting in a fight, she'd probably be the one to throw the first punch. she's one of the girls who takes everything to the extreme, and when she runs, she runs until she gets busted. then she ends back in prison. and when she gets out, she does it all over again.
>> a meth addiction has proven to be butcher's biggest nemesis, and it has kept her revolving through prison and jail for the past nine years. >> i just kept getting busted, thinking, well, i'm cool. i've got this under wraps. i own this drug. it's not doing me. i'm doing it. i was way off. >> butcher's latest probation violation occurred when she failed a drug test. she could be facing up to 16 months in prison but that will be up to a judge to decide during an upcoming hearing. >> i'm trying to find a program that will take me, see if i can write a whole bunch and get a response by friday. >> butcher hopes to convince the judge to let her try a drug rehabilitation program instead of prison. >> i don't want to go to prison. that's the easy way out. you know, six months of doing nothing, no programming, not doing anything, just sitting around, let the state take care of me. program's hard. probation's hard. and they say -- i got some good advice from a friend saying anything's worth it -- is worth trying, right? so i'm going to do that route because i have kids that need
me. i need to be with them, you know. this ain't cool no more. >> coming up -- >> i have been in the process of a screen play. we're calling it the bar stool musical. >> an orange county inmate with hollywood dreams. and more on the murder that sent shock waves through the jail. >> i grabbed him, started dragging him out. he said, no, he's not going anywhere. [ fishing rod casting line, marching band playing ]
[ applause ] when it comes to beating boredom in the orange county jail, donald stokes likes to sing, and patriotic classics seem not to bother anyone. >> as always, portions brought to you in part by the orange county department of corrections, inviting you. come on vacation, stay on probation. >> thanks to his former job, stokes has seen a broad spectrum of america one playground at a time. >> we build huge playgrounds for kids. every chuck e. cheese, burger king, mcdonald's has a playland out there that needs to be serviced, cleaned, built, dismantled. >> stokes is serving 120 days for possession of methamphetamines and driving on a suspended license, but this isn't his first run-in with the law. >> i've been arrested for being a deejay. i've been stopped by law enforcement on an inflatable
device at one point in time. inner tubing is apparently illegal on lake perris out here in california. i've been taken to jail on a 5150, which is a psychiatric evaluation for oneself for others because i was wearing a renaissance fair costume at the time. i was just in half of my garb, knee-high moccasins, buckskin leggings. that's a great story when you're inside and somebody goes, so what are you in for? you know? it makes for good conversation. >> stokes is using part of his time in oc to tell another story, one he hopes to sell in nearby hollywood. >> are you going to sing again, don? >> i don't know. probably. >> i have been in the process of a screenplay. we're calling it the bar stool musical. ♪ as i was standing there beside you in your hospital bed and the surprise in your eyes rolling back in your head ♪ i swore i'd find a way to look out for you ♪ ♪ if my music made
with you should fall on deaf ears know it's not what we say only what they will hear ♪ which is know that they'll test you to see if you're true since you gave your heart its rhythm and its music lives in you ♪ . stokes can pursue his hollywood dream in the very near future. his release date is only three days away. there was a time when stephen carlstrom could almost taste freedom as well. four years ago his release was also near. >> i was getting out in two months. i was free to go home and live my life with my son, and it didn't turn out that way. >> like stokes, he was serving a short term for meth possession, but now he's facing a new charge. murder. he's pled not guilty. but carlstrom is one of nine inmates charged with the murder of john chamberlain, an orange county inmate targeted by other inmates who believed he was a child molester. >> i was just playing dominos in the day room when this happened, but i've got a lot of people pointing the finger at me.
i got the guy, allegedly, brought him down. allegedly some people dragged him inside of the cube, into the blind spot, and started beating on him. >> the blind spot was an area behind a privacy wall, which has since been removed. carlstrom says he felt obligated to lure chamberlain there because the plot to attack him was hatched by other white inmates, and jailhouse politics requires jailhouse inmates of the same race to stick together. >> if you were not obligated, would you have felt the need to beat this man up because he had a sex offense? >> hell, no. i actually brought that man around, told him the jail rules. i thought he was a nice guy. if i wasn't obligated, heck no. i wouldn't touch that guy. >> carlstrom says his participation in the actual attack on chamberlain was minimal.
>> i had my back against it most of time, but i could hear the commotion, the beating. it wasn't pretty. it didn't sound pretty. it reminded me of a pbs documentary show like how a wolf pack brings down an elk or a deer. you know how they work together on bringing that animal down? that's how i felt. it felt just like death. >> carlstrom claims he made an effort to save the man. >> when i got through within there to the center where he was, he didn't look good. he was bloody. i think he had some water on him. he was down to his boxers, almost naked. just barely standing. like, you know, he was in a sitting position, but he was, you know, rocking back and forth, not looking good. so i grabbed him, started dragging him out, and he said,
no, he's not going anywhere. >> inmates allege that two deputies prompted the attack by telling jared petrovich, a leader amongst the white inmates, that chamberlain was arrested on sex offense charges and deserved to be roughed up. it's also been alleged that those deputies were in the security center at the time of the attack but ignored it. both deputies have since been dismissed from the department. a grand jury was not able to determine criminal actions but said they acted with severe misconduct, and the jail itself saw a major transformation. >> the chamberlain homicide was a huge event for this department. it shook the foundation of it, initiated a number of investigations. it ultimately resulted in a grand jury investigation. >> shortly after the grand jury investigation, the county sheriff resigned, partially due to the chamberlain case and partially due to other unrelated charges. he was sentenced to five years in prison for witness tampering but was acquitted of all other charges.
sandra hutchins was appointed and later elected as orange county sheriff. >> there were some folks who didn't do their job, quite frankly, in the jail. the folks involved with chamberlain are no longer with us, and so we did our own investigation -- internal investigation and dealt with that and did quite a few reforms in the jail. >> those reforms included the removal of all privacy walls in the housing units and the removal of tvs and other electronic devices in security centers that could distract deputies. new state-of-the-art surveillance cameras have also been installed throughout the jail. there's been an increase in staff training, and supervisors are now required to be more directly involved in routine activities. >> i guess if there's a silver lining to this tragic homicide, it's the fact that the orange county sheriff's department and the orange county jail are better than they've ever been before, staffed by the highest qualified professionals who are dedicated to their profession. >> the changes have not gone unnoticed.
even carlstrom admits that life in jail has improved. >> the respect level is unbelievable now. you can actually speak to the deputies now when you need help filling out applications or anything like that, which is good. >> still, carlstrom feels he has been unjustly charged in the murder. he has pled not guilty as the case slowly moves toward trial. only two months away from leaving jail when the attack occurred, carlstrom says the most devastating part is the 9-year-old son he has left behind. i'll never get out if i get convicted, and not knowing if i'm ever going to be with my son, not knowing if i'm ever going to see a sunset again, play with my son, teaching him to play baseball, soccer, football, i should be out there doing all that good stuff with him. instead i'm here charged with murder for something i didn't commit. coming up -- >> so you're going to tell me you're not dealing drugs? >> no! >> one inmate faces new
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on any given day, there are more than 5,000 inmates incarcerated in the five facilities that make up the orange county jail system. their charges, stories, and backgrounds, are as diverse as the southern california communities most of them hail from. but for the vast majority of these men and women, there is a common element that led to their troubles with the law. >> if you talk to any of the inmates in jail, most of them will have done drugs. their current crime is not drugs. they're stealing for drugs, or their life of crime began with drugs. there's always a connection there. >> deputies are always on the lookout for illicit drug use inside the jail as well. and over in the women's unit, deputies have just interrupted what they suspect to be a drug deal. as inmates were disposing of
their brown bag lunches, one was seen handing her bag to a neighbor. moments later deputies confiscated the bag and found the prescription drug seroquel inside. >> they're for psychotic disorders. a nurse comes different times during the day, and they're given to the inmate, and they're supposed to take it in front of the nurse, swallowed. apparently the person that cheeked these kept them. she was the one that was passing it. and the other person in that other room was the person that received it. >> the inmate caught passing the bag is mona selame, who's currently in orange county on charges including identity theft and possession of narcotics. she has pled not guilty, but has had prior convictions for both. >> why are you passing stuff around? >> i'm sorry. i didn't want to waste my milk or my bread. she -- i asked her if she wanted it, yeah. so i go ahead and give it to her instead. >> so you're telling me you're not dealing drugs? >> no. i do that all the time. i don't do it in here. it's stupid.
>> really? why is it stupid? >> because it's -- >> because i caught you today? >> from the commissary i get money every week on my thing. i don't need nobody's else's commissary to deal drugs in here really, so -- and i don't consider meds are drugs, so, yeah. >> well, just a minute ago, she gave you up. >> she will never give me up that [ bleep ]. that's my home girl. >> really? you gave her seroquel, and you think she's not going to give you up to save her ass. >> well, if she said i did, i'll take it, but i -- >> okay. >> -- don't do seroquel. look at my record. go ahead. >> we're going to go ahead because this is our jail. we're going to clean house. >> yes, clean house. >> sit down. sit. on your butt. all right. let's go search the cells. >> deputy mendoza and her partner deputy bowman conduct cell searches on both selame and her neighbor. >> with these new clear mattresses, we're able to see if they're hiding anything inside. if there is a rip in the
mattress, we would further investigate, but there's no rip. >> we'll take all the paper bags, especially the ones that are folded. they seem to hide things in the seams. so it's better to just take them. >> selame denies putting the drug in the bag and says she was just trying to share some of her leftover lunch. >> i give her the bag. i put two milks and four pieces of bread, and two jolly ranchers. i took that chance, and i passed it through, and they caught me. i thought, okay. they're going to go in the garbage. everything's going to be good. we're both going to get a write-up. i even raised my hand, and i said, i'll take the write-up, it was my fault, but now there's a seroquel situation? okay. i don't know. >> okay. so just minimal contraband was found. there's no more narcotics, so we're just going to take care of the paperwork and reclassify those two suspects.
step on out. >> selame and the other inmate involved in the incident have been directed to gather their possessions and will be transferred to new cells while jail officials determine if they should be reclassified as higher security level inmates. >> drop your stuff right there. turn your pockets inside out. hands behind your head, palms touching. separate your feet. do you have any more pills on you or in you? >> no. >> why are you on my floor? >> i was passing bread and milk. >> passing bread and milk? >> yes, ma'am. >> was there any pills in those bread and milk? >> no, there wasn't. >> the deputies are lying? that was a question. >> no. >> are my deputies lying? >> no, i'm not saying they're lying. i don't know what was it. >> okay. turn around. go inside the cell and have a seat. >> drug problems led to donald stokes in jail as well.
he violated his probation on a drug possession conviction, and now is only two days away from his release. in the meantime, he holds a job delivering meals and clothing to other inmates. >> we're going to be doing that shortly here. we get to go pick up all the clothing, and every one of these guys comes down, and we hand it back and forth through that slot. so at no time do we get actual personal contact with these guys. some of them are looking upward to 10, 15 years each for the most random thing, you know, and knowing that i'm getting out in two days doesn't make me the most popular guy. >> stokes has mixed feelings about his upcoming release. >> well, it's, oddly enough, a little intimidating. when i was taken into custody, i had just checked into a motel room. 20 minutes later i walked out to my car to go get a cell phone charger, and there was a gun pressed against my head. they said, get down on the ground. my probation violation had popped up on the grid, and i was taken into custody with no shoes, no jacket, just a t-shirt and a pair of jeans at that point in time, as you saw in the picture here. not exactly expecting to go. so as i'm getting ready to head home, wherever i figure out home
to be, i'm going to have no shoes to walk there, no jacket. >> all right, guys. i've got no list on the diets again. somebody help me out. >> stokes' job has helped speed up his release date. well-behaved inmates who hold jobs get two days off their sentence for every day worked and occasionally an extra bologna sandwich. >> i'm just grateful i got two more days to go, and then i can actually go to del taco. it will be wonderful. coming up -- >> i have to wait for that part ii. >> the mail brings hopeful news for tami butcher. >> yay! >> and mona selame finds her prospects looking good as well. >> lindsey's hot. have you seen her naked? oh, my god. she's going to look good behind my harly. angie's list members can tell you which provider is the best in town. you'll find reviews on everything from home repair to healthcare. now that we're expecting, i like the fact
depending on the news it brings, mail call can be one of the happiest or saddest times of day at the orange county jail. >> if i don't get mail every day, i get very upset. >> for tami butcher, today's delivery has brought some much needed hope. >> i got my letter of acceptance to the program that i was trying to get into. it says to tami butcher. you're right, tami. you are worth it. there's no reason why you can't be a good mother and a productive woman in life. you are more than welcome to come and obtain the tools needed to change your way of living. stay focused, tami. you're worth it. good luck. so, yeah, i've been waiting for that for two and a half weeks now. yay. >> her acceptance into a drug rehabilitation program could enable butcher to set out on a new path. >> this is rad. it means i don't have to go to prison. that's the easy way. i'm not going to run -- take the easy way. i'm going to do the hard thing because anything worth it is worth working for.
and i've been sober before. i've had three years. and my daddy passed away, and i ran. and i was running, gunning strong ever since. so i'm going to do it again and stay that way because if my mom was to pass away while i was in prison, i would never forgive myself. and she's not -- she's not healthy. she's sick. so -- and i want to regain the respect of my oldest daughter. i don't want them to be all, mom's just another convict, addicted, jerk-off, worth nothing. so i'll show i am worth it. so that's -- yay. i'm stuck on stuff today so yeah. >> in a few days, butcher will take her acceptance letter to court and ask the judge to approve her plans. >> i've been an addict for a long time. i've been doing drugs for a long time, and it's gotten me in this place. every time i'm in this place. and i am tired of this place. i'm going to let some new girls come in here and take my spot because i'm over it. i don't want to go to prison.
prison's stupid. there's been some good news for mona selame as well. she had recently been accused of passing prescription drugs to another inmate but now has been cleared. >> the report was written for a major violation for the other inmate for the possession of the seroquel, and selame was not given any discipline. >> but in years past, drugs have wreaked havoc in selame's life. her first sentence was 12 years earlier for dealing drugs. >> they got a pound of methamphetamine, like two ounces of chronic at that time, and it was on sunday. it was my bad. i never worked on sunday. but here you go, money and greed got me getting off my ass and going, delivering a pound. it was $20,000 i couldn't resist. but i never worked on sunday, and here i go again, get wasted on sunday again. >> why do you never work on sunday? >> because i do believe in him
actually. yeah. i leave that for god and just to relax and not do work. the drug usually takes over. and here you go. he's trying to teach me something somehow. >> selame was sentenced to 4 1/2 years and says when she got out, she stayed clean and even opened her own sandwich shop. then she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. after all that, i thought, wow, you got cancer, you're going to -- you might be dead in three months. [ bleep ] give me a pipe. i felt angry at god. i gave myself to god for ten years. like i actually stayed with the same woman for like six years before i started cheating on her. really? i mean that's pretty good. i felt like i got traded, like -- like -- i felt like i got a slap in my face. god.
>> selame turned to crime to support her latest drug addiction. >> i saw a brand-new jeep in the middle of a parking lot at 2:00 in the morning with the window half open like that. i mean, come on. are you kidding me? this is the worst thing for a criminal. >> inside the jeep selame found a credit card and an i.d. >> turned out to be she was a probation officer. i was like, hmm, i'm going to keep it anyway, you know [ bleep >> selame says she used the credit card to buy a pack of cigarettes and a cup of coffee and then stole for more cars. >> came out with a light, gps, a couple of digital cameras, a couple of nice chanel glasses and a couple of checks. >> but her crime spree came to an end that same evening when she was stopped by police. now selame is awaiting trial on these latest charges. on the bright side, her cancer is in remission. >> losing my hair was the most devastating thing, but look at how good i walk it now, so, you
know, it's all good. >> selame has also found her latest love interest. the only problem is that lindsey blaine is in the housing unit next door. >> we're not in the same sector, but -- before we were in the same sector before -- same day room actually, but now we communicate through the window. >> as soon as i rolled in here, i liked her. you know how you meet people and you automatically know whether you like them or not? you know what i mean? she's interesting. >> blaine's also in jail on drug possession charges. she has pled not guilty but admitted to us that she used to shoplift lingerie that she would sell in order to support her meth habit. she has found the jail's version of lingerie is considerably less stylish. >> i would rather not wear underwear than have to wear these, you know. that hurts. it hurts. >> but even jail attire can't extinguish the flames of passion.
>> we write back and forth. her letters are kind of cool. >> lindsey's hot. have you seen her naked? oh, my god. she's hot. >> we just have chemistry, you know what i mean? it's there. i dig her. >> she's going to look great behind my harley, oh, my god. whoo! >> she makes me blush. am i blushing now? >> a little bit. >> coming up -- >> i'm kind of bummed. >> tami butcher gets bad news. >> i threw a temper tantrum. i came out and go noooo! >> and donald stokes says his good-byes. >> waiting for that chance to grab the rest of my things and head on down the road. it could be any time now. but it seems like every minute has taken hours.
many inmates at the orange county jail have experienced the highs and lows of drug addiction, and because their futures are uncertain, the emotional roller coaster doesn't always stop once they're in jail. tami butcher recently had a high when she was accepted into a drug rehabilitation program, but it quickly turned into a low when the judge denied her rehab request and sentenced her to prison instead. >> i'm kind of bummed, you know. i cried for like, you know, two or three days. >> butcher was sentenced to 16 months in prison. with time served and good behavior, she could be out in as little as six months. >> i threw a temper tantrum. came out and i go, nooooo! you'll never take me away. but it's probably a lot better just because of the fact that i can do this next six months and learn who i am, where you come from. i haven't been in my skin for a long time, you know. i've been faking, persuading,
and scamming and a whole lot of other stuff. right after prison, i'm going into the program. they're picking me up from the gate. even though i'm not going to program now, i need to go to the program and learn the tools to stay clean because i know the tools to stay high, but i want to be reprogrammed, you know? >> until then butcher will do her time in prison, and now that she's sentenced, she could be transferred any day. >> i should be gone this week, though, which is a good thing. i won't be in the county longer. i'll be out with air, you know. because when you're in prison it flies because you're in program. every day you're outside walking. you look like a big carrot for a while because you're wearing bright-assed orange, the brightest orange you've ever seen. like crossing guard orange. over in the workers' barracks of the theo lacy jail, donald stokes is headed in a completely different direction. tonight he'll be released from jail. >> at this point i'm pretty much
ready to go. i said my good-byes to everybody and passed off that which can be passed off to my friends that i'm not going to be taking with me. i'm just a little bit anxious. just waiting for that minute where they call my name and i get a chance to grab the rest of my things and head on down the road. it could be any time now, but it seems like every minute's taken hours, you know. it'll happen when it happens, i guess. in case of emergency. >> because stokes was taken into custody without shoes, the jail has allowed him to have a pair of flip-flops so that he won't leave barefoot. >> come to the back door. >> yes, ma'am. >> take it easy, guys. be safe, you all. take your time. love you. be in touch. take care, you all. peace. be safe. see you soon, guys. >> stokes will now head to the
intake and release center where he'll receive his street clothes and belongings. >> see you guys for the reunion. >> good luck to you, man. >> thank you. you guys take it easy. be safe. everybody got a chance to get up and give me the proverbial heading out the door round of applause. you're not allowed to clap in jail because it sounds too much like somebody getting hit traditionally. but we'll give you something like that. now comes the weird part, facing reality once again, you know. this was the way that we'd walk three times a day going to work, and i'd see this door in front of me and i'd go okay. only one week to go, only two weeks to go, only a month to go, you know? now those days have all passed behind, and i still have that anxiety. i don't know what's coming next. you know, at least while you're in here you have the predictability of knowing what the next day's going to bring. it's the same thing, same program day in, day out. now comes the real test.
thank you, sir. >> stokes' first challenge will be getting situated. he doesn't have a ride or a place to stay for the night. >> there was one bar of energy on the cell phone when i was taken into custody. and i'm hoping there's enough juice on there to look up a couple of phone numbers, possibly get a ride tonight. nothing like the smell of a t-shirt coming out of the warehouse four months later, you know? >> how's it smelling? >> phenomenal. like freedom. i was thinking of asking the deputy if he'd let me keep the boots, but i know they're tight on finances here at the county right now, so -- thank you, sir. [ inaudible ] >> yes, sir, thank you.
freedom. as i was sitting there in the release area, i thought to myself, that was the first time i had been alone in four months. four months you've got somebody around you within a five-foot space. >> all right. take that green slip up to the cashier. >> thank you, sir. that's all i got in the world, but it's something. thank you, sir. one more lock away. thank you, gentlemen.
>> for the first time since he was taken into custody four months ago, stokes can take a look at his possessions. >> these are going to be about as stale as humanly possible, yet it still smells good. on the inside, the cost of a pack of cigarettes all total, about $20 or $30. it's insane what these guys will pay for their quick fix. i didn't want to charge up my cell phone or even plug it in until i can get to a spot and write down the phone numbers before it dies. who knows what the future's going to bring, but when you hear people say there's no place to go but up, quite the literal case here. it feels good to be out, real good.
due to mature subject matter, viewer discretion is advised. a convicted murderer awaits his sentence. >> life in here is kind of like purgatory. you're in the in between. >> another inmate turns up with a pair of black eyes. >> got up off the desk and started laying into him. >> and the one place in the entire jail where drama is seldom in short supply. >> you know me.