An accomplice in an armed robbery counts down his time remaining in prison on Facebook.
“Freedom day creeping up like rum,” he posts from his cell at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, the island’s largest penal facility. “2016 expect mi well for now I am just looking true that window for that day like a theft ina that night.”
He accesses the popular social-networking site with his smartphone, sharing regular updates – sometimes several times a day – on happenings behind bars and the world outside. The round-the-clock posts touch on a range of topics – from battling chikungunya in prison, to the passing of United States President Barack Obama’s helicopter, to the sound of gunfire in nearby Southside. And he’s not alone.
The Gleaner has been monitoring the activities of more than a dozen convicts online for some time. Their photos, rants, and videos give a glimpse into life behind bars, where graffiti celebrating some of the island’s deadliest gangs battle for space with newspaper clippings of skimpily clad women on the walls. It’s a first-hand look into the cramped cells at the overcrowded facility where they parade drugs, alcohol, jewellery, gadgets, and cash in daily photoshoots.
“Lol yow mi rate you enuh mi don,” one Facebook user commented on a photo of an inmate sporting shades, a cap, a watch and other jewellery, while puffing away on a marijuana spliff. “Come like a yard you deh you nuh mek the thing reach to yo head mi rate that live up same way yes.”
“Tru tru mi cant frass out mi self u crazy,” the prisoner responded.
In another post, an inmate claims to be living better behind bars than “bad mind people outa road”.
And, indeed, some inmates appear to be living large and quite at home.
“Me cooking. Mi own food ok,” one convict shared, along with three photos showing a pot with rice and peas and another with chicken being cooked. In the third photo, he poses with the finished meal.
“This is how I live in prison,” he captioned one of the photos. “Mi nu eat prison food i cook my own food.”
Published By: The Gleaner
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