Justice & Law: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 (9:00-12:00am)
Our group visited the Suffolk County Jail where we were toured throughout the first, second, and third floor of the six story building holding 1,200 inmates in 12 separate units. The building's purpose is to maintain and detain solely men who have been accused of a crime and are waiting to defend themselves in trial. Known as a maximum level jail, the Suffolk County Jail provides a temporary home to males of all levels of criminal offenses. Something quite memorable was the jail-mate's ability to secretly chisel out shanks (prison weapons) out of nearly anything, including sporks, toothbrushes, outlet covers, and even soap. In such a lifestyle, sandwiches include two slices of bread with bologna and a possible lockdown of 23 hours per day. In conclusion, we unanimously agreed that prison life is not much of a life at all.