《Mandela 2.0》Handfoot letter✉️ in jail #001
Hello there from prison,
It’s so hot up here on the top floor! Feels like being trapped in a steamer! The strong afternoon sunlight doesn’t help either, it’s boiling here.
Today is my 5th day in solitary confinement, the 237th day in detainment.
The Correctional Services Department should put a prisoner in solitary confinement under these conditions only:
1. Offenses against prison discipline (Rule 61, Prison Rules)
o During the period, access to radio, books, snacks, smoking, and newspapers is denied. (aka “no welfare”)
2. Removal from association with other prisoners. (Rule 68B)
o Temporary confinement – the period of confinement is due to expire in a month and will be reviewed by the Commissioner. Prisoner will have access to "welfare".
o Protection unit: arranged by the Correctional Services Department upon request by the Police.
Under solitary confinement, each day I can only spend one hour with other prisoners in the “big bird cage” and go outdoors to enjoy the sunlight (aka “go for a walk”). If it rains, I won’t be able to go for a walk. For the rest of the twenty-three hours, I have to stay in the cell, alone.
Many “handfeet”, or fellow protesters, have been placed in solitary confinement since their very first day here. The mental and physical pressure they’re put under is tremendous. Every time they displace, they are followed by 4 special duty unit officers and staff. Without immense determination and will power, they couldn’t possibly make it through.
Compared to them, I’m more fortunate, as I am confined under Rule 68B. Prior to confinement, I was able to spend the daytime with the group in the day room watching TV, playing chess or Novuss. I got to speak and interact with others, and had one hour for basketball or volleyball each day. I just had to go back to my cell at night.
Not having any idea when I can go “downhill” (i.e., to be removed from solitary confinement), here I am having a taste of solitary confinement. Earlier today when I went for a walk, I chatted face-to-face with a handfoot. One hour passed in the blink of an eye just like that. We went back to our own cells looking forward to hanging out again tomorrow in the “big bird cage”. We promised to exchange books.
To know more about solitary confinement, just look it up on the internet or Youtube – I think there’s a lot of information on it.
27 June 2020