Things To Expect In Jail: Some Notes For Peaceful Protesters

Posted: September 27, 2011 in Uncategorized
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This is an updated version of a post that you may have seen in August.

Michael Cavlan RN August 21st, 2011 at 1:54 pm «
One more thing to remember.
Seek out those of us who have been arrested multiple times. You will be frightened to all get out. We will assure you that things will be OK. You will discover that getting arrested is no bid deal.
Then the next time you get arrested, you can be the one calming the “new kid” down. Being arrested for your beliefs is an exhilarating experience and you WILL have some deep political discussions on things while in lock up.
See you all October 6th in DC.

ThingsComeUndone August 21st, 2011 at 2:34 pm «
Bring a soft cover book to read hard cover might be considered a weapon. Bring a lefty book or two and give it away if people are interested in reading it don’t expect to get it back but hey educating people has a cost and its worth it there is nothing to do but read tv channel selection sucks.
Bring a deck of cards and or a chess and checkers board it might be let in make sure the deck is new and never been opened.

CarolynC August 21st, 2011 at 3:08 pm «
Was arrested by the park police on the same charges as the Tar Sands demonstrators and I will tell you one thing about the park police. If you complain that your cuffs are too tight they are likely to do nothing for you. One woman near me complained and was recuffed — only this time it was tighter. We got the message: don’t complain about your cuffs. Just keep your hands as motionless behind your back as possible, breathe deep, and stay calm.

lechero August 21st, 2011 at 6:31 pm «
To the organizers of such peaceful protests, I say, get good publicity.
The people peacefully protesting the closure of St Vincent’s Hospital in New York only got “police blotter” coverage during their arrest.

marty59 August 22nd, 2011 at 7:43 am «
Something else to consider is because jails are kept a nice toasty 62 degrees to “keep down on germs” make sure you’re wearing WHITE long johns and a WHITE thermal shirt even if it’s 100 degrees out there and you’re sweating like a pig.. Once inside you’ll want to wrap toilet paper around your limbs to stay warm..Even if they dress you in those pile of plastic straw they call a mattress and the thin wool blanket won’t help so make sure you have your long johns on.. Most jails will let you keep them but ONLY if they’re white with no markings or designs on them.

DWBartoo August 22nd, 2011 at 9:29 am «

Being prepared is nine/tenths of maintaining one’s “cool”.
Be prepared, be ready, be calm, and be certain.
‘Tis a grand jouney we are all embarked upon, have no fears, no worries, and no doubts, your sacred being is inviolate.
Keep your mind serene and your eyes and ears open.
Keeping your wits about you is a wonderful good experience.
Such experience strengthens, confirms, and inspires.
Embrace the moment, for it is yours, in ways which you cannot imagine until you have been “there”.
To understand the weakness of institutional “power” you must be present to the experience of self. And to the strength and companionship of others.
It is a very good place to make real and genuine friends.

Given the news of arrests at peaceful protests, it is not unrealistic to assume that if you attend a peaceful demonstration of any kind, you may be arrested and taken to jail.

Here are a few things to consider:

–There will be a delay before you can make a phone call, and during that first call, arrange for the person on the other end to obtain a jail telephone calling card. Alternatively, outgoing calls are collect. There are no incoming calls, and, all calls are recorded. Also, they really do listen to these recordings.

–If you have pets, make arrangements for their care prior to attending a peaceful protest, just in case.

–Do not carry a lot of cash. Many jails simply take all of the cash you have on you, and keep it.

–If you are on medication or if you have a medical condition, have your medications and the schedules with you, and know that many jails simply deny all psychiatric medication outright.

–Do not expect to be read your rights or know your charges or be provided with an attorney: Those days are gone, except in the movies.

–Tell someone else who you wish to be notified, if you are arrested and taken to jail.

–It might be good to have a meeting place, a group of friends, or some sort of gathering schedule, to check on each other during a protest. If someone goes missing, think hospital and then think jail.

–You may or may not be allowed to have glasses. If you use reading glasses, assure the jail staff that they are prescription, and that you cannot function without them. Have your optometrist write a prescription and put it in your wallet, even if it is for +1.75.

–You may or may not be “dressed out” in jail attire. One way or the other, expect to be cold. If you protest during the colder months, wear something loose and warm, that will be relatively comfortable, on a cement floor.

–Get plenty of sleep before you protest. You won’t get any in jail.

–If you are claustrophobic, come up with a plan to handle close, overcrowded quarters. You will experience everyone else’s bodily functions through three senses.

–Do not expect any recreation times in the beginning.

–Expect the atmosphere to be loud and expect the fluorescent lights to be on, at least partially, all the time.

—Women: You can use Kotex pads to make your own eye coverings. This helps with the light torture. You can also use the stuffing to make ear plugs.

—If you have never been to jail, expect a cold delousing shower (if you are headed to population) and a humiliating squat-and-cough and bodily search, in front of total strangers. As a protester, you may remain in a holding cell, where you may be allowed to remain in your street clothing.

Other Notes

Pepper Spray

From wiki:

Pepper spray, also known as OC spray (from “Oleoresin Capsicum”), OC gas, and capsicum spray, is a lachrymatory agent (a chemical compound that irritates the eyes to cause tears, pain, and even temporary blindness) that is used in riot control, crowd control, and personal self-defence, including defence against dogs and bears.[1] Its inflammatory effects cause the eyes to close, taking away vision. This temporary blindness allows officers to more easily restrain subjects and permits persons using pepper spray for self-defense an opportunity to escape.

Although considered a non-lethal agent, it may be deadly in rare cases, and concerns have been raised about a number of deaths where being pepper sprayed may have been a contributing factor.[2]

Tear Gas (wiki):

Tear gas, formally known as a lachrymatory agent or lachrymator (from lacrima meaning “a tear” in Latin), is a non-lethal chemical weapon that stimulates the corneal nerves in the eyes to cause tearing, pain, and even blindness.

Please be careful and know that it is possible to plan a bit, for any event.

(On my screen right now, this website is blinking and flashing. I am unable to read or navigate. Why is this? It must be my screen. Again. Is this happening to others?)

The DOC DC Jail site.

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