Recently, I had experienced a catastrophic failure in my very simple technology. You see, in prison we can purchase a very basic tablet that we can use to email with. It’s how I’m able to write digitally to the free world (at the cost of $0.16 per message… you bet your ass the state is gonna get their kickback), but I’ve been disabled for a bit due to this failure. The device was about five years old and one day, the lithium battery swelled to such a degree, it broke both the screen and the case of the device. It was already a shock to see such a thing, but the reality set in that by it breaking, my voice was taken…
So, I bought a new one and waited… and waited… and waited… I received a message that the company that charges us for email, JPay, had sent a new device… in April. It took two more months to receive what in the free world would be 3 days by ground shipping. It felt like an eternity to wait to have a voice, to be expressive and creative, to tell the world about how I see it, and to tell my loved ones just how much they mean to me. What it came down to, was a lack of consumer protection. I’m a caged animal, right? I certainly don’t deserve a voice, do I?
That’s just one of many things we inside struggle through. Among the other dehumanizing things in prison, a big “f*** you and your protections” falls right in line with it. But I guess there are those that might say, “be grateful you have any technology.” In a world that is built around it, that kind of thinking is counter to rehabilitation. Ever try to land a job with a résumé written in pen on lined paper? I didn’t think so. But, I’m back in the saddle again, ready to crank out my musings at the rate of $0.16 per message. Enjoy the read (and sometimes the rant).
by Rory Andes
My voice extends through my fingertips…
Email via JPay.com using Rory Andes 367649
Rory Andes 367649
PO Box 888
Monroe, WA 98272