Hello all, I've been gone for a little while. Where was I? Prison.
Don't worry, I was there voluntarily. In light of my masters project on criminology I sent a formal request to the local prison to be allowed to spend a week inside their walls. To my surprise, I received permission about a month ago (my university and the prison have a pretty good reciprocal relationship, but things like this aren't done often). Coincidentally, they had been renovating one of the 6 wings. Renovation was now complete but the wing wouldn't be occupied with new prisoners until January at the earliest so they had room to accept my request.
I was told I would be put in the empty A wing at nights, but I would join the inmates of B wing during daily activities. After signing my way through a small forest of permission slips and waivers clearing the warden and the government and everybody else of any responsibility for my safety the day of my internment finally arrived. I was promised I would be treated like every other inmate and to that end only security personnel (the guards) were made aware of the reason for my presence. Other employees like the workshop master, the garden master, the kitchen crew, and so on thought I was just another guy with more bills than he could afford and who opted to do some jail time instead.
BTW: I liked the format of my Parachuting-posts, keeping the posts short and succinct for easy reading and typing and I will be doing the same here. So look forward to my experiences from day 1 in my next post!