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J. THE HOLE
Segregation sucks, but chances are you will find yourself
there at some point and usually for the most ridiculous of reasons.
Sometimes you will wind up there because of what someone else
did. The hole is a 6' x 10' concrete room with a steel bed and
steel toilet. Your privileges will vary, but at first you get
nothing but a shower every couple of days. Naturally they feed
you but, it's never enough, and it's often cold. With no snacks
you often find yourself quite hungry in-between meals. There is
nothing to do there except read and hopefully some guard has been
kind enough to throw you some old novel.
Disciplinary actions will land you in the hole for typically
a week or two. In some cases you might get stuck there for a month
or three. It depends on the shot and on the Lieutenant that sent
you there. Sometimes people never leave the hole....
K. GOOD TIME
You get 54 days per year off of your sentence for good behavior.
If anyone tells you that a bill is going to be passed to give
108 days, they are lying. 54 days a year works out to 15% and
you have to do something significant to justify getting that taken
away. The BOP has come up with the most complicated and ridiculous
way to calculate how much good time you have earned. They have
a book about three inches thick that discusses how to calculate
your exact release date. I studied the book intensely and came
to the conclusion that the only purpose it serves is to covertly
steal a few days of good time from you. Go figure.
L. HALFWAY HOUSE
All "eligible" inmates are to serve the last 10%
of their sentence (not to exceed six months) in a Community Corrections
Center (CCC). At the CCC, which is nothing more than a large house
in a bad part of town, you are to find a job in the communit y
and spend your evenings and nights at the CCC. You have to give
25% of the gross amount of your check to the CCC to pay for all
of your expenses, unless you are a rare Federal prisoner sentenced
to serve all of your time at the CCC in which case it is 1 0%.
They will breathalyse and urinanalyse you routinely to make sure
you are not having too much fun. If you're a good little hacker
you'll get a weekend pass so you can stay out all night. Most
CCCs will transfer you to home confinement status after a few
weeks. This means you can move into your own place, (if they approve
it) but still have to be in for the evenings. They check up on
you by phone. And no, you are not allowed call forwarding, silly
M. SUPERVISED RELEASE
Just when you think the fun is all over, after you are released
from prison or the CCC, you will be required to report to a Probation
Officer. For the next 3 to 5 years you will be on Supervised Release.
The government abolished parole, thereby preventing convicts from
getting out of prison early. Despite this they still want to keep
tabs on you for awhile.
Supervised Release, in my opinion, is nothing more than extended
punishment. You are a not a free man able to travel and work as
you please. All of your activities will have to be presented to
your Probation Officer (P.O.). And probation is essentially what
Supervised Release is. Your P.O. can violate you for any technical
violations and send you back to prison for several months, or
over a year. If you have ANY history of drug use you will be required
to submit to random (weekly) urinalyses. If you come up dirty
it's back to the joint.
As a hacker you may find that your access to work with, or
possession of computer equipment may be restricted. While this
may sound pragmatic to the public, in practice it serves no other
purpose that to punish and limit a former hacker's ability t o
support himself. With computers at libraries, copy shops, schools,
and virtually everywhere, it's much like restricting someone who
used a car to get to and from a bank robbery to not ever drive
again. If a hacker is predisposed to hacking he's going to be
able to do it with or without restrictions. In reality many hackers
don't even need a computer to achieve their goals. As you probably
know a phone and a little social engineering go a long way.
But with any luck you will be assigned a reasonable P.O. and
you will stay out of trouble. If you give your P.O. no cause to
keep an eye on you, you may find the reins loosening up. You may
also be able to have your Supervised Release terminated ea rly
by the court. After a year or so, with good cause, and all of
your government debts paid, it might be plausible. Hire an attorney,
file a motion.
For many convicts Supervised Release is simply too much like
being in prison. For those it is best to violate, go back to prison
for a few months, and hope the judge terminates their Supervised
Release. Although the judge may continue your supervis ion, he/she
typically will not.
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