Education in the Federal Prison Camp, Part 2 (observation)

In my earlier post of education in a federal prison camp I talked about what was available for self taught education and what was mandatory by the BOP through their education department.

Now I want to tell you about the education you receive by observing the other inmates and all their diverse backgrounds and cultures. Inmates in the prison camp came from all sorts of professions and the courts showed no partiality, drug dealers to corporate lawyers, truck drivers to business owners, pastors, insurance salesman, real estate investors, policeman, musicians, etc. I even met a man who had a license to catch snakes, frogs and other amphibians at night and sold them to the zoos for income. What an educational experience that was.


The majority of inmates were there because of drug related crimes and you couldn’t help but here about the drug industry and how specific and yet very diverse it was, even the language of drug dealers was coded and unusual. The valuable education here is to know and learn what to stay away from. Being aware of certain things can also protect you from falling into a trap of drug related conspiracy.

Religious faiths were another education because the BOP did not interfere with someone’s faith they followed. Therefore everyone was allowed to worship and because of the one chapel we had available, inmates of every religion left material for everyone to see. My Christian faith was strengthened by all that I witnessed.

The education from white collar crime individuals was endless, learning about real estate, tips on stock buying, the legal profession and the court system, the music industry, accounting practices and filing out taxes, publishing a book and learning about sports rules. I even learned something from a mortician, now that was interesting.

The camp was also full of highly specialized technical persons like pipe fitters and welders, diesel mechanics, electronics technician and various construction workers. The camp is maintained by these guys and I learned many things by just watching.

In conclusion, I write this post to give you hope and to encourage you or one of your family members to make the most of your time in the federal prison camp and that is to learn whatever you can from all the different professions available.






2 Comments to “Education in the Federal Prison Camp, Part 2 (observation)”
on 15 Mar at 12:30 pm1Fran Shaw

My son became camp eligible and was moved to a camp close to his home. He was there about 4 months, and suddenly was moved out of his region and nearly 500 miles from home. The reason given to him was his case manager signed a separatese stating he hunted with someone who knew my son or hunted where some of his family hunted. He did not get this information from a BOP employee, but from a fellow inmate that came from where he was transferred from. I realize we have not rights, but this move has made it extremely hard for us to visit him. Any suggestions on what to do, if anything.
on 15 Mar at 6:07 pm2Rickey

Fran, I agree that this is not the typical behavior of the BOP, they usually transfer inmates closer to home instead of away, especially when their time is about finished. Other inmates can be a reliable source at times but with all the rumors and gossip it’s better to get the facts in this one.
I suggest you call the institution or write and ask for an explanation why your son was transfered further away from home. One of the reason for that quick transfer could have been for his safety. Again, I would contact the BOP and get the facts.

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