I spent my first night in jail on suicide watch. 

After a jury found me guilty of conspiracy to distribute with the intent to sell marijuana, I was handcuffed, booked, and dressed out. This was absolutely absurd. After asking to undress, the guard handed a knee-length padded gown. “You should be happy that the gown is new and unworn,” he told me. That meant that the velcro that went up the front of the gown was unused and extra sharp. I was placed in a cell and began crying uncontrollably. This caught the attention of a mental health physician who put me on suicide watch. 

The cell had a metal bed frame but no bed mat, so I spent the night in a fetal position, completely undressed, under a padded gown, without any blanket to keep me warm in the freezing cage. When I woke up the next morning, the gown’s velcro had scratched up…

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