Lockup - Inside Holman   View more episodes

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00:00:00>> You ain't here because you were going something constructive.
00:00:05>> I was doing something constructive until they [ bleep ] me down that hall.
00:00:09>> Oh, yeah.
00:00:14>>> In southern alabama, the holman correctional facility houses some of the state's most dangerous criminals.
00:00:20Over the year, holman developed a reputation for inmate stabbings.
00:00:24And ambulances were often seen coming to and from the prison.
00:00:28But in recent years, the number of serious incidents has been reduced, partly because of a strict policy changes and the supervision of a new warden.
00:00:39The farmland outside atmore, alabama looks much as it did in 1969.
00:00:47That was the year the holman correctional facility, one of bam billion's maximum security prisons opened its gates.
00:00:57All of alabama's executions are carried out here, the prison was originally built to how's 540 inmates.
00:01:06Today that population is nearly doubled and most inmates, including serious felons, live in one of five open dormitories.
00:01:16>> I've been locked up 12 years and it's not getting any better around here.
00:01:21Instead, they try to pile us in more and more.
00:01:24>> At holman, 630 beds are dedicated to general population.
00:01:30200 Accommodate inmates in administrative segregation.
00:01:34And 172 are set aside for dj row inmates.
00:01:39Anything from a property offender to a self-proclaimed serial killer.
00:01:47>> Because a lot of difficult inmates or inmates that other camps can't contain, they will send them to us and we take them and we deal with them.
00:02:06>> People can get tide up, stabbed up, wrong place, wrong time, you might get hurt.
00:02:12>> What's up for you to maintain.
00:02:16You're going to get messed up or locked up.
00:02:20>> When I was growing newspaper this area we used to be literally scared to pass by the row because we would hear the stories of people getting killed.
00:02:29>> I've seen a guy, you know, get opened up, you know, I've seen stabbings.
00:02:35I pretty much seen it all.
00:02:38>> Over the years, holman's reputation for violence has earned the facility a number of nicknames.
00:02:48>> The house of pain.
00:02:48>> Some call it dead man land.
00:02:52>> The bottom, the pit, the beast.
00:02:56>> This place is savage.
00:02:58This is a messed up pridz finance you ask me.
00:03:00>> It's the bottom of the barrel.
00:03:02>> People call it the bottom.
00:03:03>> The bottom.
00:03:05Everybody calls it the bottom.
00:03:09You might have two or three fights going on at the same time.
00:03:15Quite a few killings.
00:03:19>> It's not like working at a walmart.
00:03:22>> Since becoming the warden at holman, grant colliver has set up procedures enabling inmates to settle disputes with words, not weapons.
00:03:35>> Back in the day they fought it out and later on, someone would more than lookly get killed.
00:03:43Today they'll come to a staff member and discuss it with a staff member and end it right there.
00:03:49>> I expect an officer to be professional, treat the inmate population firm but fair.
00:03:57>> Anthony fuller, I got you for a shakedown.
00:04:00>> Officers keep things under control by conducting surprise shakedowns, random searches for hidden contraband.
00:04:08>> I found a knife in this jacket on the floor on the head of the bed.
00:04:14I would say 80% of them can put their hands on a knife within a minute.
00:04:22>> You fine a piece of metal or something, file it down on the concrete.
00:04:28It ain't got to be sharp.
00:04:29It just has to have a point.
00:04:31Put your hand on it and do what you need to do.
00:04:34>> One of holman's most notorious inmates, bobby gilbert, is serving multiple sentences for crimes committed inside prison.
00:04:43>> I'm serving a life without parole sentence, two life sentences, two 99-year sentences, a 40-year sentence, a 20-year sentence and a 10-year sentence.
00:04:54All together.
00:05:00>> Gilbert has attacked several prisoners and stabbed one man to death at another prison during an argument.
00:05:08>> Everybody wants to talk about, I killed somebody over a carton of cigarettes.
00:05:12It's not a carton of cigarettes.
00:05:15That may be the catalyst that leads to something but if somebody owes me a soda pop and they come to me and say, hey, man, I need to get that soda pop and I spit in their face and talk to them like they're a bitch or something and they kill me, whose fault is it?
00:05:35It ain't about the soda pop no more.
00:05:37On the street you call the police and put a stop to it.
00:05:41What do you do in here?
00:05:42I tell you.
00:05:44You go get you a knife and you stab that son of a bitch and say you ain't taking nothing else.
00:05:51Here's what happens when you come to take something from me.
00:05:5698% Of these son of a bitches in here ought to be taken out and shot in the back of the head.
00:06:02Maybe I'm part of that 98%.
00:06:08>> At holman, inmates like bobby gilbert who commit a violent act are sent to administrative segregation or seg.
00:06:20Here they spend 23 hours a day in solitary confinement.
00:06:25>> In seg they can't smoke.
00:06:28They can't be out without being handcuffed.
00:06:31Have to have someone escort them everywhere they go.
00:06:33>> Treat me like I'm an animal.
00:06:36I'm not an animal.
00:06:37I'm a human being like everybody in this world.
00:06:40>> I think the idea of it is a deterrent.
00:06:44To make them want to do right.
00:06:48They might when they get out want to do better and do the right thing.
00:06:52>> Depending on the offense, time spent in seg can be anywhere from 90 days to an indefinite period of time.
00:07:01>> About six years ago.
00:07:04They ain't told me whether they're going to let me out or not.
00:07:07It's been almost six years in a one-man cell.
00:07:10>> Seg time is worse during an alabama summer when temperatures inside the cells can become extremely hot.
00:07:17>> Tremendously hot.
00:07:18>> It gets -- the best you can do is get two or three hours of sleep early in the morning time and after that, just get up and pace the floor and try to get cooled off the best way you can.
00:07:31>> One of the inmates here is steven parker, a self-proclaimed shot caller in the aryan brotherhood gang.
00:07:39Parker recently landed in seg for slashing a fellow inmate's throat with a box cutter.
00:07:47>> I was going to get swastikas tattooed on the side of my neck because I thought it would look cool.
00:07:55I wanted to get two of them, me and him had worked a deal.
00:08:00We kept on going around for about two months.
00:08:03He said he was going to pay someone else to run them.
00:08:07I said you need to give me my money back and he didn't want to do it.
00:08:11So I went for the [ bleep ].
00:08:14>> Parker has been in trouble before.
00:08:16At another prison he nearly strangled an inmate to death.
00:08:20He's serving a life sentence for murdering his stepmother and almost killing his father.
00:08:25>> I went and rang their doorbell.
00:08:28When they opened it, I shot them at point blank range.
00:08:32A lot of people, you know, they villainize me for that.
00:08:35But like I said, I grew up with parents who didn't give a [ bleep ] about me.
00:08:41I wasn't racist until I started landing in jails and in prisons and kept getting jumped on over and over again.
00:08:49Then I became racist.
00:08:50I wear it proudly.
00:08:52I got the swastikas and the bolts.
00:08:56>> Steven parker is crazy.
00:08:58He's a nut.
00:09:00I mean, no more, no less.
00:09:02He's not a person that's very intelligent.
00:09:06>> We stand for racial supremacy.
00:09:09We want to control the penitentiary system.
00:09:13It wouldn't take much to incite a riot or whatever.
00:09:18You can take four officers hostage at the same time and it's going to domino.
00:09:22It's going to domino.
00:09:23They don't have control.
00:09:24It's just a delusion.
00:09:26>> Forbidden to write letters in seg to general population, parker says he's able to communicate with fellow aryan brotherhood inmates by writing to friends on the outside.
00:09:37>> They're lazy.
00:09:38They don't read the mail.
00:09:41The mail clerk -- I don't think she would have time to read the mail even if she wanted to.
00:09:46>> This letter is from steven parker to an inmate named reese.
00:09:51>> Kyra guyton is in charge of reading the mail at holman.
00:09:55She's just intercepted one of parker's unauthorized letters containing insulting language about warden culver.
00:10:04>> He wrote culver -- I'm not going to read all of that because there's a lot of cussing in it.
00:10:11He's an idiot, treats everyone like interiors or children.
00:10:16I cannot stand that.
00:10:17And he is a supercilious jackass.
00:10:25Steven parker is a weirdo.
00:10:27That's why he stays locked up in the back.
00:10:29>> Coming up -- >> I don't think there's a good way to have to take a life.
00:10:33The sidebar to that, of course, is the individual that's being put to death took a life.
00:10:39>> Inside alabama's only execution chamber.
00:13:47>>> This is the execution chamber of the holman correctional facility.
00:13:55In alabama, death row inmates are executed on this gurney.
00:14:01The sentences are always carried out at 6:00 in the evening.
00:14:05>> I was 16 when the crime happened.
00:14:08I was 18 years old when I was sentenced to death.
00:14:10I was charged with capital murder, which is, you know, four more deaths in one active scheme.
00:14:20I was sentenced to death by the jury and judge.
00:14:22The jury voted ten votes to two for death.
00:14:24I was living with my father.
00:14:26Me and him couldn't get along.
00:14:30Looking back, it's -- a lot of the trouble me and him had was my fault.
00:14:33Things kept escalating.
00:14:35We got into fights.
00:14:37It just got to the point where in my mind at that time, i didn't feel like I had any way out.
00:14:45The next time we got into a fight, as soon as I got him off of me, I started shooting.
00:14:49I didn't stop shooting until the gun was empty.
00:14:53During the fight with me and my father, my stepmother and two stepsisters were in the house.
00:15:01When the fighting started, they ran upstairs.
00:15:07My friend went after them.
00:15:08He kicked in a bathroom door.
00:15:10He shot the woman, cut the little girl's throat.
00:15:13He found another little girl and he cut her throat.
00:15:16And when he come back downstairs, he told me what had happened.
00:15:19We decided to make up a cover story.
00:15:22We made it try to look like a robbery.
00:15:25The police knew right away that there wasn't nothing going on with that.
00:15:28So, they arrested us and charged both of us with capital murder.
00:15:33>> The execution team will escort the condemned from his death cell into the execution chamber and place him on the gurney.
00:15:43The microphone is basically used to read the death warrant to the condemned and also to allow the condemned to make a last statement.
00:15:50>> Prior to being arrested and going to arraignment, I didn't even know alabama had a death penalty.
00:15:59So, when the judge told me the sentences that I faced, I didn't think he was telling the truth.
00:16:10From that point on, yeah, I knew I was coming to death row.
00:16:12I knew I was going to death row.
00:16:15>> The warden stands at this point to look back into the execution chamber.
00:16:23There's an intercom system that allows the warden to communicate with the commissioner for any last-minute stays.
00:16:30And once he's given the okay to proceed, then in the state of alabama, the warden has to perform the execution by lethal injection.
00:16:39The drug concoction is made up of three different drugs.
00:16:46Seven syringes are used.
00:16:47>> Sodium pentathol renders the prisoner unconscious.
00:16:52Tabalawn paralyzes the muscles, potassium chloride stops the heart.
00:17:01>> There are times when I wanted them to execute me.
00:17:05Maybe because the weight of dealing with the issue, it gets unbearable.
00:17:11I mean, you wanted to say, man, look, I quit.
00:17:14I'm going to drop my appeals.
00:17:16>> I don't think there is any good way to have to take a life.
00:17:21The sidebar of that, of course, is the individual that's being put to death took a life.
00:17:27I look at it as just the general public or the state of alabama actually carrying out the execution.
00:17:33I just happen to be the tool in place to be able to do it.
00:17:37If I refuse to do that, then I'm actually refusing to carry out a law that I said I would uphold.
00:17:42>> I started it.
00:17:46I'm responsible for all four deaths, because if I had never started the killing, none of it would have ever happened.
00:17:55In some way, I wish that there was something I could do to help the victims' families find closure or make peace with what happened.
00:18:06I can't do anything but apologize.
00:18:11 supreme court ruled it unconstitutional to impose the death penalty on juveniles who commit murder before their 18th birthday.
00:18:23Since he was convicted of a killing at the age of 16, his sentence was changed to life without parole.
00:18:31>> I was outside.
00:18:34An officer called me to the red door that goes back into death row, told me to pack my stuff, that I was being moved to the segregation unit.
00:18:42I packed my stuff and left.
00:18:46You hear a lot of stuff about prison.
00:18:51And I was scared of leaving the environment that I had become known in, people knew me and i knew people, to a new environment that everybody says so, in that respect, I was scared.
00:19:09I was happy not to have the death sentence, but I was scared to go to the seg building.
00:19:17It is still a death sentence.
00:19:20I still feel like I'm a walking dead man.
00:19:27I'm not going to be executed but I'm going to die in prison.
00:19:31The difference in the sentence isn't that great.
00:19:34Now I wait 20, 30 years before i die instead of maybe three or four.
00:19:39>>> Up next, prisoners find love behind bars.
00:19:42>> I love him.
00:19:44And if I could marry him in the state of alabama, I would.
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00:22:42>>> Due to mature subject matter, viewer discretion is advised.
00:22:51>>> At the holman correctional center in alabama, prison officials impose strict policies on sexual activity.
00:23:01Conjugal visits are not allowed and anything considered pornographic is screened by mail clerk, kyra guyton.
00:23:09>> The breasts can actually show, but the nipples can't.
00:23:12One of the things they cannot have is "playboy," "hustler," anything like that that is way revealing.
00:23:18Even pictures from home they can't have like that.
00:23:21And I've had several of them.
00:23:24>> But when it comes to relationships between inmates, warden culliver takes a different approach.
00:23:33>> If an officer finds an inmate participating in a homosexual act, disciplinary action is taken.
00:23:38That individual will go to segregation for a period of time.
00:23:47But if we know that two people are in a relationship, generally we don't do anything with that.
00:23:53If they are not openly having sex -- you can have a relationship that doesn't have sex involved.
00:24:01>> As far as the sex part is concerned, it is very, very frustrating and uncomfortable, especially if that's something you really want to do because you have to try to beat the police and inmates.
00:24:12What I mean by that, it's done quick and quietly.
00:24:18>> Keith mason, who goes by the name "precious" is a divorced former pastor serving a life term for robbery and aggravated assault.
00:24:26Marquis nobles is serving 15 years for robbery and kidnapping.
00:24:32For the past six years, the two men have enjoyed a relationship behind bars.
00:24:37>> He had a shy innocence when i first met him.
00:24:39So I think that was another part that really attracted me to him.
00:24:43By the same aspect, I really fell in love with him.
00:24:46>> Every morning, precious gets coffee for marquis.
00:24:50He sews for him and keeps their area clean.
00:24:53In prison terms, marquis and precious are man and wife.
00:24:58>> Here you go, baby.
00:25:01>> I got on my band and his.
00:25:03That's mine, that's his.
00:25:05I love him.
00:25:08If I could marry him in the state of alabama, I would.
00:25:12I have his name right there.
00:25:13Come on, baby.
00:25:16>> While precious and marquis freely admit to having a sexual relationship in prison, marquis says he prefers women.
00:25:23>> I'm in prison.
00:25:26There's no women in here, but there are men that want to be women.
00:25:31So I have to deal with it while I'm in here.
00:25:34I'm straight.
00:25:35I mean, I like feminine men, so, you know, however you want to look at it.
00:25:46As y call it homosexual, being gay, I wish I had a different word, but as far as in here, you know, he's a woman and I'm a man.
00:25:51>> Marquis and precious insist their relationship isn't just about sex.
00:25:56Both speak of a bond rarely shared in prison.
00:25:59>> Yeah, I love him probably harder than I loved any woman.
00:26:01You know what I'm saying?
00:26:02And I have 13 children.
00:26:03I have nine daughters and four sons.
00:26:07>> This is my partner.
00:26:08This is my friend.
00:26:09This is, you know, the person that gives me strength.
00:26:11You know, like I say, I don't have family or anything.
00:26:13This is the person that helps me out day to day.
00:26:17So I can't just deny him when i get out, but you have to understand that this is just for -- this lifestyle, as far as the sexual thing, this is just for now because I'm locked up.
00:26:35>> I do this because I want to, not because I have to.
00:26:36Actually, I do this because i like it.
00:26:38>> While some inmates stay out of trouble in committed relationships, others act out their sexual frustration in public.
00:26:43>> Rule violation number 38 is indecent exposure/exhibitionism.
00:26:47>> There are times where you're going to the shower and you look over and a guy is standing there looking at you, masturbating.
00:26:54It's bizarre.
00:26:56>> They masturbate.
00:26:57They'll curse you out and call you all types of names, or when you walk on the tier, they'll try to deliberately hold you at their cell while the guy across masturbates.
00:27:11All right then.
00:27:12I don't play that.
00:27:13If I catch them, I'm going to write them up, and I just don't play that.
00:27:25Now since warden culliver has been our warden, he don't play that.
00:27:27>> It's a sign of disrespect.
00:27:28But you know, it's disrespectful to just expose yourself even to the man that's standing next to you.
00:27:32Is it deviant behavior?
00:27:33We're trying to help guys change the deviant behavior.
00:27:36>>> Coming up -- >> I can't breathe in here.
00:27:39I can't get nothing out of here.
00:27:41My toilet was full over with feces when I came here.
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00:29:00Recently, he told me he turned down a job at one of the biggest banks in the country.
00:29:05This is where I want to be.
00:29:06I fully expect william will be my boss one day.
00:29:08My name is william and I work at walmart.
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00:31:34There are 2 million people behind bars in america.
00:31:37" >> as is the case at many maximum security prisons, some inmates locked up for rule infractions at alabama's ole man's correctional facility complain about unfair treatment.
00:31:55Warden grant culliver says they're not only fair, but reflect what the public expects of the prison system.
00:32:05>> Once a year, every prisoner in holman comes up for a progress review before warden culliver and supervisor james powers.
00:32:20>> This is your annual progress review.
00:32:22We'll come up with a determination of his needs, whether his needs can be met here or needs to be moved to a facility where programs to meet his specific needs.
00:32:37>> For inmates confined to segregated lockdown, the process review board comes to them.
00:32:40>> We want to do bobby gilbert first and get him out of the way.
00:32:43>> 801 To a4.
00:32:441084 To your unit.
00:32:45>> Bobby gilbert has asked for a transfer to another maximum security facility closer to his family's home.
00:32:57He waits while a table is set up in the hallway.
00:32:59>> What is you chewing on?
00:33:00>> Gum.
00:33:01>> Where are you getting the gum from?
00:33:03>> Nicorette.
00:33:04>> How long have you been on that?
00:33:10>> A year and a half.
00:33:10>> Only thing that stops the cramps.
00:33:12>> Is that right?
00:33:13Does it really work?
00:33:14How much they give you?
00:33:15>> Ten pieces a day.
00:33:16>> Ten pieces a day?
00:33:19How much you selling?
00:33:20>> I had to discover that population.
00:33:22>> How much you sell?
00:33:24>> I don't sell [ bleep ].
00:33:31>> You selling some of it.
00:33:38>> You automatically assume the worst.
00:33:42I'm going to make my money when football season begins.
00:33:47>> Come on, have a seat over here.
00:33:49>> Knowing the cameras are rolling, inmates disrupt the proceedings by banging on their cell doors.
00:34:02>> Where he at?
00:34:07Beat on that [ bleep ] door again.
00:34:09Beat on the door again.
00:34:12You, I want to do it.
00:34:14You do it.
00:34:15You beat on the [ bleep ] door again.
00:34:17[ Bleep ].
00:34:18Beat on the [ bleep ] door again.
00:34:20[ Bleep ].
00:34:29Put his ass out the door.
00:34:30The sooner we get his [ bleep ] out of here.
00:34:32>> After the inmates quiet down, gilbert's review gets under way.
00:34:36Gilbert has made little, if any, progress while in seg, and prison officials have confiscated his most treasured possession, a chess set.
00:34:44>> Right now, your behavior warrants no chess set.
00:34:49Anything you would like to talk about?
00:34:56>> You about summed it up.
00:35:03I sure would like to have my chess pieces back.
00:35:09Why can't I have my chess pieces?
00:35:11>> This is segregation.
00:35:12What are you going to do with chess pieces?
00:35:17>> Play chess.
00:35:19>> Get you some paper, draw you out -- I just don't see where it can hurt anybody to let somebody have something semiconstructive to do in that cell.
00:35:27Ask the law library clerk to bring you a copy of -- see if it says you're supposed to have chess pieces.
00:35:40>> You're the man.
00:35:41You run this place.
00:35:44>> I follow the regs.
00:35:46>> That's what I'm saying.
00:35:47That's your decision.
00:35:48>> And I follow the regs.
00:35:48>> The regs don't say that.
00:35:56If it said that, you'd have them.
00:35:58It's segregation.
00:36:00It wasn't meant to be nice.
00:36:00You ain't here for going to church.
00:36:02You ain't here because you were doing something constructive.
00:36:03If you were out there doing something constructive, you'd never be here.
00:36:05>> I was doing something constructive until they put me down in the [ bleep ].
00:36:11>> It's always somebody else's fault.
00:36:13>> You want us to be -- exhibit some form of model behavior, but then every avenue is closed to us to do anything constructive.
00:36:17We can't read a novel because we can't have none.
00:36:19I can't play chess through the mail like I used to because my chess pieces took away from me.
00:36:23I was jumping up on the door sticking [ bleep ] through the door every time a female came up here, I guess that's model behavior.
00:36:32>> You have to come in stern.
00:36:35You need to come in firm, need to be fair.
00:36:37You need to be able to say no.
00:36:39>> Denied possession of his chess set, gilbert is outraged, claiming his punishment would never happen at other prisons.
00:36:46>> Donaldson don't do this crap.
00:36:48 claire don't do this, anywhere else.
00:36:51I ordered 10 or 15 books a week at donaldson's.
00:36:54I'd have art supplies at st.
00:36:57Only here do they strip you of everything but a naked cell.
00:37:01That's rehabilitation at its finest.
00:37:07>> Gilbert isn't the only inmate in seg expressing frustration.
00:37:10>> You're supposed to give me -- I've been in seg, man, since I've been here since 2004.
00:37:16They beat me, spray me in my mouth with four cans of mace.
00:37:19Made me [ bleep ] myself.
00:37:20Excuse my french.
00:37:22>> Inmate jammy bell, convicted of receiving stolen property, claims the conditions in seg are intolerable.
00:37:28>> I can't breathe in here.
00:37:31I can't get nothing out of here.
00:37:33My toilet was full up with feces when I came here.
00:37:38They did not flush it or nothing.
00:37:43It was stinking and bugs and everything running around in here.
00:37:46They throw me in a cell.
00:37:49And I had to wait all day yesterday to get somebody to come turn the water back on.
00:37:51>> The following day, when seg inmates are allowed back outside for an hour of recreation, jammy bell expresses himself through his music.
00:37:59♪♪ Oh, baby ♪♪
00:38:02♪♪ tell me what I'm gonna do ♪♪
00:38:05oh, baby ♪♪
00:38:09♪♪ tell me what I'm gonna do ♪♪
00:38:11because if I lose you ♪♪
00:38:14>> bell admits acting out in seg to draw attention to his case.
00:38:19♪♪ Baby tell me what I'm gonna do if I -- ♪♪
00:38:26being taken away from, you know, my family, my life, my children, my mother, I'm going through a lot.
00:38:30I just need somebody to hear my voice, like a voice crying out in the wilderness looking for some help.
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00:42:15>>> Inside the crowded dorms of the holman correctional facility in alabama, inmates personal space is limited.
00:42:22>> This is me right here.
00:42:26And that's about it.
00:42:29You try to respect everybody's little space, but this is it.
00:42:36These are my trial transcripts.
00:42:40There's my scrabble dictionary.
00:42:42Family pictures.
00:42:44Got two of these full of pictures.
00:42:48This was my -- my mom give me this.
00:42:51This was her first bible.
00:42:52I don't necessarily believe in god, but if anybody ever did something to this or that, then I'd have another murder charge.
00:43:01>> In these tight quarters, many inmates occupy themselves with hobbies.
00:43:07Donald hargrove is sketching blueprints for a strip club.
00:43:10>> That's the dance stage.
00:43:13These are the pool tables.
00:43:16This is the main club.
00:43:17That's the main bar.
00:43:18This is the dance stage.
00:43:21Dancers' dressing room and all that's the v.i.p. lounge.
00:43:29I really design houses.
00:43:31I have a whole bunch of them up under my bed.
00:43:33>> Idle hands is the devil's playground, you know, so I stay busy.
00:43:36>> Robert tetter, incarcerated SINCE THE MID 1980s ON SEVERAL Sex and obscenity charges, was a general contractor.
00:43:43In prison, he uses his construction and electrical skills to build homemade guitars.
00:43:49>> Okay.
00:43:52The guitar is made out of boat kits.
00:43:54This is -- 2 1/2 boat kits makes this one.
00:43:56>> Model boat kits are an approved hobby item for inmates in general population.
00:44:01Tetter combined his with scrap transistor radio parts.
00:44:04>> All of these are stood up together, glued together to make this neck like this.
00:44:12The inside of the guitar is all wood.
00:44:14We have one radio.
00:44:15The tone control.
00:44:16Have three controls down here, the set of batteries.
00:44:20Then we break it down further.
00:44:21We pull this apart.
00:44:22This comes completely out.
00:44:24This is the pickup.
00:44:26Dowel sticks is used for the tuning keys.
00:44:31It has a mike built into the top of it here and then a mike plug in the top of it and additional plugs in the tail end.
00:44:39♪♪ Ooh, baby, the boogie-woogie do no more ♪♪
00:44:44>> with headphones, tetter can play in the crowded dorm and not disturb his neighbors.
00:44:51♪♪ And the boogie, woogie baby ♪♪
00:44:58>> after success with the first, tetter crafted another guitar for his friend, jerome berrard, who is serving life without parole for a drug-related double murder.
00:45:16>> I paid the prison equivalent of $25 for it, which is nine packs of cigarettes.
00:45:23>> And he's had more highs off the guitar than he ever had off of drugs.
00:45:26He doesn't fool with that anymore.
00:45:27>> Learning to play guitar has been one of the high points of my life.
00:45:31It's a shame I had to do it here, but it's a miracle I did it.
00:45:44>> think this could get me on "american idol"?
00:45:47>> While tetter and berard pass the time playing guitar, a contraband brew called prison julep provides an escape for other inmates.
00:45:54>> Of course, yeast is the catalyst for that.
00:45:58They're not able to steal the yeast, per se.
00:46:02They will take raw dough and try to hide raw dough and keep it.
00:46:04Take bread to use.
00:46:07Any type of a juice that has any form of sugar in it, they will use that.
00:46:14>> Today, officers perform a random search in one of holman's general population dorms.
00:46:23They're looking for any type of contraband.
00:46:26They keep a nose out for prison julep.
00:46:31>> You can smell the aroma coming out of this box.
00:46:48It's got prunes in it.
00:46:51They just wait until it ferments good.
00:46:56Kind of a strong, whiskey aroma.
00:47:01They keep it in these airtight jugs so it ferments good, gets good and hot.
00:47:05Then sell it for bags of chips, cigarette smokes or cold drinks or whatever they can get for it.
00:47:12That's how they make their little living in here.
00:47:15Just to survive.
00:47:17>> There are ways to make legitimate money at holman.
00:47:22Here at the tag plant, inmates make license plates and are paid 30 cents an hour.
00:47:29Prisoners can spend their hard-earned cash on food items in holman's sandwich store.
00:47:39>> I BUY CANDY, COKES, ZOO ZOOs, Wham whams, honeybuns.
00:47:41I crave honey buns.
00:47:43I buy honey buns.
00:47:45>> We have our jumbo honey buns, we got the blueberry and we got the butterhorn.
00:47:53>> I can't buy no wine.
00:47:54I can't buy no kind of alcohol, nothing like that.
00:47:57>> Armen power received a life sentence for auto theft after threatening to kill his trial judge.
00:48:10>> I told him to kiss my [ bleep ], I ain't gonna take that.
00:48:12I'm going to kill him.
00:48:13And I jumped for him and they jumped me.
00:48:16Police got me.
00:48:17Walking me upstairs, laughing at me saying he never seen nobody as short as I am jump a judge.
00:48:22They thought it was funny.
00:48:22I didn't think it was funny.
00:48:25>> Power, who has worked at the tag plant since 1983, tries to stay optimistic, in spite of his circumstances.
00:48:34>> You're in prison.
00:48:35You might as well make the best of it.
00:48:38So that's what I'm doing.
00:48:39I'm making the best of it.
00:48:40I'm having fun.
00:48:40The judge thinks he got me.
00:48:41The judge ain't got me.
00:48:45>> In the past 23 years, power has worked nearly every job at the tag plant, from operating the presses to changing the dye.
00:48:53While the work fills his time, power's mind is never far from the life he led before prison, hopping freight trains.
00:49:02>> My nickname is hobo because i love freight trains.
00:49:04Love freight trains.
00:49:09Get me a gallon of wine, water, sardines, crackers.
00:49:13All that, get on a freight train and hang my foot out the door and just go.
00:49:17I enjoy it.
00:49:19One time, went over a bridge and some girls were down there skinny dipping.
00:49:25They hollered at me.
00:49:26But I loved it.
00:49:28To me, it's fun.
00:49:32I wish I could dgain but i can't.
00:49:36>>> Coming up -- >> legally and everything, and moralistically, yes, it was dead wrong, I had no business with a 16-year-old girl.
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00:52:46/ >>> at holman, some officials maintain the greatest obstacles to rehabilitation is often the prisoner himself.
00:53:04>> I've known kenneth for several years, a long time.
00:53:07I have a history with him.
00:53:09He acts out through his anger.
00:53:10And that's what we're trying to deal with now.
00:53:12>> Sell it.
00:53:13Sell it.
00:53:13Sell it.
00:53:14Sell it.
00:53:23>> I'm angry because I'm in prison.
00:53:25I'm angry because I ain't with my family.
00:53:27I'm angry because of the way they treat you, the things they do to you.
00:53:32It ain't never a happy day in prison.
00:53:34I got to live this choice.
00:53:37I see other people get tortured.
00:53:39So I got to live.
00:53:40It's going to make me angry and angry and angry.
00:53:45>> Kennie wilson has been behind bars since the age of 15 on charges including auto theft and sex with a minor.
00:53:52He has spent the last four years at holman, in seg, after an incident with a correctional officer at another prison.
00:53:59>> Cracked his ribs, his jaw.
00:54:02I think I did something to his hips, too.
00:54:05Broke his collarbone, too.
00:54:08>> Hoping to help inmates like kennie wilson, deputy warden tony patterson helped develop an anger management program.
00:54:16>> And I kept brushing him off, because I feel like, you know what I'm saying, I don't have time to be sucking up to those people, you know what I'm saying, coming by my cell, talking to me.
00:54:30But he wouldn't give up.
00:54:38Just kept coming by my cell and pulling me out of my cell and talking to me.
00:54:43>> We have a history.
00:54:45We're trying to help kennie, and he is responding to it and he's responding well and we have high hopes for him.
00:54:55>> As far as being a fair warden, you are one.
00:55:02>> I appreciate that.
00:55:03That means a lot.
00:55:04>> I do give you that part.
00:55:05>> I told you we wasn't going to give up.
00:55:07And we're not.
00:55:08>> Through good behavior, some inmates at holman earn the right to live in a faith-based honor dorm.
00:55:13>> It simply means you believe in a higher power, whether it be god, buddha, jehovah -- whatever that is.
00:55:16It's the higher power.
00:55:17The faith-based dorm has been a real winner for us here.
00:55:20>> Willie williams is one of the 170 inmates living in the faith-based dorm.
00:55:26He admits to killing a woman 17 years ago while high on drugs.
00:55:29>> We both were smoking cocaine.
00:55:32It ran out.
00:55:34I asked her if I could pawn her vcr.
00:55:39She smoked most of the dope and she said no.
00:55:44I got mad, you know, and I took her life.
00:55:47I stabbed her with a kitchen knife.
00:55:51And after I killed her, then i took the vcr and went and pawned it for some more dope.
00:55:58I come to a place and realized that she didn't deserve what i did to her.
00:56:04You know, I was a bad person and I want to change.
00:56:06I want to be different.
00:56:07That's when I got saved.
00:56:09I embraced jesus christ as my lord and savior and I believe he's really real.
00:56:16My hope is that people will see that people can be redeemed.
00:56:25>> Would anyone else like to share concerning the letter at this time?
00:56:28>> As an exercise in empathy and self-awareness, inmates seeking rehabilitation are encouraged to write, but not mail, letters of apology to their victims.
00:56:38At the age of 23, dale faulkner raped a woman and went to prison.
00:56:43At 42, he was paroled and started a new life.
00:56:48>> I was very fortunate there were people willing to help me and so I was able to get out, start a life, start with a good job and worked my way up.
00:56:57I got married, had a beautiful daughter, but I got too prideful.
00:57:03I started thinking, okay, I've got this.
00:57:05I can start back drinking a beer or two every now and then.
00:57:07Then I started getting deeper back into the old person that i was before.
00:57:11I started cheating on my wife.
00:57:15>> On parole, falkner had an affair with a woman and her 16-year-old daughter.
00:57:19>> Repair the damage I've done.
00:57:21>> Legally and everything and moralistically, yes, it was dead wrong.
00:57:25There's no excuse for it.
00:57:26I had no business with a 16-year-old girl.
00:57:28Somehow, word got out.
00:57:30I got arrested, and I got charged with second-degree rape.
00:57:34They gave me 20 years running concurrent with the original life sentence.
00:57:40>> Now, dale falkner is trying again to rehabilitate himself, starting with a letter to his rape victim of 26 years ago.
00:57:47>> I would give anything to be able to turn back time and remove the harm that I caused in your life.
00:57:53The things that happened the night that I met you were completely my fault.
00:57:58If there is anything that you have felt bad about on your part, please let it go.
00:58:02It was totally on me.
00:58:07>> I think a lot of the guys here have been able to see a way of changing their lifestyles.
00:58:13I have hope one day that they'll get back outside.
00:58:17>> 40% Of the criminals who enter state prison in america are former inmates who have violated their parole.
00:58:25The statistics may raise doubts as to the effectiveness of rehabilitation behind bars, officials at holman maintain that rehab programs not only improve inmate behavior, they help reduce violence inside the institution.
00:58:36That's our report.
00:58:37Thanks for watching.
00:58:39I'm john seigenthaler.