Lockup - Inside Holman   View more episodes

Aired at 09:00 PM on Saturday, Apr 17, 2010 (4/17/2010)      View all transcripts from this day


00:00:00He number has been reduced, partedly because ach strict policy changes and the supervision of a new warden.
00:00:10The farmland outside atwood, alabama, looks much like it did in 1969.
00:00:16That was the the holman correctional facility, one of alabama's maximum security prisons, opened its gates.
00:00:29All of alabama's executions are carried out here.
00:00:33The prison was built to house 540 inmates.
00:00:36Today that population has nearly doubled and most inmates, including serious felons, live in one of five open dormitories.
00:00:46>> I've been locked up 12 years and it isn't getting any better around here.
00:00:52They're piling us in more and more.
00:00:54>> At holman, 630 beds are dedicated to general population.
00:00:59200 Accommodate inmates in administrative segregation.
00:01:04And 172 are set aside for death row inmates.
00:01:10>> You have anything from a property offender here to a self-proclaimed serial killer.
00:01:16>> A lot of difficult inmates or inmates at other camps can't contain, they will send them to us and we take them and deal with them.
00:01:36>> Get tired up, people can get shot up.
00:01:38People can get stabbed up.
00:01:38>> Wrong place, wrong time, might get hurt.
00:01:40>> So, up to you to maintain and we, you know what I'm saying, you can't we, you going to be another statistic.
00:01:45Either you going to get messed up or locked up.
00:01:47>> When I was growing up in this area, we used to be literally scared to pass by the road because we would hear all these horror stories of people, like, getting killed.
00:01:57>> I have seen a guy, you know, get opened up, I've seen stabbings.
00:02:07I pretty much seen it all.
00:02:09>> Over the years, holman's reputation for violence has earned the facility a number of nicknames.
00:02:14>> The slaughter pit of the south, the house of pain.
00:02:17>> Some call it dead man land.
00:02:19>> The bottom, the pit, the beast.
00:02:29>> This place is savage.
00:02:34It is a messed up prison, if you ask me.
00:02:35>> The bottom of the barrel.
00:02:36>> People call it the bottom.
00:02:37>> The bottom, everybody calls it the bottom.
00:02:38It was terrible at one time.
00:02:38You might have two or three fights going on at the same time.
00:02:43Stabbings, quite a few killings.
00:02:45>> It is not like working at a walmart.
00:02:49>> Since becoming the warden at holman grant culliver has tried to steer the prison away from its violent past.
00:02:56He has set up procedures for inmates to settle disputes with words, not with weapons.
00:03:04>> Back in the day, they fought it out, later on, someone more likely to be killed.
00:03:11Today, they will come to a staff member and discuss it with a staff member and they will end it right there.
00:03:17>> I expect an officer to be professional, treat the inmate population firm but fair.
00:03:26>> I got you for a shakedown.
00:03:27>> Officers also keep things under control by conducting surprise shakedowns, random searches for hidden contraband.
00:03:34>> I found a knife.
00:03:36You have ever seen this, in this jacket on the floor on the head of the bed?
00:03:43I would say 80% of them can put their hands on a knife within a minute.
00:03:52>> You find a piece of metal or something and file it down on the concrete.
00:03:54It don't need to be sharp, it's just got to have a point.
00:03:56Put your handle on it and do what you need to do.
00:04:04>> One of holman's most notorious inmates, bobby gilbert, is serving multiple sentences for crimes committed inside prison.
00:04:13>> 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 all together.
00:04:32>> Gilbert has attacked several prisoners and stabbed one man to death at another prison during an argument.
00:04:37>> Everybody wants to talk about, you know, I killed somebody over a carton of cigarettes.
00:04:43It's not a carton of cigarettes.
00:04:46That 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 you owe me and I spit in their face and talk to them like they're a bitch or something, you know, and then they kill me, whose fault is it?
00:05:02It wasn't about the soda pop no more.
00:05:05On the street, you call the police to put a stop to it.
00:05:07What do you do in here?
00:05:09I'll tell you what you do.
00:05:11You go get you a knife and you stab that son of a bitch and say you ain't taking nothing else.
00:05:15You know, that's the end of that.
00:05:17Here's what happens when you come to take something from me.
00:05:2298% Of these son of a bitches in here ought to be taken out somewhere and shot in the back of the head.
00:05:30Maybe I'm part of that 98%.
00:05:36>> At holman, inmates like bobby gilbert who commit a violent act are sent to administrative segregation or seg.
00:05:48Here, they spend 23 hours a day in solitary confinement.
00:05:54>> In seg, they can't smoke.
00:05:55They can't be out without being handcuffed.
00:05:58They have to have someone escort them everywhere they go.
00:06:01>> Treating me like I'm an animal.
00:06:05I ain't no animal.
00:06:06I'm a human being like anybody in this world.
00:06:09>> I think the idea of it is a deterrent, to keep -- to make them want to do right, so maybe they spend a little time back here in the single-cell lockup, they might want to get out and do better and do the right thing.
00:06:20>> Depending on the offense, time spent in seg can be anywhere from 90 days to an indefinite period of time.
00:06:28>> I'm in lockup because i escaped about six years ago.
00:06:31They ain't told me whether they're going to let me out or not.
00:06:33It's been almost six years in a one-man cell.
00:06:38>> Seg time is worse during an alabama summer, when temperatures inside the cells can become extremely hot.
00:06:45>> Tremendously hot.
00:06:47And it gets written up.
00:06:49The best you can do is get two or three hours of sleep early in the morning time, and then after that, just get up and pace the floor and try to get cooled off the best way you can.
00:06:59>> One of the inmates here is steven parker, a self-proclaimed shot caller in the aryan brotherhood gang.
00:07:06Parker recently landed in seg for slashing a fellow inmate's throat with a box cutter.
00:07:16>> I was going to get some swastikas tattooed on the side of my neck, because I just thought it would look cool.
00:07:21I wanted to get two of them on each side, like frankenstein bolts, and me and him had work to do and I kept going back to him.
00:07:26We kept on going around for about two months.
00:07:28He said he was going to pay somebody else to do them.
00:07:30I said you just need to give me my money back, and he didn't want to do it.
00:07:38So I went for the [ bleep ].
00:07:42>> Parker has been in trouble before.
00:07:45At another prison, he nearly strangled an inmate to death.
00:07:48He's serving a life sentence for murdering his stepmother and almost killing his father.
00:07:53>> I went and rang their doorbell.
00:07:56When they opened it, I shot them at point-blank range.
00:07:59A lot of people, you know, they villainize me for that.
00:08:03But you know, like I said, i grew up with parents that didn't give a [ bleep ] about me.
00:08:06I'm not trying to excuse my behavior.
00:08:09I was racist until I was in jail and kept getting jumped on over and over again.
00:08:12Then I became racist.
00:08:16And I wear it proudly.
00:08:18I've got the swastikas and I've got the bolts.
00:08:23>> Steven parker is crazy.
00:08:26He's a nut.
00:08:29I mean, no more, no less.
00:08:30He's not a person that's very intelligent.
00:08:33>> We stand for racial supremacy.
00:08:36We want to control the penitentiary system.
00:08:39It wouldn't take much to incite a riot, whatever, you know?
00:08:46You can take four officers hostage at the same time and it's going to domino.
00:08:49It's going to domino.
00:08:51They don't have control.
00:08:52It's just a delusion.
00:08:54>> 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.
00:09:04>> They're lazy.
00:09:06They don't read the mail.
00:09:09The mail truck, I don't think, she would have time to read the mail, even if she wanted to.
00:09:14>> This letter is from steven parker to an inmate named reece.
00:09:19>> Kyra gitten is in charge of reading the mail at holman.
00:09:22She has just intercepted one of parker's unauthorized letters containing insulting language about warden culliver.
00:09:30>> He wrote, culliver, and I'm not going to read all of that, because there's a lot of cussing in it.
00:09:39He's an idiot, treats everyone like -- and treats everyone like inferiors or children.
00:09:41I cannot stand that.
00:09:43And he is a supercilious jackass.
00:09:47Steven parker is a weirdo anyway.
00:09:49Very weird.
00:09:51That's why he stays locked up in the back.
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00:10:00The sidebar to that, of course, is the individual that's being put to death took a life.
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00:13:18>>> This is the execution chamber of the holman correctional facility.
00:13:21In alabama, death row inmates are executed on this gurney.
00:13:27The sentences are always carried out at 6:00 in the evening.
00:13:34>> I was 16 when the crime happened.
00:13:36I was 18 years old when I was sentenced to death.
00:13:39I was charged with capital murder, which is, you know, four more deaths in one active scheme.
00:13:48I was sentenced to death by the jury and judge.
00:13:51The jury voted ten votes to two for death.
00:13:55I was living with my father.
00:13:57Me and him couldn't get along.
00:13:58Looking back, it's -- a lot of the trouble me and him had was my fault.
00:14:02Things kept escalating.
00:14:03We got into fights.
00:14:05It just got to the point where in my mind at that time, i didn't feel like I had any way out.
00:14:10The next time we got into a fight, as soon as I got him off of me, I started shooting.
00:14:17I didn't stop shooting until the gun was empty.
00:14:22During the fight with me and my father, my stepmother and two stepsisters were in the house.
00:14:28When the fighting started, they ran upstairs.
00:14:33My friend went after them.
00:14:36He kicked in a bathroom door.
00:14:38He shot the woman, cut the little girl's throat.
00:14:43He found another little girl and he cut her throat.
00:14:47And when he come back downstairs, he told me what had happened.
00:14:53We decided to make up a cover story.
00:14:54We made it try to look like a robbery.
00:14:55The police knew right away that there wasn't nothing going on with that.
00:14:57So, they arrested us and charged both of us with capital murder.
00:15:02>> The execution team will escort the condemned from his death cell into the execution chamber and place him on the gurney.
00:15:10The microphone is basically used to read the death warrant to the condemned and also to allow the condemned to make a last statement.
00:15:19>> Prior to being arrested and going to arraignment, I didn't even know alabama had a death penalty.
00:15:28So, when the judge told me the sentences that I faced, I didn't think he was telling the truth.
00:15:33From that point on, yeah, I knew I was coming to death row.
00:15:41I knew I was going to death row.
00:15:45>> The warden stands at this point to look back into the execution chamber.
00:15:52There's an intercom system that allows the warden to communicate with the commissioner for any last-minute stays.
00:16:02And once he's given the okay to proceed, then in the state of alabama, the warden has to perform the execution by lethal injection.
00:16:07The drug concoction is made up of three different drugs.
00:16:12Seven syringes are used.
00:16:15>> Sodium pentathol renders the prisoner unconscious.
00:16:21Tabalawn paralyzes the muscles, potassium chloride stops the heart.
00:16:31>> There are times when I wanted them to execute me.
00:16:38Maybe because the weight of dealing with the issue, it gets unbearable.
00:16:40I mean, you wanted to say, man, look, I quit.
00:16:43I'm going to drop my appeals.
00:16:46>> I don't think there is any good way to have to take a life.
00:16:50The sidebar of that, of course, is the individual that's being put to death took a life.
00:16:56I look at it as just the general public or the state of alabama actually carrying out the execution.
00:17:02I just happen to be the tool in place to be able to do it.
00:17:06If I refuse to do that, then I'm actually refusing to carry out a law that I said I would uphold.
00:17:12>> I started it.
00:17:14I'm responsible for all four deaths, because if I had never started the killing, none of it would have ever happened.
00:17:23In some way, I wish that there was something I could do to help the victims' families find closure or make peace with what happened.
00:17:34I can't do anything but apologize.
00:17:42 supreme court ruled it unconstitutional to impose the death penalty on juveniles who commit murder before their 18th birthday.
00:17:52Since he was convicted of a killing at the age of 16, his sentence was changed to life without parole.
00:18:00>> I was outside.
00:18:02An 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.
00:18:11I packed my stuff and left.
00:18:15You hear a lot of stuff about prison.
00:18:20And 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 is worse.
00:18:32So, in that respect, I was scared.
00:18:36I was happy not to have the death sentence, but I was scared to go to the seg building.
00:18:44It is still a death sentence.
00:18:47I was scared to go there.
00:18:49I still feel like I'm a walking dead man.
00:18:51I'm not going to be executed.
00:18:52I'm going to die in prison.
00:18:55The difference in the sentence isn't that great.
00:19:00Now I wait 20, 30 years before i die instead of maybe three or four.
00:19:06>>> Up next, prisoners find love behind bars.
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00:22:22>>> At the holman correctional center in alabama, prison officials impose strict policies on sexual activity.
00:22:27Conjugal visits are not allowed and anything considered pornographic is screened by mail clerk, kyra guyton.
00:22:39>> The breasts can actually show, but the nipples can't.
00:22:41One of the things they cannot have is "playboy," "hustler," anything like that that is way revealing.
00:22:48Even pictures from home they can't have like that.
00:22:50And I've had several of them.
00:22:54>> But when it comes to relationships between inmates, warden culliver takes a different approach.
00:23:01>> If an officer finds an inmate participating in a homosexual act, disciplinary action is taken.
00:23:09That individual will go to segregation for a period of time.
00:23:17But if we know that two people are in a relationship, generally we don't do anything with that.
00:23:22If they are not openly having sex -- you can have a relationship that doesn't have sex involved.
00:23:30>> 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.
00:23:40What I mean by that, it's done quick and quietly.
00:23:44>> Keith mason, who goes by the name "precious" is a divorced former pastor serving a life term for robbery and aggravated assault.
00:23:56Marquis nobles is serving 15 years for robbery and kidnapping.
00:24:02For the past six years, the two men have enjoyed a relationship behind bars.
00:24:07>> He had a shy innocence when i first met him.
00:24:10So I think that was another part that really attracted me to by the same aspect, I really fell in love with him.
00:24:16>> Every morning, precious gets coffee for marquis.
00:24:19He sews for him and keeps their area clean.
00:24:23In prison terms, marquis and precious are man and wife.
00:24:27>> Here you go, baby.
00:24:32>> I got on my band and his.
00:24:36That's mine, that's his.
00:24:37I love him.
00:24:40If I could marry him in the state of alabama, I would.
00:24:42I have his name right there.
00:24:42Come on, baby.
00:24:46>> While precious and marquis freely admit to having a sexual relationship in prison, marquis says he prefers women.
00:24:53>> I'm in prison.
00:24:55There's no women in here, but there are men that want to be women.
00:24:57So I have to deal with it while I'm in here.
00:25:00I'm straight.
00:25:03I mean, I like feminine men, so, you know, however you want to look at it.
00:25:07As you call is 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.
00:25:17>> Marquis and precious insist their relationship isn't just about sex.
00:25:21Both speak of a bond rarely shared in prison.
00:25:26>> Yeah, I love him probably harder than I loved any woman.
00:25:28You know what I'm saying?
00:25:29And I have 13 children.
00:25:30I have nine daughters and four sons.
00:25:32>> This is my partner.
00:25:33This is my friend.
00:25:34This is, you know, the person that gives me strength.
00:25:40You know, like I say, I don't have family or anything.
00:25:47This is the person that helps me out day to day.
00:25:50So 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.
00:25:56I do this because I want to, not because I have to.
00:25:58Actually, I do this because i like it.
00:26:02Inmates stay out of trouble in committed relationships, others act out their sexual frustration in public.
00:26:10>> Rule violation number 38 is indecent exposure/exhibitionism.
00:26:17>> There are times where you're going to the shower and you look over and a guy is standing there looking at you, masturbating.
00:26:21It's bizarre.
00:26:25>> They masturbate.
00:26:26They'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.
00:26:37All right then.
00:26:38I don't play that.
00:26:41If I catch them, I'm going to write them up, and I just don't play that.
00:26:45Now since culliver has been our warden, he don't play that.
00:26:50>> It's a sign of disrespect.
00:26:52But you know, it's disrespectful to just expose yourself even to the man that's standing next to you.
00:26:58Is it deviant behavior?
00:27:01We're trying to help guys change the deviant behavior.
00:27:05>>> Coming up -- >> I can't breathe in here.
00:27:08I can't get nothing out of here.
00:27:10My toilet was full over with feces when I came here.
00:27:14>> One inmate's outrage over conditions at holman.
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00:30:24>>> Here's what's happening.
00:30:25Modern europe has never seen such a travel disruption.
00:30:29The ash cloud from a volcano in iceland has shut down air space from britain to ukraine, affecting millions of passengers.
00:30:36Geologists say the volcano shows no signs of stopping.
00:30:39>>> An officer shot and injured a man at the border between san diego and tea was not a.
00:30:44Police say the man could not and then tried to drive away.
00:30:50" >>> due to mature subject matter, viewer discretion is advised.
00:30:58There are 2 million people behind bars in america.
00:31:06" >> as is the case at many maximum security prisons, some inmates locked up for rule infractions at alabama's holman's maximum security center complain about unfair treatment.
00:31:21Warden grant culliver says they're not only fair, but reflect what the public expects of the prison system.
00:31:31>> Once a year, every prisoner in holman comes up for a progress review before warden culliver and supervisor james powers.
00:31:38>> This is your annual progress review.
00:31:42We'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.
00:31:56>> For inmates confined to segregated lockdown, the process review board comes to them.
00:32:01>> We want to do bobby gilbert first and get him out of the way.
00:32:13>> 801 To a4.
00:32:131084 To your unit.
00:32:14>> Bobby gilbert has asked for a transfer to another maximum security facility closer to his family's home.
00:32:22He waits while a table is set up in the hallway.
00:32:27>> What is you chewing on?
00:32:29>> Gum.
00:32:30>> Where are you getting the gum from?
00:32:37>> Nicorette.
00:32:39>> How long have you been on that?
00:32:40A year and a half.
00:32:41>> Only thing that stops the cramps.
00:32:44>> Is that right?
00:32:44Does it really work?
00:32:45How much they give you?
00:32:45>> Ten pieces a day.
00:32:47>> Ten pieces a day?
00:32:48How much you selling?
00:32:55>> I had to discover that in population.
00:32:58>> How much you sell?
00:32:59>> I don't sell [ bleep ].
00:33:00>> You selling some of it.
00:33:07>> I'm going to make my money when football season here.
00:33:09>> Come on, get a seat over here.
00:33:11>> Knowing the cameras are rolling, inmates disrupt the proceedings by banging on their cell doors.
00:33:28>> Beat on that.
00:33:29Where he at?
00:33:33Beat on that [ bleep ] door again.
00:33:38Beat on the door again.
00:33:40You, I want to do it.
00:33:40You beat on the [ bleep ] door again.
00:33:41[ Bleep ].
00:33:43Beat on the [ bleep ] door again.
00:33:47[ Bleep ].
00:33:53Put his ass out the door.
00:33:59The sooner we get his [ bleep ] out of here.
00:34:03>> After the inmates quiet down, gilbert's review gets under way.
00:34:09Gilbert has made little, if any, progress while in seg, and prison officials have confiscated his most treasured possession, a chess set.
00:34:15>> Right now, your behavior warrants no chess set.
00:34:19Anything you would like to talk about?
00:34:21>> You about summed it up.
00:34:33I sure would like to have my chess pieces set back.
00:34:34Why can't I have my chess pieces?
00:34:35>> This is segregation.
00:34:39What are you going to do with chess pieces?
00:34:41>> 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.
00:34:58Ask the law library clerk to bring you a copy of -- see if it says you get that chess piece.
00:35:00I follow the regs.
00:35:05>> That's what I'm saying.
00:35:07That's your decision.
00:35:08>> And I follow the regs.
00:35:09>> The regs don't say that.
00:35:12>> It's segregation.
00:35:22It wasn't meant to be nice.
00:35:23You ain't here for going to church.
00:35:26You ain't here because you were doing something constructive.
00:35:31If you were out there doing something constructive, you'd never be here.
00:35:35>> I was doing something constructive.
00:35:40[ Bleep ].
00:35:40>> It's always somebody else's fault.
00:35:41>> You want us to be -- exhibit some form of model behavior, but then every avenue is closed to us to do anything constructive.
00:35:45We can't read a novel because we can't have none.
00:35:47I can't play chess through the mail like I used to because my chess pieces took away from me.
00:35:51I was jumping up on the door sticking [ bleep ] through the door every time a female came up here, I guess that's model behavior.
00:36:06>> You have to come in stern.
00:36:07You need to come in firm, need to be fair.
00:36:09You need to be able to say no.
00:36:11>> Denied possession of his chess set, gilbert is outraged, claiming his punishment would never happen at other prisons.
00:36:23>> Donaldson don't do this crap.
00:36:24 claire don't do this, anywhere else.
00:36:25I ordered 10 or 15 books a week at donaldson's.
00:36:27I'd have art supplies at st.
00:36:28Only here do they strip you of everything but a naked cell.
00:36:30That's rehabilitation at its finest.
00:36:32>> Gilbert isn't the only inmate in seg expressing frustration.
00:36:38>> You're supposed to give me -- I've been in seg, man, since I've been here since 2004.
00:36:46They beat me, spray me in my mouth with four cans of mace.
00:36:50Made me [ bleep ] myself.
00:36:52Excuse my french.
00:36:52>> Inmate jammy bell, convicted of receiving stolen property, claims the conditions in seg are intolerable.
00:36:56>> I can't breathe in here.
00:37:00I can't get nothing out of here.
00:37:03My toilet was full up with feces when I came here.
00:37:11They did not flush it or nothing.
00:37:15It was stinky and bugs and everything running around.
00:37:16They throw me in a cell.
00:37:17And I had to wait all day yesterday to get somebody to come turn the water back on.
00:37:20>> The following day, when seg inmates are allowed back outside for an hour of recreation, jammy bell expresses himself through his music.
00:37:28♪♪ Oh, baby ♪♪
00:37:29♪♪ tell me what I'm gonna do ♪♪
00:37:35oh, baby ♪♪
00:37:36♪♪ tell me what I'm gonna do ♪♪
00:37:40because if I lose you ♪♪
00:37:42>> bell admits acting out in seg to draw attention to his case.
00:37:49♪♪ Baby tell me what I'm gonna do if I -- ♪♪
00:37:52being taken away from, you know, my family, my life, my children, my mother, I'm going through a lot.
00:38:00I just need somebody to hear my voice, like a voice crying out in the wilderness looking for some help.
00:38:10>>> Up next -- >> you can smell the aroma coming out of this box.
00:38:16>> A random search leads to the discovery of prison moonshine.
00:38:20>> Got a strong whiskey aroma.
00:38:25Everything is better with swanson broth in it.
00:38:28Made with garden vegetables and sun-drenched herbs.
00:38:30The secret is swanson, 100% natural chicken broth.
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00:41:44>>> Inside the crowded dorms of the holman correctional facility in alabama, inmates' personal space is limited.
00:41:54>> This is me right here.
00:41:55And that's about it.
00:41:58You try to respect everybody's little space, but this is it.
00:42:04These are my trial transcripts.
00:42:11There's my scrabble dictionary.
00:42:14Family pictures.
00:42:17Got two of these full of pictures.
00:42:19This was my -- my mom give me this.
00:42:20This was her first bible.
00:42:22I don't necessarily believe in god, but if anybody ever did something to this or that, then I'd have another murder charge.
00:42:28>> In these tight quarters, many inmates occupy themselves with hobbies.
00:42:33Donald hargrove is sketching blueprints for a strip club.
00:42:41>> That's the dance stage.
00:42:42These are the pool tables.
00:42:43This is the main club.
00:42:45That's the main bar.
00:42:48This is the dance stage.
00:42:49Dancers' dressing room and all that's the v.i.p. lounge.
00:42:58I've really designed houses.
00:42:59I have a whole bunch of them up under my bed.
00:43:01>> Idle hands is the devil's playground, you know, so I stay busy.
00:43:03>> Robert tetter, incarcerated SINCE THE MID 1980s ON SEVERAL Sex and obscenity charges, was a general contractor.
00:43:13In prison, he uses his construction and electrical skills to build homemade guitars.
00:43:19>> Okay.
00:43:20The guitar is made out of boat kits.
00:43:23This is -- 2 1/2 boat kits makes this one.
00:43:24>> Model boat kits are an approved hobby item for inmates in general population.
00:43:32Tetter combined his with scrap transistor radio parts.
00:43:36>> All of these are stood up together, glued together to make this neck like this.
00:43:43The inside of the guitar is all wood.
00:43:45We have one radio.
00:43:46The tone control.
00:43:47Have three controls down here, the set of batteries.
00:43:51Then we break it down further.
00:43:52We pull this apart.
00:43:52This comes completely out.
00:43:53This is the pickup.
00:43:54Dowel sticks is used for the tuning keys.
00:43:57It 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.
00:44:06♪♪ Ooh, baby, the boogie-woogie do no more ♪♪
00:44:11>> with headphones, tetter can play in the crowded dorm and not disturb his neighbors.
00:44:20♪♪ And the boogie, woogie baby ♪♪
00:44:30>> 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.
00:44:47>> I paid the prison equivalent of $25 for it, which is nine packs of cigarettes.
00:44:51>> And he's had more highs off the guitar than he ever had off of drugs.
00:44:53He doesn't fool with that anymore.
00:44:55>> Learning to play guitar has been one of the high points of my life.
00:45:00It's a shame I had to do it here, but it's a miracle I did it.
00:45:09>> think you can get me on " >> while tetter and berard pass the time playing guitar, a contraband brew called prison julep provides an escape for other inmates.
00:45:24>> Of course, yeast is the catalyst for that.
00:45:28They're not able to steal the yeast, per se.
00:45:30They will take raw dough and try to hide raw dough and keep it.
00:45:31Take bread to use.
00:45:37Any type of a juice that has any form of sugar in it, they will use that.
00:45:42>> Today, officers perform a random search in one of holman's general population dorms.
00:45:46They're looking for any type of contraband.
00:45:59They keep a nose out for prison julep.
00:46:01>> You can smell the aroma coming out of this box.
00:46:20It's got prunes in it.
00:46:21They just wait until it ferments good.
00:46:28Kind of a strong, whiskey aroma.
00:46:28They keep it in these airtight jugs so it ferments good, gets good and hot.
00:46:35Then sell it for bags of chips, cigarette smokes or cold drinks or whatever they can get for it.
00:46:40That's how they make their little living in here.
00:46:42Just to survive.
00:46:47>> There are ways to make legitimate money at holman.
00:46:53Here at the tag plant, inmates make license plates and are paid 30 cents an hour.
00:46:58Prisoners can spend their hard-earned cash on food items in holman's sandwich stores.
00:47:03>> I BUY CANDY, COKES, ZOO ZOOs, Wham whams, honeybuns.
00:47:10I crave honey buns.
00:47:11I buy honey buns.
00:47:15>> We have our jumbo honey buns, we got the blueberry and we got the butterhorn.
00:47:21>> I can't buy no wine.
00:47:22I can't buy no kind of alcohol, nothing like that.
00:47:25>> Armen power received a life sentence for auto theft after threatening to kill his trial judge.
00:47:33>> I told him to kiss my [ bleep ], I ain't gonna take that.
00:47:35I'm going to kill him.
00:47:37And I jumped for him and they jumped me.
00:47:39Police got me.
00:47:46Walking me upstairs, laughing at me saying he never seen nobody as short as I am jump a judge.
00:47:49They thought it was funny.
00:47:50I didn't think it was funny.
00:47:52>> Power, who has worked at the tag plant since 1983, tries to stay optimistic, in spite of his circumstances.
00:48:06>> You're in prison.
00:48:06You might as well make the best of it.
00:48:08So that's what I'm doing.
00:48:09I'm making the best of it.
00:48:10I'm having fun.
00:48:10The judge thinks he got me.
00:48:11The judge ain't got me.
00:48:13>> In the past 23 years, power has worked nearly every job at the tag plant, from operating the presses to changing the dye.
00:48:20While the work fills his time, power's mind is never far from the life he led before prison, hopping freight trains.
00:48:30>> My nickname is hobo because i love freight trains.
00:48:33Love freight trains.
00:48:36Get me a gallon of wine, water, sardines, crackers.
00:48:39All that, get on a freight train and hang my foot out the door and just go.
00:48:45I enjoy it.
00:48:47One time, went over a bridge and some girls were down there skinny dipping.
00:48:52They hollered at me.
00:48:54But I loved it.
00:48:55To me, it's fun.
00:48:58I wish I could do it again but i can't.
00:48:59>>> Coming up -- >> legally and everything, and moralistically, yes, it was dead wrong, I had no business with a 16-year-old girl.
00:49:12>> A convicted rapist finds redemption by writing to his victim.
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00:52:26>>> At holman, some officials maintain the greatest obstacles to rehabilitation is often the prisoner himself.
00:52:36>> I've known kenneth for several years, a long time.
00:52:38I have a history with him.
00:52:39He acts out through his anger.
00:52:43And that's what we're trying to deal with now.
00:52:45>> Sell it.
00:52:46Sell it.
00:52:47Sell it.
00:52:48Sell it.
00:52:49I'm angry because I'm in prison.
00:52:55I'm angry because I ain't with my family.
00:52:56I'm angry because of the way they treat you, the things they do to you.
00:52:59It ain't never a happy day in prison.
00:53:09I got to live this choice.
00:53:11I see other people get tortured.
00:53:11So I got to live.
00:53:12It's going to make me angry and angry and angry.
00:53:13>> Kennie wilson has been behind bars since the age of 15 on charges including auto theft and sex with a minor.
00:53:22He has spent the last four years at holman, in seg, after an incident with a correctional officer at another prison.
00:53:27>> Cracked his ribs, his jaw.
00:53:30I think I did something to his hips, too.
00:53:33Broke his collarbone, too.
00:53:35>> Hoping to help inmates like kennie wilson, deputy warden tony patterson helped develop an anger management program.
00:53:42>> 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.
00:53:59But he wouldn't give up.
00:54:01Just kept coming by my cell and pulling me out of my cell and talking to me.
00:54:07>> We have a history.
00:54:10We're trying to help kennie, and he is responding to it and he's responding well and we have high hopes for him.
00:54:18>> As far as being a fair warden, you are one.
00:54:20>> I appreciate that.
00:54:20That means a lot.
00:54:21>> I do give you that part.
00:54:22>> I told you we wasn't going to give up.
00:54:23And we're not.
00:54:28>> Through good behavior, some inmates at holman earn the right to live in a faith-based honor dorm.
00:54:34>> It simply means you believe in a higher power, whether it be god, buddha, jehovah -- whatever that is.
00:54:45It's the higher power.
00:54:45The faith-based dorm has been a real winner for us here.
00:54:49>> Willie williams is one of the 170 inmates living in the faith-based dorm.
00:54:55He admits to killing a woman 17 years ago while high on drugs.
00:55:04>> We both were smoking cocaine.
00:55:05It ran out.
00:55:06I asked her if I could pawn her vcr.
00:55:07She smoked most of the dope and she said no.
00:55:11I got mad, you know, and I took her life.
00:55:14I stabbed her with a kitchen knife.
00:55:17And after I killed her, then i took the vcr and went and pawned it for some more dope.
00:55:26I come to a place and realized that she didn't deserve what i did to her.
00:55:31You know, I was a bad person and I want to change.
00:55:33I want to be different.
00:55:36That's when I got saved.
00:55:39I embraced jesus christ as my lord and savior and I believe he's really real.
00:55:45My hope is that people will see that people can be redeemed.
00:55:49>> Would anyone else like to share concerning the letter at this time?
00:55:56>> As an exercise in empathy and self-awareness, inmates seeking rehabilitation are encouraged to write, but not mail, letters of apology to their victims.
00:56:06At the age of 23, dale faulkner raped a woman and went to prison.
00:56:11At 42, he was paroled and started a new life.
00:56:16>> 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.
00:56:25I got married, had a beautiful daughter, but I got too prideful.
00:56:30I started thinking, okay, I've got this.
00:56:33I can start back drinking a beer or two every now and then.
00:56:35Then I started getting deeper back into the old person that i was before.
00:56:38I started cheating on my wife.
00:56:42>> On parole, falkner had an affair with a woman and her 16-year-old daughter.
00:56:48>> Repair the damage I've done.
00:56:50>> Legally and everything and moralistically, yes, it was dead wrong.
00:56:52There's no excuse for it.
00:56:53I had no business with a 16-year-old girl.
00:56:55Somehow, word got out.
00:56:57I got arrested, and I got charged with second-degree rape.
00:57:03They gave me 20 years running concurrent with the original life sentence.
00:57:07>> Now, dale falkner is trying again to rehabilitate himself, starting with a letter to his rape victim of 26 years ago.
00:57:15>> I would give anything to be able to turn back time and remove the harm that I caused in your life.
00:57:21The things that happened the night that I met you were completely my fault.
00:57:25If there is anything that you have felt bad about on your part, please let it go.
00:57:30It was totally on me.
00:57:35>> I think a lot of the guys here have been able to see a way of changing their lifestyles.
00:57:42I have hope one day that they'll get back outside.
00:57:45>> 40% Of the criminals who enter state prison in america are former inmates who have violated their parole.
00:57:52The 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.
00:58:04That's our report.
00:58:05Thanks for watching.
00:58:06I'm john seigenthaler.