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00:00:01>> I actually felt small pieces of glass hit the camera and hit myself.
00:00:04>> And in the battle of wills, some will take actions that can never be reversed.
00:00:15>> Tattooed red the whites of the my eyes.
00:00:21>> Anytime we film inside a prison, we know at some point there's a particular type of story we're going to encounter.
00:00:27We call it the battle of wills.
00:00:29We know we're going to find one inmate determined to get his way even against overwhelming odds.
00:00:35>> And we encountered one of thef new mexi.
00:00:42Kevin blanco.
00:00:46>> He's one of those inmates that can be unpredictable.
00:00:50You really don't know how he's going to behave from one day to the next.
00:00:54>> Our first encounter with kevin blanco was through our associate producer.
00:00:59She had gone up to talk to him and was met with a barrage of verbal assaults.
00:01:05>> On the floor [ bleep ].
00:01:07[ Bleep ], [ bleep ].
00:01:09>> After a while kevin agreed to do an interview, and I was actually very impressed.
00:01:12I was impressed with how he carried himself.
00:01:15He was honest and forthright about the problems he had created in his life.
00:01:20>> I mean, I don't look at prison as being prison, even though it is prison and I'm in a negative environment.
00:01:26I look at it as being my college.
00:01:30This is the time I have to study and build myself up and better myself.
00:01:33It's what you make it.
00:01:36>> But blanco serving times for crimes including attempted murder was housed in the prison's highest security unit for a variety of serious offenses, including assaults on staff.
00:01:46>> Okay.
00:01:47>> Talk to me about what you've done, how you've acted out.
00:02:03>> By douching, which is throwing urine on them and stabbing them, and that's basically it.
00:02:11>> As a result of his violence towards staff, the prison requires blanco to have a three-officer escort anytime he is out of his cell.
00:02:16>> Do you think it's valid?
00:02:20To be cautious of you?
00:02:21>> Yes.
00:02:23>> Why?
00:02:24>> Because I still have my moments.
00:02:25>> We learned that some of blanco's anger stems from his dislike of the fundamental tenants of prison life.
00:02:38>> You all can't refuse me no more.
00:02:39That's what I'm entitled to, that's what I want.
00:02:42I mean, I don't like nobody telling me when it eat, use the restroom, and to sleep.
00:02:47I don't like nobody telling me what I can't handle, what can't have.
00:02:55>> Dealing with him is definitely a challenge at times.
00:02:57There's no doubt.
00:03:00I have to be honest and say it is dangerous.
00:03:04>> We captured several of blanco's standoffs with staff, including this one with deputy warden joanie brown.
00:03:09>> And then you want to stand here and threaten to keep playing games.
00:03:12>> You're right.
00:03:17Yeah, you 100% [ bleep ] right, and I am.
00:03:21And I am going to continue to play games.
00:03:24[ Bleep ].
00:03:24>> But it doesn't have to go this way.
00:03:26>> Yeah, whatever.
00:03:26>> Well, it doesn't.
00:03:27>> Whatever.
00:03:28>> All right.
00:03:29We're going to close the port and we're going to go away, okay?
00:03:31>> Go ahead.
00:03:31>> All right.
00:03:32>> Put your hand in.
00:03:33>> No.
00:03:33>> Kevin was constantly in a battle of wills with the correctional staff.
00:03:42>> Let me talk to him for just a minute.
00:03:44Come on, kevin.
00:03:46>> You all started this [ bleep ].
00:03:47I'm not going to stop until i [ bleep ].
00:03:48>> What do you want?
00:03:53>> Yeah, what do you want?
00:03:56>> You [ bleep ].
00:03:57What I want.
00:03:57First of all, I want my things.
00:03:58And I want you all to believe me the [ bleep ] alone.
00:03:59>> If I get you a lunch -- >> am I going to stop, no?
00:04:01Tomorrow same [ bleep ].
00:04:04>> With kevin blanco, you never knew what was going to happen.
00:04:09Case in point, I was actually interviewing an officer about kevin blanco -- >> he has a problem with authority.
00:04:17>> -- And in the midst of this we heard over the radio that kevin had had taken his rec cage hostage.
00:04:31>> Come out with us.
00:04:32>> You all want to see me in a cell, here I am.
00:04:33>> When we arrived, we found deputy warden lawrence trying to talk him into cuffing up and leaving the pen.
00:04:38But blanco would have no part of it.
00:04:42>> If you want the possibility of being moved, you have to show some patience.
00:04:46>> Whatever you all say.
00:04:46>> Are we going to have -- >> whatever you all say.
00:04:49You all have -- you're right.
00:04:49I'll talk to you later.
00:04:52Thank you.
00:04:53Thank you all.
00:04:56>> He's currently on ing detention, which means he has limited property.
00:05:05He's in an isolation cell that doesn't have all the amenities that he wants.
00:05:07So it's one of those things, kevin blanco wants this and he wants it now.
00:05:12Well, he's not going to get it now.
00:05:13>> I'll give him the third and final directive.
00:05:14If he still refuses to come out and be cuffed, we'll extract him using whatever force is necessary.
00:05:21>> Have you ever had to extract someone from the rec yard?
00:05:24>> Never.
00:05:25>> I was kind of filming the guys coming up, and I remember panning over to see kevin, and he was gone.
00:05:31And I figured out he had moved to the top of the basketball hoop.
00:05:37He was like a cat.
00:05:38I mean, he must have moved up there so quickly, he just disappeared.
00:05:42>> The first plan was to come out and spray him with the oc spray.
00:05:46We all had to suit up, we all had to put on gas masks.
00:05:52>> Guys, this is what's going to happen.
00:05:54We're going to go in, give him some drik directives, they're bringing k-9 down.
00:06:05If the directives don't work, we will deploy with the oc.
00:06:06If the wind is too bad, we will drop a cs grenade, see what effect that has.
00:06:10>> The team attempts to spray oc gas into the rec pen, but the distance is too great to have any effect at all.
00:06:19>> Not working.
00:06:21>> Kevin seemed pretty immune to the oc spray, and even wearing the mask I could smell it, and i was affected by it.
00:06:31Didn't faze kevin at all.
00:06:33>> Next, the team deploys the more powerful cs grenade, but that also proved ineffective.
00:06:42>> Are you guys done yet?
00:06:42>> I don't know if he was used to it or if he was just putting on a front to show how tough he was.
00:06:54He stayed pretty calm, and the next thing we know the staff is bringing out rifles, which to us was pretty shocking.
00:07:02>> Come on down, blanco.
00:07:05>> Running out of options, correctional staff resort to firing nonlethal bean bag rounds to prompt him off the backboard.
00:07:11>> Are you guys through yet?
00:07:16>> The only thing I could think of was this guy is for lack of a better word brave.
00:07:23I mean, staring down the barrel of these shotguns, even if they are nonlethal, they're going to hurt.
00:07:35>> Most of the time he didn't even flinch.
00:07:40>> Another one.
00:07:41>> Shoot me one more time.
00:07:42>> We won't shoot you.
00:07:45Come on down.
00:07:46>> The situation grows even more bizarre when blanco begins to encourage the officers to shoot him again.
00:07:52>> Shoot one more time and i will come down.
00:07:53>> Come on down.
00:07:54>> Shoot one more time and i will come down.
00:07:57Shoot it.
00:08:02I'll come down, you shoot it one more time.
00:08:06All right.
00:08:11>> His reaction, I didn't even know if they were missing or not, and they confirmed later that he was hit every time.
00:08:21>> It was obvious that that hurt.
00:08:24It was more shocking to me though that kevin just had no reaction.
00:08:31>> Medical.
00:08:31Hold up.
00:08:34>> I refuse.
00:08:36I'm all right.
00:08:38I'm 100% all right.
00:08:39>> You know what?
00:08:39I'm going to have them see you.
00:08:46>> Though blanco was defiant during much of our stay at new mexico, his calmer moments often showed a concern for those who might follow him here.
00:08:55>> To all the kids that think that prison is a place to be, it's not.
00:09:01I mean, if snoop dogg and all these wannabe rappers were out there doing what they say, they'd be right here.
00:09:08So all the kids out there listening to them and thinking they're role models, they're not role models.
00:09:15You go out there, you live that life, you listen to it, it gets you right here.
00:09:21>> Coming up, one of the most memorable inmates ever featured on "lockup" pushes hard for a transfer closer to home.
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00:12:52>>> What up?
00:12:53>> 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.
00:13:06>> The first time we met bobby ray gilbert we knew he would be an unforgettable inmate.
00:13:12He was serving life for two murders at the holman correctional center in alabama.
00:13:23One of the murders was committed on the outside and the other in prison.
00:13:29He told us both involved disputes over money.
00:13:31>> I killed somebody because i felt like they were taking something from me, and then i come from a world where everybody thinks they can take something from me.
00:13:35So, you know, you got a convergence of forces here.
00:13:41>> During our original 2006 shoot at holman he was battling the warden for a transfer closer to his elderly mother's home.
00:13:55>> That's your decision.
00:13:57>> And I follow the rules.
00:13:58>> Gilbert was denied the transfer due to various infractions.
00:14:03When we shot our extended stay series a year later, gilbert was still trying to get his transfer.
00:14:08>> Bobby had a very close relationship with his mother.
00:14:12For her to visit him, it took a lot.
00:14:13It took money.
00:14:15It took time.
00:14:16None of which she had.
00:14:18I think she was his sole support system emotionally speaking and knew he was going to stay in prison for the rest of his life, but at least he wanted to be closer to her.
00:14:27 gilbert, how are you doing?
00:14:30>> We followed gilbert to his review hearing where his request for a transfer was decided.
00:14:39>> When I completed the assessment of your review this time, I looked to see did I have all the facts that would warrant the transfer.
00:14:47I mean, you were doing all well until march the 27th of 2007.
00:14:52You have a citation for insubordination.
00:14:55What was that about?
00:14:56>> I had a disagreement with the mail lady.
00:14:58>> Mail lady?
00:15:03>> My mail was rejected.
00:15:05I don't see how it warrants.
00:15:07I talked to the warden about it.
00:15:11I wrote the warden about it and he understands the situation.
00:15:14>> My assessment at this time due to this recent infraction, i can't make that recommendation for a transfer per your progress review here.
00:15:23>> You could see in his body language how upset he was.
00:15:25You know, he kind of sunk back and he clenched his jaw, and they released him, and we had planned on filming more of these hearings throughout the day and I remember thinking we need to follow him back to his cell because I figured something was going to happen.
00:15:43>> And within seconds of gilbert returning to his cell, something did happen.
00:15:45And cameraman brian kelly continued to roll.
00:15:48>> I could see through the glass.
00:15:50I couldn't tell what he was picking up, but he was bending down to pick what turned out to be part of a chain link fence, and he just wound up like he was throwing a baseball and just launched it at the glass.
00:15:59I actually felt small pieces of glass hit the camera and hit myself and, you know, then the officer showed up and they tried to talk him down, and it was pretty extreme.
00:16:19>> [ Bleep ].
00:16:21Five [ bleep ] years.
00:16:26I'm going to show you what I'm made of.
00:16:31>> What's the problem?
00:16:33What's the problem?
00:16:40>> I have a problem.
00:16:46>> What's going on?
00:16:58>> My mother drives 400 miles [ bleep ] to see me.
00:17:02>> You can't keep beating on that glass.
00:17:03You know we can't let you keep doing that.
00:17:04>> [ Bleep ].
00:17:05Everything I have been working for.
00:17:10I haven't been able to do it from this day forward.
00:17:16[ Bleep ].
00:17:21>> Up next -- >> so help me god they're going to transfer me.
00:17:24>> Bobby ray gilbert continues to rage.
00:17:28>> You'll be back in that camera filming them putting a needle in my arm.
00:17:33That's just how fed up with this [ bleep ] I've got.
00:17:34>> But also shows us another side of his personality.
00:17:36>> One thing that surprised me was the fact that he was a very talented artist.
00:20:43>>> Following his outburst after the prison denied his transfer request, officers moved bobby ray gilbert to an outdoor recreation pen where they hoped he would calm down.
00:20:55Back in his cell, they confiscated the fence post cap he used to smash his window.
00:21:03>> Ask any officer that walks by, I don't [ bleep ] for nobody, but yet it's me because these son of a bitches took me out.
00:21:13I have no other alternative, no other recourse now.
00:21:17>> Bobby is out of his cell.
00:21:19He smuggled this into his cell.
00:21:21One of those caps off the metal post.
00:21:23Making all kind of -- >> did you leave him out there?
00:21:24>> He'll be out there.
00:21:25>> So help me god they're going to transfer me.
00:21:28Or you'll be back here with a camera filming them putting a needle in my [ bleep ] arm because that's how fed up i [ bleep ] got.
00:21:47I tried for five years to get back there.
00:21:50>> Out in the pen for three or four hours letting him calm down.
00:21:55When he gets through with his mad behavior he will be ready to apologize and get back to what he should be.
00:22:04>> People ain't stupid.
00:22:05They knew exactly what they were doing.
00:22:09Let's get snake down and blind side him.
00:22:12They had three months to tell me they were going to not put me in for transfer.
00:22:22>> A few weeks later with the transfer issue still unresolved, gilbert announced he was going on a hunger strike.
00:22:26>> Not eating another meal at holman.
00:22:28They'll send me closer to home if it's nothing but a graveyard.
00:22:31Okay, I'm gonna play.
00:22:34>> She has to have a yard sale.
00:22:37>> When I heard that bobby had gone on a hunger strike, i wasn't surprised.
00:22:45It's not atypical for an inmate to do that.
00:22:50It's the only source of power they have really saying they're not going to eat, and when i talked to him about it, he seemed pretty resolute that he was going on a hunger strike not so much as a protest, but almost as though he wanted to kill himself.
00:23:08>> How long does it take to starve to death?
00:23:1035, 40 Days.
00:23:13They can have it.
00:23:1822 Years, 6 months.
00:23:26Just keep rolling that stone up the hill, knowing damn well it's going to roll back to the bottom.
00:23:38You reach a point when it's too hard to fight anymore.
00:23:39>> Six days after his hunger strike began, gilbert, now 13 pounds lighter, reached a deal with prison officials.
00:23:46They would grant a transfer if he took anger management classes and stayed out of trouble.
00:23:52>> I'm for whatever it's going to take to get me closer to home, you know.
00:23:56That's all I want.
00:23:58>> Probably in a group setting, you know, you would be given the same information for you to be able to read and then you would talk about it in a group setting.
00:24:07One thing this does is allows you to write it down, and as you go back and read some of the stuff you have actually written, it makes you take a closer look within yourself as to how anger has really affected you.
00:24:16>> I can probably use a little anger management.
00:24:19>> During the rest of our stay, gilbert maintained good behavior and did well in anger management.
00:24:27He also showed us he was more than just a violent man.
00:24:32>> One thing that surprised me about bobby gilbert was the fact that he was a very talented artist.
00:24:41One of the drawings that stuck out to me, especially considering his violent past, was the drawing of a father's hand throwing a baseball and then a child's hand with a baseball glove.
00:24:54A little surprising to see that from someone like bobby.
00:24:58>> I stuck my drawing board up so when the sun comes through my window, I can get some good light on my board.
00:25:05They don't turn the lights on back there unless they need to see in these cells.
00:25:11>> Six months after we last saw him, gilbert was finally transferred to a prison closer to his mother's home.
00:25:18He'd successfully completed his anger management course and maintained good conduct.
00:25:24So we were shocked when he made national headlines in july of 2008.
00:25:28Just days before another holman inmate was to be executed for a murder committed in 1982, gilbert claimed responsibility for the crime.
00:25:35>> When I heard bobby was taking credit for this murder, it brought back a very specific memory I had during one of the interviews I did with him.
00:25:50>> If I live another 20 years, i imagine the last few to be on death row.
00:25:57Because I know me.
00:25:58Eventually they're going to get tired of me killing their children around here.
00:26:05[ Laughter ] >> authorities eventually determined gilbert had nothing to do with it.
00:26:08His motives for the claim are unknown.
00:26:11>>> Coming up -- >> we hurt anybody that tries to forcefully take property or rape or in any way hurt a homosexual who can't defend themselves.
00:26:22>> The gay boy gangsters make their mark inside one of america's most dangerous prisons.
00:26:27And later -- >> I tattooed red the whites of my eyes.
00:26:36>> It's like the final frontier.
00:26:38Nobody has it done.
00:26:39>> One of the strangest tattoo stories ever covered on "lockup" gets even stranger.
00:26:41>> Since the first two tattooed their eyeballs, we have had one other offender do the same thing.
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00:30:07>>> employers cut 95,000 jobs in september.
00:30:10The unemployment rate holding steady at 9.6%.
00:30:14And bank of america is suspendingng foreclolore securities on states.
00:30:20Back to "lockup".
00:30:28>>> Due to mature subject matter, viewer discretion is advised.
00:30:34>> Surviving a long prison term can often mean joining a gang.
00:30:39But this one yard at california state prison corcoran that's supposed to be gang-free.
00:30:44>> It's called the sensitive needs yard, sny.
00:30:50It's where gang dropouts or sex offenders or high-risk inmates go for their own safety.
00:30:55But even here gangs can spring up, and we found one of the most unorthodox gangs.
00:31:03They call themselves gbg, the gay boy gangsters.
00:31:07>> It's a group of men that are gay, that are not transgender, and who are gay men who like men who do not want to be a woman.
00:31:19That's it.
00:31:23We're pretty thick actually.
00:31:25We're pretty much respected.
00:31:28We don't get into fights.
00:31:28We don't get into that sort of thing, but we have a pretty good following.
00:31:37We're just a group of people that are gay and stand for our own.
00:31:41>> Clement, who prefers to be called wicked, is serving 20 years for three counts of robbery.
00:31:47And he's not the only gay boy gangster on the sensitive needs yard at corcoran.
00:31:51Nicholas turner, who knows by THE NAME DEMON, TOLD US THE GBGs Should not be taken lightly.
00:31:56>> We hurt anybody that -- inside the prison system, anybody that tries to forcefully take property or rape or in any way hurt a homosexual who can't defend themselves.
00:32:12That's where we step down.
00:32:13>> Demon had a very striking appearance.
00:32:16First thing I noticed about him was he had a tattoo over each eyebrow, one said gay, one said boy.
00:32:20He had no teeth, and he had a mohawk.
00:32:24>> It started out as a joke, and I just kind of like -- I was looking at it in the mirror, I'm like that's punk rock.
00:32:34I like that.
00:32:38>> Turner is serving three years for trespassing and making a threat to cause bodily harm.
00:32:42He told us he wanted a cell with contreras as much for the pairing of their nicknames as anything else.
00:32:50>> That would be cool, demon and wicked would be really punk rock.
00:32:54That would definitely be one of those once in a lifetime cellie happenings, you know what i mean?
00:33:01>> But contreras didn't seem as eager to be celled with turner.
00:33:06>> I mean, he's a cool guy and everything, but, you know, i don't want to be taking everybody under my wing and everything like that, you know what I'm saying?
00:33:14>> In fact, contreras already had another cellmate in mind.
00:33:19>> I have a new boyfriend now.
00:33:20He's going to move in with me, and we'll see how it goes from there.
00:33:23What can I say?
00:33:24I mean, I'm not going to tell you we're going to abstain from sex because that's just silliness.
00:33:29>> How long have you known him?
00:33:31>> Going on three weeks.
00:33:33>> I was interviewed a lot of gang members in prison, but this is the first time I interviewed gang members kind of smiling and laughing and talking about romantic relationships and they were all more interested in their love lives than anything else.
00:33:49>> I'm glowing, I'm happy.
00:33:51Isn't that wonderful?
00:33:53You don't get happy very often in this place, and when I have somebody that's interested in me, just me solely, it makes me happy, you know?
00:34:03And so I have a smile from ear to ear.
00:34:07It's silly.
00:34:08>> Mr. contreras?
00:34:09>> Yes.
00:34:14>> Introduce us.
00:34:16>> This is angel.
00:34:16>> One of the things most noticeable about angel were his eyebrows.
00:34:18He had shaved them in like.
00:34:19He had caterpillar like stumps for eyebrows.
00:34:24What did you do to your eyebrows?
00:34:28>> Everything has a meaning to it, you know, and it means I'm a homosexual.
00:34:38>> What does?
00:34:38>> Just to let everybody know.
00:34:41>> I didn't know that.
00:34:42>> I told you that.
00:34:43>> But I didn't know that it had a meaning.
00:34:45>> Oh, for me it does.
00:34:47>> For you it has a meaning.
00:34:49So you classify yourself as a gbg?
00:34:57>> Eh?
00:34:58>> A gay boy?
00:35:01>> All day.
00:35:01>> All day.
00:35:02>> I can't deny it.
00:35:03>> Then we got this really interesting candid moment where wicked was trying to explain the tv thing to angel.
00:35:07>> They're going to follow us, our lives together.
00:35:12>> Why?
00:35:15>> Yeah.
00:35:18>> Why wouldn't it?
00:35:19>> I'm just saying.
00:35:20>> Tomorrow hopefully -- I know for sure you're going to move in.
00:35:30And so we'll be cellies and then we'll go from there.
00:35:35>> This is when things started to get a little strange.
00:35:38It was odd enough to learn about the gay boy gangsters, but now we're following this love relationship between these two gay boy gang members.
00:35:49Two guys who had known each other a matter of days.
00:35:53>> I like him, and it's never going to change.
00:35:59I don't know what else to say.
00:36:01>> I like you, too.
00:36:03>> I like you more.
00:36:05>> I like you more.
00:36:06>> Better.
00:36:13>> I love you.
00:36:18>> We had been filming in another part of the prison, and when we came back to the sensitive needs yard, first thing we heard was wicked filling us in on some gossip that had to do with demon.
00:36:27>> So everybody is doing good.
00:36:30Demon is doing good.
00:36:31No, he doesn't have his teeth yet.
00:36:36Poor demon.
00:36:38He has this new boyfriend that is an older man.
00:36:43I shouldn't be talking about his business, but I will.
00:36:49He's like 70 years old.
00:36:51Oh, god, you have to hear this, it's a great story.
00:36:54He's going to be his sugar daddy and he doesn't care if he doesn't have teeth.
00:36:59So he can gum his way to the stars.
00:37:02That was a joke.
00:37:03>> Apparently demon was trying to get dentures, and so we ran into him on the yard just as he was coming back from the dentist.
00:37:11>> I just went to dental today.
00:37:15They got my ten tours over there.
00:37:16They didn't give them to me but they're going to put me on a list to get them.
00:37:18So I was kind of excited about that.
00:37:19That was kind of cool.
00:37:20>> What's the deal with your teeth?
00:37:21>> No teeth at all.
00:37:24Well, I was a drug user, and the speed rotted my teeth.
00:37:29>> One of the strangest gang stories I ever covered then got even stranger when wicked and angel came strolling by us.
00:37:38>> Yeah.
00:37:40>> We got in trouble for holding hands.
00:37:44[ Bleep ] we just got in trouble for holding hands.
00:37:46We just got in trouble for holding hands, and so we just said that's another strike against us, and oh, my god, it's just getting worse.
00:38:00I'm done.
00:38:00>> You're done?
00:38:01>> I'm done.
00:38:02Man down.
00:38:03>> Man down.
00:38:04No, not man down.
00:38:06We can put the yard down.
00:38:12>> Yay yeah, yeah, yeah.
00:38:14>> [ Bleep ].
00:38:15>> No.
00:38:15I'm not putting the yard down.
00:38:16>> You're no fun.
00:38:17>> But it's better to go along with the program.
00:38:20>> My teeth are in dental but they won't give them to me.
00:38:23They're putting me on a list.
00:38:24>> Oh, well that will be good.
00:38:25>> That will be good.
00:38:26We were talking about that yesterday.
00:38:31>> That's going to be wonderful.
00:38:33You can bite into an apple now.
00:38:37>> But the next time we saw contreras, the news wasn't so good.
00:38:44His plan to move in with angel had been derailed.
00:38:49>> We're discouraged because the move is not taking place when we want it to take place.
00:38:54We're having road blocks from different people.
00:38:59The lieutenant is here.
00:39:01Maybe we can ask her.
00:39:03She looks like a lesbian.
00:39:04Oh, god, take that off.
00:39:08>> She doesn't look like a lesbian.
00:39:09I'm just kidding.
00:39:10They all have short hair.
00:39:11>> We didn't know what was behind the delay.
00:39:13We weren't sure if officials were going to let them cell together, but angel started to pull away from us.
00:39:21>> This camera person, it's not good.
00:39:24>> He thinks because we're on camera that it's going to affect the move even more, and today we were -- we had a good yard.
00:39:32We had a really good yard.
00:39:34We were holding hands the whole time, walking the track, and we were matching -- we were wearing matching sweats, and I don't know.
00:39:41I enjoyed it.
00:39:42How about you?
00:39:44>> It was all right.
00:39:52>> All right?
00:39:54How many times did we kiss in the yard?
00:39:5850 Times.
00:39:59And it was all right?
00:40:01Really, honest to god.
00:40:04How many times did we kiss?
00:40:06We had tongue on tongue right there.
00:40:09On the yard.
00:40:11>> Doesn't mean nothing.
00:40:12>> No, it doesn't mean anything but still.
00:40:14I thought we had a good time.
00:40:15>> We had a good time.
00:40:16>> What's the problem?
00:40:17>> Nothing is the problem.
00:40:22It's just -- I don't know.
00:40:23And you know why.
00:40:25>> Why?
00:40:26Because we're not together.
00:40:28>> I think wicked always had a feeling they were never going to be allowed to cell together, and sure enough angel was moved out of that unit.
00:40:44>> Yeah, lovers in turmoil.
00:40:48He got moved out of the building.
00:40:53He went to four block, and I'm still over here.
00:40:58So we see each other on the yard every day, and we try to make the best of it.
00:41:09>> But just a few days later, contreras made a startling confession.
00:41:16>> Well, the other day he came and asked me how I was doing and I was just a big old fat lie.
00:41:23I was just a big old fat liar.
00:41:24What happened was I had sex with my cellie, and then I come out here every night and tell angel, oh, nothing is going on.
00:41:36I'm lying.
00:41:39But I still feel really, really guilty, honestly.
00:41:43You would think I wouldn't with the name wicked but I really, really feel guilty.
00:41:49I really feel bad, and am i going to tell him?
00:41:52No, of course not.
00:41:57Sorry, mom.
00:41:58Sorry I'm a whore on the yard.
00:42:00All right.
00:42:02So my confession is out.
00:42:04>> Feel better?
00:42:07>> I do.
00:42:08>> Up next.
00:42:08>> This is a ferrari right here.
00:42:10>> When he got his hands on his tattoo gun, he was so excited his hands were actually shaking.
00:42:14>> An inmate tattoo artist is temporarily reunited with his pride and joy.
00:42:17 could itching to geico really save you 15% or more on car insurance?
00:42:34Is a bird in the hand worth 2 in the bush?
00:42:38 well you rarely see them in this good of shape.
00:42:41Appraiser: for example the fingers are perfect.
00:42:43Appraiser: the bird is in mint condition.
00:42:45 and I would say if this were to go to auction today, conservatively it would be worth 2 in the bush.
00:42:50Woman: really?
00:42:53 it's just beautiful,thank you so much for bringing it in.
00:42:56 unbelievable 15 minutes couldsave you 15% or more.
00:45:46>>> One constant at all the prisons we visited is the existence of an underground tattoo market, whether used to identify themselves as members of a gang or deal with the boredom of incarceration, there are always inmates willing to pay for new tattoos and others willing to risk punishment to provide them.
00:45:59>> One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven.
00:46:0111 Convictions for tattooing which isn't bad.
00:46:10>> Richard sampson is one of the more prolific tattoo artists at the limon correctional facility in colorado.
00:46:15He shares a handful of his disciplinary write-ups.
00:46:18Tattoo motor.
00:46:19One ge radio, medical syringe with needle.
00:46:21One bottle of ink.
00:46:22Tattoo needle.
00:46:24One spring being altered into a needle for tattoo gun found on desk.
00:46:29Alarm clock radio, eight needles, one bottle of ink, one tattoo gun, one ink blood rag.
00:46:38Got ink and blood on it.
00:46:40>> You're not very good at hiding your stuff, are you?
00:46:46>> Out of all these, I get away with it more than I get caught, that's for sure.
00:46:53>> Sampson's tattoo write-ups have caused him more than 200 days in earned good time, but he says the extra time in prison is worth it.
00:47:07>> Any time I have lost by getting caught doing what I'm doing is well worth the sanity that I would have lost if I had just done what they said and walked the line.
00:47:12Shut my mouth and went to my house and did nothing and just sat there and watched my tv.
00:47:15I'm more at he's with myself.
00:47:17I respect myself a lot more for having done what I want to do until here.
00:47:20That's my outlet, that's my escape.
00:47:22>> It's always been fascinating to me how these guys manage to get tattoos in prison.
00:47:26Not only the items they need to do the tattoos, but the fact they can get away with doing tattoos.
00:47:35>> Any small wire can be straightened out and made into a needle.
00:47:42You can get motors out of appliances, tape recorders, cameras.
00:47:49>> Along with needles, tattooing can also be made from everyday items.
00:47:55>> That's where usually they will burn soot, they will take paper and oil and burn it on the bottom.
00:48:02>> Burn baby oil or hair oil, hair grease, styrofoam cups back in the day, chess pieces.
00:48:04Anything that doesn't burn complete.
00:48:08Unburned carbon, put it underneath a desk or in your locker box or something.
00:48:13>> Then you put that in your body.
00:48:15>> Oh, yeah.
00:48:17>> Ever pose any health risks?
00:48:18>> Of course, of course, but so does homosexual activity and they're not trying to stop that.
00:48:27>> He told me that he learned how to tattoo in prison, and then when he went back out on the streets, he learned more technique, and I guess he brought those back in with him when he was incarcerated again.
00:48:43Like using multiple needles to do tattoos.
00:48:46>> That's done with ten needles.
00:48:49Some of it's missing.
00:48:52Some of it is kind of patchy.
00:48:55You can see the difference between -- you can see how smooth how solid black that is.
00:49:02Single needle would be like this, where it's kind of gray and you know broke up.
00:49:08I'm trying to get it where the work we're doing in here can compare with the work they're doing on the street.
00:49:16That's my goal.
00:49:17>> Raising the level of prison ink work prompted sampson to create a number of unique tattoo guns, but their lives are always cut short because they're confiscated.
00:49:27But the prison temporarily gave him back one of his prized creations so he could show us it's finer points.
00:49:38>> This is mine.
00:49:39This is mine.
00:49:41This is a headphone cord I had altered and it plugs right into this.
00:49:45Look at sampson playing with his toys, like a kid in a toy store.
00:49:47This is all stainless steel.
00:49:49>> How many needles did you have coming out of that?
00:49:54>> Ten.
00:49:56This is the ferrari right here.
00:49:58Plugs right in there.
00:50:01>> When he got his hands on his tattoo gun again, he was so excited that his hands were actually shaking.
00:50:09>> That's my baby.
00:50:09I'm shaking.
00:50:10I lost this about three months ago, but you can see I made the frame and then I tied it all down with dental floss and glued it so it's nice and hard.
00:50:22Feel that, there's no movement in this.
00:50:27This is one solid piece.
00:50:30>> And that was your razor.
00:50:31>> This came out of a razor, electric razor.
00:50:36>> You look like you're in love.
00:50:38>> Oh, man.
00:50:41All right, buddy.
00:50:44You're going to have to go back to the crate.
00:50:49>> Painful?
00:50:50>> Oh, not as painful as it was the first time.
00:50:52>> While sampson strives to be a pioneer in the world of prison tattoos, two other inmates we met at limon had taken the art to shocking dimensions.