While incarcerated in adult jail I felt disowned because I was away from my family for long periods of time. I was around adult inmates who didn’t seem to care about their lives or anyone else’s. I felt unstable when my freedom was taken away and controlled by correctional officers who could care less about any inmate’s life. When I felt disowned and unstable I had to make myself feel unemotional because in jail emotions are a sign of weakness to other inmates. If others see you are weak and showing any emotion, that’s when trouble comes. I had to be unemotional to keep my focus and not make friends because others could not to be trusted.
– Mark H.