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jab has a special place. >> the boss. >> the buck stops. >> separated from everything. learn to deal with it. >> boston, massachusetts is by any standard a world class city. ever since the colonial days, some called it a fighting town. located in the heart of the city is a place for anyone who does their fighting outside more than 12,000 people pass through the doors of the jail. though the jail holds inmates
that are convicted and serving short sentences, most arrive having only been accused of a crime. if they don't make bail, they will stay until cases are resolved. for some it can be measured in months in not years >> we are not housing people and completely nonviolent crimes. if you are one of the nonviolent, it's something you need to get used to someone reaches their boiling point virtually every day of the week >> most common violation. it's common for the gang differences people get transferred into new
units and they go at it and end up here here is the segregation unit where they are placed after serious violations. other than toiletries and legal papers, they are not allowed personal property and are locked in cells 23 hours a day. while segregation is officially known as the 61 unit, inmates have another name for it. >> the box. >> it's hell on earth. >> the box sucks. >> a lot of times when you go in, you will hear a lot of screaming. i'm going to kill you. i'm going to get you. these people do not like each other. they will take every opportunity to tell everybody how much they don't like someone. >> unlike the inmates, dan
espinoza keeps quiet, especially about the fight that earned him 30 days here. it happened the night he was arrested. he said he doesn't remember a thing about it. >> i chased after a court officer. they hit and kicked one and spit on him. >> he came in severely drunk, drugs, something or other. under the influence of something when he came in. >> espinoza was arrested on larceny and shoplifting and was in court to enter a plea, but the behavior prevented that. instead he was taken to the segregation unit. fortunately for him, he wasn't changed for alleged abusive behavior and later pled not guilt to his original charges he blames his problems on his abuse of prescription drugs.
>> i felt when i was there, iter to my knee up. i had my knee reconstruct and i was on vicodin, percocet. i was doing heroin a little over 10 years. >> he said he supported his addiction by shoplifting and sell the items in the ethnic neighborhoods. >> i had ed hardy jeans. like a rack of them. i would go to the italians and puerto ricans for the clothes and the chinese for the electronics. you have watches. >> for convicted of his current charges, espinoza faces several years in state prison. >> sad to say, but maybe it's what i need. >> while espinoza's legal future is uncertain, his time is
drawing to a close. he is about to be transferred to general population. >> tomorrow i get out, thank god. i get to play in the big box again. out of the little box into the big box. daniel also aspires to be placed on the general population. >> mingle with the crowd and get out. never real season it. fight. everybody fights, right? you can't handle situations. you have to fight and somebody will say something if you have problems with me.
>> 16 months ago, he was convicted of possession of a firearm and sentenced to two years at the house of correction. a separate jail facility for convicted inmates serving 2 1/2 years or less. due to multiple fights he spent 13 months in segregation. even under those restrictions, he was a significant disciplinary problem >> he has been involved in about 10 fights. a lot of fights he called to happen. a lot more behind the scenes >> i will be in the background and said bleep that. sometimes i like when people yell. i like it. i don't know. it's fun to me. i enjoy that. i like the commotion and stuff.
>> here thrives on commotion outside, inside is say shrine to order. >> that's my blanket to keep it off. i feel more comfortable and make it like home. sounlds funny and weird, but that's the way you do everything. the same thing with deodorant. they don't have to use the same one. mouth wash and shampoo. >> there is another unique aspect to the current living situation. due to his fighting or egging on of other inmates, jail officials decided to house him in an area where others would be less likely to respond. >> we decided to remove him from segregation to the infirmary where he wasn't with other people or to ask if he couldn't do it himself.
>> this is the infirmary. this is medical. this is where sick people come down. i get the detail and they pass the trade. i can go back to population. >> in the meantime, he said he will try to make the best of his work detail and life in the infirmary. i got a and a little razzle dazzle and work out everything i want to hear. >> coming up, an inmate nicknamed smile deals with her troubled past. >> i punched a lieutenant in the face. he gave me assault and battery on a lieutenant police officer [ male announcer ] you don't make the world's best chicken
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we got tuna today for lunch. back to our cell after this >> every day in here is a living hell. anticipate no sunshine on this. >> there is some sunshine. boston suffolk county jail. at least on the open air recreation. depending on the security level, inmates are allowed out for an hour or more each day. during that, recreation is taken in housing unit daily where inmates work out any way they can. >> i do pull ups every day.
two sets and i do push ups while i work on the legs. >> over on the women's, some inmates aim for a mind-body connection through a contemplative breakfast. >> reach with your left arm and bring the hand on to the chair. >> the jail allows a volunteer yoga instructor to conduct a class. >> brought like the tree. >> i like it. it's really relaxing and makes your day go by easier. takes away your stress. >> 23-year-old valerie hasn't always been so mellow. she is nearing the end of a 90-day sentence for convicts that include assault on a police officer. >> i got into a fight with this girl. they took me to the police station and they got rough with me so i fought back. i punched a lieutenant in the face. they gave me assault and battery
on a lieutenant police officer. they call me smiley because i'm always smiling. i'm a nice person. but don't get in my personal space. >> she proved her point a few days after arriving in jail. she got into a fight with another female inmate. >> she got a broken eye socket. i put her in the infirmary for eight days. >> the fight earned her a lengthy stay in the female segregation unit. she was released to general population a few weeks ago. despite her sometimes violent tendencies, she claims her numerous days in jail stem from addiction to cocaine and heroin. >> when i was with my kids, i
never did nothing. i was at stay at home mom and it was good. i started doing drugs. it was all downhill. >> she said she turned to prostitution to support her drug habit. two children ages 5 and 6 are in the custody of their father. >> i do write to them. i don't get any mail back and i don't get to talk to them on the phone. he won't let me talk to them on the phone from jail. >> despite the pay, she found room for loftner jail. particularly with her cellmate. >> the first night i came in, we laughed the entire night. rolling. it wasn't that funny. >> i was lapping the wall. i haven't laughed so hard in my lifelike this with me and her. >> archer is also struggling with addictions to heroin and cocaine. she is currently serving one year for prostitution.
>> i was street walking. i would go out there and jump in the car and get the money. usually i would rob the guys. take the money out of their wallet and that's how i know how to do it. you know what i mean? i'm grateful i'm not dead, but that's how i got my money. all you want to do is get another hit. you have to get more money to get more dope. your body is aching for it. i would love to get high. the consequences, look at the consequences. those were abscesses. when i shot coke, it turns to poison. you are in the hospital on antibiotics they look horrible, but she has to be thinking that could happen to her. i could save her from getting these scars. i have them. the thing is i'm alive and i can
still try to help her. don't get further into her addiction and try to control it now before it gets out of hand like i did. >> like she said about the scars, i think about that when i go into the bathroom and i look at my track marks, i just -- we are too pretty for that. we don't need all the marks and scars on our body and all the things i lost getting high. it's crazy. you have to get clean for yourself, not other people. >> daniel espinoza paid a price for drug addiction. high when he was arrested for shoplifting, he assaulted several deputies in the initial court appearance as a result, he spent his first 30 days in suffolk county in
segregation. now he is on his way to general population where he will have more privileges and time outside his cell. >> today i'm getting out of the roll. we will see what's going on. the new unit. we will see what's going to happen. >> daniel spent the last four months living and working in the jail's infirmary hoping good behavior would convince them to overlook his history and grand
him a history to general population. >> here got to a point where he had a cleaned the unit and he came a lot further than they were anticipating. >> they did get a transfer. not the one he wanted. he's back in the box. >> in segregation, i had a disagreement. you can't go here and here and here. he likes to get what he wants. he is manipulative. yesterday morning he had an incident with the juice was leaking and decided he didn't want to insert the juice. when he went into his cell and was not going to work the detail that day, he had a fit and said i'm not getting what i want.
>> i got aggravated and said i'm not doing the juice. why do the work. >> after the things, the sergeant asked what he was doing. i'm leaving one way or the other. they let it go later on the day, but he decided to make a comment saying he needs to make a decision she needs to -- he needs to grow up and move me to the box and i made the decision. coming up. >> they beat it severely. >> a brutal assault brings consequences that can go beyond time in the box.
>> the jail normally places the participants in segregation for up to 30 days. >> available for to come up for the altercation on two. >> for especially violent incidences, they may choose to file criminal charges. first staff will review surveillance of the fight >> at that table is four detainees including daniel espinoza. you can see him looking back to see where the officer's position and sight lines are. another interesting part is this gentlemen who knows the attack is coming. he is vacating the area and he will not be a participant. as the gentlemen raises his arms, that's a signal that the 3-1a tack will be ready. he begins to rise from the table and joins in. what ensues is the flurry of punches and kicks to defenseless detainees
>> if official charges are filed, the most likely charge would be assault and battery. a conviction, but then sent him to state prison for eight years >> most people come in and they don't want to make it if they have worse. they generally keep bad behavior. a person to keep up is rare. >> while the long-term consequences is unknown, his day to day life in the box is completely predictable. in the outside world, you learn to deal with it.
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>> when valerieentered jail, she hit it off to her cellmate and got closer to her fiance >> i wanted to try to find him. >> her fiance is housed in the men's unit on the other side of the jail. luckily she has a perfect view of the cell window. >> she has his heart in the window. his inmates, she and her fiance cannot write or talk to each other on the phone. they use a different method to communicate. inmates call it sky writing. >> you write it backwards.
he mitts the word and when you are done you put your hand up and start another word. i'm grateful that we are doing our time together and crossing each other and talk to each other. he has his heart up, yea! in his hands. my baby. i love him. it's crazy the things love will make you do daniel recently refused and became verbally abusive to staff. the incident earned him a ticket and a transfer back to segregation he is not happy about being back in the box. >> i stare out the window and work out. i stare out all day and talk. >> what did you say?
>> despite the set back, he believes his four months mt. infirmary should have earned him a shot to going back to general population. he is requested to speak with the deputy superintendent michelle steinberg to plead his case. >> how are you doing? >> i'm all right. >> i dealt with him for probably five or six years whether in classification or capacity as assistant deputy superintendent. >> you made a comment to the officer? >> he's a smart individual and manipulative and knows how to get what he wants. he's a good talker. >> i want to see if i get this straight. you are telling me that the whole 4 1/2 months, i slipped up one time and everything goes downhill? that's what you tell me? >> you had the choice and made the choice not to do what was asked? >> i don't understand. i really don't understand that. it started off in the morning
about juice i had my issues adding up. you have to look at the positive side of it. the positive. he caught a ticket and he didn't catch a ticket to try to hurt somebody. he didn't catch for making the joyce and kicking. >> i never said you were dead in the water. >> yes, i am. if i get into a fight, i can do that. >> i'm not saying you are dead in the water. i don't know. you had a set back. that's all it is. no one is saying you are dead in the water. you need to maintain yourself with no issues. >> can i ask you a question? >> you asked me 10 questions. >> do you think that what i caught a ticket was was that bad for me? >> the ticket wasn't, but you got escalated so quickly and got angry over the most minor thing that the next step was what we
were trying for. >> i wasn't doing nothing aggressive. >> my exact words was this. call rachelle and tell her i need to speak to her and make a decision. grow up or something like that. send me there. i was aggravated. the only way i know how to cheat my anger is physically. instead of me doing that, i am yelling. >> yeah. that was recognized. all jokes aside, i know you got the job. i help you. you and i both know i wouldn't care about being in seg. i will stay here and i feel as though i need four months four months. >> you are not dead in the water.
>> the next step is administrative segregation which can determine how long he will remain in segregation. >> most likely you will see asu tomorrow. >> i will be there. >> all right. >> all right. >> nice seeing you though. always nice seeing you. always going to be good. no matter what. i'm out of here. >> while he deals with the consequences of his actions, it's time for dan to do the same. he has been called to a disciplinary hearing for a brutal attack on another inmate since most jail fights are
broken up, they are handled internally with a stay in segregation. the fight was so violent, he could face new criminal charges >> you have the right to remain silent. >> you have the rights. >> yes. >> all right. so what happened? >> i told him to leave and he didn't leave. >> he didn't leave. why did you tell him to leave? >> because he was rough with my cellmate. >> stealing from other people as well. >> it went on for a while. you were the one who was taking a break. why so long? you know what i mean?
>> i lost the concept of time. >> basically it's been bad. you will probably do 30. you wouldn't do 30 in terms of segregation. thank you >> 30 days of segregation can be the least of his problems. should the da decide to pursue prosecution, espinoza could face eight years in state prison. >> it was worth it? >> tired of being in here. basically what it's like. that's what i do. >> coming up -- >> what happened? >> you see team spiraling out of control before that. >> daniel tries yet again to catch a break. >> daniel is a little bit of a special case. >> i knew it was going to happen. all of your balances and transfer between accounts,
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>> every day i get up and i have breakfast and go back to bed until 10:00. have my coffee and take a shower and be back in the room until lunch and watch tv, go on the treadmill. >> when it comes to doing time in the county jail, cindy is an old hand. this is her 14th stay at the jail. she learned a few tricks along the way. >> i make eye liner. >> make up is considered jail contraband and inmates caught with it could receive a write up. archer turned to an unusual source as a substitute. >> you put it on it and it makes an eye liner.
>> got it. >> you activate it with the hair grease and it turns black. i have been doing it for 10 years. like real eye liner on the streets. nobody can make it as black as me though >> archer has been in and out on a variety of petty charges that she claims were fuelled by the long standing drug addiction. she is serving a year for prostitution. >> i called valerie and she said she was doing okay. i talked to her mom. they were doing good. she was so happy her daughter was home >> it won't be long before she can join her friend and she vows it will be the last she will see of the suffolk county jail.
>> i'm trying to get back here. >> archer recently took a small step towards freedom when she was allowed to join the community works program. twice a week they send low computer inmates outside the jail to perform public service like painting and landscaping. >> get out of jail for the day and mark a real job. only $3 a day. it's worth it to me because it helps me get through the day and gets me back into the real world. >> it's like a stepping tone. it's different than being housed with 30 females they are back in population. it's a gradual thing.
. >> it's very strict. parole violations and fighting while you are in here. >> the assistant deputy has known archer for years. >> cynthia i have known since 1991. when i started, she was in her with her mother. >> oh, please! >> i'm kidding. just wait. i know. >> she has been in and out for so long. unfortunately. i'm happy to be doing something
like normal he has five weeks left as unlikely as it is. he is holding out hope to serve the time in general pop using. >> it's a possibility. i doubt it. >> he is back in segregation after refusing to do his job in the infirmary, but he sees it as a small slip up after four months of what for him was unusually good behavior. today he is meeting with jail officials where he learns what's in store for him. >> they are not going to let me. cindy waller is in charge here
>> i got a ticket. you seem to be spiraling out of control before that. >> i can't get restricted for no reason. >> daniel say special case. he is special because of the level of violence he has shown with the staff assaults and fighting and continuous disruptions. he doesn't stop. now we need to move forward. >> i'm going to ask you. i would say for the remainder of your sentence. okay? >> no restraints. >> correct. we are starting you out and we came out and it was nothing violent. no reason to put you on.
we can move further. i hope you can ride it out and do what you are supposed to. do you have any questions about what will happen? >> it doesn't get any better. i can't go and no questions >> knowing he will spend his last. >> he's a player who can read you and you act tough. >> i knew it. >> he doesn't know where his lies begin and truths were. he likes to keep himself clean and he will beat up a cellmate. that's just his personality.
>> i knew this was going to happen. you take a dog off the cage and he nibbles. he don't even nibble. he barks so used to him biting. he didn't bite for a change. while his future is settled, cindy archers has taken an uncertain turn. she just returned from her work detail. >> why did they have you? >> i don't know. what do i do? >> we found there was cigarette
residue and it's obviously all over. looks like she may have smoked it. that was it. that's all that was on it. >> i didn't have cigarettes. believe me. it was only make up from the other day. that was it. that was it. i don't have nothing. i don't have nothing. >> having tobacco could delay archer's release. since officers found residue, she will not face any consequenc consequences. >> we will hold her inside and she will not go back outside until she leaves friday. that will not be be the end. there was no contraband. maybe she doesn't want to leave. she wants to stay. that might be one of the reasons she is afraid to leave. she is trying to self sabotage herself. >> coming up, big developments. three suffolk county inmates pentastar v6 engine in the jeep grand cherokee has a best in
>> inmates in suffolk county jail often refer to the disciplinary segregation unit as the box. for a handful of inmates, time in the box does nothing to deter the behavior. in those cases, the jail has one other most drastic option. it can transfer them to another jail in a neighboring county. >> we will accept inmates from other facilities who have issues in their populations and vice-versa. we try to give them a fresh start. we will send the classification where the drama may not be and they see if they can live in population. we don't want a large contingency of people. it creates more disciplinary problems and we try to keep down the violence if we can stem some.
that has been taken with some of the most notorious inmates >> he was here for a long time taking that known identity out of it. it will be better for him. it was a win-win for the department and him he was given another shot. >> the suffolk county jail has been a second home to cindy archer. today she will have another chance to put it behind her >> i'm leaving and going home. i'm excited. i'm going to do the right thing and stay clean. i remember where i came from >> as she is processed out, she gets to exchange her jail
uniform for the street clothes he was arrested in months earlier. >> my pants fit me. imagine. >> bye! i will. all right. this is the best feeling in the world. to get out of jail. i'm in here almost 10 months. >> want to go home? >> yes, sir. oh, i'm going home. 103514. thank you. my release papers. thank you. i'm going outside to smoke. right now. >> archer a ranged to stay with an old boyfriend while she gets on her feet. >> i got out just now. i'm on my way out. i will call me and have your
phone with you. i will call you in a half hour. all right? >> i value my life very much and my freedom too. i have to value it every day when i'm out there and think about if you do drug, it's only going to last for a minute and you will have a habit. you will get another case and be back to jail. >> dan expects to walk out of jail any day now as well. his freedom is not guaranteed. authorities might still bring criminal charges against him for a roll in a three on one fight. a $750 bail just has been set on his original charges of shoplifting and larceny and he's got the money >> i will bail out and hopefully