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where do you want me? >> a brutal stabbing puts the prison on edge. a brash new inmate gets taken down a notch. >> it ain't your business to take care of that, man. >> two buddies do their time together. >> my first cat saved my life during a contract hit. he woke me up when the guy tried to take me out. >> oh, no! >> and now we put our cameras in the hands of inmates who share intimate thoughts about life
behind bars. there's just a lot of foul stuff that goes on in the indiana department of corrections. >> when i got that sentence, man i started -- i targeted them. >> you see guys wearing their pants down to their knees, thinking they're cool and stuff. that would get you gang raped or something like that. >> when i first got to prison, like i said, i had blood on my mind. i wanted to get my knife wet.
>> we're on level four. we have the worst prisoners of any in the state here. you've got your murderers and rapists. we've got people in here with four, five, 600 years. you're up on the ranges. we've got cameras. we've got people walking all the times. but still you can't be with them 24/7. if they want to jump somebody, they'll jump them. if they want to jump me, they can come right in my door and jump me. that's just the way it goes. that's prison. >> i try not to know what they're in here for. because i don't want to be -- like, i don't want this guy around me because he did this or did that. there are guys in here that you know automatically why they're in here. i read the newspapers. i get two newspapers every day and i read them from one end to
the other. i know what's going on. >> what is it? what is it? >> he ran away. >> hold up right there on the wall. >> in the initial seconds that officers respond to a report of a fight between inmates, the first challenge is sorting through a yard full of convicted criminals to determine who was involved. >> i don't know who was involved. >> was he involved? >> i don't know. >> oh, just hold up. >> suddenly, a "lockup" producer encounters the victim outside the prison's medical clinic. >> what? where do you want me? he is bleeding profusely from deep slashes in his neck, stomach, arm, and leg.
>> he just attacked me for no reason. >> hey, what is your name? >> ellerman. >> hey, don't throw them away. they're brand, spanking new. can you put them in a bag, please? >> okay. we've got another cut up here, guys. >> okay. >> is this worse than this? >> no. >> come on, man. >> while prison medics work on pat ellerman, officers continue their search for his attacker. >> looking for a long-herod white guy. >> a white guy with long hair, right? >> i understand you have
somebody that went to medical. there was a long-herod guy. is he the one that went to medical? >> yes. >> that's affirmative. >> who was -- was there a third one? >> there was a third one. we can't identify him. >> knowing only that ellerman's attacker has long hair, officers detain an inmate. but soon determine he wasn't involved and the search continues. >> come on. one at a time. come on, guys. let's go. step up. >> just hang on. anything in your pockets? take it out. >> just this right here. >> a short time later, another inmate is taken in for questioning. >> we've got one guy with one of the weapons. i took the weapons up to the custody hall. >> there was extensive tendon damage to the affected arm. he won't be coming back here anytime soon. he's going to be transferred to a medical facility that's going to be able to deal with that kind of damage.
>> they called me in from home. right now we're in the crime scene, so watch your feet. >> see what these are. these are gravitational droplets. this is where he's walking and his hands are moving or he's got wounds on him and the blood is dropping from his body to the ground. >> the blood. the actual injury might have happened here, but they were struggling, i guess, up here all the way to the fence. >> i can't tell if this is blood right now. it looks like a smear, like somebody fell down. like a mark that kind of dragged across. this is the victim's blood. >> after surveying the crime scene, the investigator examines the weapons.
>> it's an x-acto blade. took a little bit of time to put a couple pieces of wood together to hold it in place. this weapon will do a lot of damage. >> the suspect, michael stafford, is brought in for questioning. >> have a seat right there. do you want to tell me where you got the knifes from? coming up -- >> oh, i'm innocent. >> the investigator finds both the suspect and the victim unwilling to cooperate. so you can get back to playing "angry birds." it lets you access business forms on the go, fire off e-mails with the qwerty keypad, and work securely around the world so you can get back to playing "angry birds." it's the android-powered phone that mixes business with pleasure. so let's get our work done, america, so we can all get back to playing "angry birds." the motorola expert from sprint. trouble hearing on the phone? visit sprintrelay.com.
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dogs, they're knowing to fight. >> a vicious stabbing has just occurred at indiana state prison. the victim with deep slashes across his neck, stomach, arm, and leg, has been rushed to a hospital. the suspected assailant, michael stafford, has been brought into internal affairs for questioning. >> i jumped on him earlier today. >> were you physically assaulted at that time? >> yeah. >> then what happened? >> i heard the guy talking while i was waiting for chow, talking about watch what happens to him when we come back. later i heard him say, i killed the little bastard. >> is this the same guy that you got in a fight with that was talking? >> i'm not really even sure. >> okay. then what happened? >> went all -- all hell broke loose. >> who had the knifes? >> i don't know nothing. >> you don't know nothing about two weapons sitting there on my
desk? >> look, i've already been beat up once today. >> yeah. >> i heard people talk about killing somebody when the doors come open. i come out to defend myself. i'm not dying in here. >> i can understand that. >> if it's between him and me, i'm sorry about his [ bleep ] luck. that's what happened. that's all there is to it. i didn't -- that's -- >> was it the same guy that made the comments? >> i'm not going to build a case for you. >> at this time, we're going to end the statement. >> 2,200 people in here for different things. a lot of them in here for murder. long time, big-time. you could walk down the street tomorrow and get beat up. you could get stabbed just walking down the street. it's just -- it happens. >> back in the 1980s when major cabanaw patrolled isp as a correctional officer, he experienced such violence firsthand. >> i've been assaulted, yeah. i fought for my life a couple of times. we had three offenders back in the back with knives.
and the only thing i had when i went back there was one of the guys in the cage give me a cut-off mop stick. this guy was trying to stab me, and i broke that stick over his head and got the knife from him, but all i can say is he probably looked like -- [ inaudible ] personally, i try to treat the offenders the way they treat me. they treat me all right, don't give me a problem, then i'm not going to give them a problem. but i'll tell you what, if they cross me, i can be their worst enemy. >> james stone is one of the offenders that used to test cabanaw's mettle. >> my first eight years here was very violent. guys that were having problems that were owed money and couldn't get it, they'd come to me and say, will you collect this for us? i'd say, yeah, but i get half. i said, you got a week to get the money or the next time i'm not going to be nice. >> over the years, stone has
grown less violent and more committed to his prison job, which today will take him to the fifth floor of "i" cell house. the intensive detention unit. the most dreaded cell block at isp. >> there's currently about 99 people that are here on idu. and here -- this is what it's like pretty much every day. you've got -- you walk out pretty much with a lot of headaches every day. this is like prison within prison. someone is going to try to gun you down. these guys are going to get combative with you. these guys will try to stab you and hence the stab vest i have to wear. this is idu. this is the real deal. [ bleep ] and -- and you've got to have a thick skin to work here, too. >> they've got an overflowed toilet on idu. i'm the backup. i've got to clean blood, crap, urine, overflowed toilets. you know, it's a glamour job. what i'm anticipating, just cleaning up some swamp water unless there's a man-eating turd or something like that in there,
i'm pretty well safe. but then, again, with the food we get here, you never know. >> stone is a good person. he's a hard worker. one of the hardest workers that i know. >> getting ready to. >> he's a convict. a convict is one of the older ones. >> oh, right here. here we are. spilled toilet. one of the hardest workers that i know. >> getting ready to. >> he's a convict. a convict is one of the older ones. >> oh, right here. here we are. spilled toilet. >> the difference is they respect more people in here. the officers, i think, they respect the officers. they have jobs. they go to work. they stay out of trouble. >> been in prison for 24 years
now. when i first came to prison, i didn't have much to lose or anything because the time they gave me was more or less a death sentence anyway. back in the old days, wintertime came around. those windowed were bolted open. the heat was shut off. everyone stayed in shop because they'd jog in place and do push-ups or whatever just to stay warm. now these guys have hot water in the showers. didn't have it back then. you take a shower when it's only in the teens. it's like where did it go? >> the kids are more -- the inmates, the older guys are the convicts and they're getting less and less. >> holy mackerel. >> isp is slowly going from convict to inmate. we're getting a lot of younger kids in here who are not used to prison life. and they're not used to interacting with us.
>> it's a bird, it's a plane. no, it's the bio bucket man. these new guys have their pants hanging down to their knees or they have grunge on the headset or something like that. on the phone calling mommy and daddy so they can get a nickel sack or a crack head ball or whatever they've got going on around and they want to cry. they say state this, state that. the state ain't doing nothing for you. you're here. they done did what they were going to do. but you're here. make of it what you can. to the bat cave. >> in a prison where old-school convicts like james stone are a dying breed, josh harrison represents the new generation. >> i'm 20 years old. i've been in prison for a little over four months. >> i was here for approximately two weeks and they came and put me on the "d," which is administrative segregation
because i got into it officers, i broke tvs. now i'm trying to do my time and get an education and go home so i can be home with my children. >> if harrison falls into the wilder, less disciplined ways of the inmates, he could wind up spending years in lockup. but one of the prison's old-time convicts is committed to looking out for him. >> i've known josh probably over three months now. we was all on lockup when i actually first met him. i know his -- his dad from inside the prison system. >> me and my dad, we ain't got a real good relationship. then i met robert.
he's been more like a father than my real dad has. >> he's really just a lonely kid, you know what i mean? he wants to play tough, but actually he just wants to know that someone cares about him. >> he's like, stay out of trouble, stay out of trouble. if i get myself -- he'll cuss me out. >> josh reminds me a lot of me when i was his age. i know what he's going through. he thinks he's got something to prove to people, but i think he's wanting me to see him as a tough guy, you know? >> spears would soon be proven right. next -- >> well, he passed a rumor that he wanted to try to kill me. >> josh harrison finds himself in serious trouble. everybody in this row, you need to stand up against the wall. >> with a recent stabbing at so to save some money, we taught our 5 year old how to dunk. woman: scholarship! woman: honey go get him. anncr: there's an easier way to save. get online. go to geico.com. get a quote. 15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance.
everybody in this row, you need to stand up against the wall. >> with a recent stabbing at indiana state prison, officers are stepping up searches for weapons. >> sir, i need you to step over here. >> the procedure is monitored by internal affairs officer will mcginnis. >> okay. there's the officers shaking down in "e" dorm. they're going through -- underneath the bed, the
mattress, personal property. and looks like something was found. the officer is reaching. you see him restraining the offender. >> the offender is josh harrison. >> i disappointed a lot of people in my life. i let a lot of people down. my wife, my wife, that's my daughter, that's my son, the twins. my mom, she's -- [ inaudible ] i got caught with a knife. >> this is a shank that was turned in from possession of offender harrison. "e" dorm east. and as you can see here, that's a pretty lengthy piece of iron there. got a pretty good point on the end of that. could do some severe damage. especially if that came up through a rib or a kidney or a lung. >> i got another really good friend that cares about me. >> if i could get him right now, i'd beat him up just to show him
you're not tough. >> robert spears has been a surrogate father to harrison during the young inmate's first four months at indiana state prison. >> i'm really mad at him now. there's no reason he should have had that knife. he's got two babies. i told him, it ain't about this, man. you've got ten years to do. do that ten, go home, be a dad. it's not about being in here being tough, having a reputation. >> on his way to pre-seg, i temporarily lockdown, harrison reveals his reason for having the shank. >> the dude that murdered my cousin is in this prison. >> does he live in "e" dorm? >> no, he lives in "f" dorm. but word was he was going to get me, so the day i heard that is the same day i got caught with it. >> all right. >> shakir smith was the man that harrison was allegedly
targeting. >> he already passed a rumor that he wanted to try to kill me or was going to kill me. and i could either go at this guy head-on and probably prove everybody right that i'm this big, violent person that they marked me to be, or i could talk to them, face up, and i came in one day from work. he was waiting outside. and i kind of seen he was antsy and everything. had something in his pocket. >> so you had the shank in your pocket? >> i was -- i had a shoe string holding my pants up and it was tied to the shoe string, hanging by my right side. >> smith was convicted of killing harrison's cousin, but claims it was someone else. >> yes, i do have an idea of who did it. but i ain't no snitch. >> of course. [ inaudible ] i wasn't going to kill the dude. >> what were you going to do? >> i was -- i was just going to poke him a couple of times. if somebody was going to kill your family, what would you do? >> michael stafford is dealing with a different kind of loss. >> i hadn't had a hair cut since october, 1999. and i just -- this is the second
time i got jumped on that they pulled all this hair out. boy, i hate losing that. >> after further questioning about the brutal stabbing of pat ellerman, stafford is escorted back to the special management cell that he is assigned to until the investigation is complete. >> we did interview the victim. the victim is not being very cooperative with us. being an old-time convict, he doesn't want to be labeled as a snitch, so he's not giving us any statements whatsoever. back to the special management cell that he is assigned to until the investigation is complete. >> we did interview the victim. the victim is not being very cooperative with us. being an old-time convict, he doesn't want to be labeled as a snitch, so he's not giving us any statements whatsoever. he said, i'm not going to help you with your investigation at all.
some of stafford's information that he gave us don't pan out. what we're hearing through the rumor mill is that he owed someone some money. he owed the victim some money at one time. stafford and the victim used to be friends, but over the last six months or so, they've slowly separated and went their own way. >> somebody seemed to think i owed them some money. i don't know. i think he was in debt themselves. and to get the bill collectors, so to speak, off of them, i think they just up and said, hey, that guy right there owes me some money. >> stafford said there was two guys that jumped him, which we still haven't proved he got beat up. we'll never know that.
at this point, i've got enough information to go ahead and charge mr. stafford with class a-102 battery. that's a violation of our adult disciplinary procedures. we'll put together the case for the prosecutor's office. we'll let them review it and decide whether he wants to present criminal charges. >> the guy that caused all this, the guy that got cut up, he had me pegged wrong. well, that guy is in the hospital right now. i don't think he's going to mess with me. coming up -- >> best-case scenario, just be that they forget about this. >> stafford gets his day in court. check out the miles per gallon. the length of the power train warranty. and the horsepower. only ram delivers this kind of muscle. that'll thin out the herd real quick. guts. glory. ram. >> ( rooster crows ) >> by 2020, 50 billion network devices will roam the earth. that's seven devices per person. this will change how we work in ways we've never before imagined. what do you need to secure your people, their devices, and your business?
i'm christina brown. here's what's happening. a washington state man who was shot by police after threatening them with a bomb has died. police opened fire when he came out of his home pointing a rifle. and a search for two escaped murderers may now extend beyond arkansas. the two slipped out of prison wearing guard uniforms. police say it is a pretty good chance they are no longer in the state. now back to "lockup: extended stay." i'm surrounded every day by murderers, child molesters, serial killers, the worst of mankind. but me and -- we're pretty decent guys. >> the old-school convicts and the younger less disciplined inmates at indiana state prison usually keep a distance between themselves. but another segment of the prison population roams wherever and with whomever they choose. the younger less disciplined inmates at indiana state prison usually keep a distance between themselves. but another segment of the prison population roams wherever and with whomever they choose. >> we've got guys in here that used to cause us problems all the time. they got a cat and they changed just like that overnight. >> many isp inmates are allowed to adopt cats from a local rescue shelter.
>> this is jinxster. this is my little buddy here. i've had him since 2005. because my first cat died in 2005. and they replaced him with one that looks similar to him. my first cat here was jinx. as you can see, he was a large cat. he wasn't fat either. he was muscle. like i said, the first cat anybody ever seen that could pull a concrete block. not no brick. a block across the ground. that's how me and stone met each other. by me -- i was in charge of the cell houses as a captain and i'd be walking the ranges and he caught me playing with jinx one day. that's how we became good buddies. we've been friends ever since then. >> my first cat saved my life during a contract hit. he woke me up when the guy tried to take me out and i ended up sending that guy to the
hospital. so my first cat was like a watch dog. you couldn't get near me or anything like that. he guarded me. >> i am in charge of the cat program. you know, that's a switch, but i don't know, i like cats. i like animals. my personal opinion is our cat program is probably one of the best things we've got going on in here. >> by taking a cat, it gave me a sense of responsibility, something to lose, think about. which a lot of these guys in here don't have none of that. >> you ain't going to the vet. i think he thinks he's going to the vet. >> stone, before he got jinx, he was kind of a rebel-rouser. he'd go around and drink, smoke, whatever. not wanting to do what he's told and stuff. then when he got jinx, it just changed him. changed him into a different person. >> the major himself used to come up and visit the cat all the time. he said if i ever got a problem and had to get rid of jinx, he would take him home to his farm himself. he really fell in love with the cat itself. >> what's up? how are you doing?
>> i thought i'd bring him over. >> the cats do good for both sides. staff and the guys doing time. because they don't just affect the guy that's got the cat. jinxster, he probably affects 50 people in the cell house alone. >> hey, jinxster. >> he's my little buddy. i depend on him. he's more dependable than anything i've got in here. i mean, he takes a lot of the anger and temper away. makes it easier to cope in here. because when i do feel like i'm about ready to go and do something stupid or whatever, i just hold him in my lap, pat him, stroke him a few times and you look at those big eyes and you think, hey, this guy depends on me. i've got to take care of him.
you know? >> while stone's cats might have helped to rein him in, it's hard to say what, if anything, will help josh harrison. after being caught with a knife, he has been confined to the prison's pre-seg lockdown unit located on the fifth floor of "d" cell house. and now he's in even more trouble. >> he's been asking about his cable all day. he has tv, but he doesn't have any cable. and he had mentioned that if he doesn't get his cable fixed by 5:30, he's going to burn the next officer down. meaning he's going to throw either urine or feces on the next officer or possibly the next worker that comes up there. while i was standing there trying to talk some common sense into him, he took his pipes from his light switch and he went to pull it off the wall and the sparks started flying. and so i spoke with the shift supervisor and he told me to write him up for destruction of property. so he's not going to be happy with me once he gets this. >> mr. harrison, for one thing, you've got to take the curtain
down. >> why? >> the next thing, i had to write you up for your little destruction of property with the light. i can't get ahold of the cable company today. so you're not going to get any cable today. but you do have to take the curtain down. >> the curtain ain't coming light. i can't get ahold of the cable company today. so you're not going to get any cable today. but you do have to take the curtain down. >> the curtain ain't coming down. >> it's got to come down, mr. harrison. if you can't take it down, i can get someone to help you take it down.
>> get somebody to help me then. >> i'll be back. >> my style, if i have an offender that doesn't want to follow my orders, then i'll give them a warning. because i understand, you know, these guys are locked in most of the day. they don't have a chance to, you know, communicate with their friends or their family, whatever it is. so i'll give them a little bit of slack. >> i got destruction of property. i don't [ bleep ] know. >> he's going to take his curtain down. harrison. >> you want somebody to [ bleep ]. >> i ain't doing that, sarge. >> i want my privacy. >> come here. now, if i see that curtain -- >> it's going back up as soon as -- >> i will come down here, shake you down and take you up and have you strip searched and write you up myself. >> get the cable fixed. >> i'm trying to get your cable fixed. but i do not want to see that curtain up again. >> if my cable ain't fixed by 6:00, we're going to have
problems, man. there's going to be drama up here all night. >> did you just tell me today that you wanted to go home? >> i do. but she's going to write me up for petty [ bleep ]. >> you can't be in here destroying property. >> if you don't write me up, i'm going to rip it out. [ bleep ]. >> wouldn't it be easy to beat the write-up if -- >> i'm not going to be here. she's watching me -- that's not my -- [ inaudible ] >> you're not the only one in here with problems. we both know that you want your cable fixed. and we both will do what we can to get it fixed. i don't want no more about gunning no officers down if you don't get it done. because you don't need no more write-ups. you don't need no more nothing. in order for you to go home, you need to sit back and keep your mouth shut, okay? all right.
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anybody that's around them. >> back years ago, we had a lot of convicts here. they were different. they took responsibility for what they did do and what type of crime, whatever, they did. now we have a lot of offenders/inmates that it's all about me. it seems like we owe them. >> get the cable fixed. >> and i don't understand where they're coming up with the thing where society owes them. they owe society.
and that's where -- we're trying to teach them to take responsibility for their actions. >> hard as they try, however, prison staff do not always succeed. but sometimes a convict can do what an officer can't. as josh harrison currently in pre-seg for being caught with a knife is about to find out. >> he knows i'm upset at him because of the knife situation. but i actually told him, i'll try to get up and see you. but he's going to try to give me a dumb little story. you can believe that. oh, they was going to do something. he knows i'm not going to let no one do nothing to him. >> robert spears has been a surrogate father to josh harrison since harrison first arrived at indiana state. now he's decided to drop in on harrison for a friendly visit. >> why did you get it? >> because of my cousin. >> what did i tell you? let god take care of that. it ain't your business to take care of that, man. do you want someone raising your two little kids?
calling somebody else dad? okay. if you killed him, what are you going to get, dude? it's stupid. if you don't use your head, you're going to lose the rest of your life right here. you're still a kid, dude. but you turn around and be my age and not even know it. look at me. 43 now, man. what are you doing? i've done done it. i've been through it. done it. lockup, stabbings, fightings, being tough. you don't have to be tough, man. it's about to get ahold of you, boy. i'd whip you just for that reason and i'd try to knock your teeth out just because i care about, you boy. just to wake you up. you're ignorant. you can't really tell you me
you're stupid, you know, because you're not. you know how i do it. i don't know about you, boy. you hurt my feelings. you let me down. of all the people, i thought you were going to come through. you better wake up, josh. no matter how much i care about you, if you have to learn the hard way, you're going to do that on your own, man. if you get into this anymore, i'm for real done, man. >> you got anything down there? >> what do you need? >> food. >> i'd send you some up later. just shut up, man. just stay out of trouble. you talk too much. stay out of trouble. stay out of trouble. >> love you, bro. >> see you later, man. straight idiot, man. if i could hit him in the mouth right now, i would. >> i let him down. >> how much time harrison spends in the hole will be determined in a disciplinary board hearing just like the one awaiting michael stafford for allegedly stabbing pat ellerman. >> best-case scenario would be that they forget about this. >> stafford is assigned an inmate advocate to help him present his case at the hearing. >> did you get a copy of the investigator's report? >> no. >> here's what i would say.
no matter what the outcome is, i would plead not guilty to it just for the simple fact, if you don't -- >> i thought i already pled not guilty. >> but she's going to ask you what your plea is again inside of here. >> okay. >> you don't want to plead guilty to something that has the possibility of an outside charge. >> i'll take care of it from here. >> okay. >> you're done. >> he said he wants to ride out solo from here.
>> so you're waiving your right? >> i don't want any help. >> okay. you can go ahead and step outside. have a seat. this is your copy of the evidence card. the weapons they found. one taken off of you. this is the video. of the incident. you were wrote up on a 102. battery with a weapon. when you were screened, you said not guilty. is that still your plea? >> not guilty. >> do you have a statement on the incident? >> you know, i was beat up twice in one day here. i've had three people putting knots on my head. i'm the only one locked up. what's going on here? >> did you report the incidents to anybody? about being beat up? >> how could i do that? i've got to live here. >> i understand that, but you could have went down and said, hey, this happened. you didn't have to give them a name. >> and if i'd have done that, where would i be now? >> i don't know. >> yeah, you do. you work here. you know what would have
happened if i'd done that. >> anything else you want to add to your statement? >> no. it's not doing me any good. >> based on that case file, i am going to find you guilty of battery, give you a year. take 180 days. i will give you an appeal form so that you can appeal that. >> assigned to a year of disciplinary segregation, stafford will be locked up 23 hours per day, lose some of his personal property, and not be allowed contact with general population inmates. >> i'm going to be living like an animal, in a cage with nothing. absolutely nothing. over what? because somebody tried to take my [ bleep ] away from me. i protected myself. this is what happens. that guy was coming at me with a weapon. i had to do something. i had to do it right then. he said, why didn't you get an officer? hell, i can't get an officer? if i went and got an officer, where would i be now? i'd be the one laying in the hospital all cut up. it's a bad deal all the way around. no such thing as defending yourself. >> stafford has now left his cell with a view with the intensive detention unit where he will now be locked up. the disciplinary board found him responsible for the stabbing of pet elerman. >> get the blood on my shoes. i seen blood on my shoes. automotive performance is gone.
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>> stafford has now left his cell with a view with the intensive detention unit where >> stafford received a year in the hole. despite elerman's refusal to cooperate with the investigation. it's all part of the convict code. and calling shots and assaults and drugs and trafficking. that's been my whole makeup my whole life. i'm a criminal. i'm on idu which is the intensive detention unit. it's segregation. due to the fact that i'm on idu, i've got to have noncontact visits.
>> get the blood on my shoes. i seen blood on my shoes. >> two weeks after his brutal stabbing, elerman has returned to general population. >> i was stabbed ten times. i think i won the fight. he won the war. >> stafford received a year in the hole. despite elerman's refusal to cooperate with the investigation. it's all part of the convict code. >> i'm a convict. you don't tell nothing. that's just the way it is. i mean, i've got to live here the rest of my life. i don't want anybody thinking that i'm weak. that i'm going to talk. that i'm going to say anything about anything. i'm not mad at the guy. if more people would do what he did instead of this poking and running, this would be a different prison. i'm sort of impressed that he went that far. he could have cut me and ran. i didn't even know he had a knife while he was cutting me.
i didn't know he had a knife. >> how could you not know? >> i was busy. i was fighting. >> at what point did you realize you had been stand? >> at the very end i had him by the hair and i was uppercutting him. i noticed i had a couple of drops on my shoes. he reached up and went like this. you know, i noticed i was holding him so hard when he went like this, it just was like rubber bands, bam, bam, bam. i was like, oh, man, and i let him go. >> you were severely stabbed. i'm curious how a human being wouldn't have felt that. >> because i was enjoying fighting. >> narrator: but fighting has led to the loss of a relationship with his 13-year-old son. he has only heard from him once in the past eight years. >> i wish my son would get to
know me before i die. i sure do. when he was born, i swore to him as he was looking up at me, never come back to prison. i told him i'd quit fighting. i lied to him. i don't want my son to end up like me. in any way. i never knew my father. he disappeared out of my life when i was 5 years old. but he died. i didn't get a chance to meet him. all i knew about him he hung out in bars, he was a fighter, he was really tough. i didn't think that that's what i wanted to be, but that's what i turned into. and i don't want him to subconsciously try to turn into me. i do not -- i'd rather see anything than my son go to
prison. anything. anything. >> ready to go? >> narrator: after being caught with a shank and other lesser violations, josh harrison is about to be separated from the convict he considers his surrogate father. he's given an 18-month term in the detention unit where he is locked up 20 hours a day and not allowed to associate with the general population. he is allowed one last good-bye. >> robert? >> yeah. >> come out. >> where you going? >>, dirks u. they gave me a year and a half. >> stay out of trouble. >> i will. >> you, too. >> eknow. all right. >> i love you. >> stay out of trouble, kid. >> narrator: this will be harrison's first time on idu. with good behavior, he might not serve the full year and a half. a place where the prison's most dangerous inmates seemingly spend 24 hours a day shouting threats at each other. >> he's nervous. i think he's nervous. this is his first time up here on idu. it's nerve-racking. >> this is smaller than a [
bleep ]. than a regular cell. >> hopefully he'll do his year and a half time up here, go back out to population and straighten up. and he'll be up here longer and get more reports. if he maxes out from here, they'll probably ship him out of here. visitation draws families together. but it also sparks a crackdown on contra band that grips the entire prison. and now we've put our cameras in the hands of inmates who share intimate thoughts about life behind bars. >> this prison will eat you up and spit you out. >> i'm tired of all these bars, watching my days and nights go by.