‘To Sleep, Perchance to Dream’ by Philip Brasfield

If you want a good night’s sleep in Texas, don’t look for it in prison. Finding respite from the constant noise and bright lights in cell blocks and dormitories is increasingly difficult in general population. In special housing areas (Administrative Segregation), it may be impossible.

Despite conservative, tough-on-crime mythology perpetuating the misconception that prisons are like gated country clubs, life behind bars is synonymous to a fenced and caged dystopia.

Nearly one-third of every day in prison is spent being counted. Ideally, all counts are supposed to clear in an hour.

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