Wednesday, December 19, 2007


This is the story of Jake Smith, an eighteen-year old White male inmate who had been convicted for Grand Theft Auto and sentenced to 3-years in the California Department of Corrections. This was not his first encounter with the criminal justice system, no, it was in fact a series of small crimes that led to this current situation. One of his first crimes was that of "petty" theft. He stole a loaf of bread and a package of lunch meat. The total was about $3.00. Since he lived on the street, he would normally live on anything found behind the restaurants in this skid row area of Los Angeles, however, he decided to go into one of the grocery stores and get some new meat and bread.

Jake never noticed the closed circuit camera system and thought that the over-sized jacket that he was wearing would conceal his booty. He was wrong and He was apprehended by the store owner. He plead guilty and was granted probation. He apparently didn't learn much from this because a week later he attempted to steal again, but was apprehended by the store security. Jake's probation was revoked and he was sentence to 1-year in the Los Angeles County Jail.

Upon his release, broke and homeless, he tried to get a meal at a restaurant and tried to leave without paying for it. It so happened that he appeared before the same judge and was given another year.

After being released this time, Jake decided to get out of town and took the first car that someone had left the keys in. Jake had learned how to hot wire the car from some jail inmates that he met while serving his second sentence. Jake had only driven about 10 miles drown the highway, Inter-state 10 when he was pulled over for speeding. The California Highway Patrol Officer was suspicious about the answered given, and Jake was arrested.

The judge, after the jury found him guilty of Grand Theft Auto gave him the three years that he is currently serving.

Upon arrival at the California Institution for Men in Chino, California, Jake tried to fit in, but he made the fatal mistake that so many "fish" (first termers) make.
Jake received some "goodies" (cigarettes and candy) from a nice Hispanic man. This Hispanic man happened to be a gang member and that night, Jake was held down and raped by the nice man and six other nice men.

Jake was about to report the incident to one of the guards but to his luck, another inmate explained what the consequences were. Jake started crying and in between sobs, decided that since he was a "loner" and not a big strong man that he would have to figure out a way to keep others from raping him. Jake did not sleep that night and stayed awake thinking about a strategy to keep him safe.

We have to digress at this point in the story, and give a brief synopsis about his background. According to Jake's own rendition of his birth, we find that he was born the son of a prostitute who decide that she could not care for him so dicarded him in a dumpster behind a restaurant in the area. When one of the workers went to throw out some trash, he heard the crys of a baby coming from inside the dumpster. The worker grabbed the baby and went inside the restaurant and called the police.

Jake was placed into a foster home and by the time he was 10 years old, he had been shipped around from home to home, never even know if his real name was Jake. The paper work showed his name as J. Smith. One of the foster women started calling him Jake. By the time he was 14, he was living on the streets as a runaway. The rest is history.

On the morning after the rape, Jake would not leave his cell, he would not go to eat and by the 4th day the guards got worried and went to check on him. As the guards neared his cell on the third tier, they were about twenty feet from it, but already could smell the stench. Looking into the cell, Jake was standing in the middle of the cell, naked. He was covered from head to toe with his own crap. "Come out of your cell, right now," said the guard. Jake just stood there and smiled. Jake said, "come on in and get me". It was a stand off. The guard called for a extraction team to come up and assist in Jake's removal.

As the extraction team approached, they too said, "what the hell is that smell"?
The guard who requested them said that the inmate had spread crap all over him for an unknown reason. The guard said that they needed to take him to the showers. It was quite a battle getting him out of the cell and to the shower room. Once there they held Jake down and with a brush scubbed him down. He was then taken to the infirmary where he explained to the doctor what had happened to him. The doctor told the guards to place him into protective custody until a decision could be made to where he could be placed.

Jake was placed into protective custody, however one of the guards mistakenly opened Jake's cell and another inmate seized upon the opportunity, and ran inside the cell and was about to rape Jake again, but one of the guards heard the disturbance and was able to save Jake. Jake was so tramitized by this, that he again decided to spread his crap all over himself...

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