Saturday, October 2, 2010
Writer's Police Academy: Jail Search
As a volunteer (patsy) for the jail search portion, I was moving lickity split to uncover contraband with my partner, Pat Brown. (Doesn't it look like my hair is flowing? That's totally the talent of my cp/roommate/photog Kelly Irvin. Trust me. With the humidity of North Carolina, nothing much really 'flows'.)
If, during a search, a prisoner is found to have a stockpile of issued items (ie: toilet paper), he or she has opened a store. The question is, what is the currency?
And here's a visual for you:
Prisoner intake involves a visual strip search if the offense was violent, or if drugs were involved.
Visual strip search:
—all clothing is removed
—spread buttock's cheeks
I gather the intake personnel at the jail have been surprised more than once to see the items 'issued' from this type of search.
With the exception of a photograph tomorrow, this will end my Writer's Police Academy posts.
In addition to what I've covered here, I have notes on CSI, EMS, the reenactment of a campus shooter, a session on why people kill (that has some significant, lingering images), a ton of notes on Forensic Pathology, some significant information regarding inductive vs. deductive criminal profiling and a few bits about going undercover.
If you'd like some additional detail I may have, please feel free to email me.
CR: Breathing Water by Timothy Hallinan on my Kindle.
It's all better with friends.