Movies and TV often address racial issues in prison with levity and humor.
The reality is that race is a REAL issue in prison.
Prisons are generally segregated by inmate peer pressure .. but new inmates coming in are often segregated from other inmates for classification and the natural inclination is to make friends with the first friendly face. Once you go to mainline you are told by your race that you can only hang out with them, and only talk to another race in passing. Breaking that rule can get you beat up pretty bad, or killed.
Joe La Garbo writes:
In the level 4 prison I was in at Corcoran California a white inmate was only allowed to eat, smoke, bunk and play games with his own race. If caught you’d either get smashed on, rolled up or stabbed. I seen a first termer white inmate get his haircut by a black and by him doing so was stabbed.
4) Lack of Healthcare
Crazy Eyes’ mental illness may be entertaining on TV, but the lack of healthcare in prison is hardly funny.
The jail medical system almost killed me, that also scared the hell out of me. I’m a type 1 diabetic and they decided to halve my doses. Also, their diabetic meal was no different then a normal meal except no sugar. Trouble is carbs are the biggest thing with diabetes, you might be able to guess what the meals are mostly. And they didn’t let me add those carbs from that meal to my dose. The guards would laugh and joke about my blood sugar being so high. My blood sugar was over 400 for 5 days before I was released initially. Refusing to give me more than the halved dose their “doctor” decided for me…”
runningmurphy also shared a run-in with prison medical care: