By Randall Radic
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Radic, he’s in court. ” “Tell him I’m in jail, and I’m counting on him to get me out,” I say. “Certainly,” says Toni. “I’ll be sure he gets the message. ” “No. Just that I’m in jail,” I say, wanting to scream. “I’ll see he gets your message. ” She hangs up. I replace the handset, wondering if I really just had that conversation. ” yells a voice from the podium. 30 A PRIEST IN HELL I walk rapidly toward the podium. “Yes, sir,” I say, stopping five feet from the podium. ” the asks. ” I don’t understand the question.
I hand the trustee my tray. “Thanks,” I say. ” He gives me a secretive look. ” I say to the . ” he barks. ” “You’re ,” he snaps out. “You weren’t supposed to get out for rec last night. ” He bangs the door shut in my face. ” I ask through the glass. He swings the door open again. ” he shouts. Anger spikes from his eyes. ” I ask. ” The door slams shut. He locks it. “Protective Custody,” I mutter to myself, sitting down on my bunk. ” After I brush my teeth, comb my hair, I settle on my bunk to read.
You must be good,” I say. I can’t believe I am having this conversation, as if we’re on our way to the country club to play tennis, then have a drink. I scream a silent scream. “I try,” he says, his voice full of pride and self-satisfaction. ” I ask. My fear wants to know how afraid it should be. ” He glances at me in his rearview mirror. ” “Yes, I would imagine so. ” “Will they treat me the way you have? ” “They’ll treat you the way you treat them,” he says, glancing in his mirror. He looks away.
A Priest in Hell: Gangs, Murderers and Snitching in a California Jail by Randall Radic