IV-"Doing Time" - Richard Stewart - Boston Globe

IV-"Doing Time" - Richard Stewart - Boston Globe

Jail Boredom Biggest Hassle

by: Richard H. Stewart | publication date: December 30, 1983 | Publication: The Boston Globe | pages: 33

In the semidarkness of the cell block, I was startled by the occasional eruption of sparks from the granite floor outside my cell. After a moment, I realized the inmates on the two tiers above me were flipping cigarettes out their cell doors. They were landing on the floor in the Flats. The Flats, as the first level is known, was everybody's wastebasket and ashtray. And my cell, No. 6, was in the middle of the row. 

In the fourth installment of Stewart's "Doing Time" series for the Boston Globe, he describes the challenge of finding something to do to pass the time while in jail. The article also includes a description of the mandatory group counselling sessions and a poem written by a 29-year-old inmate serving time for breaking and entering.