A current prisoner who used to hang with Bernie Madoff asked some convicted financial criminals for their take.
Even in a nicer prison, there are reminders everywhere that Christmas in lockup is about as real a holiday as the plastic needles on our fake trees.
These inmates have first-hand experience with gun activity—legal and otherwise—and most of them are skeptical the government can or will do anything to limit Americans' access to firearms.
Politicians are mulling changes to the law, but many prisoners are worried they'll slip through the cracks.
It was common practice for the Email Police, as we called them, to reject my incoming and outgoing messages. I once had all of my emails rejected for 72 hours straight—emails that said things like, "I love you mom," and "I'm going outside for a walk."
First inmates cheered the suffering of the government that locked them up. Then they turned on the Muslims in the cells next to their own.
Some prisoners serving life sentences are upset that they are effectively receiving the same punishment as a man who gunned down 12 people in a movie theater.