Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Potts: Conjugal visits boosted discipline (part 4 of 6)
Life in a Cuban prison from Tracey Eaton on Vimeo.
Food in a Cuban prison "was really horrible," said William Potts, who served time for hijacking. "It looked like anything on any farm that you would give to pigs."
Fellow American prisoners, most of them in jail for drug trafficking offenses, "just couldn't cope," Potts said.
Potts said he managed to obtain better food after he started working and earned the right to have family visits.
He said if had to stay in his jail cell for all 15 years, "You might as well just give me the bullet right now."
So he worked and soon had the right to receive visitors.
Conjugal visits were especially coveted. Potts said the prison used these visits to maintain discipline. If one prisoner violated a rule, the entire cell block could lose conjugal visiting privileges, he said.
Inmates saw these visits as "something very important."
Prison officials, he said, "all about keeping the family together. I was the only foreigner who had conjugal visits."