A Day in the Savage Life (part 2): Visiting Days and Court Days

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Victoria is a Catholic Navy wife and a new mom. Dahvie is an incarcerated Chicago gang member. They write letters back and forth (you can learn more about it here). In this post, Dahvie shares the details of visiting days and court days in jail. You can read part one (on “a regular, boring day” here).

Victoria:  This is part two in a two-part series on Dahvie’s day to day experience.  I didn’t add my thoughts to this—I’ll post my own day-to-day experience in a later series.


Visiting days vary depending on what day you’re on. 

Visits 2 days a week however people can’t come twice that week (SMH) for a visit we walk off the deck 10 feet to another room with about 15 booths and a thick ass glass between the visit.  The stool to sit at on both sides if you want to.  The lil circle thing with holes is for you speak and hear through.  And they normally smell like shit. 

Aw don’t put your ear to the glass and keep your hands (wich is cuffed) still.  No need to touch shit.  Plus its nasty in there.  Niggas be jaggin off all type of shit in the visiting room.  And its hot as fuck in there.  But no matter its faults, locked up you need them visits.  Something about being called out…makes you feel loved.  Important.  Relevant.


A Court day is basically the same except the AM you got court.

Depending if your court house is at the criminal courts (county) on California they wake you up at 4:30 AM to let you court shower (wich is always boiling hot).  After the shower they leave you in the day room until its time for the drop.  Usually 9:00am your shackled up and down being escorted off the tier.

Once all the paper work go through, we walk through the division to get down to the main bull pen.  They split north and south tower up as were placed through a body scanner to be checked for metal and stuff.  After the searched the first group is walked through the whole country “underground” until you reach the court house. 

They give you yo lunch in the building then divide us up depending on our judge and court room.  Once we get to our court room our shackles and chains are suppose to be removed.  Sometimes the are sometimes they not.

You then wait in your bullpen until your appearance in front of the judge.  Court start a 9. 

This whole process I describe takes long depending on how many inmates got court.  Between 20 to 80 people can have court one day from the same division.  This slows the process down drastically.  Sometimes we be so late arriving at court we receive a continuance without ever stepping in foot in front of the judge.  Very nerve-wracking.


Victoria : I just can’t imagine this slow, arduous, often disgusting process. And this is “just the norm” for Dahvie.  For me, that’s crazy.  Very, VERY nerve-wracking