I have a name. [inaudible] Hey. [bleep] you. [bleep] The inmates have
been awful today. They taunt me,
they call me names. They call me rookie,
all this stuff. I do find it hard
to show my authority, because I am so young. They look at me as just
a little kid, because I kind of am a little kid. It’s easy to tell the
difference between a rookie CO and an old school CO because
a rookie will come in, he’ll be kind of timid. Might be a little fidgety. Sometimes they have
a little shaky voice. Well, so you can
shake them with loud. What are you doing? Get out of here. They, like, back up. Yeah. We can shake ’em. You’re supposed to test them. See where they’re at. Gotta teach ’em,
like we get taught. These guys are being annoying. Inmates are not allowed
to enter your control because we do have
stuff in there that they can’t get a hold of. Like, the paperwork on there is
kind of sensitive information because those are
state documents. OK. Operating a control
center within a unit– that’s a post you can never,
ever take for granted. In February of 1980,
New Mexico witnessed one of the most violent prison
riots in American history. A small group of
inmates were able to gain control of the master control. The rioters got
into records, found the names of prison informers. Then the orgy of killing began. It’s sobering, thinking of
the life that was lost here, and how quickly it
can happen again. This one? Or this one? Yeah. Let’s go. We’re helping you
out, doing your job. My control room– a group of inmates just started
going through my paperwork, and I really didn’t
know how to react. I started to panic. Luckily, they didn’t get
into anything dangerous. If you’re a control
center officer, you have to be on
your toes 24/7. If you’re not doing
your job, guess what? You’re going to get fired. Or someone’s not
going home that night. It could have
been a lot worse, but it’s a lesson learned. I just gotta remember that. I can’t let these
guys run over me.