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lakeview saved my life
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
"Lakeview Shock is an abusive and damaging program. I was just released on April 11th, 2013 after being sentenced to 1-3 years. On your feet 16 hours a day, forced to workout and run for 180-days straight with NO proper recovery time (tears down your muscles, does NOT build them up... especially due to the terrible food and extreme lack of protein). The greatest thing to look forward to, food wise, is the one scoop of peanut butter they give you per week. ONE. That's insanity. They simply load you up on carbs - potatoes, rice, pasta every day - but nothing to remotely build you up. Heavy weight loss will ensue, and if you are thin to begin with, as I was, you'll leave the facility looking like an anorexic crackhead.
Various physical abuses take place. D.I. s (some, not all) commit assault on a semi-regular basis. During my time at Lakeview, I knew inmates that had fingers broken, were clapped on the head and lost their hearing in one ear, were choked to the point of nearly passing out, were beaten bloody and sent to the box, were tackled to the ground and pummeled in the face for not wearing the proper uniform! If you want to suffer, sign up for the Shock program. If you have any dignity at all, do not go. They consistently do everything they can to aggravate inmates. It's a giant fucked-up and mental mind game.
I was a respected Special Ed tutor before I went to prison. Now, having experienced Shock, I am a broken and bitter man because of it. I cannot recommend against signing up for this program enough unless you have a lengthy sentence. But for 1-3yrs? Not worth it. By the time you get transferred to Shock, go to reception, etc... you'll be waiting 3+ months just to start the program anyway. So you'll do 9 months of total time at least (probably 10). First time offenders are released after 12 months anyway, so what's the point? Better to stay in a regular facility. In Shock there are 10 min phone calls every other weekend. No packages allowed. No television. No books. No sitting or laying down during the day. No food on commissary. And most of all, no choices. At least in regular jail there s *some* freedoms. In Shock, you have absolutely none at all. NONE. Signing up was one of the worst mistakes of my life, topped only by hiring such a shitty lawyer and pleading to a charge that I was innocent of in the first place."
"My boyfriend got sentenced last thursday to 1 to 3 and a half years. Before this happened we were talking marriage. I said I would while he was in he said no he doesn't want to do that. I miss him so much. He has a chance to maybe go to Shock Incarceration here in NY, which is basically prison boot camp, which is supposed to be very hard and they yell in your face and try to get you to quit, just like real boot camp, only harder. But it reduces your sentence to 6 months, then you get to come home on parole. I am begging him to please do it, but he is saying he does not know if he can handle the yelling and that I should prepare myself for the possibility that he may just do his time.
I am so miserable. I moved in with him in his house where his mom also lives (we were trying to help her keep her house) and now he is gone and she is driving me insane. I can't stand that he is not here. I think about him constantly, worrying that he is cold or hungry or any other assortment of things. I stare at the phone trying to will it to ring and it be him. I miss him so much I can't sleep at night. He will be transferred any day now to receiving, but we won't know when it is going to happen (I check the inmate locator site every morning), and once he goes it may be a day or 2 before I hear from him, he can't call cells from state, only land lines, so I put in a land line and until there is a schedule of knowing when he can or cannot call I wont be leaving that phone. Or the house. Because I do not want to miss one single call from him.
Before this all happened we were not apart more than 2 nights since the day we met and that was in the beginning. Now we lived together, and intend to be married, but I miss him so much. I am sure it's more than could be considered normal. I am going out of my mind with grief and sadness. When they are in Shock, how bad is it? Do they scream in everyone's face or just the ones who slack off? I read that it is not a guarantee that they come home.... why would that happen? I thought it meant they got to come home after? I just want him to come home so desperately."
Lakeview Shock changed my life. Thanks to my amazing Drill Intructors and the counselors and other staff. The program only works for you if you work it. Just like NA or AA if you don t work it it won t work for you and you will end up back in the same spot you were in before. I have to admit it is harder on the males physically but they also get a lot more freedoms. I just graduated a few days ago in January but I can say that I feel and think differently. It was an amazing experience. I would recommend this program to anybody!
"Lakeview was very helpful! To me, the shock program is to make you a stronger and wiser person.
August 1992 is when I graduated from lakeview. Yes, it was rough dealing with diffrent personalities, but guess what, these are the challenges that we all go through in life. Some people think shock is for people who are on drugs. NOT, this program is for people who are in denial of their wrongdoings and people who have issues with drugs. I had issues with selling drugs, and during that time you couldn t tell me i had a problem. Take the tools you ve learned from lakeview shock and become that strong independent person that you are. I made it: Now 42 years old (ooorah)"
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Place was not helpful. They try to scare people and its over run with hate towards inmates. Staff has alot of personal issues so they take it out on inmates which isnt right.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
I can see the trend here as I graduated in June 2011 and can relate with others here on the same issues. My experience was being at lakeview for approx 4 weeks until getting into the platoon. Di s were horrific. All they wanted to do was get inmates to snap and quit. This was because there were personal issues between staff. So they took it out on us poor guys. A real program would focus on change. Not bullying. Isn t there a bullying law in schools now? Well they should practice what they preach.
This program won t change you becuase it s gotta be in your mind already. Glad we mostly all made this program but sorry for a few poor souls that needed help correctly.
"I recently graduated and i have seen the drill instructors are very prejudiced. They were all on our platoon because they didn t like our main drill instructor. Instead of doing their jobs they hated us, because of their hate of our main drill instructor.
It s a very unfair place and these guys don t do their correct jobs. Their job is to get inmates straight. Not to hate them because of personal issues. If you go there jut stay quiet and you will make it. Stay together and remember when you go home you can change for the better. Shock will not change anyone. The program doesn t work. What works is your mind and you can make it !"
"lakeview shock here is my story,
,br>i was there until 6/2/11. I did graduate. The program isn t that hard. My tips to get through are: be quiet, don t let them even know your name and they will leave you alone. Don t answer like a smart ass. it will get you through.
I will honestly say that out of about 30 drill instructors there are about only 3 that are nice people. The rest are the nastiest people you would ever meet. Very cunning and very disrespectful to inmates. Just don t let them know too much. Stay out of their way. Trust me!"
"I interned at Lakeview Shock last year, and I have to say that it was quite interesting. I d never had experience in a correctional setting before. It was one of the scariest things I d done, being a young college female and having to stand up in front of 50 male inmates. However, I came out of this experience with a goal of working with inmates and helping them get the resources they needed to make it on the outside.
I also would like to work with those who aren t going to see the outside, in that I think they sometimes have a lot of issues they need to discuss. Maybe I m naive, but what I know what I want to do. "
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