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My time spent in a third world jail cell exposed to help those that still struggle to survive in the inhumane conditions in Jamaica.

I was recently detained in Kingston, Jamaica, for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition from January 1st, 2012 until April 17th, 2012. During that time frame my life has gone through a roller coaster of events and unsuitable conditions. Do you know what it's like to be facing a life sentence and not knowing what outcome to expect? To quote the upcoming book's prologue:

It was 120 hours before I was charged, 240 hours until I was allowed my first phone call – I was kept isolated from all other prisoners due to being marked a high risk and the circumstances of my arrest. I didn’t know what lawyers were good, or even have the opportunity to call one. If it weren’t for a quick photo I took while in a police station hours after being arrested, I wouldn’t be here to write this book – my life would be drastically different. 

While locked up at Horizon Remand Centre, my life was threatened -- my cell mate had my back and yelled back to the kid that told me I was dead when we had bathe use the next day 'that's ok, we like killing more than you do!' In similar circumstances at Central Lock Up, I called my old cell mate from a smuggled in cell phone to tell him about an altercation -- the first question he asked me was 'do you want me to have him killed...'

It is a vicious system where you must maintain a keen sense of your surroundings, which is vital for your survival. But the prisoners aren't the only ones you need to worry about -- the officers will beat you with a baton for no reason. If you say the wrong thing or even look at them funny, they'll beat you. One kid was struck over the head twice after an officer said to him 'suck your mother'.

Way of life? What way of life? In my first location I was forced to bathe with a bucket, in my third location we rarely had working water to bathe -- the officers cars were always clean downstairs, though. We had roaches that slept with us, biting you to no avail in your sleep. You had to smother Lysol over your body in an attempt of defense against them before sleeping, which still wasn't guaranteed to work. Bathroom use? You could yell all night long shaking the grill if you needed to relieve yourself and no one would come. When you did get your one bathe/bathroom use for the day, you were required to squat over a hole in the ground and flush it with a bucket of water. You had to catch drinking water in the same shower that never worked to bathe in. The water was over chlorinated and something no one should be drinking, let alone surviving on.

Food? If you consider being fed chicken feet and rice once a day a solid meal plan, be my guest, take everyone's place in those cells. That was all you would get  I lost 40lbs in the first month while my body adjusted to the new 'diet'. The Jamaican government gets away with the bare minimum, creating inhuman conditions just barely sufficient to withstand survival.

But it didn't stop there -- I returned home to as many problems as when I was inside. Donations were made to me while I was inside by the great people on Twitter. Unfortunately, the woman that the $1,200 was sent to ran off with the money once I returned to the US -- she won't answer phone calls or text messages and she unfollowed me on Twitter so that all forms of communication would be terminated. I don't understand how someone could disappear with the only money that I had after I had been locked up in a third world jail cell for four months.

This is my chance to invoke change in a flawed system -- Jamaicans try to speak up but their voices are unheard; I have the ability to try to do what they can't and I can't do that without your help. I'm placing this book onto Kickstarter to help gain attention -- conditions need to change. People not convicted or even set for trial yet should not be living like savages. How is one expected to maintain a sanitary living space if the jail won't even provide soap and toilet tissue? People wipe their asses with their hands and wipe their hands on the walls surrounding the hole in the ground because they have no other options -- the conditions are beyond disturbing. Change needs to be made and it can't happen without you.

If you would like to see a sample of my writing style, I have a previously published work, 'The Last Stand', under my pen name, Jason Pensill, which you can find here.

The rewards from your contributions can be found to the right -- I am working diligently to have the rough draft prepared by the middle of May for a June release. Once editing has been finalized, the limited copies will be sent out to contributors -- all contributors will be notified of its release as soon as the switch is flicked. Thank you for your support.

A couple photos to show the conditions that I/we was/were subjected to at the first location, Newport West Police Station:

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