Journal Entry: Choon Yong-06/12/2023-Entering Camp

Journal Entry

Monday Journal Entry at Atwater

Self Surrender to Atwater Satellite Camp at 9:30 AM. I was processed at the Main Facility. The facility was on lock down. The atmosphere in the facility was very cold, heavily secured and downright intimidating. I brought the following during my Self Surrender: $500 cash. Driver’s license, sentencing documents, release plan, back up document for plan. The documents were copy: social security card, Medicare card, Anthem supplemental Insurance, marriage certificate, and citizenship. I also had a letter from my ophthalmologist recommending that i continue to use the three eye drops for my cataract surgery, reading glasses, and sun glasses. I was confined to a holding cell while they process me. They finger printed and took a much shot of me for my Inmate ID. I was stripped searched and given a changed of clothes – Brown prison garbs. The authorities took all my clothes and belongings, belt. socks, underwear and placed them in a box to be sent back to Doris. They issued me a receipt for the $500 cash to be deposited to my commissary account. My driver’ license will be given to the unit team. The rest of my documents , reading glasses, sunglasses and medications were submitted to the medical unit. I was introduced to the investigation unit they asked me if i had any prior convictions or affiliations with any gangs and he gave me an Admission and Orientation handbook. Then i met with the medical unit and was given a TB skin test. The medical unit reviewed my letter from the ophthalmologist and approved my medications, sunglasses and reading classes. He asked me what was in the brown envelope and inquired if it was court documents, I told him it was my sentencing documents and he did not open my brown envelope and allowed me to keep the envelope. Finished with my check in at 1:30 PM. I was escorted out of the penitentiary and directed to go across to the camp. When I reached the camp, several inmates were there to show me where the camp unit  office. Unfortunately, the camp unit staff were on lunch break. They took me to the laundry room, where I met XXXX who was  in charge of the laundry room. He issued me my the following: 6 T white shirts, 3 bath towels, 6 boxer under wears, 2 blankets, 2 sheets, one pillow cover, one pair of used Nike shoes, 1 long johns underwear, 1 sweat shirt,  1 laundry bag, 1 commissary bag, 3 beanies, 6 pairs of green pants, 6 pairs of tube socks, 6 green short sleeve shirts, 1 green jacket and 4 rolls of toilet papers.

XXXX introduced me to several AAPI inmates and they welcomed me to the camp. I was introduced to Jon, Kim, Yang, Ryan, Peter, Nguyen, Ho, Tran, Steve and Eric. They were very helpful to show me my new bunk Upper Bunk # 53. My AAPI friends provided the following items to get me started: Soaps, Tooth paste, tooth brush, paper towel, 2 plastic bowls, plastic fork and spoons, combination lock, 2 plastic mugs, 1 coffee cup, 1 roll of crackers, 1 MP3 player with ear buds, 2 packs of Ramen noodles, 1 bagel, 1 pack of chicken breast, 1 pack of refried beans, 1 pack of refried beans, 2 packs of Tuna, 1 pack of Mackerel, 2 packs of tune, 1 bottle of Ibuprofen, 1 pack of coffee and i pack of Maranata coconut crackers. Counselor Ms. XXXX provided me with my PAC # and Pin number and I was able to log into Trulinc account. I entered my contacts into my Trulinc and checked my commissary account. The $300 deposited by Doris on 6/11/2023 Via Western Union was already in my account. I was able to send an email to Doris to inform her I am settling just fin eat the camp. I tried calling Doris with my new PAC #, but was unsuccessful, as it need to be activated. We had dinner after the 3:30 PM head count. Dinner; spaghetti, green beans, potato ,salad, milk and punch. I took my shower at 7:30 PM. We had head counts at 7:30 PM, 8:30 PM and a Final count at 9:30 PM. Lights were turned off after the final count. I had to change to sweat shirts and pants as it was pretty cold on the top bunk 10:30 PM. It was a hassle and hazardous climbing up and down the top bunk at 2:30 and 4:30 PM. I almost fell, but managed to hang on to the bunk to brace my fall. I have to discuss with the Counselor about possibly moving to a lower bunk. I survived my fist day in Atwater Satellite camp.