Segregation

by adustyframe ~ January 30th, 2008

Today, when I went to visit Lee, I received a huge shock.

My Titus 2 friend went with me to visit today. She drove–my car is still being cantankerous.

She and I set our visiting slip on the guard’s desk and went to sit down.

I heard, “Maam, you have to go in the booth.”

I didn’t think he could possibly have been speaking to me. I turned and said, “Me?”

He said, “If you’re visiting Lee Norris yes you.”

I was so shocked I know that it was visible on my face.

We went and sat in the booth. We had to talk to Lee on the telephone with a video monitor.

I sat there with my Titus 2 friend feeling very sick to my stomach. I couldn’t figure out what was going on.

I had just been to visit him on Sunday and got to see him in the visiting room. Getting a hug and kiss is what helps keep me sane.

When he came on he looked great. He said he was worried to tell me.

I had often told him “Do NOT do anything to get yourself put in the hole because I like my visits.”

I remembered many times when I visited and felt sorry for the people in the booth. Today I was one of them.

Here’s what happened.

On Sunday night, Lee’s cell mate “shanked” him. He got angry that Lee passed gas (too much information I know! But that’s what happened) and tried to stab Lee with his scissors. Lee was on his bunk and couldn’t get down or past him to get out.

The cell mate managed to cut open one knuckle but Lee was able to put the pillow in front of his face.

When his cell mate’s scissors broke, he left the room and went to hide the scissors. Lee wasn’t going to say anything–being a snitch in prison is NOT a good thing.

He laid down and then realized that he was not willing to sleep in a room with someone that was willing to stab him. He went and told the guards and as a result both of them were taken to “the hole” until the investigation is complete.

Lee said he’s completely at peace. He knows he didn’t do anything. He’s concerned about being called a snitch now. He’s also concerned that the investigating officer doesn’t believe him.

The scissors haven’t been found so they told Lee that he’s lying.

The investigation can take anywhere from 4 to 21 days with a 21 day extension.

I pray they make up their mind quickly! I can only visit him via telephone/monitor for 1 hour per week.

He isn’t depressed at all. He looked great and was in good spirits. He joked about being able to wear orange for a change rather than green. He was shackled in his visiting room. He said that’s because they had to move him out of his cell and they are always shackled if they have to be moved.

He went outside yesterday. He said they let them out for an hour into their own cage. When they let the inmate out, they are out for the entire hour. It is beyond bitter cold here! He said he won’t do that again. Poor guy!

He doesn’t have any books or his Bible. He said today they brought him stamps and a pen and envelopes but no paper. He cannot go to work but the state still pays him his .42 per hour so he said it’s free vacation.

He said that other than not being able to visit me, he’d stay. It’s quiet and he’s getting real rest. He’s also not exposed to all the other germs floating around.

He’s warm enough because he has 2 blankets.

He hopes that his calligraphy books and the paper airplane books he bought so he can make airplanes for James don’t get “lost”. He told me that often inmate’s property often gets “lost” when they go to the hole.”I decided though that those are just things and it’s ok if they get lost anyway.”

Lee said he’s had time to pray and has had a few realizations.

I don’t like that he’s in “the hole” or that I have to visit him through a monitor, but I am thankful that he is safe. So thankful. I am so glad that God watched out for Lee and protected him from danger.

When I came home this afternoon, I was so tired.

That’s how my body handles stress. I get exhausted and shut down. I took a nap and made some chocolate cookies!

I think it shook me up mostly that he had been in danger. I am praising the Lord that he’s safe and that even in “the hole” he is alright.

I pray that God will use this time to really speak to Lee’s soul and remind him that he is loved.

I hesitated to post this. I wondered if it was too weird to share, but it’s life.

I’d prefer to never know anything about prison, or shanks, or “the hole”, but I do.

Lizzie

20 Thoughts Shared to Segregation

  1. Kate

    I have been lurking around for a month or so reading your posts. I don’t think its weird at all wanting to share that. DH’s dad was in (several times) and I can relate a lot to some of what you write. Your dh has a very good outlook on what is happening to him (at least with what your current post is talking about). God will use it for what purpose he needs to. The stuff, if it gets ‘lost’ (and I pray that it wont) is just stuff, its just hard to feel so vulnerable and know that nothing is safe. Get some good rest, eat a cookie for me and remember that God is in control.

    Thanks, Kate for your kind comment. Thanks too for de-lurking;) I always love to meet my readers. Please don’t be a stranger.
    Thanks for the encouragement. I’m going to go eat a cookie right now…;)!

  2. TransitionGirl

    Thank God Lee is safe and getting some quiet. I’ll pray that the investigation will reveal the truth and that Lee won’t be targeted for doing the right thing.

    Thank you.

  3. Patricia (Pollywog Creek)

    Thanking God with you that Lee was not hurt and is safe, dear friend. (((Hugs)))

    Thank you, Patricia.

  4. Pam

    Praise the Lord that he didn’t get seriously hurt!!! I will pray for wisdom and compassion of those involved in the investigation and for continued protection of Lee spiritually and physically. God Bless, Pam

    Thank you, Pam!

  5. Rebekah

    Lizzie,
    I am sorry this happened to Lee. I am praying that they will believe his side of the story. Praise God he is safe and in such good spirits.

    I am also praying for you, that you will get the rest you need, so you can continue pressing on!

    Love,
    Rebekah

    Thank you, Rebekah. Everyone’s prayers and kind words are such an encouragement to me.

  6. Peregrina

    Wow.

    I just don’t know how I would hold on.

    I’m praying for you both and for the investigation to be just.

    Thank you! I only hold on by the grace of God. In my own strength, I’d have given up LOOOONG ago.

  7. Barbara H.

    I am so sorry this happened to Lee, but I hope and pray justice will prevail, and I am so glad for his perspective on it.

    Thank you, Barbara. Especially for your prayers.

  8. Linda

    My husband went to the hole once when he was in county being held until there was an opening in prison. He didn’t have his shirt on over his T-shirt when he came out of his cell so he got sent to the hole. Anyway, it was only for a few days but he said it was the best days he’s had so far. He did have his Bible and had an awesome experience with the Lord in there by himself. So as bad as this is for you, God can use it to really touch Lee if he is seeking Him while in there and the outcome might be a compatible cellie! God works all things for good to those who love him and are called according to His service!! Bless you and hang in there.

    Thank you, Linda.

  9. Ame

    My ex-in-laws are retired career missionaries to Argentina. When my ex came back to the states by himself to go to college, Argentina was in turmoil. He feared for his family. It was different. When he was with them, there was no fear. They had all their documents in order all the time and different plans to get out of the country if ever necessary. He knew this to be true when here by himself, but it was still very difficult not knowing from moment to moment how they were.

    Lee is obviously doing well in the hole. That’s even a “man thing” … to need their “cave” or their “hole.”

    If I remember the timeline correctly, you’ve been concerned for Lee … that he was discouraged … that he needed a boost. I think this is your answer to prayer. God has pulled Lee away unto Himself, and Lee is responding to Him. Alone to rest in His presence. Alone to heal and get well. He cannot do anything else! And as much as you miss him, he cannot even have normal visitation and phone time, so he has nothing but God and himself and rest!

    God is protecting Lee. God has placed a hedge of thorns around Lee to protect him.

    Remember 2 Kings 6:15-18
    “When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh, my lord, what shall we do?” the servant asked. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the LORD, “Strike these people with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked.”

    Holy God, You are cradling Lee in Your powerful arms of love and protection. Open Lizzie’s eyes so she may see You and Your protection not only around her husband, but also around her son and herself! You are awesome, holy God! Sovereign over ALL! King of kings and Lord of lords … and even over ALL the inmates and guards and wardens!!! Thank You for Your Sovereignty and Holiness and never-ceasing protection. I love You, Ame

    Thank you, Ame. You always make me cry!

  10. Joy

    I am praying for Lee!!!! I trust things will get resolved quickly. Prov. 3:5&6. Praying for you too. Take the rest that you need and don’t feel guilty.

    Thank you, Joy!

  11. Stephanie

    I’ll be praying for Lee and his safety, and for your peace of mind.

    Thank you, Stephanie. We appreciate that so much!

  12. Carol

    Dear Lizzie,

    I’ll be praying for Lee and for you. I hope you get the rest you need.

    Blessings and Hugs,

    Carol

    Thank you, Carol.

  13. Lisa

    He uses all for the good……I’m glad Lee has some peace in his situation. Hope he stays safe.

    You’re right! Thanks, Lisa

  14. Marie

    Oh dear. Yes, praise God he’s safe!!! But what an awful, unjust thing to have happen. Continuing to pray that God gets Lee back home to you and your little one soon and safely.

    Thank you, Marie.

  15. Susanna

    Thank God for His protection. How encouraging to know that He is with our loved ones when we have no idea what is going on. He knows the road Lee has to tread- and He has said ‘certainly I will be with you’. Exodus 3 v 12, ‘And behold, I am with thee , and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest’ (even the hole!) Genesis 8 v 15, and also ‘He shall keep the feet of His saints’ 1 Samuel 2v9′ What wonderful scriptures

    Thank you, Susanna for sharing those verses.

  16. Alesha

    De-lurking to say “hello” and I’m glad you were able to come home and take a nap today. Praise the Lord He provides for us in that way at times – you know, when He “maketh” us to “lie down in green pastures.” I don’t always like to be “made” to rest, but so many times that is just what my mind and body need.

    You have been an encouragement to me. Thank you.

    Alesha

    Alesha, thank you for de-lurking. I am always happy to “meet” you. Please don’t be a stranger. Thank you for your kind comment.

  17. Ame

    perhaps i should send you a box of tissues 😉

    Yes, perhaps you should;)

  18. Robin in New Jersey

    Lizzie,

    I have been away and am just now catching up on my favorite blogs.

    I am so sorry this has happened to Lee. Praying for peace and comfort for both of you.

    Thank you, Robin. Thank you too for praying. Lee is really doing very well so I think this is what he needed. Some time away in a quiet place.

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