Another Day In Their World








“Spread ’em.”

Prisoner after prisoner.

One by one.

For all to see.

Arms outstretched.




Showing no fear.

Dark and damp,

Concrete hallways.

Steel bars.

Steel doors.

Stale air and raw emotion.

Never a ray of sunlight,

Or a drop of rain.

No breeze.

No grass.






Never-ending chatter.

Never-ending clatter.

Never-ending loneliness.

Never-ending despair.

Never alone.

But always alone.

A number, now

No longer a name.












Never silent.


The hollering and shouting.

The clanging and banging.

Chains rattling,

Doors slamming,

Whistles and bells,


Time crawls.

Days become weeks,

Weeks become months,

And months to years,

An eternity,

A lifetime of agony,

Living deep inside their minds.

An endless nightmare.

At least I could go home,

At the end of the day.


Take off the uniform,

The badge.




Of bars and concrete.

Of broken lives and hearts.

Only to awaken,

To begin another day.

In their world.


“You hear them moaning their lives away” ~ Sam Cooke – Chain Gang


Looking for Classes on Police Procedures or Paranormal Stuff? Check out our April Classes. Now OPEN for Registration!

Yes, I’m once again teaching a fun and informative month-long COFFIN class. This one is called “Murder One: You Can’t Make This Up: Oddities in Police Procedure.” Please sign up to join in on the fun. Classes begin today and are open to the public.

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April Classes:

Murder One: You Can’t Make This Up: Oddities in Police Procedure (by special request)

Lee Lofland, founder of the Writers Police Academy and the 2019 special event, MurderCon, returns to the Kiss of Death Chapter to expand on his most popular articles of THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT, one of the top five of the thirty best police blogs. During this class, this renowned instructor will discuss thing writers miss or things writers get wrong in books. Come prepared to learn and ask questions about Death Investigations, Police Procedure, Police Tools and Equipment, Courts and Research, and more.

Instructor Bio:

Lee Lofland, a Medal of Valor recipient, is a veteran police investigator who began his law-enforcement career working as an officer in Virginia’s prison system. He later became a sheriff’s deputy, a patrol officer, and finally, he achieved the highly-prized gold shield of detective. Along the way, he gained a breadth of experience that’s unusual to find in the career of a single officer.

Killer Instincts: Beyond Boo!: Using Paranormal Creatures, Plots and Elements in Your Romantic Thrillers

NYT Bestselling author Megan Hart guides you through how to create your best monsters, figure out what perilous situations will horrify your characters most, and how to get them to fall in love while on the run from things that go bump in the night. You’ll learn how to decide what paranormal elements you want to incorporate in your suspense and thrillers to give it the edge you might not have expected.

Instructor Bio:

Megan Hart writes books. Some use bad words, but most of the others are okay. She can’t live without music, the internet, or the ocean. She writes a little bit of everything from horror to romance, though she’s best known for writing erotic fiction that sometimes makes you cry. Find out more,

1 reply
  1. janispattersonmysteries
    janispattersonmysteries says:

    Several years ago I served on a Grand Jury and, for reasons I don’t remember, we were given a tour of the jail. It was a very modern and fairly new facility, clean and bright, but I found it a place of horror. The windows – which didn’t open – were narrow slits up near the high ceiling, showing nothing but a small slice of sky. There was nothing soft in the place. Floor, walls and ceiling were slick metal – some painted, some not. Furniture was metal. Nothing to muffle the sound. The big main room (rec room?) whose name I have forgotten was enormous and the sound ricocheted from wall to wall growing stronger with each bounce. Nothing to muffle or modify the sound. As there were at least 50-60 men in the room when we went through the noise was unbelievable. Even though they were just talking – no yelling, no stamping of feet, no nothing to make noise, just talking – it was like being in an echo chamber with the volume turned to max. Horrible. We weren’t in there five minutes and yet I had a headache when we left. At least we could leave – I cannot imagine what it must be like to be in such an atmosphere all day, every day.

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