Taking a dump in jail is just one of those terrible indignities of being in jail, well ... along with everything else.
These stainless steel toilet/sinks are designed for security. Allegedly it's impossible to kill yourself or injure a cellee with this toilet. No toilet seat to beat one another to death with. One of the odd things about the toilet system design you can talk "through the toilet" with other inmates. Weird, huh? Why? Well, I'm not sure I really understand this, but according to a couple of guys who spent considerable time in large metropolitan jails mail and female inmates are sometimes housed on different levels of tiered facilities. The jail cell toilets are used to "flirt" and odd little relationships blossom via inmate toilets. An inmate told me that he knew of situations where these marginal relationships formed and fights would break out when their so-called girlfriends were overheard flirting with another inmate. I actually, thought these guys were pulling my leg, but check the link.
|Birdeye view of FCI, Morgantown|
Let's face it, there is nothing--absolutely nothing sexy about jail. And yet certain rules, including the absurd requirement that after a shower you dress IN THE SHOWER. As I thought about this more it occurred to me that this was part of the homophobia of jail. By doing this individuals announced "I'm not gay, and you aren't gay." But there was a very definite and apparently unmolested gay population including some pretty flamboyant guys. In the multi-purpose room at the rec center there was a "gay table." One evening, Big Gay Al was standing at a Chow Hall table shouting to a friend in line, "Tameeekaaaa, oh Tameeekaaa," while his pals laughed appreciatively.
Don't do what I did. Experience all these marvels vicariously.