My roommate in college did some of her psych training in prisons, and she even went on a police ride a few times! I was always too chicken for stuff like that and did all my training in the academic and suburban clinics.

Even when I got older and one of my mentors suggested that I consider prison psych like she did when the economy was bad, I couldn’t shake this scene in a movie where the inmate took the pencil he was using for a paper-pencil test and stabbed the psychologist in the neck.

In case it’s not terribly obvious already, I was very impressionable in my youth!

Of course, I have different opinions now, but I might have made more informed career choices had I had access to actual insider information way back when. Textbooks were useless, and news and movies were terrifying!

Anyway, thanks for sharing. I always enjoy your prison stories.

Queer Black Woman w/ Disabilities and Indigenous Roots | Health educator & former healer now healing herself | Quora @April-M-Hamm | LinkedIn @April-Hamm #WEOC

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