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  • Government Name: Tewhan Butler
  • Register Number: 26852-050
  • Age:34
  • Time Served:11 years
  • Home Town:East Orange, NJ
  • Sentence:30 yrs.
  • Current Charge:RICO
  • Alias:Massacre
  • Release Date:2029
  • Prison Affiliation:Blood (Double ii/QSBG)
  • Circle of Influence:Altariq Gumbs, Emmanuel Jones, Lester Alford, Marco Miguel Robertson, Pele Brown, David Drone, Jermaine Ray, Marcus Martin, Michael Simpson, Omar Austin, Quaheem Edwards, Torvos Simpson, Vincent Gamboa
  • Institution:USP McCreary
  • Here, my life behind bars offers understanding for those of you who venture into ‘the life’ with no understanding of its consequences: the adversity, the obstacles and the journey one must travel alone when the gavel is slammed, your cell is locked and the lights go out.

Five in the morning…

Five o’clock in the morning- I sit shackled and black boxed in U.S.P. Big Sandy’s R&D (Receiving and Discharge). Not alone, amongst me sits an assortment of colors- black white and brown- all belonging to what we call on this side of freedom “CARS”. There’s no mystery to where we’re headed and though most won’t admit it, you can sense the fear. The fear that arrives every time BOP decides to enhance your frequent flier miles and drop you within another penitentiary. The fear of the unknown. With forced attempts at silencing the fear everyone talks and seems to get along, but only for the moment. It won’t be long before gang affiliations sever ties, racial tensions shatter friendships and city laws create animosity and yeah, prison politics.

After being handed our brown bags (bologna, cheese and snack) we’re led to the Blue Bird (Prison Bus). A two hour ride delivers us along with hundreds of other prisoners to Lexington, Kentucky Airport. Though our flight wont be courtesy of Delta, American Airlines or any of those fancy names. What awaits us is a plain white airplane (Don’t forget the one with the duck tape on its wing). Traded here, swapped there; drug here and carried there. People from all over the world- LOCKED UP!

No need for crying now. I tattooed the tears because my eyes refused to shed them anymore. This trip was a one and done. Normally you’re dropped in Atlanta for a few weeks, flown to Oklahoma and then chartered to your destination. Lucky me, my next stop was Pennsylvania. Two and a half more hours, I’m here. Greeted by signs- “SMU Welcome to the BIG HOUSE”


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