The Hostile Inmate

“I like your style,” stated a deputy to the Charge Nurse. He was briefly covering the Infirmary while the one assigned went for his break.

“You don’t let them get away with it,” he added.

He was talking about a bruised and beaten up inmate who just returned from the hospital. His injuries were a result of him resisting arrest from the arresting officers and he tried to fight them off.

“I need a wheelchair!” he demanded while sitting on the chair in the hallway as he awaited for me to see him.

“You don’t need it!” yelled the Charge Nurse back. “You know you can walk!”

The deputy went out to the inmate and started talking with him.

“Shut up! (profanity)…”

“But my back is broken! The doctor told me! It hurts! I can’t walk!” he yelled back with breaths of pain being let out of his mouth.

“Shut up! Your back is not broken! If you didn’t fight with the cops, you would not be here in the first place!”

Instead of sealing his mouth, words continued to flow in aggression from the inmate.

“And if they didn’t outnumber me, I would have been here for murder!” he proudly replied. (He meant that he intentionally wanted to fight and even to the point of claiming the cop’s life).

The deputy was not happy with his reply. He needed to tell someone about it. He needed to tell the deputies working in Classification about this inmate’s attitude and statement, because he was a potential danger, not only to officers but to all the staff. The red flag just went up on this man.

“(More profanities…)This is what’s going to happen with you every time. You can walk. You don’t need a wheelchair ‘coz your back is not broken!”

I summoned the deputy to come inside the Clinic, away from the inmate so he wouldn’t hear me.

He gave me a look, wondering why I interrupted him when he wasn’t done dealing with the inmate’s lack of respect and unstable behavior.

“Deputy, I just want to let you know…He does have a broken back!”

He turned red and in a very soft voice uttered, “I’m sorry, Ma’am…I just went by what the Charge Nurse told me.”

“You don’t need to apologize. I’m just reminding you that not everything that you hear is true.”

Off the inmate went to the prison’s Intake to be housed, pushed by that same deputy as he sat on the wheelchair I provided for a limited amount of time.

I saw my own reflection as I watched that interaction between the inmate and that deputy. We all had the same similar attitudes. We all had the same behavior.

"You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God." - James 4:4 (NLT)

Sinful behaviors are man’s nature. And how we demand for God to give us the things we need, the plans that we want, the roads that we think are safe to travel on or the blessings that we deserve. The truth is we don’t deserve anything! But...

“God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.” – 1 John 4:9 (NLT)

“So work with fear and trembling to discover what it really means to be saved.” – Philippians 2:12 (CEV)
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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]

Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.

Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.

All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.

When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.

The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.

When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himself and ended up injuring his attacker severely.

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We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.

“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14

Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].

Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.

Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.

Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].