Don’t Shake Out Your Blankets From The Top Tier




Blanket exchange is every 30 days.
Sheet exchange is every 7 days.

Some guys feel the need to shake out their blankets after they put clean sheets on their mattress. Such is the case with an old convict named Clay. Every week he dangles his blankets from the top tier and gives them a good shake.

All that dead skin, hair, lint, cookie and chip crumbs land down below in front of occupied cells. Most guys simply don’t care. Others might not realize its being done. But it’s only a matter of time before someone makes an issue of it.

Today, that someone is Vinny.

Vinny is also an old convict…mad at the world…and always involved in some sort of drama.

As he’s laying on his bunk, something catches his eye. He sits up and leans for a better view. Its two white cotton blankets dancing in front of his cell. They’re discharging all kinds of nasty….directly on Vinny’s porch.

Vinny comes storming out of his cell. He grabs the two white blankets and rips them out of Clay’s hands. The blankets hit the floor. Vinny uses them as a dust mop and swiftly runs them over all the fallen nastiness. Then he kicks the blankets out into the dayroom.

Meanwhile, Clay is charging down the stairs, heading straight for Vinny.

This isn’t the first time these two have had words over blanket shaking. But it’ll be the last.

Clay gets up in Vinny’s face and says, “Listen here you lint licking son-of-a-BEEP….”

As soon as that “B” word came out of his mouth, Vinny kneed Clay in the nuts! HARD!!!

As Clay doubled over in pain, Vinny served him another knee to the face. Clay fell to the floor in the fetal position. That’s when Vinny started kicking him in the face and head. “Who’s the “B” now?” Vinny said with every kick, “I warned you about shaking them blankets out in front of my house….I fricken warned you!”

Vinny concluded the beat down by kicking the blankets on Clay. Then he calmly walked back to his cell, went in, closed the door, and layed down.

Within minutes a guard observed one inmate sleeping on the dayroom floor. It didn’t take long before the entire dayroom was locked down. Clay remained on the floor until medical carried him away.

Prison officials reviewed the cameras. Then five of them went to Vinny’s cell, cuffed him up, and took him to the hole.

Clay has probably been shaking out his blankets for a long time. And for a long time he has probably been getting away with it without incident. There is an actual rule prohibiting the shaking of blankets from the top tier. This story goes to show that if you continue to do wrong, it’s only a matter of time before it catches up with you somehow, some way.

Moral: Always do the right thing and life will run so much smoother.



Steven Jennings


Author: Steven & Suzie Jennings

She was raised as a Mormon, and he is a convict serving 43 years in prison. This blog offers a glimpse into two vastly different worlds that somehow came crashing together. Join them on their journey through prison life & married life.

4 thoughts

  1. you witness every happening in real. its good your noting down everything you see and experience and by the time you are out of that you will a famous writer of true stories 🙂 i wish you peace

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  2. Not the most … subtle of conflict resolution in your example here, Mr. Jennings. Thanks for the beautifully worded illustration of … how conflict resolution goes wrong. Was there any way this could have been sorted out short a beatdown, though?

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