CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTIONS
“Danielle, it’s time to wake up, we have to look at these brochures”
The 15 year old girl opened her eyes to the sound of her mother’s rather loud request. As she got out of bed, she remembered what her parents were looking at in the brochures. It was about a week ago she had gotten into trouble with the law…..again. But, this time it looked like she was going to have to go to a juvenile detention facility. She was very nervous about this but was hopeful her parents would be able to get her out of this. Downstairs they were already looking at brochures for some schools for troubled girls that the judge might allow her to go to instead of to a jail type facility.
Danielle was generally a well behaved girl but had a bad choice of friends, so her parents would say.
“It’s about time young lady, now sit down and we’ll go over some options for your future”. Danielle loved her dad but sometimes he could be very demeaning the way he spoke to her.
“OK, here is the first one; this place is called Bosworth correctional facility for Girls”. Her father passed out a copy for Danielle and her mother and began to read the introduction.
“At Bosworth, we provide a strict environment for girls between the ages of 13 and 18. We provide a very prison style setting with the goal of scaring young girls straight before they end up in adult prison. The girls are housed in separate jail cells and are allowed into a day room and classroom. The daily routine consists of the following:
Wake up: 5:00 a.m.
Breakfast (eaten in cell): 5:30-6:00 a.m.
Showers (supervised): 6:00-6:15 a.m.
Dress (supervised): 6:15-6:30 a.m.
Confined to cell: 10:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.; (lunch eaten in cell)
Confined to cell 4:00 to 9:00 (dinner eaten in cell)
Lights out- 9:00 p.m.
The difference between Bosworth and many of the state run facilities are many but the main ones are:
Girls are housed in separate cells and supervised 24/7 which will significantly reduce the chances of same sex tendencies and/or lesbian relationships which are common in similar facilities.
The amount of free time outside of their cells is limited to a few hours a day, which we believe is closer to a prison setting and will discourage repeat offenders
Lastly, due to procedures and policies, drugs are not a problem here as in many state facilities. We perform daily searches of the inmates and cells to make certain the girls do not have access to drugs.”
“I thought you said I wouldn’t have to go to a jail, this sounds horrible”. Danielle couldn’t believe what she was reading. “I mean look at all of the time I would be locked in a cage, basically, plus strip searches?”.
Honey, this is just one option, it doesn’t mean anything. Danielle’s mother sounded just as horrified as the young girl did.
“Well Dani”, most people called her Dani for short, “maybe some time behind bars is what you need”. She hoped her father was kidding. “Let’s look at the next one”
This one was much the same as the first, however the third and final brochure seemed different as her father read out aloud
“Our motto at Washington Facility for Girls is “new beginnings”. We believe that wayward young girls need an opportunity for a new beginning in addition to a strict and confined environment . We believe in starting over and teaching and raising the girls all over again. We do still believe in punishment and a confined environment; however we also provide rehabilitation which the state facilities do not place a great deal of importance. Set up a time to come and tour our facility.”
That doesn’t sound too bad said Danielle’s mother. “Let me call and see if we can go visit this morning yet.”
After finding out they could visit anytime today, Danielle went back upstairs to take a shower and get ready. As she showered, she couldn’t help but wonder what the next years would be like….strip searches, jail cells, same sex tendencies…..she couldn’t imagine herself fitting into to a place like that. But that again, she did have some hope as the place they were going to visit didn’t seem so prison like.
Everyone kept to them selves on the hour drive to Washington Facility for Girls until they got to the exit. Danielle’s mother pointed out the window “that must be it over there”.
Dani looked and saw a rather plain looking building except for the high fence with barb wired that surrounded it. Danielle’s dad also pointed out that there looked to be maybe 10 or 15 individual fenced in areas with the fencing running on all sides including the top that surrounded a playground with a swing set and other playground equipment. “That’s weird”, here dad said, I wonder how young the girls actually are that they keep here.”
Dani and her parents got out of the car and walked into the front doors. This part seemed more like an office than a prison by the décor. They were met by an older woman who introduced herself as the warden.
Hello, my name is Helen Smith, I’m the warden here at the Washington Facility for Girls….this must be Danielle. Well before we start the tour, let me tell you a little more about our history. We are a privately run program with some oversight and monitoring from the state. We have been operating for over 38 years with a high level of rehabilitation for the girls committed to our facility. We accept all girls from the ages of 13 to 17 who have behavioral problems. A large portion of the girls here are committed by their parents due to problems at home but we also have a number of girls sent here as an alternative to jail or juvenile hall. I believe our Danielle here is looking for an alternative to a possible jail term?
“That is correct” her father replied. “Dani is facing up to 3 years in jail. Because of the trouble she has gotten into, it’s also possible she will be charged as an adult and be sentenced to a prison. I understand that if she is sent to a Women’s prison, she would have to be kept in isolation because she is under 18 years old. For obvious reasons, we are concerned for her well being.”
Warden Smith replied with a concerned look on her face “ Yes, I believe you are correct that she could be sent to an adult prison and have to serve her time in isolation. Certainly not a good situation for a 15 year old girl. In most cases that means 23 hours alone in a cell where mental health can begin to deteriorate and 3 years can be a very long time in a place like that”
The entire situation was beginning to set in with Dani as she imagined being in a small cell for such a long time with no one to talk to.
Helen continued, “But, fortunately you may have some other options, first there is always the chance that you could continue with your court proceedings and hope for a dismissal in the case, dropped to a juvenile charge, and/or possibly a reduced sentence. Another option is a program like ours, many times a plea deal can be arranged where she can be placed in a secure facility like ours for a shorter period of time. Many times the judge will accept as low as 40 or 50% of the maximum time she would be facing if found guilty in a trial and sentenced to the maximum amount. So in Danielle’s case, it could be as little as 16 or 18 months.”
Dani and her parents traded looks as if this might be the best decision given her alternatives as the Warden continued her explanation. “The other advantage is that we provide education in that she would be able to pick up very close to where she currently is in school and continue that education during her time here. When she has completed her time, it’s very likely she would be able to return to her current school in the same class as if she never left. This is not necessarily the case in prison or another private secure facility. Additionally, she would be with girls similar in age and be able to interact with the other inmates a large amount of the time.”
Dani’s mother spoke for the first time since they arrived “Well, I have to admit, it certainly sounds like one of the better options we have. As much as I hate to see my little girl locked up in any facility, I can’t stand the thought of her alone in a small isolation cell for so long. Even the other brochures we looked at for private facilities, mentioned individual cells with long periods of confinement.”
Danielle also had to admit that it certainly sounded better than any of the other things she has heard so far.
“Well, let’s not jump to conclusions just yet” the warden replied “we’ve only been discussing one aspect of our program. This facility is also many ways like a prison, as punishment is an unfortunate requirement for girls like Danielle. Along with punishment, we here at Washington Facility for Girls like to also stress rehabilitation and a “new beginning” as you’ve probably read in our introductory brochure.”
Dani’s father agreed, “Let’s let the Warden finish and take the complete tour before we jump to any decisions”.
“Indeed….well let me start from the beginning in terms of the evolution of our punishment and rehabilitation views and practices. 38 years ago when we received our first group of girls and they were housed in individual cells and were in fact locked in their cells for about 18 hours a day, with the other six hours consisting of school classes, outdoor activity, showers, and a small amount of free time in the day room. On the weekends, the girls were confined in their cells for 23 hours a day. The uniforms consisted of orange jumper dresses we operated under this philosophy for many years and were marginally successful at rehabilitation. During this time period, we saw many of the girls return to either our facility or end up in jails or prisons. We also noticed that there was no real behavior change and in many cases, became even worse. It was around this time that the facility began studying this in more detail in order to develop a more rehabilitating environment to fundamentally change the poor behavior from the inmates. The study resulted in many different ideas, of which we tried and evaluated the results. The different things we tried included having the girls spend less time in a cell, more time in a cell, two girls to a cell, four girls to a cell, eight girls to a cell, large sized cells, medium cells, small cells, dress uniforms in different colors, dresses, jumpers, pants, handcuffs, no handcuffs, leg cuffs, no leg cuffs…to make a long story short, we tried hundreds if not thousands of combinations of environments to try and find the best one for teenage girls with behavior problems. “
“What we found the results of our original environment was that the inmates were instilled with a sense of hopelessness and that the mistakes they have made no longer provided them an opportunity for a second chance. They were in an environment that told they would forever be labeled as ‘bad girls’ if you will”.
“I must admit, it sounds like you have done a lot of research on this” Dani could already tell her mom was sold on this place as her home for the next couple of years.
The Warden went on to explain the results of the study. “So we realized that what we really should be doing is giving them hope for a second chance and that they should feel like ‘good girls’ who just need a new beginning
Which of course, leads us to our current motto of “new beginnings”? So, once we identified the overall goal of trying to make the prisoners feel like they were indeed ‘good girls’, we began implementing the changes that our studied shown to be most successful. These included two girls to a cell, groupings of cells where the girls could interact with inmates in other cells, pink jumper skirt uniforms, cell walls painted pink, pink handcuffs, and more outdoor time. The results also showed that we received the best results with very small cells with two girls in each for sleeping and a larger cell with four girls to interact with for times they had to be confined when they were not sleeping. This developed into a schedule of 10 hours in their small cells at night, 2 hours in their larger cell with interaction between all 4 inmates(which housed two small cells), 6 hours of class, and 2 hours of time in their outdoor pens. “
“We found this increased results dramatically with improving general behavior issues and gave the girls a better sense of having a ‘new beginning’.”
“Is that what it is like right now?” asked Danielle speaking for the first time.
“Not quite young lady” replied Helen. “We do in fact have many of these policies in place today but since then we had one more major discovery in our continual efforts to provide rehabilitation and fundamental behavior changes. From time to time over the years we received girls who had bedwetting problems. This in and of itself is no major discovery….many young girls have bedwetting problems and is solved simply by placing the girls in diapers for the night, as we did when we had inmates who had wetting problems. But what was a major discovery was that we noticed the diapers had a very calming effect on these bedwetting girls. We also realized that these girls were more successful in our program and much easier to teach, rehabilitate, and seemed to have a better sense of being a ‘good girl’ and starting over or a new beginning as we like to say.”
Dani’s jaw dropped as she could tell where this was going….for the first time she started to think an isolation cell might not sound so bad.
The warden continued “so we took it a step further and began putting all of the girls in diapers - day and nighttime. The results were astounding. The new beginnings program was more successful than we ever could have dreamed. The next step for us was to continue down this path and explore and test new possibilities. After many years of testing and analyzing different combinations once again, we found out that in order to truly have behavioral new beginning, it was best to start out with a physical new beginning.
“So what we did was take this new concept and combine it with some of the policies and procedures that gave us success in the past. We changed the small cells to cribs, (which of course have a top on it and a locking door), two girls to a crib, two cribs to a larger cell or more of a nursery as we like to call it. The girls are placed in diapers all the time, checked, and changed at regular intervals….the diapers also serve as a good reward system- good girls can have their diaper changed more often. Uniforms are now essentially forms of what a baby or toddler girl in diapers would wear- onesies, sleepers, rompers, dresses, playsuits, etc.. And activities tend to be geared more towards toddlers than to a teenage girl. “
The warden cut off Danielle, and her parents “I know you have a lot of questions but let me first explain the 3 major stages that the girls progress through and then we’ll get you on the tour where you will be able to see even more clearly”
“Stage 1 can be compared to a baby…the girls in this stage are confined to their cells (or crib and nursery) more than the stage 2 and 3 girls….they have less freedom and a lot more supervision from our guards and caretakers. It really is more of an adjustment period for the girls to get used to being in diapers and taken care of. It also provides time for the girls to get to know their cell or crib mates better and also is the time we can assess and assign the girls to their cellmates and make sure it is a good fit for both girls.
Stage 2 is comparable to a toddler…more freedom, less supervision.
Stage 3 is comparable to a pre-schooled..Even more freedom, even less supervision, and even some responsibilities with helping out with some of the stage 1 and stage 2 girls.
By the end of stage 3 and you pick up your little girl, I guarantee she will be polite, helpful around the house, and behaving better than you could ever imagine.
There is actually a stage 4 but we do recommend that this stage be enforced at home after the girls are released. We can provide more information to you on our recommendations should you decide to have Danielle here enrolled. That is also a ways down the road so we would have plenty of time to instruct you on this stage.”
“I imagine you have a lot of questions so I can answer a few now before your tour”
Danielle’s mouth was opened and was speechless, her father could see that a full tantrum was about to begin from her and cut her off before she could say anything “Dani, if you make a fuss, we will enroll you today so I suggest you bite your tongue until we are at home and can discuss this.” Danielle did just that afraid of being put in a diaper that very moment.
Her mother asked the first question: “I certainly must say that having a daughter that is polite and well behaving is one of the things I wish for the most…but I’m not sure about this- it sounds like you have put a lot of thought and testing into the program but do you have any like side effects on some of the girls?”
“I understand your concerns, but let me reassure you, we have 98% success rate since we’ve implemented our current program. Of the remaining 2%, if they are put through the program a second time, it is then 100% successful. As for side effects, it will take some time to get full control of her body functions back when she is released so there will be a period of….potty training for lack of a better word. “
Her mother seemed somewhat reassured “you do not potty train them in stage 3? Like if Dani was put in here and if she was a good girl in for say all of stage 1- could she be rewarded by not having to wear a diaper?”
“We have experimented with that type of rewards system but found it did not provide the results we get when the girls are left in diapers for all 3 stages.”
At this point, Dani could not bite her tongue any longer and yelled “I’m not wearing diapers, this is ridiculous” Her farther with a very serious look in his face replied “one more time and you will be enrolled that very second”.
He then had a few questions for the Warden also “one of the other brochures we were reading mentioned that with two girls in a cell…or crib, there can be a tendency for same-sex tendencies to form…have you ran into that type of problem with your program?”
A very confident warden replied “that is an excellent question- and I will be honest that over the years we have seen this happen. The reality is that the girls are here to be punished- so confinement to a cell is a reality in a situation like this. As we have growing teenage girls locked up together with a lot of time on their hands, there is the likelihood that they will experiment with a same sex relationship. We have found that a very small percentage of the girls leave here as a lesbian or bisexual and this percentage is consistent with the same percentage of the general population. So we don’t believe our program promotes same sex tendencies as growing up in the regular world would. I will tell you though that we believe the girls in our program will experiment more than a girl growing up outside our facility would but we feel the pro’s outweigh the cons. Now we also take many precautions knowing that this can and does happen. First, the girls are not allowed to take their diapers off themselves, put their hands down their or other girl’s diapers. This is one of our strictest rule and is enforced with zero tolerance. Most of their clothes are also restrictive in that they do not have access to their diapers- mostly this is with zippers in the back that lock. This also cuts down on girls with……how I say this….busy hands and self exploring if you know what I mean. ”
He replied “ Ok…..it seems like you certainly have dotted the I’s and crossed the T’s with your program”. He turned to this wife and asked if she had any more questions.
“I do have a lot but I have a feeling the tour of the place is going to answer a lot of them, but I am curious, if Dani were here and she was not being a good girl what would her punishment be like?”
“Another excellent question” answered Helen. “This varies on how bad she is and how many times she has been bad….it can be anything from having to stay in her diaper longer without a change to a timeout. A timeout also has several levels, the first is to stand in the corner for a period of time, next can be put in her crib for a period of time, the more severe timeouts consist of an isolation cell but these are relatively rare”
Sensing it was a good time to take a break and have the parents and Dani take a tour the Warden began winding down by saying “just a few more things and why don’t we get started with the tour…..before we do that- Dani, if you can be a good girl you can ask a question before we get started”
Danielle, still thinking this was a dream and not able to think clearly, decided to be calm and ask the main questions on her mind: “so like…..the girls here have to go #1 and #2 in their diapers? And who changes them?”
“Very good question young lady and I’m proud you are being such a good girl through this…..to answer your question, the girls do not have access to any restrooms so their diapers are used for their intended purpose. As for changes, our staff takes care of that. We have both guards and caretakers. The caretakers are the main people who would be changing and taking care of you but the guards who are here 24/7 do change diapers if the need arises when the caretakers are not on site”
Dani was having questions now pop in to her head and blurted them out “and like, what about showers, and getting dressed, and phone calls and….”
The warden stopped her and said” why don’t we start the tour….one of our stage 3prisoners, Sarah, will be joining us and it will be a good time for you to ask more questions. She has been here for two years now and is a very good girl for you to ask questions such as that.”
Dani’s parents agreed and started to stand up from their chairs. The warden explained there is just one more item to discuss “at this point, I would ask if you are seriously considering this as an option for Danielle- if so, it may be a good idea for us to get some information about her now. This will allow us to find her diaper size, clothing size, and information so we can be ready for her intake if you decide to enroll her.
Her parents looked at each other and he replied” Yeah, I think so, let’s do that”.
“Excellent, it will just take a minute. This will also allow for a shorter transfer time from the county jail. If the judge does agree to a plea bargain, they will take her into custody at court and she will be lodged in the county jail until the transfer can take place. This information will allow that to happen faster so she doesn’t need to be in that jail for longer than she needs to. We will also give you a case of diapers in her size after the tour….if you decide to move forward, it is best to have her start wearing diapers at home so she can adjust quicker when she arrive here with us.”
Helen grabbed a clipboard and started to write while asking questions:
“How tall is Danielle?”
Her mother answered “she’s 5’2”
“And how much does she weigh?”
Helen filled in the rest as she spoke out loud “and I can see that she has long straight black hair, blue eyes. I’ll just take a quick picture of her, and have you filled out this short application. In the meantime, I will go and get inmate Sarah so I can introduce you to her and then we can start the tour with all of us”.
Dani’s mother took the clipboard and began filling in the blanks….social security, date of birth, home address, parent’s phone numbers….the basics, while the Warden took Dani’s picture. It was this point, Danielle broke down and began to sob.
Just as her mother was completing the form, Helen entered with a young girl who obviously was an inmate and everyone knew had to be Sarah.
The Warden said “everyone this is Sarah, Sarah this is Danielle and her parents Mr. and Mrs. Anderson”.
Sarah replied “very nice to meet you Mr. and Mrs. Anderson”. Dani and her parents were somewhat surprised at what they saw even though they just spent considerable time listening to the explanations. Her mother reached out her arm in attempt to shake Sarah’s hand but realized she was handcuffed behind her back. “Oh” said her mother, “sorry, I didn’t realize….”
“it’s Ok”…replied the Warden….it’s policy, we are technically outside of the locked facility so she has to wear handcuffs out here….once we get back inside the secured facility we can take them off of her.”
Danielle was in shock……Sarah was roughly her height and weight and looked like she was maybe 15 but was not sure. Sarah looked to be a very healthy and happy young girl with brown curly hair that was pulled back into a ponytail with a pink rubber band and pink barrettes, brown eyes and very rosy cheeks. What Danielle focused on the most though was her outfit….Sarah had on a very babyish looking white t-shirt with pink teddy bear designs. Her t-shirt had elastic around the bottom and held up her shirt just above her diaper. Her diaper was a white disposable diaper that looked very bulky on her. Dani looked to see if it was wet but could not really tell. She also had a pacifier hanging from a clip off of her t-shirt. Her socks were short and white with frilly lace and a bow on the collar covered by a pair of white Mary Jane shoes.
Dani and her parents couldn’t help but staring at the teen girl who didn’t seem to be bothered by the fact she was in a diaper and baby clothes, sensing the awkward moment, Helen broke the silence “usually Sarah here would be in a dress at this time of the day but because it is so hot today and Sarah has been a good girl, she was dressed in just her shirt and diaper today….but let’s not delay any further we have a lot to see”.
With that the Warden took Sarah by the arm and began leading the group towards the secured facility, Dani and her parents followed, watching Sarah waddle down the hall and listening to the loud plastic crinkle of her diaper.
CHAPTER 2: THE TOUR
With the exception of the noise from Sarah’s diaper, the group continued in silence down the hallway, lead by the warden and Sarah, still handcuffed behind her back. They turned a corner and arrived at a very heavy locked steel door. The warden explained “we are now going to be entering the secured facility, we do ask that Danielle not speak unless spoken too when it comes to adults. She can feel free to talk quietly with Sarah here at her will but when it comes to grownups this is a strict rule we enforce here”
The warden unlocked the heavy door and let the other pass through before slamming it shut and locking it behind her. The group quickly noticed that there was a male guard at a desk posted in front of another locked door, this time it was a open barred door like you would see in a prison.
“Hello Charlie”, the warden greeted the guard.
“Hello Warden, did Sarah behave herself?”
“Yes, indeed she was a very good girl, I think we can take off her bracelets now”. The warden was referring to the handcuffs Sarah was still wearing. Charlie proceed to take Sarah by her arm and have her face the wall while he undid her cuffs. Danni could tell that this seemed very routine to Sarah and looked like she had done this many times before. The guard then took a handheld scanner and ran it across the pink band on Sarah’s wrist.
He mentioned “Just one second while I check her back in and you will be on your way”.
Helen elaborated, “The girls all wear a identification bracelet, this has their name on it, size of diaper they wear, medical history, and the current stage in our program. We have scanners through the facility which helps us track their whereabouts and can use them for many other things on a case by case basis”. Danni’s mother and father nodded approvingly.
Charlie then unlocked and opened the barred door for the group and they continued past the guard a few feet before hearing the door slam shut again. Danni shivered at the sound knowing she would probably be hearing that many more times…whether it be here or at another prison.
The group walked down the hallway until it stopped with only the option to go left or right. The Warden said “at this point I would like to have Sarah lead us as she has been with us for just about 2 years now and has first hand knowledge of how things work. Feel free to ask questions at any point to either Sarah or myself. Danielle, I still ask you do not speak until spoken too unless it is quietly with Sarah. Sarah, you have permission to speak freely for the tour.”
“Thank you Mrs. Smith” Sarah replied softly.
“Why don’t we take a right here Sarah and start out in the take part of the facility” Said the Warden.
Sarah took a right turn, followed by Danielle, and then her parents and the Warden. Danni’s mother feeling like she needed to break the silence asked “So Sarah, how old are you?”
“I’m 16 years old, ma’am”
“Oh, you are so polite Sarah, but you can call me Pam”
The warden interjected “Actually, we do require the girls to address adults as either ma’am, sir, or Mr./Mrs. Anderson”
“Oh, ok, I’m sorry I didn’t really think about that”.
“It’s quite alright, no harm done” replied Helen.
They walked a few more steps before stopping in front another barred door at which you could see it was the entrance to a very large room. The sign above the barred door read INTAKE.
Sarah spoke “Mr. and Mrs. Anderson this is the intake part of the building. This is where we come when we first arrive here.” The warden took her keys and unlocked the door so they could all enter. Once inside, Danielle first noticed that one entire wall was just a bunch of cribs some of them empty and some with girls locked inside them. The second wall was filled with shelves and what looked like hundreds and hundreds of diapers. The rest of the room was filled with what had to be diaper changing stations, some highchairs, and a countertop that had two very large sinks….much larger than normal.
“Sarah, why don’t you explain to Danielle here how this area works. She may be joining us here and we should give her and her parents an idea of what everything is like”.
“Ok…well first they bring you over here” Sarah walked over to the area with the two large sinks. The countertop was much lower than a regular one and the two large sinks actually looked more like small bathtubs closer up. “And give you a bath. After that you get strapped in over here and get put in your diaper”. Sarah lead the group over to the changing stations were more of a countertop also with 2 large changing baby pads on top of them. Next to each changing pad was an assortment of baby wipes, baby powder, baby lotions, Vaseline, and diaper rash crèmes. Below the countertop were several drawers . “After you have your diaper on they dress you with clothes in these drawers, and then put you in your crib”.
The group followed Sarah over to the area with all of the cribs. The cribs were stacked 3 high, with lowest one just a little bit off the ground and the tallest one a little over eye level. There were 5 cribs in a row making a total of 15 cribs in the intake room. Currently 9 of the cribs had girls in them. Each crib had a mattress in it with a pink plastic cover and each had pink plastic sheets as well. The cribs were much larger than a baby’s crib but still looked a little small for teenage girl thought Danni’s Father. Each crib was surrounded on all sides and the top, with pink metal bars very close together and had a small locked door that the girls used to get in and out. The crib on the second and third levels had little steps like on a bunk bed to get to them. Some of the girls in the cribs were sleeping and a few others were awake. All the girls were wearing a pink onesie with their names on the front and back in white stitching, a very noticeable bulge indicating each did in fact have a diaper on, a pink ID bracelet, and a pacifier clipped to their onesies. Just about all of them had their paci’s in their mouths with the exception of a couple that were sleeping and looked like it had fallen out.
Danni’s father turned to Helen “Didn’t you had mentioned that there are two girls to a cell or crib? These seem a little too small for a teenage girl”
The warden replied “Yes, in fact after the girls leave intake, they are placed in a larger crib with another girl. Let me expand upon Sarah’s explanation of this area. The main purpose is to have a period of time for the girls to adjust and for us to evaluate them. One of the main adjustments the girls have to make here is wearing a diaper. We’ve found that for the first several weeks in diapers, the girls are prone to diaper rash, and the best way to get them through those initial bouts of diaper rash are to be keep them confined to a small area to minimize movement which helps heal and prevent diaper rash. During this time we also evaluate them to pair them up as crib and cellmates, and teach them some of the basic rules here. Lastly, this intake period lets the girl get accustomed to being confined, as I’ve mentioned they are also here to be punished and being confined to a cell is a large portion of their time here. ”
The answer seemed to satisfy him but Pam now asked “How long are the girls usually here?”
Helen replied “the average stay here in intake is about 30 days but it is decided on a case by case basis. The minimum is about two weeks and the maximum is about 45 days. As I mentioned early, if Danielle will be staying with us, and you put her in diapers at home before she arrives, it should speed up her intake time”
Pam nodded in understanding. “she then turned to Sarah and asked “ Sarah, do you remember how long were you here for?”
Sarah thought for a minute and answered “Yes, ma’am, I think I was here for 40 days”
The Warden nodded and added “Yes Sarah, I think you are correct, If I remember you were a little slow with adjusting to your diapers and had a long stretch of diaper rash and had to keep you here longer than most of the other girls.” The young girl nodded in agreement.
Pam was getting a closer look at one of the girls locked in the first row of cribs and asked “Helen, is that what you were talking about when you said restrictive clothing?” as she pointed to the back of the girl’s onesie as she was sleeping in her crib.
“Oh yes indeed, Let me get the key for one of the girls here and we’ll take her out so you can have a closer look”. The warden turned and asked one of the caretakers on watch “Angela, could you get bring over the key to….let me see, it looks like Maggie is awake, could you bring the key to Maggie’s crib over?”
Danielle and her parents spotted Maggie, she was in one of the cribs on the bottom row and was awake and sucking on her paci while sitting Indian style in her crib. From the identification card attached to the front of her crib, Maggie was 13 years old. She had short shoulder length blonde hair, lots of freckles, and the brightest blue eyes, Danni had ever seen.
The warden took the key from Angela the caretaker and began to unlock Maggies crib door. “Maggie, if you be a good girl we’ll take you out just for a second so these folks can see your uniform, OK?”
The young girl nodded excitedly. Helen opened her door and Maggie crawled out. The warden then had her face towards her crib and put her hands on the bars, which the girl did. “See here at the top, there is a zipper on the back with a specially designed lock that does not allow her to undress or access her diaper at all. It is the same on the bottom here which opens to change her diapers but is locked when she is in her crib.”
“Ah, ok, I see how that works” Danni’s father replied while looking impressed with the clever design.
“OK Maggie, back in you go” as the Warden motioned for the teen girl to go back into her crib. Disappointed, the girl reluctantly climbed back into her cage and the Warden patted her diapered bottom as she was just about in adding “good girl Maggie”. The door shut with a metal clanking noise and was locked by the Warden.
Pam leaned down and said “thank you very much Maggie for showing us your uniform, it’s very pretty.”
Maggie replied keeping her paci in her mouth “you’re welcome”
The Warden also leaned down and said “Maggie, what do we say to adults? And this time take your paci out so we can hear you better”.
Maggie took the pink and white paci out of her mouth and said “you’re welcome, ma’am”.
“Good girl” replied the warden. She then turned and said “why don’t we move on, Sarah could you lead us to the Stage I area”.
Sarah turned and the group followed her out of the intake area and down the hall. As they were walking Danni’s father asked “So Sarah, do you still have problems with diaper rash?”
“umm, not really sir, I hardly ever get diaper rash anymore. It happens once in a while but when it does they keep me in my crib for one or two days and it is usually gone after that.”
“And do you like being in your crib, Sarah?” asked Pam
“umm, yes ma’am, I like it and sometimes I stay in my crib even when it’s not locked. but sometimes when it is locked, I would rather be outside of my crib playing or sleeping in our big girl bed, which I get to sleep in sometimes if I’m really good since I’m in stage 3.” Pam couldn’t help smile at the adorable girl and her perfect behavior so far.
The Warden announced “Well here we are at the Stage 1 area of our facility, once I open this door, Sarah will show you around again”.
The warden unlocked the door and Sarah led the group into Stage I. Once through the locked door, they noticed that this area was arranged more like a typical jail or prison. They were at the beginning of a long hallway with large rooms on each side of the hallway, each with its own barred and locked jailcell door. The warden opened the first and let the group in.
“Looks like this group is playing outside at the moment so we can have a look around here and then take a look at the outside play area” Helen said.
This room was much larger than the intake room and had a large open area in the center filled with what looked like a cross between school desks and highchairs. In the corner was a small TV with a rug in front of it along with quite a few toys and stuffed animals, all of the baby variety. Opposite that was another diaper changing area similar to the intake area with two stations. Two sides of the room were lined with barred jail cells. Two cells on each side for a total of four. There was also one more room next to two of the cells, much smaller than the cells with a solid steel door.
Helen explained. “As you can see, we divide the stage 1 girls into groups of 16. Each cell contains two cribs, two girls to a crib so a total of four girls to a cell.” As the Warden opened one of the cells, she asked “ Sarah, can you continue”
“yes ma’am”, Sarah replied leading Danielle and her parents into the cell.
“Here are the cribs, two of us stay in one.” The two cribs were stacked on top of each other and were identical to the cribs in the intake area except they looked to be about 20 or 30% larger. You could tell a teenage girl would not be able standup inside it but there was enough room to situp.
Sarah continued “Over here is where we get our diapers changed and given our baths” As she pointed to a similar setup as in the intake room. “Under the changing station, is where they keep our clothes.” As she pointed to several drawers with locks on them.
She continued “Here is a box of toys to plays with when you are locked in the cell but not locked in your crib”. The diapered girl pointed to a pink toybox filled with coloring books, crayons, stuffed animals, play-doh, baby rattles, and a few other toys. “Sometimes when you are good they let you take toys into your crib with you to play with”. She added.
“very good Sarah, now how about we show them the dayroom?”
Sarah walked out of the cell and continued “this is the dayroom where we have class and get to play with the inmates” She then walked over to one of the 12 highchair/school desks and explained “These are where we sit for class and also where we get fed. You sit in here and then they pull these straps over your shoulders and lock it in the back here”
Danielle thought the chair seemed like a combination of a highchair and a baby car seat because of the restraints. Danni also noticed there were restraints for ankles connected to the legs of the highchair and there were also wrist restraints underneath the food and desk platform. And like everything else around this place, the chair was a combination of white and pink in color.
The girl then lead the group over to the corner, diaper still crinkling loudly, and said “this is where you get to watch TV and play and get free time”.
Danni’s mother asked the warden “what type of shows do you let the girls watch?”
“Here in Stage 1, the girls are limited to G-rated shows only…which mainly consists of cartoons such as rugrats, powerpuff girls, spongebob square pants, and some Disney channel shows and movies. It’s very similar for the girls in Stage 2. Once they enter stage 3 they get to view shows more like Hannah Montana which seems to be the favorite right now with the prisoners”
“Is that your favorite Sarah?” asked Pam
The young girl’s eyes lit up and she nodded excitedly “Yes, ma’am, I love watching Hannah Montana”
The Warden smiled and said “well, should we move outside and see what the girls are up to?”
Danni’s father replied “Sure, but first I think you missed a room, what is that for” pointing to the 5th enclosed room in the area next to two of the cells.
“Oh, I’m sorry, we almost forgot to show you the timeout room” The warden walked over to the room. There was a solid locked door and a large window next to it looking into the room. Inside Danielle and her parents could see that there was a girl locked into a crib that looked very similar to the intake cribs. Also in the room was one highchair, one diaper changing station complete with a bath.
“This is the timeout room where the girls get sent when they are misbehaving. As you can see, the crib is same size as in intake, and everything else need to take care of them is in the room as they are not allowed to leave until there timeout period has been served.”
Danni and her parents looked through the window at the girl currently serving her timeout period. She looked to be about 13 or 14 though it was hard to tell as she had pink pacifier in her mouth and was dressed only in a diaper and pink tanktop. She was laying on her stomach and her head was facing towards the viewing window. Her eyes were closed and she appeared to be sleeping.
“Would you like to go inside?” asked the Warden.
“I think we can get the picture from here….and she looks like she’s sound asleep so we don’t need to wake her up” Answered Pam.
“Ok then, why don’t we go outside and view the outdoor playpens” said the Warden. She lead them all towards a door and stopped in front of it. She opened a closet door near the door pulled out a pink baby bonnet with white lace around the edges. “I’m just going to make sure Sarah has a little shade before we go outside since so it’s sunny today”. She turned toward Sarah put the bonnet on her head and tied a little bow down around her chin. She then turned toward the door, unlocked it and lead them outside.
Danni and her parents saw that they were in a large fenced-in area with fencing on the top as well. In the middle of the area was a playground with swings, teeter totters, slides, and a little play house. To the side of the area, there were several smaller fenced in pens with locks on them including one that had a small child’s wading pool complete with two girls in pink swim diapers and pink tank style swimming tops. They were both sitting in the pool, splashing and looking like they were having the best time in the world.
Helen noticed the small swimming pool had their attention and started to walk that way and began explaining “Here you can see that we have a small children’s wading pool…this is actually a reward for the girls that are being especially good. So it is quite a treat for the girls when they are allowed to use it”. These other locked pens are the outdoor timeout areas, so if any of the girls are being bad, the caretakers lock them in here for a period of time”
Danielle looked around and noted the other girls were playing in small groups. Other than the two girls in the wading pool, the rest of them were all wearing the same outfit.. Their outfits consisted of pink bonnets like Sarah’s, a short t-shirt that was white with pink sleeves and a small pink bow on the front collar, a pair of very baby looking pink shorts that didn’t seem to cover their diapers completely as every girl seemed to have about 4” of their diaper sticking out the back. The only thing that Danni could compare this place too was her little sister’s daycare where she sometimes went with her mom to drop her baby sister.
“Shall we go back inside and take a look at the stage 2 area?” asked the Warden. Danni’s parents nodded and they all began to walk back the way they came. Once back inside, the Warden removed Sarah’s bonnet and put it back in the closet before they began heading towards the Stage 2 area.
As they were walking, Helen turned to Danielle’s mom and asked her “so I believe I saw in your paperwork that you have another daughter?”
Pam said “that’s correct, her name is Cassie and she’s 18months old right now”.
“And I also noticed that you are a registered nurse?”
“That’s also correct”
“Where do you work? As Danni’s mom and the Warden continued the conversation about Cassie and her mom’s work, Danielle, tired of being silent, turned to Sarah and whispered, “You must hate it here, I can’t imagine all of this”
Sarah in a quiet voice responded “umm, it definitely sucks at first but believe it or not, you get used to it all”.
“I can’t imagine wearing a diaper all the time and actually having to use it and then be changed and stuff”
“well the diapers you get used to pretty quick, like I don’t even notice them really anymore, the hard part is getting used to being in your crib a lot, not being able to do anything yourself……but once you get used to that, it’s not so bad here. And once you get into stage 3 it’s a lot better. I’ll show you my cell when you we get there and you’ll see it gets better as you go”
Danielle hoped Sarah was right because she was getting the feeling that her parents were sold on this place and she would soon be living here.
As the group was arriving at the stage 2 area, The warden unlocked the door and let Sarah through first, it was at this point that Danni first noticed that Sarah’s diaper looked to be a sagging at the bottom.
The warden said. “Well, here we are in the Stage 2 area, the girls are all down for their afternoon nap right now so we’ll just take a quick walk-thru. As you can see it is very similar to the Stage 1 setup with a few small changes”
As they walked around, Danni noticed that the cells did like the same as Stage 1, there were two cribs to a cell with two girls in each crib. She noticed that unlike stage 1, there was a tv in each cell. It was a small 13” TV that was pink with a princess theme design on it. As they walked past the cells, she noticed that all of the girls seemed to be sleeping and wearing just a diaper and pinktop. She also realized that most of the girls were in some form or another cuddling with each other in their cribs. Lastly, Danni noticed that just about all of their diapers looked to be either wet or messy from the very apparent bulges.
Danni’s mom also noticed and mentioned “looks like the changing stations are going to be busy when the girls are done with their naps”
The warden nodded and said “As you can imagine the busiest time for the caretakers to change diapers is when the girls first get up in the morning, after their naps, and right before bedtime”
The group walked around the rest of the stage 2 area and the outdoor play area all of which appeared very similar to the Stage 1 area. As they were walking out, Pam noticed that one set of girls in a crib were not wearing the typical pink tanktop and diaper…these girls were in a onesie similar to the girls in the intake room. “Helen, I’m just curious why the girls in that crib are wearing those restricted access onesies like in the intake room”
The warden replied, “I’m not really sure, let’s go in and take a look”. She unlocked the cell door and the group entered. The four girls in their cribs seem to awake slightly at the sound of the cell door unlocking. The two girls in their pink onesies were rubbing the sleep from their eyes when the warden asked one of the girls to see her ID bracelet. After quickly scanning it she said “Ah, it appears these two girls were getting a little too friendly with each other last night and will be wearing restrictive clothing for a while”
Helen turned and led the group out, locking the cell door behind her. “This is one of those cases we talked about in my office with regards to same sex relationship”
Danni’s parents nodded remembering the explanation they received not too long ago.
The group continued outside the Stage 2 area as Helen said “well we just have two areas left, we have the Stage 3 area and the Visitation room which I would like to show you as well. How does it sound if we go to the Vistation room and take a little rest, grab a quick beverage and sitdown for a little bit?”
“That sounds like a great idea” answered Danielle’s farther.
The group then followed the Warden down the hall. Danielle couldn’t resist any longer and turned to Sarah and quietly asked “umm, I don’t mean to embarrass you or anything but is your diaper wet?”
Sarah looked down at her diaper and seemed to be thinking about the question. “umm, yeah, I think I am wet, but not too bad”
“So like can you ask the warden to change you or something? that must be uncomfortable”
“we’re not allowed to ask for changes…we get checked. But really it’s not that bad, you get used to it and they check you quite a bit so you usually don’t get stuck in a wet or dirty diaper for very long”
Danielle couldn’t help but feel sorry for her but at the same time Sarah genuinely didn’t seem to be bothered that was she was walking around with a group of people in a just a wet diaper and t-shirt.
They now entered a very large room with many round tables, each of which had a highchair arranged at it along with regular seats. Danielle could see through the windows that there were also a fenced in outdoor area with some more playground equipment and some outdoor picnic tables. She also noticed several smaller rooms off the main area with the doors open and Danielle could see changing tables in each one of them.
“How is this table?” The warden asked.
“Just fine” replied Danni’s father.
“Ok, if you folks all want to grab a chair, while I get Sarah strapped into hers”
Danni and her parents all found a chair and sat down and the Warden took the food tray and lifted it up on the hinges until it stayed in the vertical position. She then took Sarah’s hand and helped her climb in. As the girl started to climb in, the warden noticed her soggy diaper for the first time. Once Sarah was seated, the warden moved to the food tray back down over head and back to the horizontal position. She then took the straps located between Sarah’s legs and took one over the girls left should and clicked it into the locked position on the back of the chair, out of Sarah’s reach. She then did the same with the second strap, tightening both of them after the second strap was locked into place. With Sarah, now snug and secured into her highchair, the warden explained she would be back with some refreshments.
She returned shortly after with an assortment of bottled water and soda which she handed out to Danni and her parents. She also brought along a bib, some animal crackers and a pink plastic sippy cup filled with a red liquid for Sarah.
The warden began to explain that the visitation room was obviously where parents came to visit their daughters, and went into more details of the visiting hours. At the same time, she was putting the pink bib onto Sarah’s chest and snapping the back into place. “Sarah, since you’ve been a good girl so far, I brought you a sippy cup instead of a bottle, but try not to spill OK?”
The girl nodded, apparently happy that she got the sippy cup instead of a bottle, and began eating her animal crackers with her hands and drinking from the cup.
The warden turned to the Danni’s parents and said “well I know you folks have a long drive ahead of you , and we’re just about done with the tour. After we take a little break, Sarah here needs a quick diaper change and then we can continue to the Stage 3 section, and you can be on your way. What do you think so far?”
Both of Danni’s parents looked at each other with an approving nod as her father spoke first “well, I must say, I must say I am very impressed the with behavior of all the girls so far. The methods are certainly unique and I’m surprised I’ve never heard of anything like this before”
The warden explained “you are right, not many people know about our facility and the methods we use….we are one of only four facilities in the United States with this type of confinement. That is mostly because it is still in the experimental stage and is nearing a point that we can publish our results and once that happens I suspect this type of punishment and rehabilitation for teen girls will become much more common.”
Pam weighed in “I have to say, it would be beyond my wildest dreams to have my daughter behave like Sarah here. I was initially worried about her having to spend so much time in a diaper and a crib and all of that, but I’m starting to think this may be the best thing for her.”
Danni became slightly nauseous upon hearing this, confirming her earlier suspicions that her parents were impressed and she may soon be wearing a wet diaper and strapped into a highchair like Sarah.
The warden said “well I’m glad you are impressed so far, if you just give me a couple of minutes to change Sarah’s diaper, we can then move on to the last part of the tour.”
“Sure, no problem” replied Pam.
“Actually, Pam, since you are a registered nurse, you can join us if you are interested in any of the products or methods we use for changing diapers.”
“Yeah, I think I would like that”. Pam got up from her chair as Helen unstrapped Sarah from her highchair. Helen took Sarah by the hand and led her into one of the changing rooms off the main visitation room, with Danni’s mom following closely behind.
When they entered the room, Pam saw a changing table with some various straps on it. Next to it was a countertop and drawers underneath it with various baby diaper changing supplies scattered on top. The warden helped Sarah onto the table “Once the girls are up here we do secure them mostly to make sure they don’t fall off but also to keep their hands out of the way. She then took a strap and pulled it over Sarah’s chest connecting it on the other side, giving it a tug to tighten so that girl would not be able to sit up or move around very much. She then took one of Sarah’s wrists and moved it above her head and securing it to a metal handcuff connected at the head of the table then did the same with the other, finally she put the girls paci that was hanging from it’s strap into her mouth. Sarah was now lying on the table with her wrists handcuffed above her head and a restraining strap around her chest. Helen opened one of the drawers and grabbed a new diaper, handing it to Pam.
“This is the type of diaper we use….as you can see it is, they are white disposables, similar to a pampers style diaper but obviously much bigger and thicker for our girls here.”
Pam, feeling the diaper, agreed “these are very much like pampers, where do get them from?”
“We actually get them specially made for us from the same company that makes pampers. In return, we let them come in here a few times a year and they do product testing with the girls…both to improve the diapers we use here and for the baby diapers they make”
Pam said “do you have problems with the girls diapers leaking ever?”
“It is very rare to find a leaky diaper here…as you can tell from the thickness of the diaper, they can hold a lot. We pretty much like to put the girls in as thick of a diaper as possible, but still able to walk somewhat normally. As you’ve probably seen with Sarah, she has a slight waddle due to the bulk of her diaper, but is still somewhat easy for her to walk”.
Helen began untaping Sarah’s wet diaper. “could you grab those baby wipes for me?”
Pam said “sure”, she took the package of baby wipes and moved htem closer to where Sarah was being changed.
Helen finished untaping her diaper and then removed it completely, leaving Sarah exposed on the table. She took the wet diaper and put it in a diaper pail that was on the floor next to the table. She then took several of the baby wipes and began cleaning Sarah’s diaper area, and eventually lift her legs in the air to get her bottom. “we change the girls probably much the same way you change your youngest daughter”
“not too many ways to change a diaper really” Pam commented.
“As far as diaper rash cremes and ointments, we generally use desitin on the girls. We’ve had the most success with that as far as preventing and healing diaper rash and minimizing irritation”. Helen grabbed a tube of desitin and began spreading it on Sarah.
“Yeah, I also use Desitin on Cassie and it works wells. We also use Vaseline on her sometimes “
“Oh ok…we also keep Vaseline here as well…we’ve noticed some girls seem to take better to Vaseline”.
After the warden finished with the desitin, she grabbed a bottle of baby powder and sprinkled it lightly on the young girl as well. “And finally just a touch of baby powder, before we put her new diaper on. Did you want to finish changing her?”
Pam was a little caught off guard but decided she would like to try. “sure, why not”. She was still holding the diaper and moved towards Sarah…she lifted her legs up in the air and slipped the fresh diaper underneath her, pulled the diaper between her legs and finished quickly taping the new diaper onto Sarah.
“well I can certainly tell you have some experience changing diapers” The warden laughed.
“I’ve certainly changed my fair share of dirty diapers” Pam responded while laughed.
The warden began taking off Sarah’s restraints and helped the girl off the table, taking her paci out, she asked “good girl, Sarah, do you feel better?”
“yes, ma’am” Sarah responded, from her expression, Pam could see that the girl was happy to be in dry diaper.
CHAPTER 2 CONTINUED
The warden opened the door to the changing room and led Sarah and Pam back to the table where Danielle and her father were waiting.
“Shall we move on to Stage 3? Asked the warden.
The group got up as they nodded and followed the warden out of the visitation room down the hall.
Danni couldn’t resist asking Sarah if she was embarrassed about being changed with her mom in the room.
“Not really…I’ve been changed by so many different people I just don’t care anymore really…as long as I’m getting put in a dry diaper, I don’t care who it is” Sarah giggled.
The group passed through another locked door before entering the stage 3 area. The warden said “well here is stage 3, where Sarah is kept at the moment”.
Danni and her parents looked around and noticed the general layout was very similar to Stage 1 and 2 but they also noticed quite a few differences as well.
The warden said “as you can see, a few differences from stage 2, first each cell only has two girls in it and they still are kept in their crib most of the time but as a special treat if the girls are very, very good, we let them sleep in the big girl bed for one night. “
Danielle was looking around while listening to the warden and noted that the girls in stage 3 all appeared to be in their cells but not locked in their cribs. She noticed they were all mostly watching TV on a small 13” color TV that was in each cell.
The warden continued “Sarah, why don’t you show us around your cell?”
The girl walked over to one of the cells and waited for the warden to unlock the door. Danni and her parents noted that there was a young girl inside the cell dressed in a diaper and pink tshirt. She was sitting Indian style on the big girl bed, with a paci in her mouth and watching the small tv.
“This is Amber, she’s Sarah’s cellmate. I’ll put in her crib so we can take a closer look at their cell.” The warden said as she unlocked the cell door and walked inside the cell by herself. She took Amber by her arm and led her to the open door of the crib, the young girl climbed in and the warden shut and locked the crib door behind her. Amber, still with her paci in her mouth, settled into her crib while continuing to watch the TV.
The warden then let the others into the cell and asked Sarah to explain her cell in more detail.
“well, this our crib where we sleep most of the time....once in a while if we are good we get to sleep in our big girl bed over here”. Sarah pointed to a small bed across from the crib with pink plastic sheets and pink comforter on it. “over here is the tv we get to have in stage 3. And this is where we get changed and given our bathes”. The girl pointed to a similar setup as in the rest of the stages.
“Good girl Sarah, you did a good job today” said the warden. “Wel