They also ask you to sign paperwork stating that you are reporting on said date. They issue you a mask and escort you back to the camp. All newly arriving inmates are quarantined for 14 to 21 days—everyone is housed in a separate unit until they are released from quarantine.
When you surrender, you are not allowed to keep any clothing, unauthorized medications (even if over-the counter), or personal items. You cannot bring in any books with the exception of a Bible. All unauthorized personal items—including the clothes in which you present—you are given the option to have mailed to your residence via the United States Postal Service at your own expense or simply thrown away in the trash.
When you arrive at R&D, you will be placed in a waiting area either by yourself or with other inmates. You will be placed into a cell to wait to be processed for intake. You remain in the waiting area (cell) for a number of minutes or even up to an hour or more before being called out, depending on how busy the duty officers are at the moment. If you are held with other inmates, each inmate will be called out individually to undergo the initial intake process. There may be more than one R&D officer in the department at this time. During the entire process, you are asked many questions by the R&D staff. Questions about your crime, sexual orientation, marital status, general health questions, and if you are a witness against another inmate in a court case. The process is conducted in a very business-like manner, and it is very impersonal. It is humiliating and degrading, but it’s important to remember that the staff is just doing their job. After an initial round of questions, the next step is the strip search.
Afterward, you are given khaki or green pants, shirts and a pair of black boots. The black boots are the most uncomfortable pair of footwear ever made—your feet will begin to ache within ten footsteps. Then you are taken back to the quarantine unit where the usual intake process will be completed. You will be seen by a nurse to determine whether or not you have shown up under the influence of drugs or alcohol, have exhibited suicidal ideation, or are otherwise so agitated that you may be a danger to yourself or others. They will take your temperature and you will be given COVID-19 and TB tests.
Afterward, you will meet one member of your team officially (i.e., case manager, case counselor, or unit secretary) who will sit you down in an office and go over your legal file, mostly having you sign myriad bureaucratic forms (e.g., forms about health care, indemnity, emergency contacts information, etc.). You will be taken to the laundry department where you will be issued a full set of clothing (from underwear to the uniform (green or khaki, multiple pairs) you will wear daily, a bedroll, pillow, towels, and a hygiene kit. You will also be provided your Admission and Orientation (A&O) handbook.
At this point, you are dropped off in quarantine to begin your prison sentence. In quarantine, you are not allowed to leave the unit and you are not allowed to have interaction with any other staff during the twoweek incubation period.
I include all of this to highlight that a state change, even the most tedious and jarring, can be crucial to your development as a human. A simple way to handle such jarring transitions in your life: resolve to process the information and accept the information you learn as a necessary part of your life plan.
Melvin Vopson, in his recent paper, “Experimental protocol for testing the mass-energy-information equivalence principle,” predicts that information is the 5th element of matter in the universe and that information has mass and energy like other forms of matter. This could then, in turn, explain the 90+ percent of the mass of the universe that physicists have called “dark matter.”
By combining information theory and physical principles of thermodynamics, Vopson’s theoretical proposals make specific predictions about the mass of information, as well as the most probable information content per elementary particle.
If the universe is primarily made up of information, then that information is ordered and has a plan. That is what information is by definition: an orderly syntropy-bringing force. And that syntropycreating force is required for our DNA to replicate and thus is creating who we are every femtosecond.
In his July 2022 paper, “A possible information entropic law of genetic mutations,” Vopson notes that the current scientific consensus is that genetic mutations are random processes. “According to the Darwinian theory of evolution, only natural selection determines which mutations are beneficial in the course of evolution, and there is no deter ministic correlation between any parameter and the probability that these mutations will occur,” Vopson says. However, taking into account information theory and the previously unobserved relationship between the information entropy of genomes and their mutation dynamics, one comes to a different conclusion, Vopson says. Specifically, “We are able to formulate a governing law of genetic mutations, stating that genomes undergo genetic mutations over time driven by a tendency