"He asked me how many days I’d gone without a shower. I told him four. He said it wasn’t long enough, as some women hadn’t showered in a week."
Elana Pritchard, a Los Angeles-based cartoonist and animator, violated a court order and was sent to jail. Her supervisor at work advised Elana to keep a visual record of her existence there, and she did. Over a period of two months spent in Century Regional Detention Facility (CRDF) in Lynwood and Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles, Pritchard used a pencil and found paper scraps to draw scenes of daily life in the jails. A few of her drawings are shown here, accompanied by her explanations.
"At CRDF they did what was called "linen exchange" once a week. You got two pairs of clothes, two pairs of socks a few sports bras and about four pairs of underwear. Used underwear."
"Supposedly, if you flushed your toilet several times in a row, the water in the sink would get hotter and you could use it to make tea or coffee."