As prisons look for ways to cut the costs per inmates, it appears that cigarettes are no longer king when it comes to the inmates. Where cons still hope for a smoke every now and then, they're more worried about going hungry.
A recent article in USA Today lays it all out. Who would have thought that the go-to food for college students is as important to those inside our jails? Perhaps this is one of the reasons the Department of Justice recently ended their use of private prisons for federal inmates.
Alex Parkin (CAT'S PAW), in particular, has some opinions about prison food since he spent six years in "the system."
Sam Marsh's activities during his vacation in Atlanta (right after the events in KILLING GAME) isn't technically a Veritas mission. However, since it involved one of the firm's employees, I received permission to write about that investigation and it will appear in BROKEN DREAMS, a Veritas novella. During that trip he had the chance to meet and work closely with FBI Agent Susan Driscoll, who played a vital role in KILLING GAME. To say that the folks at Veritas love this lady is an understatement.
After I've written up the initial manuscript it is sent to a special editor who examines all the details, ensures I haven't revealed any of Veritas's secrets, and then suggests how I can polish that document so you will enjoy it even more.
The initial review of BROKEN DREAMS arrived earlier this week and I'm pleased to say very little was redacted. Once it's finished. Veritas's boss (Crispin Wilder) and the firm's lawyers will sign off on it, you'll be able to read it as well. Current time frame is late September. Updates will follow as needed.
Veritas hires talent from a number of disciplines, one of which is the Federal Bureau of Investigation. For example, Morgan Blake (CAT'S PAW) is a former agent. She's frequently asked "What was it like?" So here's an article to help answer some of those questions. #FBI #VeritasSeries
Now that I'm back in the States -- sorry, I still can't talk about the details of my trip -- I'm always pleased by Chicago's nearly endless supply of events throughout the summer. Besides the 2-3 times weekly music and fireworks display at Navy Pier, this coming weekend is the Chicago Air and Water Show. The show includes the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and promises to be exciting as ever.
As mentioned earlier, the Navy Pier fireworks continue throughout the summer. Quite the spectacle, especially if you're able to borrow a friend's boat and sip a cold one on the deck while watching the pyrotechnics from the lake. I know that's what I'd be doing if this next mission report wasn't due. #Chicago