There’s a saying:
“The early bird gets the worm.”
Well, not in this case. I’ve always been taught that to be early is to be on time, but at Herlong Prison, the earliest you could leave to get to work was at 6:45 am. All inmates had to stay within their housing areas unless they worked in the kitchen. If they worked in the kitchen, they had to leave early so that they could prepare breakfast for the entire facility.
I worked at the Powerhouse, so I couldn’t leave before 6:45 am. Instead I worked out until it was time for me to go. I’d take a quick shower and then go to work. I’m not saying I was late every day or that anyone else was. However, this memo was just a reminder to the camp population that they cannot leave the housing area until 6:45 at the earliest.
Here is the original copy of the memo.