Until she spent a brief stay at the Federal Detention Center in Miami, former wife Florida Karyn Turk thought she had seen it all.
But not even seeing Orange Is The New Black on Netflix prepared her for 30 days in slammer, the result of a guilty pledge to steal her dying mother's social security checks.
Every day, she told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview days after her release, she brought her share of eyebrow-raising, eye-rolling, clapping moments.
For example, when Turk, a frequent visitor to Mar-a-Lago and a conservative commentator on cable news, observed how fellow prisoners immediately established a sophisticated communication network between cells throughout the building.
"It takes fat bodies that are abundant in prison, but it works," the razor-thin Turk DailyMail.com said in her first post-prison interview.
Former woman Florida Karyn Turk sat down for an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com after she was released from prison after 30 days
Last October, Turk pleaded guilty to social security fraud for cashing $ 46,000 in her mother's social security checks, Ilse Schafer (left and right)
Every day, she told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview days after her release, she brought her share of eyebrow-raising, eye-rolling, clapping moments
Homemade sex toys were frequently confiscated when cells were searched at the Federal Detention Center in Miami (image). Turk reported that guards confiscated various types of homemade dildos while smuggling
“Women with particularly large buttocks sit on the toilet until they suck in the porcelain bowl. They go up and down like a pump until the water at the bottom of the toilet is gone.
“Then you form a tube by folding a long piece of cardboard that you put in the hole, and suddenly you can hear and speak to others throughout the prison.
Sex is abundant and widespread among the all-female inmates on their 5th floor.
While some female guards work with the female inmates, most of the guards housed by women are men.
"There's sex between inmates and guards in the back of the kitchen area," she said.
There is sex between inmates, sometimes four or more in a cell where the guards have to separate.
"There is sex between inmates, sometimes four or more in one cell, in which the guards have to separate."
Homemade sex toys were often confiscated while searching for cells. Turk reported that guards confiscated various types of homemade dildos while smuggling.
"A popular variety is the commissioner's turkey sausage wrapped in the fingers of cut plastic gloves," said Turk. "There is also the kind of hardened and expanded tampons and filling made of maxi pads that are packed in plastic gloves."
Large sanitary napkins are used for almost everything in slammers, said Ms. Florida's 2016 winner.
"They use maxi pads all the time," Turk said, adding that female inmates get 12 packs for free.
“You can use it to wash dishes in your cell, make shower shoes, clean the floor, block ventilation slots when it is too cold, and make eye masks at night. Everything. & # 39;
Turk (pictured with Trump) is a frequent Mar-a-Lago visitor and conservative commentator on cable news.
Turk made meticulous notes about her ordeal and agreed to share it with DailyMail.com so that the public can find out what is really going on behind the gates of federal prisons and how their tax money is wasted. The beauty queen's confession meant that she had to exchange her hair and nail extensions for serial number 20447104. Pictured: Turk with Roger Stone (left) and Don Trump Jr (right)
She said she also saw guards smuggling items into prison, mostly pillows, fruits, vegetables, especially avocados, that were valued and rare because they were never served in meals and sweets.
At least, she said, those are the objects she saw firsthand.
Drugs like the synthetic marijuana K2 and cell phones obviously find their way into the supposedly safe facility.
And all of the illegal activity, Turk said, is because a large number of surveillance cameras just don't work or are not monitored.
"As inmates, we all know which camera works or not," she said.
So how did it happen that a beauty queen and a steadfast company exchanged her hair and nail extensions for serial number 20447104?
Last October, Turk pleaded guilty to committing a social security fraud crime for cashing $ 46,000 in her mother's social security checks.
Turk claimed that she used the money to pay for the personal care of her mother in an old people's home, the Finnish-American village in Lake Worth, Florida.
However, the brass of the facility was not paid for.
Turk said her problems had started when she filed a Finnish-American neglect lawsuit after finding pressure ulcers on the back of her mother, 83-year-old Ilse Schafer. Schafer died in the facility in June 2019.
Despite the fact that she had no criminal record, Turk was sentenced to 30 days in prison, then to five months of house arrest in her beachfront apartment in Boca Raton.
She appealed her sentence, but the appeal could not be heard until March 2, the day she surrendered to 1,200-person detention center in downtown Miami.
Turk claimed that she used her mother's social security checks to pay for her mother's personal care in a nursing home, but the facility's brass was not paid. Pictured: childhood photos of Turk and her mother
Turk said her problems had started when she filed a negligence lawsuit against Finnish-American after finding large pressure ulcers on her mother's back (image). Schafer died in the facility in June 2019
Turk made meticulous notes about her ordeal and agreed to share it with DailyMail.com so that the public can find out what is really going on behind the gates of federal prisons and how their tax money is wasted.
Turk told her fellow inmates that she would share her notes with the media, and that sparked many tongues in Unit A-West, a collection of maximum security cells that housed about 70 women.
But unlike regular inmates who work dozens of jobs across the prison, Turk detention center officials refused to have them occupied.
"It was clearly said that they didn't want me to see certain things," said Turk.
DailyMail.com emailed requests for comments to the director and headquarters of the Bureau of Prisons in Washington, DC, but no one answered.
It was clearly said that they didn't want me to see certain things.
Over the years, prisoners have included deposed Panama dictator Manuel Noriega, who was convicted of drug trafficking and taken out of office by US troops in late 1989, as well as rapper Kodak Black, who is jailed for gun accusations, and Fat Joe . who served four months for tax evasion.
The 20-story internment camp was built within earshot of some of the city's most expensive residential towers, and has multiple levels of security depending on the floor where the inmates are housed.
The women are kept separate from the male inmates. Almost all women are in custody and have not been convicted of a crime.
"When I got there," Turk told DailyMail.com, "the cold was the first thing I noticed as if I were going into a refrigerator." It felt like 50 degrees. They don't offer long sleeved shirts. You will receive a t-shirt and a sweater, as well as used underwear and socks.
When I was finally brought upstairs, I was given a blanket, two sheets and a small towel. I was given a toothbrush, toothpaste and a roll of toilet paper.
Turk told her fellow inmates that she would share her notes with the media, and that sparked many tongues in Unit A-West, a collection of maximum security cells that housed about 70 women. But unlike regular inmates who work dozens of jobs across the prison, Turk detention center officials refused to have them occupied. "It was clearly said that they didn't want me to see certain things," said Turk. Pictured: Turks released from prison on March 31
One thing surprised Turk, the mother of four, and the wife of a prominent West Palm Beach lawyer: the inmates were much less hostile than expected. Turk is currently under five months of house arrest in Boca Raton
“Despite the cold, you are not allowed to use the blanket during the day. Your bed must always be made, except at night.
“You can buy a sweatshirt from the inspector that you can put under your short sleeves. You can only order something every two weeks. And many women simply have no money at all. & # 39;
The cleanliness, Turk said, leaves something to be desired, even though the plant was only built 25 years ago.
"Wherever you eat, you have to cover your plate because dust falls from the ceiling," she said. "There is also black mold in the showers and almost everywhere else."
I was one of the few white girls there and one in eight arrested for economic crimes while everyone else was charged with murder, kidnapping and trafficking. I was a serious minority. I felt like an alien.
One thing surprised Turk, the mother of four, and the wife of a prominent West Palm Beach lawyer: the inmates were much less hostile than expected.
"I was one of the few white girls there and one in eight who was arrested for economic crimes while everyone else was charged with murder, kidnapping and human trafficking," said Turk, a PR consultant who plans to return to her job after the Corona virus crisis. I was a serious minority. I felt like an alien. & # 39;
Turk found out early not to mess with makeshift altars on which the Cuban followers of the Santeria deity Chango left food in offerings.
"There were cliques," Turk said. There were Cuban women who practiced Santeria. They left oatmeal cookies and apples and small cups of coffee in some corners of my unit.
“Everyone knew they shouldn't touch this stuff or they'd curse you. These Cubans didn't get along with the other Cubans who don't make santeria and curse them. & # 39;
Many of her fellow inmates are addicted to drugs.
Turk said that a strange smell attacked her nostrils when she first entered her unit.
The smell even penetrated the fabric of her clothes.
Many of her fellow inmates are addicted to drugs. Turk said that a strange smell attacked her nostrils when she first entered her unit. The smell even penetrated the fabric of her clothes. I found out that this was synthetic marijuana, something called K2. It was everywhere and I was told that the guards are often the source. & # 39;
I found out that this was synthetic marijuana, something called K2. It was everywhere and I was told that the guards are often the source. & # 39;
In prison, inmates often did everything to remedy the situation.
"The drug stores even drink cleaning products like Fabuloso," said Turk. “They sniff prescription drugs and even use over-the-counter medications like the allergy pills you can buy from Commissioner. You can shred them and mix the powder with Kool-Aid. & # 39;
No lighter for those who like to smoke their drugs? No problem. All it takes is a battery to create a heat source, she said.
"Inmates told me about people outside who put strips of Suboxon (a powerful narcotic pain reliever) on the sticky part of the envelopes they would send in," said Turk.
"Since the prison used letter openers to open each envelope, the seal with the drugs attached remained intact."
According to Turk, prison officials recently started scanning the mail and delivering electronic copies to inmates without knowing Suboxone's supply chain.
One of the strange inmates she encountered was a woman who was arrested in late August for selling synthetic heroin to a federal informant. She was detained without a loan because four people had been found dead from overdoses in her home in the past three years.
Although she said she hadn't seen any first-hand guards who had teamed up with inmates, Turk said, "It's obvious."
"She challenged herself mentally because she is committed to insanity," said Turk. She's completely disheveled and dirty, spilling food and drooling at chow time, talking to herself, and wandering around. However, if you have eye contact, she smiles and winks. & # 39;
On her first night, Turk said she was trying to help her bunky when she retired.
"My first cellmate was a heroin and cocaine addict who detoxified," said Turk. “Nobody offered her medical help, and I was afraid she might die in the cell.
She vomited, fell and hit the bed. It was terrible. She told me that if I called for medical help, we would both end up in the SHU (Security Housing Unit, where inmates are isolated) and get into trouble, so I didn't. & # 39;
The woman, who had replaced Turk in the cell, sniffed her medication to commit suicide, but failed.
Medical care, Turk reports, is poor. Many injuries and illnesses, she said, are simply not reported.
I watched a fellow inmate fall onto a concrete floor after taking blood pressure medication administered by the medical staff.
She hit her head on the concrete floor and got seizures. The guard was ready and didn't want to touch her. Other inmates had to help her. When the paramedics finally showed up, she was taken to the infirmary and given a patch for a scratch on her knee.
"The next day she had another attack."
One of the hardest things, Turk said, was the quality of the food, including the fact that some items had expired for more than a year.
"Canned fruit was ancient and some cheeses expired last year," she said. Mold was often seen on the breads and muffins. Except for apples, bananas and occasionally lettuce, there is no fresh fruit or vegetable. «
A kitchen worker told her that she was forced to cook "Not for Human Consumption" chicken.
Turk said rumors had spread in prison in March that male inmates had feced on their food bowls to protest the expired food.
There was also a complete lack of privacy, Turk said, even in the six by ten cells.
Turk said the prison's response to the spread of the coronavirus was inadequate and the prison admitted inmates without quarantining them
"The toilets in the cells are exposed and we are not allowed to cover the windows," said Turk. “Male guards can look inside while you pee.
& # 39; The showers are not much better. They are outside in the open, and again male guards seemed to love watching. However, if you go anywhere where there is a male inmate, you have to turn your back and face the wall. & # 39;
Although she said she hadn't seen any first-hand guards who had teamed up with inmates, Turk said, "It's obvious."
"Female kitchen workers are supervised by a security guard who is known to sneak into the garbage elevator for sex during work shifts," Turk said.
Several inmates told me that. It was well known and accepted. But you could see that some of the girls had special relationships with the guards. You can always say that. You will never be searched. You can stay outside during the block. They are just treated differently. & # 39;
Now at home with an anklet monitoring her whereabouts, Turk can think about what she hopes was the only month in prison she will ever endure
There is sexual contact between male and female inmates, Turk said, but it's long-distance calls through book lamps that are sold to the Commissioner.
They call sexting, except that nobody uses a cell phone.
“Many of them use a book light to write and read letters in the evening. But the younger girls also use them to light up their genitals in hand mirrors so the male inmates on the other side of the way can get a thrill. & # 39;
The culture cultivated by the guards, Turk said, often made them unnecessarily rough, almost always rude and verbally violent, and sometimes downright scary.
"We were regularly insulted and insulted for no really good reason," said Turk.
On March 30, a security guard informed an inmate working in the kitchen that if his wife was not well with him that night, he would return to work and break both legs of the inmate. She was visibly upset and asked Turk to tell the media.
On March 25, according to her notes, a male security guard showed up in the unit at 10:45 p.m. and called to the women to "lift up their punk asses." When a woman complained in her cell, he punished everyone by leaving the entire unit's fluorescent lights on all night.
"After a while, fluorescent light in the cell feels like you're on the surface of the sun," Turk said.
Turk hadn't expected the number of cell phones to circulate in the units.
Turk said, "My thoughts are with people who have been there for months or years because of a minor violation. This opened my eyes to what is wrong with the judicial system. These women are desperate for human interaction. They desperately want to be treated with a degree of humanity, and they are not. & # 39;
"I just had to ask, but I stayed away from cell phones because they are banned," said Turk.
Turk said she also witnessed the prison's response to the spread of the coronavirus.
She said it was inappropriate, she said, would do the prison officials a favor.
Until March 16, they admitted inmates without quarantine. One fell ill and wore a mask, which she took off after about an hour. But on St. Patrick’s Day, they no longer let new inmates directly into the general population.
A week later, they started locking us up to 20 hours a day, leaving half of the inmates together and the other half released at another time.
"It took a few days, but was not comfortable for them. So they let us all out again.
The evening before I left, all the inmates had dinner together again because the security guard had forgotten to separate us. It was really disorganized. & # 39;
Now at home with an anklet monitoring her whereabouts, Turk can think about what she hopes was the only month in prison she will ever endure.
“My thoughts are with people who have been there for a minor violation for months or years.
This opened my eyes to what is wrong with the judicial system. These women are desperate for human interaction. They absolutely want to be treated with a certain level of humanity, and they don't. & # 39;
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