Many people don’t think about what life in prison is like. Tyra has provided us with her daily schedule to help shed some light on what the past 19 years have been like for her. Tyra has made it a point to work on self-improvement while in prison. As you will see from her schedule, Tyra has taken advantage of any opportunity presented to her behind bars.

Tyra’s daily schedule.

5:00 am: Wake up, take a shower, go to the chapel and pray. Although Tyra identifies as Christian, during the month of Ramadan, she would wake up at 4:30 am to help the Muslim women with their morning prayers. Tyra learned Arabic while incarcerated.

8:00 am: Go collect passes for the day. Incarcerated individuals need passes to get to different areas of the prison. Every morning, they go pick up the passes for the day and have a corrections officer approve the passes.

8:00 am-9:00 am: Drug prevention class. This is a group class where the women learn about drug prevention techniques.

9:00 am: Make coffee, go back to room and clean room.

10:30 am: Count time. Throughout the day, the prison has “count.” This is a time when all the inmates must be in their designated spots so that the staff can count the population and make sure everyone is there. Tyra makes jewelry during count time.

11:00 am: Lunch is called. Tyra usually makes phone calls to her family, friends and attorneys during lunch time.

Noon- 2:00 pm: Leadership group. Tyra was picked for this special 32 week program. Tyra is seen as a leader in the prison and has come up with a number of ideas to help her fellow inmates use their time in a productive way.

2:00-3:00 pm- Recreation time. Tyra exercises during this time.

3:00 pm- Tyra cooks her dinner and saves it for dinner at 7:00 pm. She then voluntarily tutors other inmates who are studying for their GED. Tyra dropped out of school in the 6th grade, but she achieved her GED behind bars. Tyra also completed her boilers engineering degree while in prison. Tyra is now taking college courses to receive her paralegal degree. Tyra also helps other women with their hair during this time.

7:00 pm- Tyra eats her dinner, watches a little bit of television and then showers.

8:30 pm- Count time. Tyra goes to bed and reads herself to sleep. Tyra is an avid reader and is part of a prison book club.