He looked good, I would even go as far as to say there was a glow to him. I immediately felt relieved to see him looking like being in Rikers hadn't started to weigh on him horribly. Seeing him also eased the inevitable irritation that comes with such an elongated and redundant process to search visitors. Ramsey told me about the guard named Gonzalez that has damaged her badge in a way that her badge number cannot be seen. He said he has wanted to file paperwork about her but doesn't have a badge number to complete the paperwork, all he can see is a 27 and several empty spaces.
Because of the donations to his commissary he has been able to eat, but he still has not been able to see the Rabbi. Even though that was a recommended course of action from guards, it is not a request that has been met as of yet. This means he is still 100% dependent on his commissary to eat food that has prepackaged before it reached the jail and made accessible to inmates. However, today was an example on how that can backfire. There was a fight between two inmates, the entire unit was put on lock down and Ramsey wasn't allowed to access the hot water to cook his oatmeal or noodles.
He has received mail from several people as well as a few books. He's reading them and sending them home because he's expecting to get sent upstate soon and won't be allowed to take his mail with him. He says please don't stop writing him though. He is reading the mail and he is planning on writing people back, he just doesn't want to lose all the letters.
Over all, the only thing that was extremely painful was the long process to get the visit started and saying goodbye and seeing him walk back behind that metal door. The guards weren't assholes, they were very nice as I fumbled through and they definitely got me out of there faster than it took to get in. Keep writing Ramsey, all the support he is receiving is helping him keep his head up. Thank you to all.