On February 4, 2004, Piper goes to prison in Danbury, Connecticut.
Larry brings her there along with an envelope including photographs ("no nudie Judies" (3.20) she assures the prison guard), friends' and family members' addresses, and a check for $290.
Because nothing in prison is easy, the check has to be mailed in before Piper can use the money at the commissary.
The guard leads her into the prison and performs a strip search. "Turn around, squat, spread your cheeks and cough" (3.45)—it's like being in a Terry Richardson photo shoot.
After that, she's given some ugly khaki prison clothes, has her photo taken, and gets assigned her number.
She meets her prison counselor, Mr. Butorsky, who looks like a walrus and dispenses advice like, "you do not have to have lesbian sex" (3.72).
Piper is herded through the gates where she meets Minetta, a prisoner who wears makeup and drives a van.
She drives Piper to the Camp and takes her to her room.
Her roommates are Annette and Miss Luz, and they run down some of the prison rules: They're counted five times a day, you can only call people on your phone sheet, sleep on top of the made bed, etc.
They get counted, and then it's suppertime.
Even though Piper hasn't been assigned a PAC number yet, she wants to call Larry and tell him she's okay.
She goes to Mr. Toricella, another counselor, and he lets her use his phone for two minutes.
She calls Larry and tells him she's okay and she loves him.
Then it's time for prison movie night: Bad Boys II.
The prison's white women show up to give Piper some soap, toothpaste, shower shoes, and more prison goodies. She calls it a "tribal ritual" (3.187)—every new prisoner gets greeted by a color-coded welcome wagon.
Finally, Piper's first day in prison is over, and she didn't even cry. She finds an old copy of Pride and Prejudiceand reads herself to sleep.