The scene that had been eluded to since the beginning of the season is now here this week: with Sky wearing a black and white shirt with thick horizontal stripes, an old-school chain-gang style jail uniform.
Why is Sky in Jail and how long will she stay there? It turns out that Ceaser, Dutchess, and Teddy traveled all the way to Arizona to get answers to that very question. They also experienced some over 100 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures in the process.
Upon arriving to Arizona, they meet with Sky’s lawyer. They can’t actually see Sky because she is in custody and can’t receive any visitors.
They immediately notice that this lawyer isn’t a court appointed attorney–he looks like he has big money and wears a nice suit. They can only guess what she’s in for. If she has to pay for an attorney, it must be serious.
Just 10 years ago, Sky got caught committing credit card fraud in Arizona. The fraud was a crime she committed solely for one reason: she needed the money. She was on her own, didn’t have any money, and was surrounded by hustlers.
When the traditional doors of eking out a living are closed, new doors open, though these doors might be against the grain of the law, which we know is ever changing to remain against the grains of Blacks in America.
For the credit card fraud, she was sentenced to one year. Afterwards, she was expected to remain in Arizona to be on probation. Instead, she left the state ever since.
It was only when she traveled to Atlanta, as she regularly does, that two US marshals came and knocked on her door to take her back to Arizona. I guess the state was in need of money, or more likely, they had seen Black Ink and wanted publicity.
Who knows why they would go to so much trouble to apprehend a non-violent offender thousands of miles away?
Surely, there are better things to do with our tax dollars–like put murderers in jail. I can think of at least a few killers who are walking around free.
So why are our tax dollars paying for putting people like Sky in jail?
Bobby, who is supposed to be Sky’s boyfriend didn’t come out to see her, even though, ironically, she corresponded with him while he was in jail, and even picked him up from jail.
As Sky says, only your family sticks by you during this time. In that way, it’s great that her Black Ink Family–Ceaser, Dutchess, and Teddy–were there for her, even though she didn’t get to see them. The others were probably there in spirit, but for one reason or another couldn’t make the trip out west.
Teddy even sold his shoes–two pairs of 2014 Jordans worth more than 500 dollars together–to give her bail or commissary money. Now if that’s not love, a man in Harlem parting with his beloved Jordans, I don’t know what is!
Earlier in the show, Sky was reading a letter, her weekly jail mail. Sometimes inmates reach out to her through snail mail, usually just because they would like to talk to someone in the outside world and experience some normality, even if it’s through pen and paper.
It seems that Sky may be getting her jail mail soon, except that in a twist of fate, she would be the one sending it from the inside.
Her sentence was a possible nine years, but the good news is that she only has to serve two months in county jail.
The bad news: it’s in Arizona’s “Tent City.” Its warden and sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio, called the prison a “concentration camp.”
One of America’s worst prisons, Tent City is actually an outdoor prison that consists of a collection of hundreds army-issued tents, surplus from the Korean War.
If you’ve ever been to Arizona, you’d know that the temperatures are extreme. However, in Tent City, tents are unheated in the winter and uncooled in the summer, where temperatures have risen to as high as 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
Sky’s not thrilled at all about Tent City or Arizona She said: “I’m going to jail in a state where m*therf*ck*s don’t even celebrate Martin Luther King Day!”
VH1’s cameras smell ratings, so of course they will follow her to jail and we’ll get a glimpse of what her experience is like as she goes through it.
Meanwhile, Sky said during the two months, she’ll spend a lot of time thinking about her past and future.