The Reconditioning Complex

The Reconditioning Complex is located in the Black Sector and is the former Genext laboratory. Genext had a large presence in Rapid City before the Year of Destruction, working with both Ellsworth Air Force Base and National Guard Camp Rapid. In addition to the facility at Ellsworth, a large lab and training center were built in town.

After the war, the building became a holding center for young Mixed who had been created before the moratorium. Before they left, the beginnings of Reconditioning were being developed as a solution to the problem of dealing with having Mixed and human prisoners in the same facility. The building was converted into a prison since it was designed to hold all kinds of Mixeds. Eventually some of the training rooms were converted to interrogation rooms to deal with rebels who were caught during insurrections.

When Reconditioning was officially instated the building became a symbol for the Mixed of oppression, injustice and torture. The centers and methods of interrogation were expanded, and more than violent rebels were subjected to them. Runaways now fell under the interrogation policies as retraining. As Reconditioning’s scope expanded, the facility became too small to handle retraining cases along with normal prisoners, so those accused of petty crimes were sent to special wings of the smaller prisons that had been built in each sector.

When Director Ross ran the department, his lax policies meant many of the inmates had more to fear from rampant illnesses and assault and rape than the actual retraining sessions. The building itself fell into disrepair as Ross was never able to command the respect to commission funds for something that was seen as an unpopular and dying institution. The department was too small to have its own guard staff, so Ross forged a tentative partnership with Law Enforcement and recently graduated Academy cadets often got their first experience working as fence or indoor guards there. Ross’s only stipulation was that no Mixed officers were ever to work inside the building, only humans.

Spaulding‘s takeover changed the underfunded, decaying system and made Reconditioning a large, thriving, and feared entity again. Spaulding’s first job was to remove the corruption in her department. Firing every guard accused of rape or assault would have meant losing much of her staff, and Reconditioning was already suffering from a lack of incoming employees. Law Enforcement had gained a new Director, Kevin Johnson, a few years before Reconditioning, and Johnson was working to phase out cooperation with a struggling and unpopular department. Spaulding, who had been going through files left in shambles by Ross, found the file in which Aline’s ranting about the real reason she had been jailed was recorded. The psychologist working her case had dismissed it as lunatic raving, since the stated reason for Aline’s internment was mental instability causing attempted murder, Johnson’s falsified charge. The case worker had nevertheless written down all of her work with the former Escort, and when Spaulding found it she decided that true or not the accusations could be used to blackmail Johnson. She took them to him and confronted him with them as the truth, and Johnson’s reaction convinced her she was correct. To buy her silence, he began re-supplying guards and cooperating heavily with Reconditioning as his predecessor had.

Spaulding, although she had accomplished her purpose in regaining Law Enforcement backing, also began training her own guards, hoping to reduce the incidents of abuse of power and intending to use her control over Law Enforcement for other means. She overall held a smaller staff of guards than Ross had, despite enlarging her scale of work. Instead of having guards for all wards, she put effort into restoring the security system and cameras in the building. The original system was electronically computer integrated and was beyond repair, but Spaulding replaced it with cameras from older buildings in town.

Spaulding also updated the interrogations to include the use of drugs that were developed from native plants that induced hallucinations and made people suggestible. She also developed a system for cleaning the buildings, which had become a horrible place to work because of the smell. The inmates had been treated like animals with no washing facilities and sanitation. Disease killed many of the inmates and guards, and parasites were almost everywhere. Spaulding initiated a pre-cleaning routine for incoming inmates and a schedule of showers, as well as fixing the toilets in the cell areas.  She systemized the residential system as well. Rooms designed for one or two young Mixeds had been used for as many as ten prisoners. Spaulding mandated that only four should be in one cell, organized by Mixed type with predator and prey separated. She also organized a system for solitary confinement. She used each floor for Mixeds at different stages of reconditioning.

The Remand policy had existed before Spaulding’s arrival, and was used to provide work for the salt mines north of the city. Spaulding improved the isolation of pre-remand prisoners, and also made certain that those being transported were actually unsuccessfully trained rather than chosen at random to fill employment quotas at the mine as Ross had done. ¬†Guards still found ways to avoid surveillance and abuse or rape prisoners, but the incidences were greatly reduced.

Spaulding’s work was all geared to make Reconditioning less of a villainous presence in people’s minds. The abuses that were being railed against had been ruled out, brutal torture techniques replaced with a drug, sanitation and health conditions improved to better than even the Red’s survival rate, and no more random selections for Remand. The human residents of Dalton were pleased with the new forward-thinking and humane ideas being instituted, and many forgot the stories of the torture house Reconditioning had been in the past. They came to assume Mixeds in Reconditioning were treated with the same respect human prisoners in jails were. While this did also make Spaulding popular with the Mixed for a short time, they soon realized that her cold ambition would not always be an asset to them, and that she would do whatever it took to gain power, whether that was improve the conditions of the Mixed or eradicate them entirely. Reconditioning again became a symbol of oppression and fear.

During the riots of 2102, Reconditioning once again took over the role of holding all Mixed prisoners. The facilities, which had never been designed for that capacity and especially as the Dalton Mixed population grew, were overwhelmed. Mixeds were once again crammed into cells, denied sanitation needs, and shipped from Remand in incredible numbers to clear out the facilities. Some were sent directly from admittance to Remand with no attempt to recondition, especially whole families who were arrested. Torture techniques were reinstated to attempt to extract information from rebel leaders. Because of the mass influx at a single time, Mixeds were assigned random numeric designations and cell lodging, resulting in prey and predator Mixeds being in the same cells, and violent criminals with mere protestors.

Spaulding was severely disappointed in the facility’s decline back to the chaos of Ross’s time, destroying the image she had worked so hard to create. However, she decided to use the issue to push the council for more funding, arguing that expansion was necessary.

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