The SHU is the Special Housing Unit, and it is special because that is where you are housed when you have had an infraction serious enough to get you in 23 hour a day lockdown. Inmates usually get put in there for a serious violation like fighting, but can get thrown in for lessor offenses.
Most inmates who have been in for awhile try to stay out. They spend enough time when there is a general lockdown in their own cells. It just doesn’t pay to get put in.
During the one hour a day they get out, they can take a shower on certain days, or go to the exercise area. In most prisons that exercise area is just a large cage. About the most you can do is some exercises and a little running inside the cage.
As Christmas approaches, if your loved one is feeling down, try to get them to remember not to let their frustration and or anger get them down and do something which can result in a week or so in the SHU. This time of year is difficult for them, as they reflect on where they are and how they got there.
It’s also difficult for family and friends, as they spend another holiday without the love and support of their loved one. Just know that there are millions of us out there who are in the same situation and we have to give support to each other.