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Desi Piscatella is Captain of the Guards at Litchfield Penitentiary. He makes his first appearance in Season Four as the main antagonist. He is portrayed by Brad William Henke.

Personality Edit

A commanding and very authoritarian disciplined man, Piscatella enjoys expressing his power over inmates and shows no fear in expressing it. It is also implied that he is racist towards blacks and Hispanics. While seemingly having the best interests of order and security, Piscatella has been shown repeatedly to go to extremes and lie to cover up the crimes of his staff. He is also willing to degrade and abuse inmates in order to make an example of those bold enough to defy total submission to prison staff.

Physical Appearance Edit

Piscatella is a tall 6'3" (192 cm), strong male. He also has a beard that highlights his jawline. His frame is large. He has a light burnt sienna natural hair colour.

Biography Edit

Before Litchfield Edit

Desi mentions that his mother sent him to a 'gay conversion camp' while explaining people don't change.

Before he came to Litchfield, he originally worked at the men's high security facility. It is not revealed why he moved facilities, but it is likely that it is an incriminating story based on Caputo's scolding.

Season Four Edit

In "The Animals", Piscatella's brutality while trying to gain control of the protesting inmates indirectly causes the death of Poussey. He has no respect for demands made by Caputo to keep his unstable guards under control, and he threatens Caputo with a whole-staff walk out if he is fired.

Relationships Edit

Romantic Edit

Piscatella is gay. He mentions that he took a "beard" to his highschool prom.

Friends Edit

Enemies Edit

Memorable Quotes Edit

"I had a beard since the tenth grade. Two actually. The one on my face, and the one I took to prom. Yeah, I like dudes, I'll never find you adorable."
— Piscatella to Chapman
""You're criminals. You deserve nothing""
— Piscatella in The Animals
"People don't change. I should know, my mom sent me to gay conversion camp."
— Piscatella

Trivia Edit

  • There is a Certificate of Completion for a course in Welding for Commercial Divers from Adler Technical Institute hanging on the wall in his office.
  • His mother sent him to a gay conversion camp

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