I don't have personal experience, but from watching the Shawshank Redemption, it seems that people get institutionalized and then can't make it when they get out. Like Brooks in the movie (or book). I guess it becomes home to them.
I've often wondered this same thing, and I've been to dozens of prisons through the course of my work. I would like to hear an authentic answer from someone - not from a movie or from some metaphorical understanding. And to work there is not the same as to live there...
Well, I am perfectly qualified to answer this question:
There are some perks, however, you've got lots of free time with nothing to do - so if you're interested in expanding your mind a bit you can do lots of reading...and on virtually every subject available in the leisure library.
Jails always have a law library too, but I'd not bother with that - there is no law in the USA now except for B.H.Obama, who Eric Holder says embodies the Constitution....
You learn food appreciation skills in jail - and amazing ways in which you can make Ramen noodles very appreciable.
You learn drug appreciation in jail - no, nobody yet has figured out how to keep illegal drugs out of jails, and especially because....(just like in the non jail world) - it is typically the authorities that sell them.
....but if you are poor and in jail, you'll be all over that instant coffee like it was crack cocaine.
It is a hell for a criminal but for an honest faithful person it is a good place to set examples for most of the criminals how to rectify in the process of life to bring back the feelings of love and brotherhood.
I have never been in jail, however I often had to visit parents in jail, when I worked as a social worker. My experience being a professional, visiting someone, on behalf of their child, was pretty awful. I often felt disrespected, intimidated and harassed just being a visitor. I can only imagine what it must be like to live there.
"For a criminal going to jail is like going to school,
When You come out, You're better at the crimes You do."
Not my lines but I think they are very true. I've lived all my adult life in between ghettos and I know many people who have done time. I've bailed some out too ... It really depends on what kind of person You are and why You are in there.
There is no simple answer. For some people it is a hellish experience (if for example You are doing time as a pedophile), while others make money, connections, etc ... it is a matter of being able to adapt and being street-smart.
And I agree with Mr. Wesman about learning a lot: food appreciation for sure ... everyone complains about the food lol
Great question, LG!
Having known a couple of frequently-arrested characters, for some people being incarcerated is the best life possible. One doesn't have to work or worry about what to wear, and you get food and a roof over your head.
For other people, it's hell on earth. You can't come and go like you did on the "outside". You don't get to pick your cellmate(s). Communication with loved ones is restricted (or non-existent). That thick sheet of bullet-proof plexiglass between you and a visitor sucks. Food ranges from "okay" to barely-edible, and there's never enough of it.
But like Wesman said, nowhere else will you learn soooo many ways to dress up (or disguise) Ramen.
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