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Posted on 2007.04.16 at 22:00


ehowton at 2007-06-09 17:27 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Tom H.

Its been my experience that being in jail doesn't do a damn thing to rehabilitate anything.

My brother acted in the same manner after the first time he was in jail as he did the 20th time he was in jail.
leonardii at 2007-06-15 00:17 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Tom H.

Was your bro in jail or prison. Because I've been in jail... and it's really nothing. It's not pleasant by any means, but it's hardly anything that would scare me into a life changing moment. I've been to jail twice - once for a felony and the other for a misdemeanor. Both times - nobody fucked with me. In fact, being a former vet - I was treated by some of the other "brothers" with a somewhat great deal of respect. The hardest part about being in jail is just the sheer boredom... and it's fucking COLD!! I think they keep the temperature in the place at about 60 degrees. Probably 1) to keep the growth of bacteria to a minimum, and 2) to keep everybody docile. Most of the time we just laid in our bunks, covered by a very thin blanket just trying not to freeze our balls off!

Now prison on the other hand... I've never been, nor do I want to... but I've got a distant cousin in prison... and according to him - it's the equivalent of living in pure hell. The kind of hell where you *will* have a life changing experience. And you'll suddenly find many new "friends" who will "love" you to death. If you understand the meaning of my double entendre.

So jail, in my opinion, is not going to scare anybody into changing any illegal habits. When I was there, I was boarding with career criminals. They knew enough about the laws and justice system to go (at least for their realm of "career knowledge") head to head with a lawyer. Both times, they knew exactly how much my bonds were going to be set at... and how much I was going to have to pay to make bail and get out. They were so close on their estimates... they were off within but just a few dollars give or take. I found that pretty amazing. They've been in and out of this system for so many times - they know the routine like better than a mathematician breaking down a complex equation. I was quite amused by their seemingly lack of panic and their perpetual calm. They knew what and when just about everything that was going to happen.

But like your brother - what I never understood was "why" they kept getting into the same trouble - each time getting deeper and deeper into the hole. Most were drugs... a great deal of marijuana, but way too much meth than what I would ever expect. The other guys were there for violent behavior. One guy was so pissed because *he* was in jail, but the guy he beat the shit out of (and who he claimed started the fight) was let free to go.

Well - it was educating.. that's all I can say about the positive aspect of being in jail. The rest was just plain terrible... because of the sheer boredom, which will drive just about anybody insane. But it's apparently not boring enough to make them want to change their criminal habits.
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