Many years ago I knew a man who had been out of prison for less than a year before he ended right back up in a jail cell. Was this by accident? Not at all. He WANTED to go back to prison.
So imagine what I wanted to say when some of the candidates running for State House and Senate races commented during a forum last night that they didn’t know anyone who ever wanted to go to jail? They might not know anyone. But I do.
As (ex)offenders or even some lawyers will tell you, life on the “inside” is so much easier. For the inmate it means free rent. Free meals. Virtually, you have no responsibility as it is the guards who dictate when you can go outside, when you have to go to bed and when you can watch television. For people who have spent years in this kind of environment, it can all be quite comforting and comfortable. Even more so when you consider the reality of today’s society. The grind of finding a job (if you don’t have one) can be a 24/7 task. Worrying about where your next meal is going to come from, how you’re going to pay the light bill – all of that can be too overwhelming. So yes, some people (who’ve already served time) want to go to prison.
Sad. But true.