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January 16, 2011

"The first night's the toughest, no doubt about it. They march you in naked as the day you were born, skin burning and half blind from that delousing shit they throw on you, and when they put you in that cell... and those bars slam home... that's when you know it's for real. A whole life blown away in the blink of an eye. Nothing left but all the time in the world to think about it". (The Shawshank Redemption, 1994)

All you have to do is turn on the television news channel anywhere in the country on a daily basis and you will be swarmed by stories of murder, rape, arson, and fraud.  Many of which end up being crimes committed by someone who has previously done time already in the past in some prison or another.  It makes me wonder, why do these people love prison so much?
When I worked in the prison system, I spoke with many inmates who told stories of racism, poverty, poor education, and addictions to drugs and alcohol as reasons for how they ended up in the situation they were in.  I would ask them what their plan was when, or if, they got out.  Many told stories of good jobs, going back to school, getting back with their families, and staying off the hard stuff to get clean.  Others of course discussed bigger crimes and other ideas they had on how not to get caught again.  Either way, I always wondered why they were always willing to take those risks in the first place.
Growing up, my father was a cop, so I was always scared Sh*tless about committing a crime and getting arrested.  I then grew up, moved out of the house and became my own man.  And you know what...... I'm still scared sh*tless when it comes to even thinking about the idea of actually "living" in a prison rather then just working in one. (I've seen the show 'OZ', and I don't want Adebisi banging me in the a$$ in the middle of the night)