No holds barred. Anything goes, will answer any questions, either life during or after.Background: Got locked up for beating someone up pretty badly. They deserved it.Time spent in: Less than 2 yearsSecurity Level: MediumFAQ's:Rape:
Enormous myth, exaggerated by a factor of 100. Yes, it can happen, but there are enough practicing homosexuals inside that it isn't required. It is more common at the higher security levels, less common at the lower security levels but it isn't nearly as common as people think at any level. While I was in there, it happened once and that was the result of a quarrel between a couple of fairies who were "partners" anyway. Would You Do It Again:
I've vacillated a lot on this in recent years. There is a part of me that says yes, absolutely, there is a part of me that is starting to realize it probably wasn't worth it. If the exact same situation presented itself to me right now, knowing what I do now, I probably wouldn't, but now that I have the permanent Scarlett letter on my record, I'm far more freerolled with that kinda stuff than I was before. Like, now, I won't hesitate for a second to "throw the first punch" whereas before, I didn't want anything "on my record" so I didn't.Generally, what was it like in there?
It isn't a fun place- it isn't a place you would ever want to go back to, but it isn't as grotesque and horrible as TV makes it out to be. Mainly, it's just boring and mind numbing. I could do a year or two standing on my head, but if for some freakish reason I were facing some really heavy time (20+ years) in a max, I honestly don't think I'd let myself be taken alive. Do they really kill child molesters in there?
No, but by in large, they are more prone to have a rough go. I think part of it is prison culture that targets child molesters, but mainly because predatory types who prey on children are often your wiry, bespectacled pansy types who would get picked on anyway. Lets put it this way. If a dude who stands 6'4, 250# of muscle, a mean demeanor and is sleeved out with time tats gets sent up for molesting a child, he isn't going to be "targeted" for it. If Chester the wimpy College Humanities Professor gets busted playing doctor with the neighbor girl, yes, he might have a hard time. I've heard from other guys that the culture amongst the inmates in some institutions does have a pretty strict line with this, mine really didn't. What Impact has this had on your life?
Pretty big. Of course, lots of jobs are impossible. The expected civil procedural stuff- can't own guns, etc. For others, it can be totally crushing to life. No jobs whatsoever, no access to rental housing, etc. There's a reason the recidivism rate is what it is.
I'm pretty lucky in that I'm a relatively sharp guy with a firm sense of upward mobility, but for others, one single conviction is pretty much game over: life. The positive side is that it's forced me to be very entrepreneurial and as a result, I do OK- arguably better than I would have prior to this happening. It also motivated me to finally finish up school, etc... Eventually, I'll be Dr. Felon, which will be kinda nice. What are prisoners like:
A general cross segment of society with the lower levels hugely overrepresented. I can say without hesitation that some of the most ingenious, creative people I've ever met were in there. A lot of people assume that prisoners are "stupid". Certain demographic considerations aside, by in large, this is untrue. You can argue that they were dumb for getting caught, but a lot of them are people wh0, had they been born into different circumstances and/or made a few different key life choices, would've most likely been hugely successful. If we were drafting competing poker teams, I would let you draft yours from Ivy League MBA's, I'd draft mine from prisoners and mine would be better. Also, I am positive that certain types of "criminals" would make for exceedingly good combat troops in the armed services- it takes a certain personality type to do that well, which is a type extremely common inside. With that said, there is A LOT of human garbage in there. You also have to consider that when our society decided to close the State Hospitals and mental wards in the 70's and 80's, we basically shifted the onus onto prisons to deal with the mentally ill and yes, most nutcases lacking in sympathetic familial resources do wind up there. What was the worst aspect of life inside:
Just like they say on those "Prison: Exposed" type shows on CNBC, the f
ucking noise. If you think blacks are bad in movie theaters, imagine them all locked up in a goddamned cage. Of course, your inability to do basic stuff- get up at 2:00 AM and walk to the fridge, etc. The lack of privacy was annoying, but that's a personal thing. Yeah, you have to shower in front of other people, yeah, you have to take a dump behind a small partition wall with your head sticking out. Your cellie can make a big difference- if you get a bad cellie, it can suck much worse. I had two, both were OK. What was the most positive aspect of life inside:
Not much, but there were a few silver linings. I got more reading done during that time than most people will ever do in 5 lifetimes. Of course, you don't have to worry about anything as far as life's basics. In a way, downtime can be some of the least taxing of your life. I met a couple of people with whom I still keep regular contact- one was a commodities trader who got sent up for selling coke, another was a regular guy who got busted cooking meth- both are people who would pass the "duffel bag full of uncounted money" test. What are the Guards Like?
For the most part, total retards. Prison Guard is a profession that scrapes the absolute bottom of societies barrel. You're more likely to find a generally higher caliber man amongst the inmates than you are amongst the guards. There are exceptions to this, but for the most part, they're people who wouldn't be qualified to be assistant manager at a fast food place. What do People Do Inside To Keep Occupied:
TV, books, we had musical instruments, so that. Gambling was a big one. They actually removed Famous Amos cookies and mentos from the canteen since people were using them as chips. If you have any questions, fire away.