Life on the Inside
If I asked you to list a movie or TV show that took place in or around a prison, chances are you could list more than a few.
Whether a local jail, county facility, women’s prison, or maximum security, being locked up is an extremely common plot line, especially as it relates to criticizing certain aspects of society or playing with themes of freedom, rebirth, and redemption.
If you like the prison genre, you may have seen it all: jailbreaks, comedy, an overnight stay, wrongfully accused, death row, prisoners-turned-athletes, and more. Heck, you might be a regular expert on what life is like in prison.
Only wait a minute: This is all fiction. Redditors who have done time were asked to share what TV and movies get wrong about prison, and their stories paint both a brighter and more terrible picture than we’re used to seeing.
Here’s what it’s really like to be locked up.
“In movies or TV they make it seem like it’s ‘happening.’ It definitely isn’t happening in Prison. It’s quiet, boring and depressing. Don’t ever go to Prison.”