Some things just don't exist on the outside
America may have higher incarceration rates than other parts of the world, but did you ever stop to think that maybe some people actually like being locked up? Ex-convicts have a lot of obstacles on the outside, like finding legal employment with their history known to everyone, finding housing if you don’t have a family to take you in, and staying clean if you used to have a drug problem.
Recidivism rates are extremely high, but there are a few people who would say that they’ve been in prison so long it’s the only world they really know and trust. For those who have spent some time behind bars, they know that it’s not the place they want to be, but there are some nice things to being in this place of punishment and reform.
You find out what it means to be you
“Respect. I was so surprised how blatantly rude and cruel people are in the real world. I don’t know if it was the threat of violence or the fact that people can’t run away from each-other, but for the most part people were a lot more respectful.” (officialanswer)
“Decent spades players. I can barely find 3 other people to play with now, let alone 3 competent players. I miss spades so much. Seems dumb, but I miss it.” (Spike_Rakdos)
“Only did 10 days in a county jail, but I felt the same way. Watching those guys play was like watching a work of art be made. Especially once someone taught me the game and I was able to follow people’s moves through a whole game.” (GiFTshop17)
“The symbiotic economy. Need tampons? Trade some stamps. Need shampoo? Bang out a nice birthday card for that lady’s kid. You can sew? You don’t even need to buy whites. Court tomorrow and wanna look good? Get that cosmetology chick to give you a hand and you’ll bring her some snacks on the way back from the kitchens.
I also miss how creative I was while incarcerated. I haven’t drawn anything in a little over two years. I drew daily in jail and prison.” (sotriggeredx)