Being sent to prison is one of my biggest fears. I wouldn’t last a month in jail. I occasionally watch the MSNBC series Lock-up and it’s always reinforces my desire to stay out of prison at all costs. First, I’m a bit claustrophobic. I will avoid using an elevator if I can. The idea of being trapped in a contained space freaks me out. As I mentioned before, I refuse to watch the movie, The Descent, because it involves people being trapped in an underground cave. So I don’t know how I’d cope with being locked up in a cell.
Then there’s the lack of privacy. I was watching one show, where new prisoners are brought in the first day. They had around 20 guys in one room, made them all strip naked, and then turn around, bed over, and spread their buttcheeks. I can imagine how dehumanizing that must feel. And, of course, most of the time you’d have a cellmate, which is probably even worse than being locked in a cell alone. You both have to use the toilet right in front of each other! And I’d always be worried that my cellmate might try to kill me in my sleep.
Or even worse…
Y’know what I’m sayin’?
I also wouldn’t want to be involved in the idiotic racial conflicts that seem to dominate most hardcore prisons. They had inmates saying that whenever there is some kind of big racial fight you pretty much HAVE to join in, and fight on your “side,” whatever you are. So if, for example, a bunch of Black guys are fighting some Hispanic guys, I’m supposed to jump in and fight the Hispanic guys too, even if I’m not involved. And if I don’t, then the other Black guys will come after me later, for not joining in. How effed up is that?
So, not me, I’m staying on the straight & narrow path.