It seems to me that a lot of regular folks have a morbid fascination with prison life. I fall into that category. Of course my fascination is nowhere near the level that would prompt me to get thrown into prison just to satisfy my curiosity. I guess that is the fuel for the interest. The knowledge that I am never going to prison means there is something out there that I will never know about.
I am willing to visit a lot of crazy places to get first hand knowledge of things. I am not willing to get tossed into the slammer to see if all those rumors are true. I will leave it up to TV to fill in the blanks.
Prison movies have always been out there. Probably my favorite movie of all time is "The Shawshank Redemption." While I am here lets get some wisdom from Andy Dufresne. He says, "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."
I also like "Cool Hand Luke" and "Escaping Alcatraz." How can you go wrong with Paul Newman and Clint Eastwood. There are tons of other prison movies and TV shows like "OZ" and "Prison Break." All these successful efforts must mean people really want a glimpse of life in prison.
Before I lose everyone I should tell you what got me off on this crazy topic. This picture led me down the path to a blog post about prison.
Maybe a baby is the best reference we have outside of hardened criminals to what life in prison must be like. As you can see Braden has spent some time behind bars. Both babies and prisoners eat slop. Sure baby slop is in a jar with a cute little baby on the label, but that doesn't fool me. Liquefied chicken and beef is probably in the same culinary category as jail house grub. Both babies and prisoners have designated fenced in places to play. Prisoners have the yard. Babies have the play yard. Babies don't face the danger of being shanked, but that's only because they've been sentenced to solitary confinement.
While being a baby might be humorously compared to prison life there is one big difference. As a baby the warden loves you more than anything in the world, and you can manipulate them with some whimpers and big sad eyes. Try that at the big house and see what you get.