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Hate to tell you this but: Not all prisons are created equal.
Here in the state of SC, unless you are a older inmate (started your time in one of the state prisons prior to the late 90s), you do not get paid to
If you were convicted of a non-violent crime (and that list is very short, believe me), you can earn "work credits) to help reduce the time you serve
(with "good behavior" it comes down to only having o to do 60% of the time you have to serve, so like a 5 year sentence is reduced down to just over
If you're a violent offender (and that's ANY drug related sentence), you'll do at least 85%. No "work credits"
Most inmates do the work just to make the time go by.
There are camps that do not even have a fence around it (work camps and work release camps), and then level 3's with lots and lots of razor wire
fences around them.
Not all camps have air conditioning either (hello sweltering summer heat).
TV? You get to watch whatever is on 3 or 4 TV's in the day rooms.
Food? I saw boxes marked "Unfit For Human Consumption"......hows that grab you?
Health care? Yes. The state is responsible for your health, so if you get hurt, sick, etc, you will be taken care of, else the state can be sued.
You are limited to what you can or can not have in your locker. For example: you are not allowed to have more than one photo album, and it must have
been bought from the canteen. You may not increase the size of the photo album. You may not have more than a certain number of items allowed in your
locker bought from the canteen (for example, you may not have more than a certain number of cup of soups, cigs, etc), else you will be charged with
"running a canteen" from your locker.
Gyms? What gyms?
You must keep your hair cut, no beards unless you have special permission, etc. At all the camps you have to be counted, and you'd better be where
you are suppose to be when count goes down. The amount of counts depends on the type of camps. Work camps: about every 2 hours. Level 2 or 3 camps,
more like 3 or 4 times a day.
Failure to comply with any of these rules will have to sent to SMU (Special Management Unit), AKA Lockup. In which you are placed in a 6 x 9 cell, and
kept there and will do that time you have day for day. If you are good while there, they will let you out in a cage that is also about 6 x 9, so you
can pace back and forth.....just like animals at the zoo.
Speaking of animals, while in these places repairing electrical systems (locks, cameras, fire alarms, etc)....that is exactly how the inmates in SMU
act. Things like screaming and yelling......saving a cup of urine so that they could throw it on a guard......or their own feces.
Yah....animals. But with good reason...that's how they are being treated. Treat someone like an animal long enough, and that's how they will act.
That's just the state prisons. County jails have their own rules....some better.....some worse.
Now....tell me again how prison is better than normal life?
It's not. At least not the prisons here in SC. Anyone that thinks otherwise is either deluded, never been to prison or..........has been locked up so
long they are institutionalized (means you do not know how to function outside of prison in normal society anymore).