originally posted by: SpecialSauce
Criminals need to ask themselves a few questions.
You do realize that there are many people who prefer the inside of a prison, to the harsh realities of the outside world, don't you.
Think of what prison offers:
1) free housing
2) free food
3) free clothes
4) free medical care
5) permanent friends, who rarely leave you alone, because they can't.
6) completely organized life, your entire day is structured for you, nothing to worry about
7) free gym, to exercise and stay fit
8) free security (well sometimes, depending on the prison) ...your cell has "bars" to keep crooks out
9) free entertainment, get to watch the game on TV etc..
...and many, many, more perks depending on the particular facilities...
Now think about what happens when a person gets out of prison:
1) has to find a place to live, and pay rent, which goes up every year
2) have to pay for your own food, and find the money to eat
3) now you have to worry about what you'll wear in public, pay dry cleaner bills, etc..
4) now you have to pay for Obamacare Insurance premiums, breaking the bank
5) your friends are all temporary, they move from city to city to find work, and leave you lonely
6) you now have to figure out everything in life, plan your days, execute your plan, keep a todo list
7) now you have to pay "gym fees" if you want to keep in shape and workout with weights
8) there's no security, someone can easily break into your home and steal your stuff, what a pain
9) now you have to pay for TV, and get those packages with lots of useless channels, just to see the game
...and many, many, more annoyances....
The only people who want to stay out of prison, are the rich, who have the money to solve all these inconveniences.
But, many poor people deliberately commit crimes to get back into the prison hotel, as soon as they're let out.
In some parts of the world, prison is much better accommodations than many hotels and motels offer.
Have you ever seen the prison mass killer Anders Brevik is "suffering" in? Just to get those accommodations in north America you'd have to pay a few
hundred dollars a night just to bunk down there.
So, prison ain't all that bad for some folks.
That's why the American prison system is filling up.
People obviously want to be there.