posted on May, 20 2009 @ 05:07 PM
When the troubled teen I worked with was released from prison, I was the person who picked him up. The state's penal system did not allow release
from prison unless someone was there to pick them up.
He was dressed in sweat pants and shirt that were quite plain. He did not have any jeans or other types of clothes that could be stolen. One of the
first things we did was go to a store and buy him some jeans. He changed outside in the parking lot, and I stood in front so he would not get into
trouble for indecent exposure (the parking lot was barren). He needed to get out of what he had been wearing, and I could understand that.
I let him drive to the place I had set up and he made some calls that were required (checking in the parole office). He also had a list of things that
needed to be done so I helped him with those errands. I also wanted to give him some privacy as he was used to guards and inmates all the time. He
adjusted back to society quickly and was determined to never return to prison again. He was just 19 when he was released, and spent over a year in the
system (not counting time in the county holding cell).
He took a shower, shaved and got a haircut (he likes buzz cuts), and was quite happy to stay with me for a while. When he was released, he looked
scruffy, and after the grooming looked like his normal self. He showed me the tattoos he received in prison (a few more, none on the face or neck) and
stated he would have gotten in big trouble had the guards found out.
While he did have a TV in his cell, he hated being cooped up. I think many people forget about the lack of freedom and privacy one has in prison. I
visited him in prison and it was quite emotional for both of us. (I also remember sending him some magazines and they were confiscated as they broke
some type of rules. He did receive his car magazines, just not the other ones.) Now he is doing good for himself, and many people do not know he is an