posted on Apr, 1 2013 @ 08:56 AM
reply to post by bates
That's a hard choice. On the streets, you fend for yourself. You find your own meals, however you can. Going hungry for a few days is a real threat.
Where your going to sleep is a day to day concern. Entertainment is going to be the last thing you ever get to think of, regardless of your need for
an escape. Unless you turn to drugs and screw yourself over by developing an addiction.
And then prison, well, that's a bit scary in a different way. Sure, as a homeless person you're in far more danger than most due to your lack of
shelter, but in a prison you're at risk of being attacked every day. All you're basic needs are taken care of, yes, and you can even get yourself a
degree whilst confined (in America at least). Plus, you get all that on the tax payers dime. And, if you get out and no one will give you a job, you
can always go back to a life of crime. If you get caught again, so what, you go back to prison and sit pretty. But then again, no women (or men,
depending on your gender... or lasting relationships depending on your orientation) and you're constantly in danger. Plus, you're a captive.
Out of those two situations, I'd pick prison. At least you can go somewhere with a life of crime. I mean, in an optimal situation I'd just be
choosing a life of crime and never getting caught, but even with prison as a surety I would still choose crime. The sad truth is, we treat prisoners
better than most homeless, at least as a society.