Thursday, June 07, 2007

Jail, what’s it like?

We have been hearing about people in or going to jail. Well known people like Paris, Scooter and perhaps Representative Jefferson might soon be there too. So I’m thinking, what kind of jail occupant would I be, were I foolish enough to do something that would result in my being put me in jail?

I haven’t been in jail but if I were to have to go, I would be the sweetest kindest person ever behind bars. I would be scared fecal-less so I would do exactly as I was told by the guards and I would hope and pray to goddess that whomever was my cell mate would behave exactly the same. I would not be a trouble maker, it’s not in my nature to do that.

Have you ever been in jail? What was it like? If, like me, you haven’t been in jail, what kind of inmate do you think you would be. How would you handle the situation?

24 Comments:

Blogger Graeme said...

I spent one night in jail when I was 19 for drinking. It took my friends the whole night to round up 100 dollars to get me out. other than that, i am a law abiding citizen

June 07, 2007 2:26 AM  
Blogger sumo said...

Never been in jail. I'd be an inmate just like you. I'd handle it by staying in the corner in the back all the time. But just in case...I'd file down my toothbrush and shank anyone who came near me. Heh heh!

June 07, 2007 2:34 AM  
Blogger BBC said...

I once spent ten days in jail when I was out of work and got behind on child support payments. Like I can look for work in jail.

It was interesting, just another of life's experiences.

I was good while there, no point in being anything else.

They can jail a body, but not a mind.

June 07, 2007 3:43 AM  
Anonymous Knox Rover said...

I've never been to jail.

A few months ago, the San Diego Union-Tribune interviewed a local man who served time and now consults (for $250 an hour) with people who are on their way to jail, giving them advice on how to survive. At least for men, he said one of the best things you can do when you arrive is to beat someone up. That establishes your strength and may keep you from being beat up or raped. So, to answer your question, I would be the kind of inmate who walks in and beats someone up. Then I'd settle down and just try to get through it.

June 07, 2007 5:13 AM  
Blogger Samantha said...

lol I would be the kind of inmate that would be crying for her Mommy!

June 07, 2007 6:09 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

Never been in jail and sure don't want to be there either. It is sad that there is no program of rehabilitation in jails - no educational facilities, no job training, no fitness classes. Jail teaches people how to be more violent and a better thief. I think I would try to help someone grow a bit - learn to read, think healthy, create good.

June 07, 2007 6:18 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

Only been in jail to raise money for charity so it wasn't the real thing. Don't know how I would react but I don't think I would be a trouble maker.

June 07, 2007 6:37 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

My older brother spent a week in jail in the early 70s for the crime of "malicious mischief" when he painted the steps of a campus library during a protest against the war in Viet Nam. He was actually in a state prison with very serious criminals, in a cell of 50 men. He was scared shitless, never slept, purposely lost every game of cards, but tried to always maintain a good attitude. It was hell.

June 07, 2007 7:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PoP,

I've never been incarcerated, but I've worked a county jail for over 20 years. I guess that makes me a vicarious expert.

First, a definition: A jail is where people are held awaiting trial, awaiting sentencing, or serving a year or less. A prison is for people serving a year or longer.

Knox Rover, most of the inmates we get in are usually tired from sitting in a holding cell in Booking for 8+ hours and they're not interested in trouble of any kind - they just want to sleep. Now, we do get the occasional fighting drunk or druggie, and we try to keep them apart from the general population so they can sober up. Many times we've had to deal with a problem child, only to have the guy ask two days later, "Hey, what am I doing here?"

Now, a jail is usually somewhat overcrowded (people just fester to come to jail, it seems), and fights do happen. Not in the frequency you might think, though; we have about 2500 inmates in our two facilities and we average about 3-4 fights in a 24-hour peiod. We try to break them up just as fast as we see one start.

Walt
(The Wanderer)

June 07, 2007 7:29 AM  
Blogger niCk (Mem Beth) said...

When I was a teenager we had a field trip to a minimum security prison and were able to talk to the prisons. Scared me! I'd freak out like Paris if I had to go.

June 07, 2007 8:01 AM  
Blogger Time said...

I'd like to read the book George Bush will write about his time in prison.

I've never been in jail, but I'm rather independent and love being outside, so I don't think I would do so well.

June 07, 2007 8:13 AM  
Anonymous fairlane said...

I've been in jail twice, and man was it fun! Pickle loaf sandwiches, a dried-up orange and outdated milk. Paradise at last.

One of the guys told me to save my sandwich so I could use it as a pillow. I woke up with a pimento in my eye.

The last time, I was there maybe 20 minutes and a fight broke out, and then once that settled some dude took a dump right in front of everyone. Sick bastard.

Overall it was great time and I'd recommend it to anyone who's never had the pleasure.

Oh, and Patricia thank you for your comment on my Dr. Seuss tribute. Much appreciated.

June 07, 2007 9:18 AM  
Blogger Kathleen Pearlman said...

Well, Ms. Hilton had a room to herself and is out already. So much for incarceration as a rehabilition for stupid celebrities...

June 07, 2007 10:10 AM  
Anonymous scott said...

Jail is an experience about which I am not curious. My guess is that it tends toward frightening and humiliating. It encourages me to do the lion’s share of my drinking at home.

I have an off-color joke about the young man who is put into the cell with Big Leroy, but it has to be told in dialect and cannot be told in mixed company.

June 07, 2007 10:20 AM  
Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

I do everything I can to stay out of jail, Pop--have never been and never intend to go either. It would not be a pleasant experience--for me (obviously) or for the guards and other inmates who would have to put up with me. I don't take kindly to loss of liberty.

June 07, 2007 12:04 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

I've never been to jail but if I ever got sent I would be VERY friendly to everyone. That's all I have in my bag o tricks.

June 07, 2007 3:27 PM  
Blogger Sparky Duck said...

well I know I would be on the bottom, for whatever that is worth

June 07, 2007 7:25 PM  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

I have never been to jail, nor have I ever been arrested.

My illustrious "criminal career" consists of 2 parking fines and 2 speeding tickets.

June 07, 2007 7:41 PM  
Blogger annie said...

no jail. the threat of juvenile hall, back in my angst-y adolescent days.
jail time seems directly related to your socio-economic status. you think? ;)

June 07, 2007 10:26 PM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

I dont think I would like jail and if I had to do some type of time, I would find a corner to sit in and wait for my release.

June 08, 2007 1:31 AM  
Anonymous pekka said...

Heh, heh, at least I finally found something to brag about! Been jailed twice, and kept in the solitary confinement all the way through them. And no, I don't even jay walk, run stop signs or spit on the sidewalk.

June 08, 2007 1:35 AM  
Blogger sumo said...

pekka...so who did you kill?

June 08, 2007 7:42 PM  
Blogger MichaelBains said...

Never been behind the bars of justice.

Maybe someday, if our political process doesn't start reacquainting itself with Integrity...

June 09, 2007 3:02 PM  
Blogger Palm Springs Savant said...

just stopping by to say hi....enjoying reading thru the blog. say hello sometime.

June 10, 2007 7:46 PM  

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