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Get EvenWhile a person is in prison, they suffer through a lot of subtle and not-so-subtle insults from some staff. They are called socio-paths and worse, their file (which they can look at) reads like a horror novel. Pages and pages of evil and not one page of the good.

They soon find out there is no appeal process in prison. Oh, there is one, but you will be stooped over and walking with a cane before it’s resolved.

While you are in prison, you just have to swallow and take it. You are a number, you are called an “Offender,” even when we are all offenders. You are caged like a wild animal.

I have heard story after story of abuse, of contradictory orders, e. g. Guard A says “Go back to your cell.” Guard B says, “Get out of your cell.”

How do you get even for all this abuse?

When an inmate is ready to leave prison, there’s one message I tell him or her. “Don’t come back.” That’s the best possible way to get even. The prison system depends on criminals. Without criminals, no jobs. It’s as simple as that. By staying out of prison, the person gets even in the most effective way.

I know this is not a noble sentiment, but often it works better than the usual, “Be good.” And, of course, the prison Dollar razor wiresystem hasn’t even begun to help a man or woman when they walk out the door. This is the most critical time of all and there’s nothing for them except a crabby, overworked parole officer and a few programs. Where is the one-on-one contact? Where is the effective job help? Where is the community support (which should have started in prison)?

One might think the prison system wants the inmate back.

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