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Personal Experience With Jail

Autor:  Paul  21 July 2011
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My personal experience in jail

Never did I think that my life was heading in a downward spiral until the evening of November 3rd 2010. During the past 38 years of my life I have endured pain, loss, happiness, unhappiness, laughter, new beginnings, old starts, and so many other experiences that have been beneficial and not so beneficial to my life. Nobody is perfect, however I thought my life was on the path of “perfectness”. I am 38 and on my way to law school. When people hear that I will be starting law school soon, they look at me somewhat bewildered, as to say really you are just starting law school now? Yes of course I am. Why? Simply put, because I can!! I am 38 not 98, and if a 98 year old person would want to start law school, then more power to them.

Recently, I had the unfortunate luck to see the legal, court, and jail/prison systems from an upfront and personal view. On November 3rd 2010 I was taken in on a warrant and was fed into the arms of the American legal system. The nightmare of being in jail opened my eyes to a whole new way of looking at the scheme and procedures of American law. During my stay in jail I kept telling myself that I no longer had the desire to become an attorney. However; upon my release, I realized that I will be an attorney. I am a passionate person and I now have a passion to try and help fix many of the major malfunction s in today’s legal systems.

Most people have no idea what it feels like to be in jail, statistically only one out of every five people will know what it’s like to be in jail/prison. One reason people think that they know about prisons is because of the media. The news, movies, and books all contribute to people's stereotypes about prisons. Prisoners receive three meals a day, workout facilities, a library, as well as other things. People are also given the idea, through the mass media, that prisoners are free to walk around certain parts of the prison. All of these ideas are cast upon prisons so that people will not be afraid of them. Society has been given the idea that prisons are not very bad on the inside. What is prison life really like? The first thing I have to say is that you don’t want to know what prison life is like so stay out.

When most of us think of prison life, we think of nothing but sitting in a cell, staring at blank walls, wishing that one could get out of the “joint”. But, what we don’t realize is everything that goes on behind the scenes. When it comes to ...