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    This is more of a curiosity thread rather than being a problem. I'm interested if anyone has been to prison or knows of anyone has been to prison. If they would like to share what they or someone else did and how they found prison etc. Are you or your friend now finding it hard to get a job? Were there gangs in prison? Has it changed you? I'm looking for intelligent posters so please be polite to each other and not judge

    A couple of friends of mine have been to prison but nothing serious.

    One of my cousins has been in prison for about 7 years out of the last ten. He is a fairly intelligent guy and could almost be described as meek. On the other hand, he is also a smackhead with the proclivity for stealing anything that isn't nailed down.

    He has been done variously for theft and possession with intent. I don't think prison has changed him much at all. Maybe he has made some new contacts and bad friends but then he was doing plenty of that through his lifestyle in civvy street and through rehab programs.

    I think a lot of people get the wrong idea about prison in this country from watching Shawshank Redemption and so on. Prison isn't always so hard over here as long as you are able to mix and aren't totally socially unaware.

    My cousin is in an open prison at the moment and actually has a job that was arranged through that. I think other than that, he hasn't really had a proper job since he was 16 or something. So ironically, prison facilitated him getting work.
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