Inside Looking Out

A portfolio of life within the unforgiving walls

To observers on the outside, the ' I ' purpose of prisons is to keep criminals on the inside. To the inmates themselves, prisons are for other things: to kill time; to learn, perhaps; above all, to wait. Life behind walls may be harsh and occasionally dangerous, but it is primarily boring—the undemarcated succession of hours in which the dreariest routines must either be given some importance, however contrived, or be ignored entirely through an effort of will or imagination. Many inmates conclude that the experience...

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