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View Poll Results: How much do you watch, read, listen to Prison related content?
I am obsessed. Movies, tv, books, music, internet groups! 299 37.28%
I am not obsessed, but I do look out for prison related themes. 300 37.41%
I don't look for it, but if I come across it, I'll watch or listen. 171 21.32%
I have way too much other stuff to do! 32 3.99%
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Old 04-23-2018, 04:51 PM
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I wouldnt call it obsessed, but I feel like I need to understand the place where he is (at least a little bit). Im watchcing LockUp right now to be honest. I think the other documentary I was watching is a bit better. Some of them are very upsetting sometimes I have to turn it off.
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I wouldnt call it obsessed, but I feel like I need to understand the place where he is (at least a little bit). Im watchcing LockUp right now to be honest. I think the other documentary I was watching is a bit better. Some of them are very upsetting sometimes I have to turn it off.
Try not to get upsert.Thoe docs show the most extreme prisons and most extreme inmates. Somebody quietly servign their time for an average offence is not "news" It;s usually more mundame than anytihng else inside.
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Obsessed but not in an unhealthy way. Iím trying to volunteer at Rikers right now at the womenís unit, and Iím very interested in prison activism and the prison industrial complex. Iíve always found the ďunderbellyĒ of society fascinating. Iím always researching and reading up.

Iíve also seen every episode of Lockup on Netflix, lol. It was really weird seeing one episode with Oak Park Heights, because I know someone who did time there.
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Yes! YES!! YESSSS...!! I thought it was just me. Kinda makes me feel better that I'm not the only one. I do know what you mean by connection. I sleep with his letters tucked under my pillow. The last letter I got from him I hugged and cried a bit while clutching onto the unopened envelop.

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I have been obsessed sorta with prison stuff ever since Battman went in. I have rented all the seasons of OZ. I get very excited when MSNBC has LockUp on... and very mad when they showed Anna Nicole stuff one sunday that there was a LockUp marathon... I love Con Air, Shawshank Redemption, you name it.

I minored in Criminiology in College... I love the music and stories of Lyfe Jennings and some of Akons...

Anything Prison related. It makes me feel connected kind of. Is that weird?

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Yes! YES!! YESSSS...!! I thought it was just me. Kinda makes me feel better that I'm not the only one. I do know what you mean by connection. I sleep with his letters tucked under my pillow. The last letter I got from him I hugged and cried a bit while clutching onto the unopened envelop.
No, you're not the only one. I thought maybe I was for a long time, but my obsession has taken on a different angle then most. My ex, when he got out, could not stand biscuits and gravy. It just reminded him too much of his time inside, and inmate biscuits and gravy is not nearly as good as home made. Me, it was different; for the longest time, and even now I can't stand the color orange. Especially the dirty, drab orange, yet biscuits and gravy remain one of my favorites.

Also, my interest in all things prison/inmate sort of started while I was still inside county, except at the time I was a nervous wreck about my future, and didn't really feel safe enough to explore that interest. I didn't develop just an interest in inmate stuff either, but I developed a very real fascination with the court system in general. Again, I didn't feel safe enough at the time to really allow myself to explore that area, but now I totally do.

I've been giving it some seriously thought about even trying to become a lawyer. That's how deeply my fascination has been for it. Though it would be weird and very awkward if one of my clients turned out to be an old cellie. Or worse yet, if I came across an old acquaintance after having been appointed judge or something.
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I've been giving it some seriously thought about even trying to become a lawyer.


It might be wise to contact your state bar association to make sure your conviction won't prevent you from being admitted. It would be a shame to waste time and money on law school only to learn you can't practice.
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I have been obsessed sorta with prison stuff ever since Battman went in. I have rented all the seasons of OZ. I get very excited when MSNBC has LockUp on... and very mad when they showed Anna Nicole stuff one sunday that there was a LockUp marathon... I love Con Air, Shawshank Redemption, you name it.

I minored in Criminiology in College... I love the music and stories of Lyfe Jennings and some of Akons...

Anything Prison related. It makes me feel connected kind of. Is that weird?

Anyone else?

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i wouldnít say obsessed more of curiosity to see what my fiancť may be experiencing while there. Iíve watched lockup from season one and on, I watched prison break before he actually went in. But Iím more so of a lockup because I feel itís the real deal
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I have been obsessed sorta with prison stuff ever since Battman went in. I have rented all the seasons of OZ. I get very excited when MSNBC has LockUp on... and very mad when they showed Anna Nicole stuff one sunday that there was a LockUp marathon... I love Con Air, Shawshank Redemption, you name it.



I minored in Criminiology in College... I love the music and stories of Lyfe Jennings and some of Akons...



Anything Prison related. It makes me feel connected kind of. Is that weird?



Anyone else?



Battgirl

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Ive been "obsessed" with what I find on YouTube, like Fresh Out and other Youtuber channels that have actual been down before. Many in their videos will do Q&A episodes, specific topics and my favorites are when they interview ex-cons who always say prison is nothing like what you see on these shows and state vs fed lock up is a lot different. Watching gives me some perspective on the challenges and issues my LO faces each day. He's asked that I dont ask or worry about "prison stuff" just leave that to him. There are times he shares, I've learned to be patient if i sense something. He tells me when we write, talk, visit that's time he wants to forget about "prison stuff" Probably why I have such a courtesy but I can completely understand.
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I've been giving it some seriously thought about even trying to become a lawyer.


It might be wise to contact your state bar association to make sure your conviction won't prevent you from being admitted. It would be a shame to waste time and money on law school only to learn you can't practice.
My conviction got expunged just under a year ago. I applied for a cleaning job and they did a very quick check and I came back completely clean. However, I think your advice is spot on. The Bar no doubt does a more extensive search then what will show up in just an hour or two, and there might still be some sort of rule that would prevent me from practicing law.

Which is a shame if you think about it. I can't think of a better attorney then someone who's been on the other side of the criminal justice system.
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It can depend on the State where you want to join the Bar Association, but ex-convicts have been licensed to practice law. I know one guy who was a long time federal special agent, got convicted on a drug conspiracy, and is now a practicing lawyer. As long as you didn't defraud a client, or a court, there is a chance.
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I got out two months ago and I get really bad anxiety and feel like I can’t breathe if I see anything on TV relating to prisons. Especially if it seems similar to my experience, so anything to do with a juvenile prison really gets a strong reaction from me. Mind you so many things seem to cause a reaction in me since being behind bars. I can’t even use certain detergents for my clothes because the smell reminds me of the really strong detergent they must have used to clean our prison uniforms. I also jump if somebody slams a door because it sounds too much like a cell door being slammed shut. I even get panicky in the communal showers at work. I’m hoping all this will fade over time.
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My experience was all of those issues declined over time, and are pretty much gone now. I hope yours decrease too, and quickly.
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I got out two months ago and I get really bad anxiety and feel like I canít breathe if I see anything on TV relating to prisons. Especially if it seems similar to my experience, so anything to do with a juvenile prison really gets a strong reaction from me. Mind you so many things seem to cause a reaction in me since being behind bars. I canít even use certain detergents for my clothes because the smell reminds me of the really strong detergent they must have used to clean our prison uniforms. I also jump if somebody slams a door because it sounds too much like a cell door being slammed shut. I even get panicky in the communal showers at work. Iím hoping all this will fade over time.
Danny3001 Understandable you lived that stuff and still adjusting, you dont want to be watching it!! Hoping you have a good support team and with time the anxiety fades away.
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I generally avoid films or TV programmes about prison like the plague, it’s just unavoidable at times. My friends love watching anything to do with prisons or crime (I think they see it as glamorous) and if I’m hanging out with them I don’t want to ask them to turn it off. So I usually just end up sitting there and waiting for it to be over while trying not to freak out too noticeably. My mates all know I’ve been locked up, but having never been behind bars themselves then they all seem to think it’s great, rather than truly horrific.
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