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I wanted to follow up on something you mentioned and clear up a common misunderstanding the general public has about jails and prisons. They aren’t free. The prisoners are actually charged for each day they are there. They also have to pay for extra things – like soap toothpaste and deodorant just as you mention. Some even have commissaries where they have to purchase extra food. Now the state cannot always collect from some indigent individuals but they do put liens on their property and future earnings in many cases. For other students –
Try researching your local prison in San Bernardio California. What are the jail fees? What extras do they have to pay for? Do they have a way to earn any money while they are in jail (saying doing the laundry or working in the kitchen)? What are they actually paid? Are these opportunities different for adults vs. juveniles? And is there anyway – even if all of this were actually free – that jail would be enticing to you? Why not? Why is it different for others? How bad is their life that prison would seem like a positive place whether you have to pay for it or not?