Have you ever been a visitor in a Prison? If yes, how did you feel?

@Nardz13 (5059)
New Zealand
April 16, 2007 9:22am CST
Have you ever been a visitor in a prison or ever experienced the inside of the prison? What were all feelings you felt, knowing you were surrounded by criminals.
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@Augustta (1860)
• Poland
17 Apr 07
Yes,when i was little ...around 8-9 years,i was with my school in visit at jail(prison)...and i can tell you,i feel a cold in bones even now when i remember...well,wasn't a simple jail,was a comuniste one,and all this mixed with our ghid explination make it in my mind a apocaliptic imagine(8 years,eh??)..but fact is...i don't know if that was a good choice for our visit(short vacation)...and i wonder if my teachers was sane...
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@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
17 Apr 07
Hi Augustta. Why would there be a school trip to a prison, was it "Scare tactics" for the 8 year olds or what. Now you got me wondering if your childhood teachers were sane lol. Hey thanks for your comment. Awsome stuff!!!
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
16 Apr 07
It sure was a strange experience. The jail in our city is a maximum security facility. It is old and fairly small. My roommate's boyfriend was doing time for driving offenses, yes in maximum security, go figure hey! They keep people in it that have short sentences of two years less a day and under.I was young and volunteered to go with her to visit a friend of her boyfriend's that was lonely. He was nice enough but the screening process to get in was intimidating and made me feel like I was the criminal. I know it has to be done, but the way it made me feel was demeaning and I never returned. I can only imagine what the inmate feels like. I think it is a crime in itself to put harden criminals in the same place as guys who have driven without a license or driven under the influence.
@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
16 Apr 07
hi whywiki. I agree with you in saying visiting prisons to see friends, family or who ever your there to see, can be demeaning and discriminating. Your're naturally made to feel like your the one at fault, the criminal in other words,especially with the screening process. Thanks for your comment. Awsome!!!
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• United States
20 Apr 07
Believe it or not it was actually a field trip back in high school. I was afraid to go but curious at the same time. Once there as a visitor, it was scary for me, the place was cold but humid. Each of us saw the cells, how they live in jail, the cafeteria, the outside where criminals go to work out and such. It was scary, but we met a few inmates who were choosen specifically to tell us their story and why they were in jail, they told us the horrors that go on, and even told us to live better lives because they didn't want to see any of us in jail with them someday. It was an educational experience I will never forget.
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@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
22 Apr 07
Hi curvychick. I think most prisons look cold and gloomy. Yes I agree, It is scary, What makes it even scarier, is knowing that there are some real serial offenders and your entering there surroundings. Thanks for your comment. Awsome