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Prison versus Work

Posted by cotojo on September 15, 2007

In prison – you spend the majority of your time in an 8×10 cell.
At work – you spend most of your time in a 6×8 cubicle.

In prison – you get three free meals a day
At work – you only get a break for one meal, and you have to pay for that one.

In prison – you get time off for good behaviour.
At work – you get rewarded for good behaviour with more work.

In prison – a guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you.
At work – you must carry a security card and unlock and open all the doors yourself.

In prison – you can watch TV and play games.
At work – you get fired for watching TV and playing games.

In prison – they ball-and-chain you when you go somewhere.
At work – you’re just ball-and-chained.

In prison – you get your own toilet.
At work – you have to share.

In prison – they allow your family and friends to visit.
At work – you can’t even speak to your family and friends.

In prison – all expenses are paid by taxpayers with no work required.
At work – you get to pay all the expenses to go to work and then they deduct taxes from your salary to pay for prisoners.

In prison – you spend most of your life looking through bars from the inside wanting to get out.
At work – you spend most of your time wanting to get out and go to bars.

In prison – you can join many programs which you can leave at any time.
At work – there are some programs you can never get out of.

In prison – you have time to read email jokes.
At work – you get fired if you get caught.

In prison – the wardens are often called sadistic.
At work – they are called managers.

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11 Responses to “Prison versus Work”

  1. cotojo said

    Deborah – Christina has many valid points, but it’s meant to be read in a fun context 🙂

    I’m sure many of us can relate to some real horror stories within prisons, but there is also the other side of the coin where in some places it is a soft option. In the UK we have prisoners serving ‘Life’ sentences, which sadly seems to average less than 10 years, go out on shopping sprees with an escort, have nice new gyms, TV’s and much more, which gives them a better ‘lifestyle’ that many pensioners cannot afford.

    Being self employed is a definite bonus 🙂


  2. Deborah said

    Of course there are valid points that Christina has made and not to distract from them, viewing this in the perspective that it was intended as s simply play of a joke comparing it to work, I found it pretty funny Colin 🙂 I’m so glad I’m self employed.

  3. right!
    over crowding on this side of the pond Lemme tell you a story. ( Ihave lots of true stories, lol) anyhow I knew this one guy almost 20 years ago about 18-19 yrs. He was newly married starting out a family, a quiet,soft spoken guy that was well liked by many and his future looked bright. apparently there was a guy that attacked his wife. I dont remember the particulars. anyhow said guy,got a gun and shot the guy in the “male area”. Apprarently he watched the guy die slowly,.He received a 2nd degree murder sentence without the possibilty of parole. If I recall correctly? years later I ran into a family member of his and they said he was well. He is a model prisoner and the CO’s gave him a radio as a gift. He said it wasnt too bad being there. What the hell are you kidding me? This is Folsom Prison in Ca.I suppose you have to adapt your mind for such situations so you wont go crazy. Just one example of a tragic story. I feel for alot of people locked up,as I myself have had loved ones/friends incarcerated. I also have been subjected to violence so I DO know & see both sides. Im ok with it now but it does take a toll on you. The Correctional System needs an overhaul.

  4. cotojo said

    Christina – LOL, I know it wasn’t directed at me 🙂

    Sadly in the UK we have a massive overcrowding within the prison system, but for many they only lack their freedom which really isn’t a punishment. There are many that shouldn’t be there in the first place, and there are also many for whom prison is just too good for them…..some of which you have mentioned. Sadly it is a ‘big business’ but it doesn’t solve the inherent problems.


  5. Colin
    this wasn’t directed at you perse but people making light of the situation,its truly sad. Surely I believe in it for murders and crimes against children and women people of that like nature. there are many people that should not be in these places as I have seen first hand. Thank goodness for DNA.The Correctional system in the US is set up to keep people in the “system” thru the revolving door with quotas & commisions,a fact.Prison is a thriving big business. There is no re-habilitation in most cases and this is what these men & women need. Not this “Lock em up and throw away the key” mentality.

  6. cotojo said

    Christina – Prison is not supposed to be a soft option and I’m well aware of what happens in many. I am also aware that here in the UK it is a soft option for many, and I also know of people who will deliberately ensure that they are incarcerated at Christmas.
    Prisons do have their own communities, laws and leaders among the inmates, and also where many minor offenders learn to enhance their criminal activities.
    It varies from country to country, there is no set standard globally, but this post was just to poke a bit fun at some of what does happen.


  7. Hummm Im not diggin this post at all, sorry Colin,

    people have no idea what “PRISION” the “JOINT” the “PENNITENARY” (sp) is like and what happens to you while you are there. For one, you donot have access to computers unless you are asigned a job. People are raped, stabbed and murdered constantly and
    unless you join a “gang” you’ll get “STUCK” also.(you dont have a choice) The CO’s are cruel and violate your rights. YES~ even prisoners have human rights! Animals are treated better than people incarcerated. They feed you “slop” for “food” they strip you of your dignity and treat you subhuman. People make wrong decisions and choices in life but not ALL people are bad, they just made some bad choices. I Hope you that are reading never find yourself in PRSION. It’s a real bitch with its own society and laws. No one grows up thinking
    “Hey, I’ll think I’ll grow up and go to prison, Yeah!”
    Prison is no joke!
    Im talights Harleyblues

  8. cotojo said

    Lisa – LOL, I bet it does too 🙂

    Thanks for the comment


  9. Sophiagurl said

    hey! sounds like prison sounds a whole lot better than where I’m working! hahaha. Nice one Colin. =)

  10. cotojo said

    Kim – Thanks for dropping by 🙂

    Yes prison does seem to be a pretty good alternative doesn’t it lol


  11. laketrees said

    haha Colin
    very funny and so true……prison sounds great in comparison…… 😀

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