How to get a new life in jail: What’s in store for inmates?
A Florida prison has released a video to try and show inmates how life in solitary confinement is not just torture but also can actually save lives.
The video, posted to YouTube by the Department of Corrections, explains how prisoners can get a fresh start.
The video, which has garnered more than 9 million views, shows inmates at the Pelican Bay State Prison being transported to a new place in the prison, with one inmate telling his fellow inmates, “The next day you are going to be free.”
But, as the video’s description points out, this isn’t the only way inmates can get free.
The prison also says that there are programs that are available to help inmates who are not able to work because of physical or mental health problems.
According to the DOC, inmates are able to receive financial support to pay for necessities, such as food, clothing, and other necessities.
But, they are not allowed to take their cellphones or computers with them.
According the DOC website, it is important to note that the Pelham Prison is not an institution for the sole purpose of holding criminals.
The DOC says, “Prisoners are in there to serve their time and do not serve as an alternative to rehabilitation programs.”
Inmates have access to the internet and social media, and they are also able to interact with their fellow inmates.
But, if inmates can’t meet other inmates, they may have to be put in solitary.
“It’s really important to us to help these inmates transition out of isolation, so they don’t experience that again,” the DOC said.