What do inmates do for entertainment? This is a question I received recently that I found interesting to answer. There are many things we do.
I personally do lots of reading and I conduct social experiments. Though over the years I became a very good portrait artist as well. Many people begin a hobby of some sort, drawing, crafting, painting, beading, etc. Crafting is a popular one because the supplies are cheaper, many supplies are sourced from recycling garbage.
Some people play sports and/or watch sports. Some only watch sports, and when I say only, I mean their whole world revolves around sports...very, very disheartening to see. There is a lot of Magic players and D and D players, they spend hours, days even, playing this stuff.
Most have a variety of things. Watch TV, take walks in the yard, work' play some cards, write letters, craft something, do homework, listen to music...
There is a distinct difference between those who have worked hard to change themselves and those who have not. My theory of 15-70-15 percentages of inmates who rehabilitate, stagnate, and who refuse to rehabilitate, respectively, comes into view here.
I'll work on writing something more in depth on this soon.
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