Could Life In Prison Be Better Than Life Outside?

by Zoë Pollock

Possibly, according to Michael M. O'Hear:

Life goes on for inmates [sentenced to life without parole]… They adapt to prison. They are able to acquire privileges through good behavior. They enjoy recreational opportunities, a social life, and family visits. They receive food, shelter, and medical care at state expense. By contrast, research on life after even relatively short stays in prison suggests that ex-inmates typically face extraordinary, long-term challenges to reintegration and a return to the level of well-being they enjoyed before prison.

Along the same lines, Doug Mataconis highlights a study finding that black men survive longer inside prison than outside it.