When Good People Go Rogue: Prison SurvivalIn a series of posts as a public service, I am writing a Prison Preparedness Guide for Good Guys. I always respected Johnny Cash's devotion to prisoners and prison reform, because he knew what is true of himself and all of us: We all have a dark side; we are all just a step away from a life behind bars; good guys go rogue all the time. If you don't believe that, seek professional help, because you have a sociopathic blind spot and you scare me.
Think it can't happen to you?
1. You are driving along and run a new stop sign that was posted yesterday on your daily commute; it's never been there before, and you run right through it and kill someone. Negligent homicide: off you go.
2. You answer the cellphone while driving and someone tells you a loved one just died. Distraught, you cause a crash and kill someone. A prosecutor wants to make you the poster child for cellphone driving abuse. Manslaughter. That afternoon you are in the slammer.
3. You make an innocent mistake on your taxes that does not look innocent. The IRS and Treasury Department put Al Capone behind bars after all his other serious crimes; what makes you thin you're so special?
4. You end up in a police line-up and the victim falsely identifies you. Example: If Brad Pitt committed a crime spree and I was selected to stand in on the line-up, how would any victim tell the difference?
5. You are an executive and get wrapped up in a white collar crime committed by you, or unknowingly by underlings for whom you are responsible.
The point: Good people do bad things, or get wrapped up in the system innocently. Not to mention the various crimes you commit daily that you haven't even told me about.
So in this Guide we'll explore how to prepare for time in the slammer. It can happen to you.
Next in the series: Getting a good mug shot. It's crucial!
Frank Sinatra. If it can happen to him, it can happen to you. Isn't he pretty? We'll discuss "How to avoid becoming a prison bride" later in the series.
Next in the series:-- How to get the protection of the prison's Alpha Dog without becoming his wife
-- My recipe for toilet wine (even if you don't drink, it has tremendous trade value)
-- Undetectable shivs and other improvised self-defense weapons
-- Why you're going to need packaged mackerel
-- Tattoos: Do you really need them? (Yes....but you need the right ones....)
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