Wow, this thread is a keeper and should be given the widest possible circulation.
Here's just one of several things I enjoyed (so far):
good point about the prison - and too bad Lifers are afraid to leave - like the Shawshank movie
This made me think about my favorite movie, the Shawshank Redemption, and why it resonates with my whole family. This comment made me realize that the movie is really ABOUT witness life. Tim Robbins' character 'Andy' is the 'brother' who got out, and Morgan Freeman's 'Red' is the lifer who, after some time went by, finally decided to join him. The cons left in prison, who talk over their meals about Robbins' character and how much they miss him, are those who WANT to get out but cannot (for various reasons). The cons all see how corrupt the system is that enslaves them, but they are bound by their distrust and fear of the outside world and so they are resigned to sit patiently and wait for future events that are beyond their control. 'Andy' is the guy who takes the bull by the horns and makes his own destiny.