Kamil Śleszynski

“To the prison you go only one time. This first. After that, there is no prison. There is no freedom too. Everything is equally”.
A. Stasiuk, The Walls of Hebron.

They often waste their freedom at their own request, over something stupid. While serving the sentence they promise themselves that they will never again make a mistake and will not return to prison. However, this resolution is not enough. Long-term sentence leaves it’s stamp on a man that they have to struggle with for the rest of their lives. Habits that help to survive in prison reality become a burden when it comes to living a normal life. This burden makes the longed-for freedom a state in which it is hard for them to find themselves and only few manage to succeed. The majority choose more simple solution. They return to previous behaviors, to familiar environment and in the end land behind bars once again, because only there they feel sure and safe. Only there they do not have to make any difficult practical decisions. The whole process starts from the beginning. It does not have to be like that, though.