Those forced to spend time in prison have to find ways to occupy themselves. While TV shows have made prison seem like a horrible, almost medieval place of violence and degradation (and to be fair, some are), what to expect in prison is very different from media depictions. Mostly, you'll be bored, and sitting around for long hours with little to do.
People find all sorts of ways to pass the time in prison. Many read; others write. Prisoners incessantly play cards, work out in their cells, watch TV, or work. A few prisons have programs allowing inmates to make and sell handicrafts, while most make educational experiences available. You might even learn the intricacies of law and knock some time off your sentence.Here are some of the ways prison inmates kill time.
Prisoners are increasingly allowed to have small TVs in their cells, and others have large common rooms with a TV. Many prisoners tell of wiling away the hours and days watching TV, though they usually only have broadcast networks to watch, not cable. Cable TV costs money, and taxpayers don't want to think their hard-earned money is going to anything that makes prison life more bearable. Prisons don't usually censor the TV stations they get, as it's too time-consuming.DVDs are available as well, though usually nothing R-rated.