THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CELEBRITY PRISONERS
They have a name besmirched by law. Their reputation in the free community damaged beyond recognition. They have been featured as villain, projected as felon, an anti hero and a scoundrel. As such, they are considered a menace in their environment much more so a prowling, dangerous character, hence they are imprisoned.
Having violated the laws, they lost the right to remain in the free society anymore. They ought to be segregated for a period to lament and repent for what they have done. They are expected to expiate for whatever transgressions they have committed.
In the prison community however such expectations may be realized to a certain degree. But most likely, the feeling could be fleeting and cumbersome. The environment is too gross, too fearsome, too threatening that a day of incarceration means a period of hopelessness, a moment of desperation.
And why not? One rubs elbow with eccentrics decreed by norms as the basest, vilest, and foulest. It is a community of superlatives in the negative sense. Either one becomes absorb and would eventually act as one, or would regret and start life anew from the time of admission up to the time of release.
Imprisonment is a medium for repair; a silent occasion for atonement. It is full of remorse and shame. It is intended to break the shell of the person to squeeze the better quality in him. For someone who literally was immersed in privileges, living a high-end life full of perks, prison is hell that must be tamed.
To an ordinary mortal who is clamped may merely stop by and acclimatize to the bare condition of a restricted area but to a person used to extras and perquisites, prison is a place that must be re-formed. For the celebrity prisoner, reformation pertains his environment and not his persona. He would rather reorder his surroundings than change himself.
In prison one must waste a stretch. Prisoners are there to serve time, to ignore days, to disregard the passing of a spell. Time is of no consequence at all. What a matter is the daily monotonous grind, which everyone must capture and overlook.
One may even sleep his time away, or do some crafts, perform something stressful or pray in a manner how monks execute their routine. Life is drab and repetitive. The climate is dull and boring. One must create an atmosphere for adventure. And the celebrity prisoners have the resources, mental and economic to pull such feat.
Aside from engaging prison authorities, haggling actually for some benefits like a trip to a first class Hospital, and if lucky, to be allowed to have confinement also, or be consented to build a bachelor’s pad, or permitted to install an air conditioning unit in his cell, the negotiation in itself is a form of excitement already.
Bargaining, brokering for advantage is a process, which makes their day. They find delight by using prison authorities, be they prison guards, their supervisors or superiors, as pawns they can easily move into position to get favor. They knew all along that it could be done at the right price or persuasion.
Everything for them can be bought or exchanged. They failed to get it however in some judicial respects but they knew they can achieve it in the course of their incarceration. And so, the fourth pillar of the criminal justice system, corrections, would bore the brunt of pressure and temptation.
The celebrity prisoners represent one sector in the prison community that defies convention. They are there to control. They are there to influence. They are there to fulfill a destiny which no other categories or organized system can dissuade. They make prison a challenge and for the greater number of officers, a career-ending confrontation.