Hmmm, so people in prison got it made, such as Pete Rose, with giant big screen tv. Inmates get to watch HBO. Rarely will prison life will be hellish, unless it's in a maximum security prison, in which possiblility of getting rape is HIGH.
Most inmates serve their time in minimu, to medium level security detention. Oh, yeah, and they have free access to legal libraries, in which get get to sue the state over every little issue, such as not providing salt for my food.