It might sound cool on the streets to say you did time, but these photographs show us life behind bars isn’t a picnic, so be smart.

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Prisoners gather at the Mule Creek State Prison in California. Stringer USA/Reuters

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Inmate Jay Young trains Juanita to be a service dog at the John J Moran medium security prison in Cranston. Brian Snyder/Reuters

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Inmate Edward Parent and Chuck, a Labrador he is training to be a service dog as part of NEADS' Prison Pup program, play in a cell block at the John J Moran medium security prison. Brian Snyder/Reuters

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A view of the typical jail cell at the Century Regional Detention Facility is captured from a video footage taken in Lynwood, California. Staff Photographer/Reuters

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An inmate patient is shown in his cell at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville. Robert Galbraith/Reuters

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Inmate patients gather in a hallway at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville. Robert Galbraith/Reuters

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Inmate patients are shown in their cells at the CMF in Vacaville. Robert Galbraith/Reuters

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Dr. Bick sits with inmate patients at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville. Robert Galbraith/Reuters

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The execution chamber at the Utah State Prison is seen after Ronnie Lee Gardner was executed by a firing squad in Draper. POOL New/Reuters

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A member of the sheriff's department looks into one of the cells at the old and abandoned Jefferson County jailhouse in Golden. Rick Wilking/Reuters

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A news photographer looks into one of the cells at the old and abandoned Jefferson County jailhouse in Golden, Colorado July 13, 2010. The 1958 jail has been empty since 1984 and is to be demolished soon. Rick Wilking/Reuters

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An inmate serving a jail sentence reads a book at Maricopa County's Tent City jail in Phoenix. Joshua Lott/Reuters

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Inmates serving a jail sentence relax at Maricopa County's Tent City jail in Phoenix. Joshua Lott/Reuters

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Inmates serving a jail sentence make a phone call at Maricopa County's Tent City jail in Phoenix. Joshua Lott/Reuters

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Inmates serving a jail sentence store their personal belongings in lockers at Maricopa County's Tent City jail in Phoenix. Joshua Lott/Reuters

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Inmates serving a jail sentence eat one of two meals that are served to them a day at Maricopa County's Tent City jail in Phoenix. Joshua Lott/Reuters

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Mattresses for inmates serving a jail sentence at Maricopa County's Tent City jail are placed along a wall in Phoenix. Joshua Lott/Reuters

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Inmates sit in a classroom at the Orange County jail in Santa Ana. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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An inmate is checked into the Orange County jail in Santa Ana. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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Inmates sort laundry at the Orange County jail in Santa Ana. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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Inmates watch television at the Orange County jail in Santa Ana. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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An inmate stands in his cell at the Orange County jail in Santa Ana. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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Inmate Bobby Cortez, 29, sits in a cage at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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An inmate reads a book in a gymnasium where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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Inmates walk around a gymnasium where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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Inmates exercise at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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An inmate waits for a visitor at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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A probationer wears an ankle tracking device in Santa Ana. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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Women chain gang in Maricopa. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

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Prisoners place their hands on a wall as they are brought to jail by Orange County sheriff's deputies in Fullerton. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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A pair of pink handcuffs are displayed beside pink boxers at the Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Youth Assistance Foundation in Tempe. Joshua Lott/Reuters

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Prison cell pictured at Alcatraz Island during 75th anniversary of opening as U.S. Penitentiary in San Francisco. Robert Galbraith/Reuters

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An Orange County sheriff's deputy handcuffs prisoners. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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An Orange County sheriff's deputy stands in the doorway after loading prisoners in to jail in Fullerton, California. Los Angeles, the second-most populous U.S. city, posted its lowest crime rate in about 50 years, with violent crimes including homicide dropping nearly 11 percent from 2008 levels and property crimes down eight percent for the same period. Homicides alone in Los Angeles dropped by 18 percent. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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Cori Walters hugs her daughter Hannah Walters at California Institute for Women state prison in Chino. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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An inmate talks on the phone at San Quentin state prison in San Quentin. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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Administrative segregation prisoners take part in a group therapy session at San Quentin state prison. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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Martell Collins, 51, does push-ups in the exercise yard at San Quentin state prison. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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Marvin Caldwell looks out of his cell at San Quentin state prison. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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An inmate reads in his cell at Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles, California. JASON REDMOND/Reuters

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An inmate plays with a makeshift chess set in his cell at Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles. JASON REDMOND/Reuters

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Inmates serving time at Maricopa County's Tent City jail pose for a picture in Phoenix. Joshua Lott/Reuters

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An inmate serving time at Maricopa County's Tent City jail lies on her bed in Phoenix. Joshua Lott/Reuters

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Inmates are charged by a bull during 'Convict Poker' at the Angola Rodeo, a prison rodeo at Louisiana State Prison in Angola. Jana Asenbrennerova/Reuters

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Inmate Allah flips his tassel before receiving his High School GED at a graduation ceremony for inmates at the George Motchan Detention Center at New York City's Rikers Island correctional facility. Mike Segar/Reuters

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Death Row guard Sgt. James Ludwig stands outside a cell November 21,2001 in A Pod, F section of Texas' death row located 75 miles
northeast of Houston in Livingston, Texas. Texas' death row, housed in the Polunsky Unit, is the largest in the United States with 435 condemned prisoners occupying the new facility since December 2000.
REUTERS/Richard Carson

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An inmate stands in his cell at Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles. JASON REDMOND/Reuters

Oct 04, 2012