Run. Run as fast as you can. Get out! I don't trust the legal system at all. Too many stories of people getting out 30 years later and the judges being like "whoops" like that makes up for all that time. Sure you can sue and get a couple million, but you still lived through torture, money won't fix that.
hmmmmm, over crowded prison system..... hmmmm
You know, I was reading about Kid's in the Hall's Dave Foley how he's wanted by Canada for half a million bucks in child support payments. So he's desperate to get any money after he couldn't land work from Bug's Life and News Radio not doing so well. So he's a famous running away from the law and trying to pay back through doing mediocre stand up work. He's no Roman Pollanski but makes me reconsider running the law.
If you have a week to go to jail for a 20 year sentence you would for sure be on a no fly list. So as far as escaping goes it's either border crossing or getting on a boat and if you can't bring your old life with you, you would be an illegal in whatever country you went to, so you'd have to find one where you can find good under the table work to keep yourself going.
Or find a really poor country where that 25,000 means you are king, given you could have pulled all of it out of the bank in cash which you would have needed to have done before you got sentenced.
Man, fleeing seems like hard work, screw that.
Okay, here is what I would do instead, I'd rent a backhoe and go into the middle of nowhere and dig a small but big enough hole in the ground, get some wood planks to line it out with/support it with, buy ass loads of food and water, stock that shit, basically a make shift Tornado/Fallout shelter, look into generators and how they work, if I can figure that out, get that going, if I can't, just buy a shit load of batteries and flash lights and portable dvd players and gaming systems, and just see how long I can hold out, maybe sneak out once and a while if I need to re-supply/am turning into a pale sewer mutant of some kind.
Last resort, I would look into getting a sex change operation, because I've seen OZ and I've seen Orange Is The New Black so I'm pretty much an expert on prison now and a female prison seems waaaaaaay less crazy then a male prison. Even at the expense of my lower horn.
I ran away to Malaysia for a month and lived in a tropical paradise for about £6 per night. If you get a job working behind a bar there then that drops to zero, and you get free drinks - that's 99% of your problems solved right there. I know plenty of people who scrambled off to South East Asia and just indefinitely bounce from one country to the next while they wait for their Visa's to expire. My buddy Bo has been out there 6 years on tourist Visas and has no intention of coming home. Once you've paid for the flight you're pretty much sorted. It would be a fucker not being able to go home, but I'd get over it.
@mb: It's funny you made this topic because i just saw 25th Hour for the first time about 2 hours ago.
And he going to be away for 7 years in prison not 20 which would be a much more hard to answer question because 20 years is pretty much the end of your life.
Funny that just yesterday I watched a season 10 episode of Family Guy where the four guys get imprisoned somewhere in the South and then escape movie-style, which made me watch The Shawshank Redemption start to finish in one go. What an amazing fucking movie.
Anyway I have no answer to the poll because both options scare me, I just know I'm never going to prison. I will watch the Ed Norton movie though, thanks bro!
I don't have any loved ones or pets, all my friends are online (and I've never met them in real life and they don't know any of my real contact information), and my user name can only be traced back to other people who use it and not my real identity. So running really has no downsides for me in this scenario, and I probably wouldn't even have to change my user name for online interaction and even if I decided to do that for extra security I already know what I'd change it to.
Well, I have always had daydreams of escaping regular life and go into some sort of world walking adenture with no ties to my past life. And while Swedish prisions in comparisons to US one seem a bit more comfortable, the idea of being locked away for 20 years when I know I am innocent would probably drive me insane. On the other hand, that choice is super selfish to everyone that loves you. Sure, being locked up is a huge bummer and you shouln't be, but at least your loved ones can still see you. So it's sort of a pick between family and yourself. Thinking about it that way makes it harder.
I think if my family was on board with the idea of me escaping, and I could get their blessing to do so however bad of an idea they might think it is, I would do that. Otherwise I would probably accept prision for their peace of mind.
Move country. It's hard but you can start fresh, it's possible. Later you can move your family over, a year separation is no biggie, it can actually be good for a relationship. It's not that outlandish a scenario either, quite common actually. Speaking as someone with first hand experience in a similar situation, although not with those exact circumstances :P
I'll be going to the UK if that's the case. Fuck spending my life behind bars over something I didn't do. I seen so many sad stories of people's life ruined over a crime they didn't commit, but the justice system had to blame somebody like always.
C: Knife Fight a Bear.
That can go horribly wrong...
Worse case is hand to claw combat
Kuma's putting in work.
The plot to the television show Rectify (sarcasm).
If things weren't looking good, I would definitely flee the country. I'm a fucking human, and I wouldn't let myself be convicted of a crime I didn't commit. Its fucking inhumane.
Not sure where I would go though. Definitely not Mexico. Maybe Canada, but I'm not sure what policy is regarding Canadian-American extradition. Probably wouldn't want to go to Europe.. That's where shit always hits the fan during war time. Would love to go to Sweden, but it's fucking expensive as shit there.
This will all be covered in my new HGTV show 'Paradise Escape'. Where I hunt for houses while the American government hunts for me.