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** Bob is released from prison, but rather than being just tossed into the outside world, he's sent to a "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halfway_house halfway house]]," to help him transition back into normal society.


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** Once he's released from there, he finds it's difficult to function, partly because of obstacles to getting hired and getting an apartment, and partly because he doesn't have every waking minute of his day structured for him.

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** Bob was spoiled inside of a GildedCage, and life on the outside just pales in comparison.


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Parodied: ** Alice's husband Charles ''isn't'' so understanding, and regards Bob as TheThingThatWouldNotLeave. He has a point; Bob is unable to adjust, and it really is taking a toll on all concerned.
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*'''Averted''': Bob doesn't go to prison.
** Bob is in prison, but isn't released InUniverse.
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*'''Invoked''': Bob is released from prison. He's been in for a long time, and the experience has changed him. Additionally, he faces numerous obstacles to getting his life back together.
*'''Exploited''': The prison makes it so hard to adjust that those released end up coming back because they have little choice...and thus it gets more money. The library is full of ExtrudedBookProduct with no real literary or educational value, if there's anything in it at all, or else it has copies of Encyclopedia Brittanica...that are 30 years old and thus horrendously outdated. There are no classes or GED programs available to inmates, and no career counseling or resume-writing classes.
*'''Defied''': The prison makes available to inmates educational, career-building, counseling, and spiritual opportunities, and Bob makes the most of each one. He gets a degree while in prison, and is able to start a business or get hired somewhere, and he's able to adjust to the norms of the outside world.
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*'''Basic Trope''': A character who was released from {{Prison}} has a hard time adjusting to life on the outside.
*'''Straight''': After doing 5 years for [[JaywalkingWillRuinYourLife jaywalking]], Bob is released. He finds adjusting to life on the outside difficult. He finds that he no longer likes the taste of fresh or frozen vegetables (having gotten used to canned vegetables that are overcooked and mushy), doesn't like the idea of going down the hall to go to the toilet (using a bucket in his bedroom instead), and even though he's living with family, can't help but look over his shoulder, expecting a violent altercation. Additionally, he finds that he can't get a job, because no one wants to hire an ex-con, and is likewise having trouble finding steady housing.
*'''Exaggerated''': Bob tries everything he can to GetIntoJailFree.
** Bob was released over a ''decade'' ago, and ''still'' has trouble readjusting.
*'''Downplayed''': Bob was incarcerated back in 1991, and released in 2011, during which time a lot has changed technologically; Bob now has to learn how to use new technology like smartphones and the DVR.
*'''Justified''': Prison life is very different than life "on the outside," and readjusting is going to take some time.
** Bob spent a lot of time in solitary confinement, and his brain has never been (and likely never will be) the same again.
** Bob is having a hard time finding a job (because no one is willing to hire an ex-con), and even though he has a roof over his head ''now'' because he's crashing with his sister Alice, that might not ''always'' be the case. But he's finding that housing is also hard to come by, because no one wants to rent or offer a home loan to an ex-con.
*'''Inverted''': Bob struggles to adjust to the norms of prison life. He doesn't understand the unspoken rules of social interaction, is unable to join any prison gang because he's either the wrong color or just doesn't fit in, can't stomach the food (which, to be fair, ''is'' pretty awful), and the plank with a pathetic, thin mattress on it that passes for his bed is hurting his back but he pretty much has to just suck it up and deal with it.
*'''Subverted''': While in prison, Bob makes good use of his time. He takes classes, and learns a skill that will theoretically serve him well on the outside.
** In prison, Bob did electrical work, so he starts his own business as an electrician.
** Bob's sister Alice is understanding about the whole situation, and lets Bob stay in her spare bedroom as long as he needs to, rent-free.
*'''Double Subverted''': But he still faces obstacles when it comes to getting hired.
** Bob is ''unable'' to start his business, because he's not a ''certified, licensed'' electrician, and can't get into a program to ''get'' those credentials.
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