Prison. Why does one get sent to prison? To be corrected.
Who gets sent to prison? Surely not sixteen year olds.
Carter Reynolds' childhood ended the second the gavel hit the sound block. Or maybe it ended when the police found him standing over a dead body, drenched in blood. It might even have been before that. When he connected his fist with a face that left a broken jaw in its wake. Either way, it was over. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison. He accepted his fate, only promising himself to never care for anyone so intensely again.
Almost three years into his sentence, Arya Crawford walks through the wrought iron prison gates. A self proclaimed miniature philanthropist with a heart of gold, a law abiding student with an urge to always have fun, an eighteen year old with a silent cause. She had taken up an internship at the New York State Penitentiary.
Why was she interning at a prison? To connect with the inmates.
She talked to the inmates. Understood them. Connected with them. But with one particular inmate, the connection went a little deeper than what she had originally planned.
In time, Carter and Arya both realize something.
She had broken the first rule instructed by the warden. She had fallen for an inmate. Which meant she couldn't stay.
He had broken the promise he made to himself. He had started to care for her. Which meant he couldn't let her leave.
But it's a little difficult to make that happen when you're stuck in a closet sized cell. And waiting twenty-two years is out of the question.
Wonder what's stronger, correction or the connection.