Institutional Man

freedom       2001-03-29 
There was once an elderly black prison inmate they called "Tunnel Joe." His nickname tells us all we need to know about his favorite pastime. When he "went down" as they say in the penal system, there were still gas lights on the streets of Baltimore. After literally dozens of failed attempts, old Joe finally dug his way out of the penitentiary in the early 1970s. He turned himself in the same day. The world had changed too much, Joe didn't even recognize it. He missed the order and discipline of his prison routine. His newfound freedom terrified him. He had become institutionalized.