What I remember from prison 35 years ago was, it was lonely.
There were fights, dramas, scandals, but that was nothing to the continual loneliness.
According to the New Zealand Herald, there will be no trimmings, treats or trifle for the 10,000-odd prisoners behind bars this Christmas.
The Department of Corrections has today released details of the Christmas Day menu for the inmates at its 18 prisons across the country.
Inmates will man the kitchens on the day, preparing 10,000 meals of roast chicken, gravy, roast potatoes, carrots, green peas, two slices of bread and apple pie with custard.
All prison meals are designed and prepared in line with nutrition guidelines recommended by the Ministry of Health.
The main Christmas meal will be provided at lunchtime, with sandwiches given in the evening, Corrections said today.
As with any other day, vegetarian and other special dietary requirements will also be catered for.