France: "It's a topsy-turvy world"

He lived in a prison and then a halfway house. His observation was the same: prison alienates and degrades.

In January 2023, Raphaël M. was placed in a halfway house in Alsace. Five years earlier, he had been in the Strasbourg prison. He shares what he went through and his current experience. A two-part story.

Nothing is provided, not even the basics: toilet seats and brushes had to be bought from the canteen.

I make my bed, watch TV, and then... time stands still. Five minutes feels like an hour to me.