He came to know its featureless four walls in mind-numbing detail, but an Australian ex-prisoner has decided to buy the jail cell in which he was once incarcerated.
Former barrister Graeme Alford spent more than eight years in Melbourne's Pentridge prison after being convicted of embezzlement and later robbery with a sawn-off shotgun in the 1970s.
After leaving prison in 1980, he turned his life around, gave up alcohol, wrote a best-selling book, Never Give Up, and launched a successful career as a motivational speaker.
The heritage-listed prison, once notorious for its hard-core criminals and the site of Australia's last hanging in 1967, was closed in 1997 and is being converted into a residential and commercial complex.
Mr Alford's cell is in a part of the former jail which will be turned into a wine depository that will eventually house £22 million worth of rare vintages.
"When the offer came up, I thought that not too many people have bought their own jail cell back," said Mr Alford, who took the keys to cell 43 at a ceremony.
"I spoke to my wife about it, and we thought why not?"
He declined to say how much he had paid for the cell, which will soon be packed with expensive wines.
"The irony is that I don't drink now," he said. "This is purely an investment."
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