burden of their own creation

beppo

Senior Member
Italian
"Most people in prison deserve to be there. Old-time recidivists who are down on a beef will usually admit they're guilty of other crimes, perhaps much worse ones than the crimes they're down for. There are exceptions, but not many. So their burden is of their own creation. But it is never an easy one, no matter how modern the facility or how vituperative the rhetoric about country club jails." From "Cadillac Jukebox" by James L. Burke. I can't make sense of the phrase "burden of their own creation".
Thanks for the usual help.
 
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