Cruelty of the Guards.
As soon as a prisoner served half his term, he had a chance to ask for a conditional release. Often the prison guards used that to raise a prisoner's hope of release, only to have the request denied and have the prisoner fall into despair and eventually have a mental breakdown. Fr. Trcka found himself in the same predicament. Augustin Krajcik, a fellow prisoner, remembers this occasion:
A certain other prisoner in Mirov, Dominik Trcka, had an even tougher time of it. He was also a catholic priest and a member of an order. Old and sick, he was unable to work. He also respected and followed closely all the laws of the prison regime. When he served half his sentence, he put in a request for conditional release. The guards confirmed that he would surely be released. And he believed them. It seemed only human and logical. Why would they keep an old man in jail? He is not able to work, can't even earn his own keep. He is only a burden to the administration of the prison. The best thing to do is to release him. Especially if we take into consideration that for his problematic criminal activity, he had already served full six years. During those six years, the elderly prisoner acquired rather decent prison belongings: proper clothes, good blankets, nice bowls for his meals, good shoes, and more. Friends asked him to exchange these things with them. He did it gladly. He was convinced that he would never again have to use them. And what happened? They did not release him. This was such a disappointment to him that you could not speak to him for about two weeks. He stayed away from company of others, he shut everyone out, he did not trust anyone.