Doherty said he was glad to be out and showed off a medical certificate indicating that he was clean of drugs.
The singer/guitarist had served 29 days of a 14-week jail sentence for breaching probation. He said that he found the medical facilities difficult as he started his sentence.
“Well, I knew it was going to be a bit rough to start with,” he said, “with the overcrowding and the medical facilities. Although they do their best – they are good, they can’t really cater for the average junkie.”
When asked what the worst part of being in the prison was he joked, “Gangsters and Radio 4, basically.”
Doherty showed reporters a prison diary he had kept, complete with letters from fans, drawings and written diary entries. He borrowed a reporters’ phone then got a lift with NME.COM to meet his managers before heading home.
Pete Doherty told NME.COM that it was unlikely he would be playing a freedom gig tonight. However, he said he was looking forward to hooking up with his Babyshambles bandmates and getting to work on the next Babyshambles album, as well as playing gigs soon.
He said he was “buzzing” after his release.
“I feel great – I’ve walked out and I don’t feel like I want to score,” he added. “I feel like I want to go for a nice walk in the park instead.”