I'm in the process of watching X-Files, and I chuckle at the thought that quite a few members of the conspiracy theorist crowd (whether OPCA or not) may hold the perspective that the X-Files are a documentary rather than fictional tv series intended for entertainment.
In that same vein, I imagine some part of the conspiracy theories - that may be held by some OPCA members - include the thought that the Government can lock them away for no reason and throw away the key. If a particular OPCA member actually believes that is a reality - then I can actually understand how they'd view it as a win to be released from jail.
They didn't lock me away forever and throw away the key like they can so I must have won!!!
That perspective would also likely explain why they view being convicted of any crime clearly on the criminal books as being tied in to being a "political prisoner" rather than just a criminal who got caught, convicted and sentenced.
As a side note: if one truly believes in that alternate reality where the authorities really can lock one away for no reason whatsoever and throw away the key, that's a pretty harsh reality to be living in. I don't believe any of the first-world democratic countries fit that reality - and I certainly haven't seen any evidence to prove so. However, there may still be some countries on earth that are subject to that kind of reality and I feel compassion for anyone actually living under that form of government.