In episode five "Safe" of Firefly there's a flashback of Simon's father bailing him out of prison after his first, failed attempt to rescue River. In this scene his father says
"I just spent 2000 credits to get you out of here, and I had to walk through that door which goes on my permanent profile."
Why does voluntarily entering a prison go on one's permanent profile? If the idea is that associating with criminals affects some sort of social credit score (a la China), why does it apply to people who have yet to be convicted? Furthermore, Simon's mother or anyone else who interacts with him once he's outside of prison doesn't get penalized, and for that matter Simon's father, or anyone else, could associate with an actual convicted criminal once they've served their sentence without penalty. You might say he was being punished for bailing someone out of prison, but he didn't say "I just spent 2000 credits to get you out of here, not to mention that goes on my permanent profile." but rather ""I just spent 2000 credits to get you out of here, and I had to walk through that door, which goes on my permanent profile." implying you would walk through that door for reasons other than bailing someone out. So what gives?