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Prison Life. Realities of Prison Life: The male inmate’s world v. The Staff World. Prison Subculture. Values and behavioral patterns characteristic of inmates. Amazingly consistent across the country. The Prisoners Code.

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prison life

Prison Life

Realities of Prison Life: The male inmate’s world v. The Staff World

prison subculture
Prison Subculture
  • Values and behavioral patterns characteristic of inmates.
    • Amazingly consistent across the country.
the prisoners code
The Prisoners Code
  • Don’t interfere with the interests of other inmates. Never rat on a con.
  • Don’t lose your head. Play it cool and do your time.
the prisoner s code
The Prisoner’s Code
  • Don’t exploit inmates. Don’t steal. Don’t break your word.
  • Don’t whine. Be a man.
  • Don’t be a sucker. Don’t trust the guards or staff.
the language of confinement
The Language of Confinement
  • Rat: An inmate who squeals.
  • Gorilla: The inmate that uses force to take what he wants from others.
  • Merchant: One who sells when he should give.
  • Fish: The newly arrived inmate.
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The Language of Confinement
  • Wolf: The male inmate who assumes the aggressive male role during gay relations.
  • Punk: The male inmate who is forced into a submissive role in sexual relations.
  • Lemon Squeezer: The inmate who has an unattractive “girlfriend”
  • Screw: Guard
language of confinement
Language of Confinement
  • Stud Broad (Daddy): The female inmate who assumes the role of a male in lesbian relations.
  • Femme (Mommy): The female inmate who plays the female role in lesbian relations.
  • Cherry: The female inmate who has not been introduced to gay activities.
homosexuality in prison
Homosexuality in Prison
  • Most sexual aggressors don’t consider themselves gay.
  • Sexual release is not the primary motive.
  • Participate in order to avoid being victims.
  • Many have been raped themselves.
prison lifestyles and inmate types
Prison Lifestyles and Inmate Types
  • The Mean Dude:
    • Quick to fight and fight wild. Give and take no quarter.
    • Other inmates leave alone.
    • Frequent write-ups and solitary.
prisoner type the hedonist
Prisoner Type: The Hedonist
  • Build their lives around limited pleasures which are smuggled into prison or gained through sex.
  • Live for the now.
the opportunist
The Opportunist
  • Takes advantage of the positive experiences prison offers.
    • Schooling, trades, counseling, etc.
    • Liked by staff, mistrusted by prisoners.
the retreatist
The Retreatist
  • Retreat from reality. Go neurotic or psychotic.
  • Heavily into drugs, alcohol, suicide attempts.
  • Depression and mental illness put them into protective custody.
the legalist
The Legalist
  • Jail house lawyer.
  • Fights confinement, but with legal writs, not fists.
the radical
The Radical
  • See themselves as political prisoners.
  • Society is the oppressor that forced them into criminality.
the colonist
The Colonist
  • Some inmates think of prison as “home.”
  • Hold positions of respect in prison.
  • Tend to try to return to prison if released.
the religious
The Religious
  • Some prisoners profess a strong religious faith.
    • Born again Christians
    • Muslims
    • Wiccans
    • Ask prisons to allocate space and diets for their spiritual needs.
the realist
The Realist
  • Confinement happens when you do crime.
  • Prison is a “cost of doing business.”
  • Avoid trouble (ghost) and continue with crime once released.
types of correctional officers
Types of Correctional Officers
  • The dictator: Go by the book using prison rules to enforce their own brand of discipline. Bullies.
  • The Friend: Offer to fraternize with inmates. “One of the guys” mentality.
  • The Merchant: Participates in inmate economy.
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Types of Correctional Officers
  • The Indifferent: Close to retirement. Low pay, the view that prisoners are “worthless”.
  • The Climber: Young officer with eye on promotion.Tend to turn blind eye toward inmates and problems – more concerned with improving institutional procedures and their careers.
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Types of Correctional Officers
  • The Reformer: “Do gooder” among officers. Prison should offer opportunities for change. Offer “arm-chair” counseling. Viewed as naïve but harmless. Most likely to be accepted by prisoners.
  • An insensitive administration and neglected prisoner demands.
  • Lifestyles like on street.
  • Dehumanizing conditions.
  • Establishing “balance”