The Top Three Rules of Prison Inmate Etiquette

By Jonathan L Richards –

Your first few weeks and indeed your entire stay in prison will be made entirely more tolerable if you adhere to top three rules of inmate etiquette. Obeying these rules will help to positively shape your reputation, which will follow you throughout your sentence.

1. Don’t Rat

If you and another inmate have a problem, you settle it amongst yourselves. You do not go to the CO. You do not go to the Counselor or Unit Manager. If you see something going on that shouldn’t be, keep it to yourself. It’s none of your business. You are an inmate, not a cop.

The only exception to this rule that I can think of is if you genuinely feel that your life is in danger. In this case, the CO will have you moved to the hole. An investigation will follow. If you are lucky you will be moved to another institution. If you are not, the other inmate will be moved or it will be decided that there does not exist a sufficient threat. In both scenarios you will be placed back in general population where you will forever be labeled a rat.

Halfway through my stay, two men got into a fight and were both sent to the hole. Six weeks later, one of the men was returned to the unit. The other man did not return. The rumor quickly spread that the man who had returned had gone to the unit counselor saying that he feared for his life. This resulted in the other man, who was very well liked in the unit, being shipped to another institution. From then on, the man who had returned to the unit was labeled a rat and was completely ostracized. Most people stopped talking to him. Nearly every day, he found notes on his cube that read “RAT”, he was verbally abused and he was relegated to the far corner of the TV room. He was very lucky to avoid any physical violence.

Now, if his life was really in immediate danger, perhaps going to the counselor was the only action he could have taken-his resulting situation just an unfortunate reality of prison life. It is far more likely that he panicked and made a rash decision. And regardless, the entire situation could have been avoided altogether if he had not gotten into the fight in the first place.

2. Mind Your Own Business

You’ll often hear inmates refer to the term, “Do your own time”. This is the equivalent to “Mind your own business” and is absolutely paramount to avoiding trouble. In many ways, prison is like high school. A large group of people spend a lot of time together every day for years. Inevitably this leads to rumors, speculation and gossip.

Do not get involved. Aside from the fact that most of the information that floats around is patently false or greatly exaggerated, if you choose to pass gossip along you run the very real risk of being confronted by the inmate in question or of finding yourself in the middle of a heated argument. Avoid the hassle and steer clear of gossip and rumors.   Further, due to the utter lack of privacy, you will constantly hear the conversations of other inmates. Do not make an active attempt to listen. Do not respond to what is being said. If you can’t help but to listen, make sure it is not obvious that you are doing so.

Along these same lines, be careful about asking too many questions about the personal or legal situation of other inmates as you will be suspected of being a rat. As my celly liked to say, “The more you know, the more you can tell”. The one question that is okay to ask is, “how much time you get?” You will be asked this constantly, especially when you first arrive. You’ll also notice that no one will ask you about your charges. It may seem like the most reasonable question in the world considering where you are, but it is a cardinal sin. You’ll find that over time as you get to know the other inmates, many will share their stories with you. This is fine. But you never ask.

Finally, when you are walking around the unit, absolutely do not look into the cubes or cells of other inmates. You will be suspected of being a thief or a pervert and likely quickly confronted.

3. Never get too Comfortable

Believe it or not (and it will likely be hard to believe your first few weeks), eventually you will get to know a number of other inmates, you will fall into a regular routine and you will get used to your new home. Prison life will begin to seem quite normal. This is good.  But never let yourself get too comfortable. By this I mean, never let your guard down. Always remember where you are. Don’t say too much. Don’t ask too much. Don’t call undue attention to yourself.

In many ways, prison mirrors mainstream society. Over time, certain rules, spoken and unspoken have developed. These rules serve to dictate acceptable inmate behavior and maintain order. Those who disregard the rules are ostracized or confronted by members of the community. The one major difference of course is that in prison there is nowhere to hide and nowhere to go and try to start again. For that reason, it is vital that you understand and adhere to the inmate rules and the prison culture from day one.

Jonathan Richards is a former federal prison inmate. His report on surviving federal prison including all Twelve Golden Rules of Prison Etiquette is available at http://www.federal-prison.org

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Surviving Prison Isn’t Impossible – Learn How!

By Greg Mascetani –

Being locked up in prison is no fairy tale and you know it. A lot can take place in the joint and the worst part is you cannot do anything about it. Prison is about the second worst place that you can imagine, falling behind hell itself. Luckily, surviving prison is attainable. How do you do this? Tips are going to be mentioned hereunder, and you might find them of great help to you.

One thing you should avoid is getting into any sort of gambling. Gambling may be one way to pass your time, but it is not wise unless you have nothing to give in return. Do not start credit with other people because if you cannot pay for it, then you are in big trouble.

Also, avoid homosexual company. Sexual assaults are a real threat inside prison.

Also, if an inmate suddenly punches you, fight back, whatever the odds are. If you wish to survive prison you need to be willing to defend yourself. This does not mean that you will become a war freak and start fights. Rather, just don’t give up and you will earn respect. If you allow yourself to be beaten up, the guys will find joy in beating you and it will be done on a regular basis.

Also, just mind your personal business. Do not butt in to other people’s affairs.

And if you ever see or hear something wrong, just keep it to yourself.

Of course, avoid the use of illegal drugs. The consequences of using drugs are bad and it will not do you any good creating such a habit in jail.

If you want to know more about surviving prison, there are books available such as Survive Jail Through this book, you will know just about everything related to prison.

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Jail Rape – Prevent it From Happening to You!

By Greg Mascetani -

If you are facing a jail or prison sentence, you probably are worrying about several things. What will prison be like? What will happen to me? Could I be sexually assaulted? The unfortunate truth is that jail rape does occur more often then you think.

The human rights watch says 140,000 inmates are raped each year in jail. According to the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003, almost 15 percent of inmates have been sexually assaulted while in prison. Since sexual assaults often go unreported, these figures may be even higher in reality.

Did you know that:

- If you are raped while in jail, you are 10 times more likely to contract a deadly disease.

- There are more men raped in prisons then there are women who are not in jail and have been similarly assaulted.

- Most prison staff are not trained to deal with sexual assault situations.

- Many of the inmates suffer repeated assaults, and often receive no mental or physical treatment at all after being assaulted, even if it is reported.

You can protect yourself

You are not helpless in this situation. There are things you can do to protect yourself not only against jail rape, but against other violent assaults. In this case, your best weapon is knowledge. You can make sure jail rape NEVER happens to you.

You are going to need advice regarding your jail sentence, because it will most likely be the most traumatic experience of your life. Here are some things you should know before going into prison:

- Knowing what a heartcheck is. You’d better know what a heartcheck is before stepping foot inside a prison.

- Which group of inmates make the best friends, as well as the best protection.

- Knowing the right way to talk to guards and staff while not angering anyone. (if you do it wrong, you might anger other inmates, and you are as good as dead!)

- Getting along with your cellmates

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How to Survive in Prison – What Should You Do?

By Greg Mascetani –

If you undergo a trial and you are found guilty, you will have to go to prison, regardless if you are innocent or not. When you go to prison, you have to spend some time with people who have committed crimes themselves inside one jail cell. Some of these inmates may go hard or easy on you, depending on the way you behave.

First of all, you should learn the ways on how to survive in prison. The first thing you should remember is that you should not show fear, despair or any other vulnerability in front of many people, specifically the prisoners. If they see that you are weak, they will make you a target. Also, engage in some activities like basketball, spades or chess so you have something to do while waiting for your time to be released. You may even get a prison job instead so you can pass the time. Start reading as well. The majority of jails have libraries so you may start educating yourself. Work out so you can release your stress and to build your strength so no other inmates can push you around.

One thing to keep in mind while learning how to survive in prison is that the prison holds several personalities. There are those considered as “punks”. These are the pushovers of the bullies. The punks are pushed around and are included in bets. It is best not to give in when someone is trying to turn you into a punk (slave). Also, avoid becoming a snitch. If you witness something wrong, just turn away and do not give information to the authorities. When you are questioned, just say that you have no idea. Lastly, be on your best behavior. If you keep being good, they might release you at an earlier date.

Caught and jailed? No problem. Just be sure that you can stand the heat inside the prison and start following these tips on how to survive in prison.

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I’m Going to Jail – Guide For First Time Inmates

By Greg Mascetani –

If you are thinking that, you have been convicted of a crime, and going to be heading to jail, your stomach is probably in knots, and you might be depressed. Many before you have experienced this feeling, and gone to jail without any experience. Some of them are assaulted, raped, and treated like a slave. There are things you need to know before stepping foot inside a jail.

“I’m going to Jail!” – or are you? There are things you can do even if a jury finds you guilty to avoid jail altogether.

Dont give your money to the first attorney you meet!

Never show any weakness such as crying

Prisoners recognize these weaknesses and might decide to make you their “punk”. This is like their girlfriend, and you could become their slave.

Never get involved in gambling (this is a sure way to end up maimed or dead)

Even if you win, you will anger the losing player. If you lose, they will do anything to get you to pay your debt back. Even if it costs you your life.

Keep your mouth shut and don’t discuss your crime

Especially if you committed a sexual crime, never discuss any details. The prisoners might enjoy attempting to make your jail sentence longer by getting you into trouble.

Certain people are more prone to getting assaulted or raped, such as younger men, but anyone of any race or age can be a target. If you follow these rules, you will be able to survive your jail sentence. Just think, “Im going to jail, but with a little guidance, I will make it.” [http://www.onlinefelonjobs.com/survivejail]Click Here to learn more about a comprehensive jail survival guide that will help you immensely, especially if it’s your first time.

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How to Go to Jail

By Solla Striker

PROCESSING: This is by far the very worst part about the jail experience. It is meant to be humiliating, crowded, not knowing what will happen because of what you did, lots of people in tears, maybe drunk or high, maybe just plain mean. Best thing to do is keep to yourself. Be considerate but don’t look for someone to trust to pour your heart out to or tell your story to. Be nice, be brief and keep to yourself. Then you learn – or don’t learn – depending on how difficult you want to make it on yourself – how to WAIT. You wait for just about everything. Answers mostly. It’s incredible how everyone all of a sudden doesn’t know much of anything. You wait to be moved from the first holding cell to the next one where there may be 20 or 30 others, 1 toilet for all of you. It might be clogged with whatever, have vomit all over it, or it may just work.

Forget about privacy- the toilet has a small wall but can be seen by everyone. Find a spot on the bench in the corner if you can. Chances are you’ll be in this room, shoulder to shoulder, maybe on the floor, people everywhere for 2-4 hours or more. You will wait – for your clothes, to use the pay phone, for the doctor, for your food, then your shower sometimes warm usually cold. Then you’re ordered to bend over, grab your cheeks and cough. You got your ‘roll-up’ consisting of a cotton pullover shirt, pullover pants, socks, bra, underwear, rubber open-toe sandal like shoes (maybe they’ll fit) or canvas slip-ons. You got this ‘roll-up’ before the shower so now after you’ve been ‘inspected’ and coughed, you get dressed – one piece at a time. The deputies give explicit instructions. If you have medicines or medical conditions, you’ll wait in another holding cell for perhaps 8 or 10 hours more, again, shoulder to shoulder, on the bench, against the wall, on the floor, you try to sleep if you can. When being moved from holding cell to holding cell, you must keep you hands in your pockets, walk on the colored line and do exactly as told to do by the deputy.

Be nice, smile, listen but keep to your self. When everyone in your group has seen the doctor, you are put into smaller groups and guided to your “pod” where, if you’re lucky you’ll have a cell and you can sleep. Congratulations. You made it through PROCESSING, and it only took from 6 to 20 hours (it took 22 hours I remember once when women were housed at Twin Towers in Los Angeles), to get through it. Remember: the Deputies care nothing about efficiency or about being polite. Mostly they’re mean, cordial but mean. And they’ll make you feel stupid and worthless when ever they get a chance. After all, you are only a “fish”.

DAILY ROUTINE: After waiting for however long it takes for every one to see the doctor or when they find out where they’re going to house you, you’ll be assigned a permanent place. You’ll get a thin mat and a blanket. The mat is to placed on a steel bunk attached to the wall in your cell. There are 6 or 7 2 person cells on the bottom floor with an equal number of cells on the top floor connected by steel stairs on both sides. There are 5 or 6 steel tables and connecting steel seats where everyone has their collective meals. This is a “pod” and there are 6 to 8 pods to that side of the floor. The deputy has a control booth between the isles having 6 or 8 pods on one side, same on the other. This booth is where everything is controlled – doors are electronically opened and shut, announcements are made, etc. You will share your cell in the pod with one other behind an electronically controlled door in a room that measures about 6′ x 10′. You will have a steel sink and a toilet It’s mostly cold every where but there isn’t a lot you can do about it. If the jail is crowded, you won’t get a cell but will be out in the public area – where the eating tables are on a bunk tiered for 3 people and there could be as many as 50 out there with you in addition to each cell having 2 people in it.

At some point before entering the pod, you are handed a packet containing a black hair comb, a toothbrush, small bar of soap, a razor, a small bottle of shampoo, and a small pencil. You’ll get your money that you had on you or get some sent so you can put money on your ‘books’ where you can buy tons of junk food, candy, maybe an eraser or pencil, tampons or other “luxuries” they will have in the highly over-priced list of commodities known as the jail Commissary. You’ll not mind so much that everything is about 4x more expensive than on the outside. Just so you can buy something to make yourself feel a little better. Phone calls to your loved ones (this is when you find out about love…parents are usually the ones to bear the brunt of jail expenses between accepting collect phone calls and providing $10 or $20 to their daughter so she’ll have money on her books). These ‘collect’ calls are much higher than those made from the outside and can only be made to a home-based phone, no calls can be made to a cell phone. Calls can be made when the phones are ‘turned on’ and only at certain times. So many that believe their situation is more important than yours and will talk to their mom, dad, sister, brother, boyfriend, anyone to prove it. You wait in line for the phone and for each meal. Depending on where you are or how you are classified you may or may not have to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner but breakfast is at 6AM. If you go to court, you must be awake and ready to leave by 3AM. Mostly though, you wait and wait and wait ….for just about everything. Try to be patient. Know that if someone does something they should not do (like start a fight or some disturbance) all of you will pay, usually with a ‘Lock Down.’ Know that the deputies can come into your cell at any given moment, tear apart your room and belongings and lock you down if an extra bra or pair of socks are found. Best thing to do – and it’s much easier said than done – is to just keep cool about it all. Find someone with a good sense of humor and laugh it off. Laugh a lot if you can. Believe me, there is a whole lot of stuff to laugh about if you look at it from a certain angle.

Be honest. Exercise. Do not eat a lot as weight gain is almost a sure bet. Keep a positive outlook. Give up your need for privacy. Laugh a lot and when ever you can. Say nothing that you wouldn’t mind hearing about in a public courtroom. Improve your relationships with your family and trust ONLY your family to take care of your domestic affairs. Do not leave financial matters to a boyfriend, a girlfriend or a neighbor. Cry a lot if you have to but do it privately. Know you will get through this and most importantly LEARN what mistakes you made that got you there and what you need to change or do to not ever have to go back. There is so much more that could be said but these are the basics. Hope this short “Guidebook to Jail” helps someone to cope. Just know this too shall change, hopefully for the better.

Personal Experience over a 10 year bout

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What is Jail Really Like? Interviewing Ex-inmates Reveals a New Level of Insight

October 7, 2008 by Maricopa County Court  
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By Lewis Gunter

As a recent venture, I’ve had the opportunity to talk to people who have had experiences of being incarcerated. I personally have never had time behind bars and have no close acquaintances who’ve been through the experience, either. As such, my only exposure to the jail experience is from what I’ve seen from TV and movies. I never really knew what the actual experience was like.

My phone interviews were educational in several ways. For one, as background research, I found out that one out of 142 Americans (slightly outdated data – likely a higher percentage now) is currently in jail. It’s over 2 million people right now. I also learned things about some jail terminology and concepts I had not previously grasped. For example, in some counties, you will only serve one half of your sentenced time as a result of time off for good behavior. I learned about work release programs that give relatively privileged inmates a level of freedom even when they’re not fully free.

I also learned about the dark side of jail. Now, as I mentioned, I’ve seen movies and TV that have shown me a lot of dirty things going on in jail, but I have a hard time believing them because, hey, it’s the movies. It turns out that a lot of the stuff about the gangs requiring payment for protection, watching out who you talk to, shiv making and so forth really does happen, at least in the big jails. It was pretty scary to find out the amount of reality in the fiction I’d seen.

After my interaction with these ex-inmates, I was given a new level of respect for the freedoms I take for granted. In a lot of ways, hearing about how bad things are there opened my eyes to how good I have it. I don’t know if I’d necessarily recommend it as a pastime for people who want to see the positive in their lives, but I do think that if you know someone who’s been to jail, talking to them can provide a very enlightening look into just how good your life really is.

Lewis is a media manager for Jail Media, which currently has informational sites for the [http://theocjail.com]Orange County Jail, the [http://utah-county-jail.com]Utah County Jail, and [http://cookcojail.com]Cook County Jail.

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Prison Wife: Stand By Your Man

September 18, 2008 by Maricopa County Court  
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By Frances Russo

There are approximately 2 million men in the prison system in the United States. That means there are a lot of loved ones left behind to wait…wives, girlfriends, lovers, sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, and yes, even children. Only the strong can survive this ordeal.

The heartache and pain is almost unbearable for the prison wife who waits at home. Endless moments, which turn into minutes, hours, and days. Days that turn into weeks. Weeks that turn into months….And then, months even turn into years. The seasons change, as time rolls by. Autumn turns to winter, and winter to spring, and then summer. Holidays come and go, with the Prison Wife “on the outside looking in.” She is never really part of anything. She exists in her own world. A world she creates around her. She puts up walls around her, and often becomes a recluse. She lives her life “to keep the household together.”……She works, pays the bills, takes care of the children…she does all the normal things of life, but she lives in an abnormal world.

The Prison Wife does her “time” at home, along with her husband, as he does his “time” in a prison cell. The Prison Wife does “The Bid’ with her husband.

Many women say “I Do,” knowing fully well that their husband committed a crime, and must turn himself into prison. But can anything really prepare her for the heartache that lies ahead”……..The lonliness and endless days. No, nothing can prepare her, and it is shocking when the events all unfold around her. Sometimes she walks around as if in a dream…that this just all can’t be real.

Priosn Wives are “powerless,” and have no “freedom.” Her life revolves around collect calls from the prison…around “count,” around “Visits” that are so retrictive….She carries extra type of clothing in the car when she visits her husband, because if the prison guards “don’t like her clothes ” on that particular day, she may be refused entry to see her husband…So, she chanmges outfits, in the parking lot or back seat of the car…from sleeveless to sleeves, from too tight to loose, from wire under- bras to wireless bras…Whatever it takes!…Please Lord ! Please let the prison gurads accept what i’m wearing today! Please let me see my husband today!….It doesn’t matter that they refuse to let me use the ladies room…and when they do, it is usually a dirty, smelley, dark and dank outhouse, that is old and hasn’t been cleaned or painted in years. It doesn’t matter that I got up at 4am, to get here at 7 am, for early ungodly hours for visits. And these prisons seem to always be located in some far-off place, amongst the woods and farmlands. Most visitors trvel 2 or 3 or 4…maybe more, hours to get to their loved one.

I always heard the words “prison reform.” I always ignored it…it meant nothing to me, because after all, I had no one within the prison system. But now, I am part of it all…my husband is in prison. And so, not only am I for Prison Reform, but I am for “Rights for the prisoner’s wife and loved ones.”

I ask you, “Is anyone listening?”….Not unless they are there, in the same situation will they listen.” A nd of course it all starts with legislation. As for me, I am but one person….Everything in our world starts with “one.”…..”one person,” “one idea,”…….that spreads to others………So, I hope you are listening, and I hope you care…….I care about you!

My husband has been in the prison system for the last 22 months. I am a retired Registered Nurse, who writes about her daily life as a “prisoner’s wife,” in a journal on aol, called “REFLECTIONS OF A PRISON WIFE.”

(to get to my journal, you may also Google the words “Reflections of a Prison Wife,” OR “Prison Wife,” or “kintock.” You will find it on the first few pages, as it is quite popular) http://JOURNALS.AOL.COM/CRYSTALMOON222/REFLECTIONSOFAPRISONWIFE/

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The Top Three Rules of Prison Inmate Etiquette

September 8, 2008 by Maricopa County Court  
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By Jonathan L Richards

Your first few weeks and indeed your entire stay in prison will be made entirely more tolerable if you adhere to top three rules of inmate etiquette. Obeying these rules will help to positively shape your reputation, which will follow you throughout your sentence.

1. Don’t Rat

If you and another inmate have a problem, you settle it amongst yourselves. You do not go to the CO. You do not go to the Counselor or Unit Manager. If you see something going on that shouldn’t be, keep it to yourself. It’s none of your business. You are an inmate, not a cop.

The only exception to this rule that I can think of is if you genuinely feel that your life is in danger. In this case, the CO will have you moved to the hole. An investigation will follow. If you are lucky you will be moved to another institution. If you are not, the other inmate will be moved or it will be decided that there does not exist a sufficient threat. In both scenarios you will be placed back in general population where you will forever be labeled a rat.

Halfway through my stay, two men got into a fight and were both sent to the hole. Six weeks later, one of the men was returned to the unit. The other man did not return. The rumor quickly spread that the man who had returned had gone to the unit counselor saying that he feared for his life. This resulted in the other man, who was very well liked in the unit, being shipped to another institution. From then on, the man who had returned to the unit was labeled a rat and was completely ostracized. Most people stopped talking to him. Nearly every day, he found notes on his cube that read “RAT”, he was verbally abused and he was relegated to the far corner of the TV room. He was very lucky to avoid any physical violence.

Now, if his life was really in immediate danger, perhaps going to the counselor was the only action he could have taken-his resulting situation just an unfortunate reality of prison life. It is far more likely that he panicked and made a rash decision. And regardless, the entire situation could have been avoided altogether if he had not gotten into the fight in the first place.

2. Mind Your Own Business

You’ll often hear inmates refer to the term, “Do your own time”. This is the equivalent to “Mind your own business” and is absolutely paramount to avoiding trouble. In many ways, prison is like high school. A large group of people spend a lot of time together every day for years. Inevitably this leads to rumors, speculation and gossip.

Do not get involved. Aside from the fact that most of the information that floats around is patently false or greatly exaggerated, if you choose to pass gossip along you run the very real risk of being confronted by the inmate in question or of finding yourself in the middle of a heated argument. Avoid the hassle and steer clear of gossip and rumors.   Further, due to the utter lack of privacy, you will constantly hear the conversations of other inmates. Do not make an active attempt to listen. Do not respond to what is being said. If you can’t help but to listen, make sure it is not obvious that you are doing so.

Along these same lines, be careful about asking too many questions about the personal or legal situation of other inmates as you will be suspected of being a rat. As my celly liked to say, “The more you know, the more you can tell”. The one question that is okay to ask is, “how much time you get?” You will be asked this constantly, especially when you first arrive. You’ll also notice that no one will ask you about your charges. It may seem like the most reasonable question in the world considering where you are, but it is a cardinal sin. You’ll find that over time as you get to know the other inmates, many will share their stories with you. This is fine. But you never ask.

Finally, when you are walking around the unit, absolutely do not look into the cubes or cells of other inmates. You will be suspected of being a thief or a pervert and likely quickly confronted.

3. Never get too Comfortable

Believe it or not (and it will likely be hard to believe your first few weeks), eventually you will get to know a number of other inmates, you will fall into a regular routine and you will get used to your new home. Prison life will begin to seem quite normal. This is good.  But never let yourself get too comfortable. By this I mean, never let your guard down. Always remember where you are. Don’t say too much. Don’t ask too much. Don’t call undue attention to yourself.

In many ways, prison mirrors mainstream society. Over time, certain rules, spoken and unspoken have developed. These rules serve to dictate acceptable inmate behavior and maintain order. Those who disregard the rules are ostracized or confronted by members of the community. The one major difference of course is that in prison there is nowhere to hide and nowhere to go and try to start again. For that reason, it is vital that you understand and adhere to the inmate rules and the prison culture from day one.

Jonathan Richards is a former federal prison inmate. His report on surviving federal prison including all Twelve Golden Rules of Prison Etiquette is available at http://www.federal-prison.org

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If Arrested, How to Survive Safely in Jail Until You’re Released

September 5, 2008 by Maricopa County Court  
Filed under Jail Ettiquette

By Robert Davis

Greetings to all again;

I was asked by a loyal reader this question. He assured me he was not planning to commit a crime. He only thought if he was ever arrested by a rogue cop, or a couple of simple charges were placed against him and he had to go to jail,  he wanted to know what to do or not to do until he made bond. That’s a fair question.

First understand this, in a jail environment all  social issues and norms don’t apply. You are literally in what could be a dangerous environment.  So here are a few proven tips.

1)  Don’t walk in jail trying to make friends. Don’t introduce yourself, don’t extend your hands to shake another inmates’  hands.

2)  Don’t ask an inmate for anything. This means don’t ask for a cigarette, pencil or pen, food, nothing.
Believe me, you’ll  pay back more than you borrowed. This could be in the form of sexual favors, etc.

3)  Don’t stare at other inmates.

4)  Don’t be the first to say anything.

5) Find a space or corner of the jail that no one has claim, and sit there.

Things to do.

1)  Do walk in as if you’ve been there before. Inmates will sense a first timer and try to intimidate you. The inmates refer to this new inmate and his circumstances as ‘ being in his first rodeo’.

2)  If asked a question or if small talk is started by another inmate , by all means conversate, but only about that issue. This is also the perfect moment to say, ‘this is not my first rodeo’. Tell them you’ve been in jail five times or more!

3)  Get most of your sleep in the daylight hours, stay awake most of the night (most attempts of rapes occurs late at night ). The guards patrol more in the daylight.

4)  A follow up to the last sentence. It’s rare to be assaulted in a jail. Much more common in a state prison.
So don’t worry excessively about assaults of this nature.

5)  And finally, be the inmate that rarely speaks, that’s always daydreaming, that’s a little weird (talk to yourself if you must, OUT LOUD). Pace the floor.  Inmates are usually scared and afraid of someone who seems to have slight mental problems. They understand that this kind of person may harm them.

Listen, I don’t wish for  anyone to become incarcerated, but if for some odd reason you find yourself in this predicament, think only about surviving. Read my book COP OUT, an learn many more things.

Your friend, Robert

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