To punch another inmate in the jaw to see if he'll fight back.
A new correctional officer. Cowboy spelled backwards, is yobwoc, or a "young, obnoxious, bastard we often con."
Dance on the blacktop:
To get stabbed.
A lengthy bus trip or transfer to a far away facility, or even an incorrect destination, used as punishment or to get rid of troublesome inmates.
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A prison's psychiatric unit.
Dipping in the Kool-Aid:
Attempting to enter a conversation the person has no place in or is not welcome in.
Doing the Dutch: To commit suicide.
To inform on another inmate indirectly by talking loudly about their actions or behaving suspiciously in front of correctional officers; supply general
information to officers without naming names.
A correctional officer who reveals information about other officers or prison staff to inmates.
Fire on the line:
A warning -- "correctional officer in the area."
The top tier of a cell block.
Four piece or four-piece suit:
A full set of restraints, composed of handcuffs, leg irons and waist chain, and security boxes to cover the restraints' key holes.
Or Grandma's House, a prison gang's headquarters or meeting place, or the cell of the gang leader.
The attention brought to a group of inmates by the action of one or a few, as in "Joe and John got caught with contraband, and now the whole tier is going
through a heat wave."
Hold your mud:
To resist informing or snitching even under threat of punishment or violence.
I got jigs:
To keep look out or watch for officers, as in "I got jigs while you make that shank."
In the car:
In on a deal or a plan.
1. An inmate's information file or rap sheet. 2. An inmate's reputation among other prisoners.
Canned mackerel or other fish available from the prison commissary. Can be used as currency with other inmates or placed in a sock and used as a weapon.
To escape from a facility.
An inmate's influence with guards or other prisoners. "He should have gone to the hole for that, but he's got a juice card with one of the guards."
To hide contraband in one's rectum. Also known as "taking it to the hoop," "putting it in the safe"and "packing the rabbit."
A contraband letter.
A prisoner who goes on and on about nothing.
HIV. Also known as "the ninja."
Guards dressed in full riot gear. Also known as "hats and bats."
To follow staff's orders without resisting or causing any problems, as in "He let the guards search his cell, no smoke."
On the bumper:
Trying to get "in the car."
On the river:
Time spent at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, which is surrounded on three sides by the Mississippi River. As in, "He did 20 years on the river."