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Prison/Jail Time Survival Tips


  • Never discuss your charges or the details of your crime
    • This rule especially applies to charges of a sexual nature. They can make you the biggest target for rape and brutality. Other inmates can also use information you might divulge to make deals to serve less time, and get you into further trouble.
  • Do not become indebted to anyone
    • When you first arrive, other inmates may offer you things. Do not accept anything– this is a common trick to get you to owe a “favor” in return.
  • Don’t stare at another inmate
    • Always walk, facing forward. A stare that lasts just a little too long on the wrong inmate may be all it takes to become the target of violence.
  • Do not use drugs
    • Drug use in jail or prison will lead to far more trouble than it would have on the outside. You will become severely indebted if you become an addict and of course, it will only be a matter of time before you are caught by the guards.
  • Work out (Prison)
    • Working out will help to pass the time, but it will also help to keep you in shape and bulk up- making you appear less weak.

  • Do all you can to not look weak
    • Keep your head up, don’t look at your feet.
  • Keep quiet
    • Don’t tell other inmates about your private life. Do not discuss your charges and do not discuss politics or religion, either. You should avoid any type of discussion that can lead to an argument.
  • Be respectful and polite
    • Always be polite and respectful to other inmates. Even under incarceration, if you give others respect, they will most likely return the favor. You do not want to make enemies in jail or prison.