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An "Aggie"
   is   
A Tool Used in Field Work. Commonly Called a Hoe.
An “Airlift”
   is   
Transportation of Prisoners by Airplane
(Con-Air).
The Assistant CEO
   is   
The Associate Warden.
A “body Alarm”
   is   
An Emergency That Has Been Announced Via a Two-way Radio.
A “Boss”
   is   
A Correctional Officer
A “Burnout”
   is   
When an Inmates Cell is Set on Fire by Another Inmate to Force Them to Leave.
“Cadre Inmates”
   is   
Inmates Who Are Assigned Work Assignments Throughout the Institution.
A "Cellie"
   is   
A Cellmate.
The CEO of a Prison
   is   
The Warden.
"Chalk"
   is   
A Crude Wine Made from Yeast, Sugar, Rice or Fruit and Water.
“Cheeking Meds”
   is   
What an Inmate Does when They Are Given Medication and They Want to Be Able to Not Swallow the Pills So They Can Be Taken at a Later Date.(illegal)
"Cho Cho"
   is   
Ice Cream.
A “Contact Visit”
   is   
A Visit in Which Inmate and Visitor May Hold Hands.
Contraband
   is   
Items That Are Not Issued by the Institutionand Are Not Allowed.
“Control Center”
   is   
The Term Given to the Electronic Command Center That Monitors the Movement of Inmates and Officers.
“Count-time”
   is   
An Official Count when All Inmates Are Counted and Documented.
The Crips and the Bloods
   is   
Gere Gangs That Were Originally Formed in Prisons.
A "Deck of Squares"
   is   
A Pack of Cigarettes.
“Deuces”
   is   
An Emergency Alarm Set off by a Correctional Officer Via Telephone.
A “Digital Search”
   is   
Institution Medical Officer Searches Inside the Body of the Inmate With Digital Equipment Such As a Scope.
A “Dirty”
   is   
When an Inmate Tests Positive for Illegal Use of Drugs.
The “Disturbance Control Team”
   is   
The First Line of Defense if an Institutional Disturbance Erupts.
A "Dobie"
   is   
A Biscuit or Roll.
"D-Town"
   is   
Dallas.
“Federal Prison Industries”
   is   
A Section in the Federal Prisons That Create Quality Products That Can Be Seen in Many Offices Throughout the World. (Chairs, Tables,cabinetry)
“Fishing”
   is   
When Contraband is Passed from One Inmate to Another Using String.
A “Fish”
   is   
A Newly Incarcerated Inmate.
A "Flick"
   is   
A Photograph, or Picture Torn from a Magazine.
A “Folger Adams Key”
   is   
A Large Brass Key to Lock Prison Doors.
“Food Service”
   is   
A Section of Every Institution in the Prison System That Has the Sole Responsibility of Making Sure That All of the Inmates at That Institution Are Kept Happy by Providing Every Inmate With Full Balanced Diets Every Day.
A "Funky"
   is   
An Inmate Who Doesn't Shower.
A “Gate Pass”
   is   
A Work Assignment Given to Minimum Security Inmates Who Perform Work Duties Outside the Institutional Grounds.
"Guns"
   is   
Fists or Forearms.
A “Hack”
   is   
A Correctional Officer
An acronym for "Huge Ass Carrying Keys"
A “Halfway House”
   is   
A Community Corrections Program Designed to Integrate Inmates Back Into the Community.
A “Hole” or “SHU”
   is   
The Special Housing Unit for Disciplinary Inmates.
"H-Town"
   is   
Houston.
"Hype"
   is   
A Lie.
“Institutionalized”
   is   
When an Inmate Does Not Know How to Function in Society After Being in Prison Most of His/her Life
Sometimes commits a crime to be put back into prison
A “kite”
   is   
A Written Request from an Inmate to a Staff Member.
A “Lifer”
   is   
An Inmate Who Has Been Sentenced With No Possibility of Parole.
“Mainline”
   is   
When All Inmates Are Afforded the Opportunity to Eat.
A “Mass Shakedown”
   is   
Institution Staff Search Every Inmate in the Housing Unit Leaving No Area in the Unit Unsearched.
A “No-Dial”
   is   
A Safety Feature Installed on Prison Telephones That Alerts the Control Center That the Telephone is Not Working in the Unit Where Inmates and Officers Are Located Together.
A “Non-Contact Visit”
   is   
A Visit in Which Inmate and Visitor Only See Each Other Through Glass.
A ”Pat Search”
   is   
An Officer Physically Feels the Inmates’ Body Outline for Contraband Concealed in Their Clothing.
A Prison Made Intoxicant
   is   
Pruno or Hooch.
A Prison Made Weapon
   is   
Shank or Shiv.
A "Quack"
   is   
A Psychiatrist.
A "Rabbit"
   is   
An Inmate Who is Likely To, or Has Just Escaped.
A “sallyport”
   is   
The Area Between Two Secure Doors in Which Only One Will Open at a Time.
A “Shakedown”
   is   
Institution Staff Search the Cells of the Inmates for Contraband.
A “Shot”
   is   
A Written Report of Rules Violation.
A “Snitch”
   is   
An Inmate That Prison Officials Go to when Information is Needed.
"Stick"
   is   
To Stab Someone.
A “Store Day”
   is   
When Inmates Are Allowed to Order Personal Items for the Week.
"Swole"
   is   
When an Inmate is Angry.
A "Tack"
   is   
A Tattoo.
A “Three Piece Suit”
   is   
When an Inmate is Shackled in a Waist Chain, Leg Irons and Handcuffs.
To "Poke"
   is   
To Stab Someone.
A "Tusk"
   is   
An Inmate Who is Rather Keen on Sodomizing Other Prisoners.
A “Unit Orderly”
   is   
An Inmate Who Performs Work Duties Within the Secured Unit Area.
A “Visual Search”
   is   
The Inmate Removes All of Their Clothing and then the Officer Can Search the Inmates’ Entire Body As Well As Inside Certain Body Parts.


Facts contributed by:


Mark Sawyer








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