When a prisoner exhibits psychotic behavior such that he needs to be transferred to a psych wing or even a separate psych prison. and left to rot under a bunk for three days. The menu on this website is a series of kites. Jesse Sheidlower, a one-time dictionary editor, ‘prefers guides from amateurs who are collecting slang from their environs rather than dictionary professionals’ who often take their material from written sources. The usual commemorations mark the signing of the act of unconditional German surrender at midnight Russian time. For women whose uniforms are a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, it’s changed to “[color of t-shirt] and blues.”. The words may or may not be legitimate, but with the Millennial generation's easy acceptance of everything from "Yolo" to "GDFR," we've proven ourselves as open-minded believers when it comes to creating new words and colloquialisms. In this story, River CI (Main Unit and Annex) was a psych camp. Ellis, Patrick. More common than you would expect in women’s facilities. HOOP: To hide contraband in one’s body cavity. Monkey Mouth: A prisoner who goes on and on about nothing. On the cover, there is a quotation from a prisoner at HMP Wandsworth. Urban Dictionary and our advertising partners set cookies on your computer to improve our site and the advertisements you see. SLEEP ON STEEL: Being deprived of sheets and blankets, usually because of suicide risk, but sometimes out of abuse. CHECKING IN: Requesting protective custody, which also occurs in solitary confinement. While in a locked down cell (such as in The Box), standing against the door for an extended period and yelling in order to have a conversation or argument with an inmate in a different cell. CASE: A disciplinary report written on an inmate for a rule infraction, derived from court case. Never underestimate the ingenuity of prison inmates! IN THE CUT: Being in the cut means you are in a hidden area, away from a surveillance camera’s prying eyes. I have the keys for my Car but my Road Dogs are disappearing on me. Some terms, like ‘association’, ‘parole’, and ‘segregation’, are part of the general vocabulary but have special meanings within the prison system. Prison lingo has been said to be ‘charged with cynicism, suspicion, gloom and coercion’ (Morgan, qtd by Tupper), and that seems true enough; however, the prisoners at HMP Winchester did not take a negative view of their language. The English Project is very interested in the languages, or lingoes as we like to call them, of special groups because they can tells us a great deal about the English language. Opinions were divided on whether Swift Annex was fucked-up. Amid the current pandemic, the Kremlin has postponed the Moscow Victory Day Parade but that will not stop many around the globe thinking of that time. County lockups are usually dirty and nasty and full of clowns (big talkers but fakes), Pin or Pinning = To stand watch. Disciplinary confinement. Duck: A correctional officer who’s seen as gullible, easily manipulated or bribed to smuggle in contraband. Essentially white Keds without laces. Also known as “The Virus.”. DIESEL THERAPY: a lengthy bus trip, sometimes used as punishment or a way to reduce a population count temporarily for an event like an inspection. Dry Snitching: Ratting out another inmate by talking loudly about his bad behavior in front of guards. "global warming" GOT A BODY: To have killed another person. New booties: Inmates with first-time conviction, Ninja, (The): HIV/AIDS; sometimes used for STDs in general, 115: The document used to charge a prisoner with an infraction, On the line: Has many meanings, but usually means something is for sale. Remember Amy Preasmyer? jelly, cookie cream, sodas, tootsie rolls, etc. Some of the prison slang terms used in my articles and what they mean in my corner of the world. The term can also refer to any prison that the speaker dislikes. London: Prison Reform Trust, 2008. http://www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk/Portals/0/Documents/pibs/PIBmenyo.pdf. Violators: Repeat offenders with two or more times in prison, “I’m the leader of the group/gang I hang out with, but my buddies are disappearing on me. Has the Keys: The person who controls or calls the shots for a group or gang. Also includes criminological terms, and terminology forensic psychologists use in a correctional setting. LA RAZA: La Raza is the term for unaffiliated Mexican inmates in facilities that have serious gang activity. NINJA, THE: HIV/AIDS; sometimes used for STDs in general. MOFONGO: In prison, it’s a meal that’s a mixture of chips, ramen (“soups”), instant rice, mackerel, pre-wrapped “sausages” and seasoning (Adobo or Sazón). Thus the post office can’t deliver it and sends it back to its return address where it (hopefully) arrives safe & sound at the fellow inmate’s dorm. Bean Slot: The opening in the cell door where food is delivered. DRY SNITCHING: Ratting out another inmate by talking loudly about his bad behavior in front of guards. Curtis, Bryan. Get it off the roof To tell somebody no when they ask for something. TOOCHIE OR TUCHIE: Synthetic marijuana. Brogan: The state-issued work boots that inmates wear. A group of selected individuals collectively dedicated with the idealism of family, community, freedom, love, risk taking, most importantly, music. Get Drunk & Fuck Bitches. PC: Protective Custody; a category of solitary confinement where the inmate needs protection from other inmates. Link/Page Citation Category Filters; All definitions (4) Information Technology (1) Military & Government (0) Science & Medicine (0) Organizations, Schools, etc. Shakedown: When prison guards tear apart inmates’ cells looking for contraband. JIT: Juvenile-in-Training. A crazy or foolish person. Time to Feed the Warden: Meaning one has to go to the bathroom. Reference to the “L” of Life Sentence, comparing it to a bicycle’s kickstand. On the outside it could be in front of your girlfriend or anyone. ROBOCOP: Guard who writes up every infraction, no matter how small. The name prison inmates have given to the rumor mill and conspiracy theories that swirl around every prison in America. A misuse of the word meaning “To feign illness.”, MINUTE: A long time. Two prisoners came from Europe, and one of them was more interested in learning Standard English than Prison English. Versions are found in the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, everywhere in the English-speaking world. Keister: To hide contraband in one’s rectum. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and … In any upper and lower bunk situation, this is a person you share a bunk bed with. PSP, HIPAA Randy Kearse, an American convict, spent nine years in prison compiling a dictionary that he called it Street Slang. ROLL UP YOUR WINDOW: A request to stop eavesdropping on another inmate’s conversation, especially do not comment on the conversation uninvited. I tried to cull out racially and sexually offensive slang, except for a few words that will show what it’s like to work and live in a prison. Giving information without naming names. He says: ‘Arriving at prison can be a bewildering and stressful experience. Usually an 8 X 10 cell, occupied by two people on 23.5 hour/day lockdown, broken only by three showers and one change of clothes per week. Where inmates with many disciplinary infractions live. The Prison-House and Language: Modern American Prison Argot. Green Light: The go-ahead to kill a person or gang affiliate on sight. ‘Guys have nothing but time on their hands in prison. Often involves a “shakedown.”. Very insulting to prison kitchen supervisors. The experts say that a prisoner needs to learn prison lingo in order to survive in the violent world of the prison in order that not to expose himself as new to it or aloof from it. CLAVO: (Spanish for “nail”) Dangerous contraband. Distributed at admission and in solitary confinement. Not only does she lose recreation privileges, she can’t go to her prison work assignment. What it really consists of is any chemical reputed to have psychoactive properties — including, but not limited to, rat poison, cleaning products or herbicides — sprayed onto the closest dead weeds in your back yard, then shipped into prisons by the ton all over the U.S. A dark green padded gown with a hexagonal pattern reminiscent of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, hence the name. The only one left is a new first-time offender who’s obsessed with a female prison guard. Used for suicide prevention. One went nuts and committed suicide, one died in prison, one is very ill and dying. EYEBALL: When someone is staring at your or your things they are said to be eyeballing you.