If you are going to be headed to a jail or prison any time soon I have outlined some key points you need to know to survive and thrive behind locked bars.
Prison Survival Tips #1: Do not get involved with punks
One of the biggest warnings I want to give you is about people becoming your friend or wanting to take you “under their wing.” People that offer this method of “help” are either looking for a punk or are looking for someone they can pimp out to other prisoners. You can become a punk and you will be used and abused and may even be sold to other inmates as their slave.
Prison Survival Tips #2: Do not discuss your crime
Never talk about your crime. Especially if your crime is of a sexual nature. Inmates that are doing for sex crimes are the biggest targets for rape and harassment and of course violence. If you are a sexual offender chances are you should ask to be put into protective custody from the get go. Protective custody will keep you away from the general prison population and keep you alive.
Prison Survival Tips #3: Do not get involved in gambling
If you end up owing someone a lot of money chances are you can get killed. Gambling is obviously a no win situation. If you can’t afford to pay your gambling bills dont do it. And also realize that winning a game over high stakes against another inmate can make them angry. If anything learn a few card games and play only friendly games with no money involved.
Prison Survival Tips #4: Don’t stare at another prisoner
When you are walking through your range keep your eyes focused straight ahead and don’t stare at people. Looking at someone too long can make them angry and turn you into a future victim of an attack. They might act nice to you one minute then attack you and make you their worse enemy for the rest of your sentence.
Prison Survival Tips #5: Do not use drugs
Drugs can get you into a lot of trouble. Yeah, they are everywhere in the prison system, but if you are caught with drugs in your system, or you get addicted to a habit you can’t afford you can get into serious troubles. Avoid drugs completely and rely on antidepressants or whatever the jail can give you from the medical ward as a pick me up. Don’t do the street drugs.
You have to understand and implement these tips into surviving your jail sentence. Don’t break these rules and remember to be your own man and be your own backup. Always remember that if someone starts problems with you that finish it for them physically.