Women in Crime

7-Up
A warning that a guard is approaching
10-10
A prisoner who is murdered while incarcerated
911
An officer is approaching
AB
Aryan Brotherhood
ace boon coon
an inmate’s best buddy
ADX
Administrative Max Florence, located in Colorado, the highest-security federal prison in the country. ADX convicts are confined to control units, and there’s no general population or controlled movement. The prisoners live and eat in their cells.
air lift
Fedearl Bureau of Prisons term for transporting prisoners using large commercial-type aircraft, including jets confiscated from major airlines. The prisoners refer to this as “con air.”
all day
life sentence
American gulag
a convict’s perspective that prisoners are incarcerated in the American prison system for social, economic and political reasons
Attitude adjustment
a drug craving; or a physical assault by an officer
badge
correctional officer
banger
knife, usually homemade. Also called: shank, burner, ox, steel
bean chute
food slot in a prison cell door.
beef
disciplinary charge
big house
prison
big jab
death by lethal injection
blanket party
an attacker sneaks up and throws a blanket over the victim’s head so that the attacker won’t be identified.
blind
area where a prisoner can’t be seen by a guard
blues
prison issue clothes
boat

to be transferred out of prison or to another prison
bone crusher
very large shank or knife
boof
contraband stowed in the anus. Also known as: hoop, keester, pack
boot camp
alternative incarceration that resembles military training and may shorten sentence
booty check
anal search for contraband
border brothers
mexican inmates
boss
a guard or correctional officer, especially in the American South or Canada.
BP Process
Federal Bureau of Prisons “Administrative Remedy Process” for prisoners to file complaints as a prerequisite for filing legal briefs in federal court.
brake fluid
mind-control medication, like liquid Thorazine, which is used like chemical restraints to manage prison populations
Buck Rogers Time
an extremely long prison term where the parole seems to be pushed out forever.
bug
An insane person, usually accused of “buggin”
bulldog
an intimidating, domineering prisoner
bullet
One-year prison term
bum rap
an erroneous conviction
bumpin ya gums
refers to someone who is talking too much
bunkie
cellmate
burnt up
to receive disciplinary action
butched in
forced to perform oral sex
call out sheet
FBOP Official memo posted in housing units to alert prisoners and staff where convicts need to report the next day. Call out sheets list cell changes, new work assignments, visits, meetings with case managers and other staff.
cap
amount of pot that fits into a chopstick cap
catcher
sexually submissive prisoner
catnap
short prison term
C.C.
Consecutive prison sentences
chalking
to distract the guards while another prisoner breaks a rule
chasing the dragon
an addict searching for heroin
cheese eater
informant: rat
chester
child molester. Also known as short eyes, diaper sniper
click up
to join a gang
commissary
prison store that sells basic food items, smokes, clothing, stamps, paper, and toilettries
connet
a female convict
contraband
anything on your person or found in your cell or housing area that is unauthorized, meaning not sold in commissary or on your official property list.

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