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How To Survive In Prison

Updated on October 28, 2014

Are you facing a prison sentence? Scared? You should be!

This hub is to help you survive that prison sentence. If you are a "baby-raper" or a "snitch" too bad for you; I can't help you and probably wouldn't if I could.

As a Christian, the first thing I will tell you to help you is get on your knees and pray for grace and mercy through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. No matter how "bad" you are, God loves you and sent His Son to be crucified for you.

The rest of this hub will deal with the reality of getting through prison--I am not putting Christ on the back-burner, but I know many are not at that point in their lives yet.

I entered prison before I accepted Jesus, so I will explain how I survived in that atmosphere.

I will first give you my background.

Juvenile Delinquent

As a minor, I was terrible. I lived in many different places and was in and out of boy's homes, delinquent center's, and ranch's. Many used to call me Houdini because I would escape from every place they would put me in.

At one point in my life I lived in Denver, Colorado.The group I ran with would do everything. We stole vehicles, robbed people, and my specialty; burglaries. I was in Denver Juvenile Hall for a major burglary and a big Indian kid and myself actually escaped. It was unheard of as it was just like a county jail.

I was finally facing adult charges. They gave me one last shot at probation after they caught me again. I was on probation in Denver and had no one. Escape artist that I was, I decided to fly the coop again. Off to Nebraska

Cornhusker State

Mom was living in Fremont(on map). I tamed down and moved in with her. I was turning 18 and knew I better slow my life down or I would go to prison.

I met a lovely girl and ended up getting married. I worked hard but I did smoke a little "pot". Life was good but our financial situation was terrible. My sweetie was pregnant and we were living with her Mom and Dad. I needed fast money so I bought 30 Lbs of marijuana and started selling. I was careful but not careful enough. One day a person I had been selling 1/4 Lb's to all the time called wanting 1 ounce. He was wearing a wire and 34 days later I got "busted".

They stuck it to me. I wouldn't tell on anyone. The judge handed down a 3-6 year sentence for $40 worth of weed. 

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The Lessons

I have several suggestions to get you through it. I got through it and learned a lot.

In these lesson's please understand that prison is it's own place. You cannot survive there the same way you do out here.

First and foremost,You must not care if you live or die! If you are white, only stay around the whites. If you are black, only blacks and so forth.

No matter a man's color, don't trust them!

I found that the administration want's to think they rehabilitated you. Your first few months should show the hardest side of you. I myself, would fight at any moment. I sold drugs and smoked "pot" in prison. Pick a "bigshot" and fight them. I chose a guy they called "crazy" because he had killed another inmate for smiling. Hit him with a ten lb weight and killed him dead. I got my ass kicked, but I gained much respect!

After you have shown that "bad" side, start attending all the self-help groups you possibly can; A.A., drug courses, prison fellowship all are part of that. If you can, sign up for school courses. When you go to the parole board, they will see how you were terrible and then suddenly rehabilitated. Can you say early release? Your odds will be good! 

I suggest to not gamble in prison, you WILL lose.

Make sure and show respect to cell-mates. Don't fart and only take a crap when they are out of the cell.

It will be scary, but you cannot show that fear.

Last, but not least, if the group you run with asks you to do something, I suggest you do it--You will be alone and a sitting duck if you don't.


Your Job

When in prison most inmates are given jobs to do. Aim for a powerful job! I worked for the chemical dependency program towards the end of my release. You can use your position to gain other favors.

Always remember that there are way more convicts than guards. In all actuality the inmates do control the prison.

It has been years since I was in and I am getting prepared to file for a pardon, but prison life will never change. Remember, as I said at the start of this hub, Jesus is the way to get away from that lifestyle.

Follow these simple rules and they may help your stay in the "bighouse".

Most experts say that about 70% of inmates return to prison--Don't be one of them, when you do get out, do it right! Get help if you need it.

I made it through it, all intact! Yes, rapes do occur, but usually to those that ask for it and are "pretty". I fought! No one would take my virginity--It'll stay that way until the day I die.

I got through it; You can too!!


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      2 years ago

      I do agree with all the ideas you have introduced on your post. They’re very convincing and can definitely work. Still, the posts are very quick for beginners. May just you please extend them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.

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      3 years ago

      I will right away seize your rss feed as I can not find your email subscription link or e-newsletter service. Do you have any? Please allow me understand so that I may just subscribe. Thanks.

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      Greg Boudonck 

      4 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      You hit it on the head Arch Nemesis.

      Thanks for your input.

      It is a lonely place--best to just stay free.

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      Arch Nemesis 

      4 years ago

      I found this blog interesting. Not all prisons are the same there are prisons that are strictly racially divided while others are more liberal where inmates can interact with each other. It's not as hard as you think, rapes happen but in Wisconsin it seems that one of you put it best, it only happens to those who asked for it. All you have to do is be man enough to stand up for your self. Prisons are full of men who are just like you, people trying to survive the situation. Find a group of friends stick with them, find those with common goals and activities if you lift weights hang out with weight lifters, Christians hang with Christians, gang bangers with gang bangers and so on. As time go on you will see that it doesn't exactly get easier, it becomes more frustrating, because in prison it truly is same shit different day- routine the Shaw Shank Redemption pretty much hit it on the target.

      Get prepared for long lonely hours, your girl might leave you; your friends won't write you; and you're family may not visit you and when you call home on Christmas and everyone's there you will feel lonely.

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      5 years ago

      My spouse and i utilized to find on top of lifetime but lately We have established a new level of resistance.

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      6 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      The guy that wore the wire, well I heard he was killed in a prison in Texas.

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      Mr. Happy 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "Are you facing a prison sentence? Scared? You should be!" LOL Nice encouragement ...

      Well, after reading the whole thing I would say that I agree with your tips.

      On another order of ideas, how's the guy that wore the wire? (lol!!)

      Good read once again. Cheers!

      P.S. If you have some time, I'd be interested in your thoughts:

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      Greg Sereda 

      6 years ago from Sandomierz, Poland

      Interesting article and comments. Please check out my article entitled "The Eight Most Important Rules for Surviving in Prison". It is based on my experience of completing a 9 year prison sentence.

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      6 years ago

      My parter is in prison now battling a lie , and I'm having his baby and I don't no how long he is going to be in there for ! It's scary

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      6 years ago

      Chris is the only answer so far that sounds like somebody who has been in prison. I did seven years and everything Chris says is exactly right. Don't listen to this other lame shit.

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      7 years ago

      I work at a prison and it has it's ups and downs. One thing I have learned in life is Jesus is the answer for all in prison and not in prison. From what I know just stay to your self and mind you're own business. My heart goes out to all of you. Just being in prison is not all you go through: being away from love ones 2- losing a love one while in prison is hard and I never knew till I started working at a prison. 3- the treatment you get from prison guards (not good)4- after a while you're family and friends die off then you feel alone and that knowone loves you. One thing people must remember is it could happen to you one day we are not exempt from prison. Do unto others as you want others to do unto you. Jesus is the answer read your Bible

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      7 years ago

      sometimes I feel like i cant survive the real world, so maybe being confined with no real life to take care of, I would just have to concentrate on one thing , i guess survival. This world I live in now is jail in its own form.

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      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Just read this from Peanutritious's link. Good tips-much of this I already knew b/c my friend did time for drug dealing-he also would not snitch and got 10 yrs for the crimes that he actually had ceased doing three yrs prior to his arrest-but, that's the way it goes.

      Voted up and useful--loved the video btw.

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      Tara Carbery 

      7 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      I found this hub interesting and could relate to it. I was sent to prison last year and have been trying to rebuild my life ever since. My mistake was getting involved with a violent alcoholic. I lost my teaching career, home and reputation. My ex partner sold 'his story' to numerous papers and magazines. My face was splashed everywhere. It was a hellish time for me and my family. Well done for highlighting the reality of prison life. I did find the religious slant rather over powering though.

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      Leni Sands 

      7 years ago from UK

      Interesting hub. Read out of curiosity. Thanks for sharing.

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      final year project topics 

      7 years ago

      Interesting and nice hub, thanx for sharing, keep sharing...

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      8 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      You sure made me feel better. I just exposed a big portion of my life on hub pages a couple of days ago and I felt alone thinking I would be the only one who had gone to prison. I admire your courage. I am also very proud of you for getting it together. People don't realize how hard it is for us to do that especially after getting out of prison. We are marked people and felons don't get a lot of breaks. I am honored to be a fan.

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      dolla bill 

      8 years ago

      another thing is when you first go in other cons are doing to read your papers(court) so they find out what you are in for. Always keep your papers on you especially if it's rape, or anything that has to do with children. many of theses guys have women and children out the real world that they can't protect,so when some punk comes inwith these type of charges expect to get beat down(if you're lucky)the alternative is getting stuck. In some cases your papers can help you. I didn't know any better and left my papers out. My charges included resisting arrest,terroristic threats against a homicide detective with the state police,possession of a weapon,ect.that gave me instant credibility and as word spread the other inmates didn't fuck with me because they thought I was crazy. (not a bad thing when you locked up)

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      8 years ago

      All's cool and great, just that i would be thankful if you didn't try to shove your religion down our throats, both - at the beginning and at the end of the article..

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      Greg Boudonck 

      8 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Your welcome Kim, don't worry, she should be fine.

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      Kim B 

      8 years ago

      Wow. Thanks for sharing. My daughter just entered the Jail/SO registration/possible prison system on a fu'd rap (underage sex 18-15 girlfriend/girlfriend) so I am looking at all sources to help her get through it.

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      8 years ago

      Here's a pretty cool guide to survive prison, I'm a prison guard and this book is 95% right on.

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      8 years ago

      i am going to a prison in ireland and i think your american prisons are full of shit.

      over here theres no race lines where all mixed we dont rape each other all we do is do wat we do and that's to do time

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      8 years ago

      im 14 how long would i get for selling weed

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      8 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Your's is a different situation WTF--No, I don't think they would call your situation as bad as many others--you would probably live.

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      8 years ago

      When I was 23 (I AM NOW 36) I was engaged to a 16 year old, She got prego and had my son, The Judge hated me from previous experiences and after the DNA test, Which proved the child was mine, the judge referred the case to th DA. Statue in NY says 16 is RAPE even if consentual! 30 other states this is legal , not mine! I was givin probation! Is this rape in the eyes of other prisoners? I mean it wasn't it was consentual I am married to this woman now, and have 3 sons. But i was convicted of Statatory RAPE! Please tell me.. Sometimes cause it;s a law doesn't make it right! I didn't take anything from this girl that wasn't freely givin to me!

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      8 years ago

      What a load of American crap!

      your all a bunch of assholes talking out of yr cheeseburgers

      the only way to avoid prison is to be a good person, and if you land in prison learn how to run hahahahaha

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      8 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Depends on the situation--I had one at times

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      8 years ago

      is it true u should try to make a shiv or some kinf of weapon in prison

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      Mr Data 

      8 years ago

      If life in Prison is this anti-biblical then me thinks you are better off running as at least you can still go to church right?

      Anybody who surrenders to the Prison system is walking STRAIGHT into the devils lair.

      The only thing worse is hell.

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      Mr Data 

      8 years ago

      Well I was going to make a suggestion but since you just blasted freeboid like he just (raped someone) then I'll let you figure out the hard way and hope you get the thorn out of your eye as I will not respond to fools as Jesus would say (who do not have true faith).

      Froggy213 says:

      14 months ago

      "Dude, can you read---I did not say I hit him with a weight--he had killed a guy in there a few years earlier--As for the BS part--I showed that I was there--were you?? Have you been?"

      The only person insulting is YOU the blog owner as he just poitned something out in which may have happened in his prison.

      You just assumed he doesn't know what the (explict word) he is talking about and that is going to get you killed if you ever go to prison again with that attitude.

      Let's hope it doesn't come to that.

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      8 years ago

      This is a load of shit, sounds like you've never been out of county.

      I'm so sick of hearing "go pick a fight with the baddest dude there". That's a good fucking way to get killed, if not by him, but by his fucking people.

      There are only a few rules to obey in prison:

      Don't gamble. Ever. You will lose, and someone will make you a bitch, or use you to do shit as repayment.

      If you are sexually prop'd or attempted, stand up for yourself. Do whatever it fucking takes to hurt the person trying to rape you. Dude's don't want to have to fight for their sex.

      You'll probably be involved in some kind of fight your first week there. Don't start the fight, but don't act like a coward either. Guys in prison are usually stupid, but they pay attention. If they see you go crazy and defend yourself, it'll make life easier for you.

      Never let anyone steal ANYTHING from you. If it happens once and you allow it, it'll keep happening.

      Respect everyone else. Don't be a pussy, but don't go looking for fights, because you'll find them, and you'll probably get seriously hurt. Don't be a dick, and keep to yourself if you can. Do anything you can to get a job, or priveledges, or even an education.

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      9 years ago

      As a veteran of a 2 year sentence I can only add one thing. If you are sexually propositioned you must be willing to kill! A prison rape can mean a death sentence via HIV or Hep c! Better to spend a few extra years than sexual slavery or worse. Remember self defense against rape is a valid defense.

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      9 years ago

      shit.. im gonna die..

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      Big Carl 

      9 years ago

      Thanks, I enjoyed this.

      Here on the outside, it'll help to know what the apostrophe is used for:

      (1) possession, as in "Big Carl's dime bag" and

      (2) contraction, as in "It's confusing to your readers to throw those things in at random."

      It's that simple, but there's one exception: its, when it's possessive, has no apostrophe, as in "everything in its place."

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      9 years ago

      Hi Froggy - great hub! I swear they should have a course in school on "what happens". Good to be home, good to be out - Take Care -

      Pete Maxwell

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      9 years ago

      Good hub thanks for sharing!

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      John Brasoly 

      9 years ago

      Back when I went to prison in 05, I used a guide that was helpful to me.. I think the link was

      Good luck!

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      9 years ago

      Good for you for surviving, and doing good with the rest of your life. I have never been to prison, and hope never to be. I think the prisons need to treat all inmates with respect.

      Peace to all!

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      9 years ago

      prison break is the worst example of prison I've ever seen

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      9 years ago

      Spent over 15years behind the razor wire fences and cement walls of them hate factories,houses of pain known as prison, im looking to consult white collars for pay as nothing else is working for employment... any info on getting some help, I need plugs via some defense attorneys..

      already have been inside of several high schools talking to troubled youth ofcourse that's a free service I do to try and give back..talking to kids about how its not a way of life to choose..

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      just another 

      9 years ago

      im not bad i can honestly say that. i do and have made mistakes, and fear i might do time. im not worried about holding my own, but am about having to proving myself. thank 4 knowledge

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      Electronic Cigarette 

      9 years ago

      The three strikes law has put thousands of people in prison for life, many who have been caught dealing pot or minor infractions. They're in jail w/ murders, rapists, pedophiles, and they're basically good kids who made bad choices. The system is completely broke. I'm glad you survived and can share your experiences with others.

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      9 years ago

      hi froggy...thanks for the sharing!

      yeah..prison life is shito!

      and its JESUS really who makes the change..

      i was there for a month but it was enough to drive anybody kookoo..

      BUT the name of the LORD kept me sane..

      on the day i was release i could hear the song playing in my heart.

      'and the trees of the fields will clap their hands when you go out with JOY!

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      9 years ago from Florida

      Scary stuff, interesting hub to say the least.

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      9 years ago

      thanks for sharing your story...

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      Greg Boudonck 

      9 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Dude, can you read---I did not say I hit him with a weight--he had killed a guy in there a few years earlier--As for the BS part--I showed that I was there--were you?? Have you been?

      I just love how people that have never "been there" know so,so much on how to do it.

      I kind of think you're the one full of the B.S.

      Oh and by the way--if one set of "friends" jump, the other set of "friends" jump--and you have what is known as a gang war--Know there are a few guy's that just hide in their cells for their whole time--They are usually the one's that lose their minds.

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      9 years ago

      while entertaining and maybe a little dose of thruthfulness - this post is screaming BS. First off - don't ever think that the first thing you do is to take on the biggest guy - even if you do hit him, all of his friends will stomp you. As well, if you do happen to "kill" an inmate with a 10lb weight - you would be writing this post on paper to have someone on the outside transcribe it here. Sorry - some of it sounds familiar, but I have never known anyone to claim they murdered someone - that felony never goes away...

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      Rebecca Graf 

      10 years ago from Wisconsin

      A friend of mine had to go to prison on a technicality. That changed his life. He is still battling everything he went through in there.

      Glad you survived.

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      Tony T 

      10 years ago from London UK

      I just want to add that i was in for drug offences like you as well as fraud, shop lifting etc...I know i did bad, but in the eyes of the police, i was a "respectable" criminal compared to other criminals crimes!


    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      10 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Wow compu-smart,I never would have guessed that you had been in. I am happy you got it together too. Keep up the hubbin friend.

      Thanks to you too survival topics!

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      Tony T 

      10 years ago from London UK

      Hi Froggy,

      I can relate to many of your story. and have spent over 10 years in 16 different prisons! When people would ask me what i was in for i used to always reply "the same thing as you", they would say "what! Robbery" and i would say "no getting caught"! lol

      Here in the UK prisons are not as tough as the American establishments!

      As for the powwerful jobs, , if it was winter i would tell them i was a chef and get a job in the warn kitchens and if it was summer i would tell them i was a qualified Gardener, which is true as i learned this skill in another prison! This way i would get a cushy job outside!

      I, like your self have learned lessons and am now a respectful, honest citizen!

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      10 years ago

      With the prison society we now live in - America is the prison capital of the world - this is excellent and timely information. Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge on this important subject.

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      denise mohan 

      10 years ago from California

      Whoa.. It's cool that u can shar. Bless you my brother:)

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      10 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Frightening is all I can say!


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