As a former short-time inamte. (I only did a bullet) that's 1 year for those that don't know, well at least where I came from, NYC. About 8 months
after good-time ect, I also did 90 days before that, and spent a week here and there in various jails...The small bit's of advice I can offer to
people that are criminals(and non criminals) who can be caught anyday, small time dealers, innocent people, yes EVEN YOU may find yourself lost in
the system, in jail for a few weeks/months for even a minor traffic incident that the cop who pulled you over is haveing a bad day and gonna take it
out on you, and either trump up charges, or make up charges, no one is completely safe from being locked up.
So since no one here is exempt from "doing time", the small bits of advice I can give to help you not get raped in jail/prison are:
1)Learn about your counties jail and it's laws. Some county jails are 1000x's worse than the county 25 miles away, so you may wan't to relocate.
2)If you do get put in jail for any reason and you are awaiting trial, or are sentenced, whatever the case may be, and you are afraid of being
assaulted/ raped. You can ask to be put into protective custody, do this off the bat when you first get in the jail, you can't wait a week then try
this. Or tell them you are suicidal, you may be able to get put into PC that way.
3)Do not accept anything, however small it is from anyone. Even advice. They will hold this over you and say you "owe" them. Your three hots and your
cot is all you need. Your a smoker? Quit! period. If your family is giving you commisary money, they will know, so either only buy a few small things,
or nothing at all. Never let anyone "Help" you fill out you commissary sheet (they love that tactic). Whether you need help or not, usually you don't,
they will try every trick in the book, pressureing you with alot of people standing around you ect. But Stick to Yourself! Hopefully you'll be out if
your a first timer withing a few days or a week, just sleep /read/stay to yourself.
4)If someone, anyone, no matter how big tries to take something from you. YOU MUST STAND UP for Yourself, and fight them for it. Even if they get what
they want they know that you will always fight them and they will move to easier targets, those that won't fight back.
5)Don't put yourself in places where you can be cornered alone ect. When the tier doors are open (if your not in a dorm, don't sit in your cell alone.
They can trap you there. Go outside into the pod area, watch tv, or just walk laps around the facility for exercise. When everyone is lockedin thier
cells your safe you can rest.
6) If all else fails ACT CRAZY. Don't Shower, don't shave, act like a nutcase.
Bottom line though if a group of grown men want to rape you, there's not much you can do. Try to hurt one of them bad, always hit the biggest guy,
fishhook, biting, ear ripping, eye gouging whatever. If a CO is a rapist, and he has his eye on you, you are basically screwed (no pun intended). Not
much you can do there.
So again research your county jails if your even involved in very minor criminal activity. Like smoking pot, anything. Cause again some counties are
REALLY bad, and ones right next store could be 100% better.
Prison rape is Real, and it isn't funny. Although I made alot of mistakes and broke nearly every rule and piece of advice I just mentioned, I was
lucky enough to never get assaulted. I had a few scraps but nothing major. After two months in I was fortunate enough to get moved to an all white
workers dorm and my final 6 months was pretty much like camp. (I'm not racist but in jail staying or being with you own kind is normal and is
usually(not always)but usually your best bet.
Good luck to all you non violent offenders doing time. I hope you never have to face some of these things. Remeber too that when your put into
"population" in county jail, even if just for a DUI, and your gonna be out in a few days, you most likely will be in a tier or dorm with people charge
with murder, rape, people with NOTHING to lose. Cause before they get sentenced, and go to prison, they are in county jail, with short timers. So
watch out. Hell you may even be sharing a cell with a guy looking at a sure life setence who has nothing to lose.
Also if anyone else can add to this list. People with more experience than my very limited experience. Again I only listed a few things that popped
into my head, that I observed while I was in jail for a short period of time.
edit on 30-6-2011 by Nola213 because: (no reason given)