Appendix:U.S. prison slang

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This appendix documents slang terms that appear to be specific to United States prisons. Terms are grouped for convenience' sake by state of known use, though it is likely that many of the terms are used in more than one state.

Contents: AL AK AZ AR CA CO CN DE FL GA HA ID IL IN IA KA KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY

Alabama[edit]

Alaska[edit]

Arizona[edit]

Arkansas[edit]

California[edit]

Alcohol > is called Pruno. Often made from fruit and sugar. Car > refers to group identity depending on what county you are from.For instance you would hear. " I'm the (shot caller) for Butte County I have the (keys) to the car. Chomo > Refers to a child molester.They are the most hated and reviled of all inmates and will get stabbed or killed if possible. If you have beaten a woman you will be subject to (Removal) from the yard,this constitutes a beating by two or more inmates all at once, one is (jumped) then taken to The Hole i.e. What is now called Administrative Segregation. There are other instances where a (Removal) is warranted often it is for an offense whether real or perceived against another inmate his family or friends. In prison even a rumor can get you hurt or even killed.

Colorado[edit]

Connecticut[edit]

Delaware[edit]

Florida[edit]

(Federal) Shot = Incident report, write up

Buck= Home made alcohol

Hooch= Home made alcohol

Georgia[edit]

Hawaii[edit]

Idaho[edit]

Illinois[edit]

Indiana[edit]

shot: (noun) A spoonful of coffee. (Plainfield Correctional Institution)
slam: (noun) A meal where ingredients are shared by three or more people to create dinner. (Plainfield Correctional Institution)
whoop: (noun) A sound made by one inmate to warn other inmates that a guard is approaching the area. (Plainfield Correctional Institution)

Iowa[edit]

Kansas[edit]

Kentucky[edit]

Louisiana[edit]

Maine[edit]

Maryland[edit]

Massachusetts[edit]

Michigan[edit]

Minnesota[edit]

Mississippi[edit]

Missouri[edit]

keister - to insert contraband into the anus

pistol - tattoo gun

Montana[edit]

Nebraska[edit]

Nevada[edit]

New Hampshire[edit]

New Jersey[edit]

New Mexico[edit]

New York[edit]

kite - letter; correspondence

North Carolina[edit]

North Dakota[edit]

Ohio[edit]

HOOCH- Homemade alcohol. CHO-MO- Child Molester. Break- Inmate food made from commisary items rather than go to the chow hall. Number- Amount of times one inmate has been incarcerated. Down- Amount of time an inmate has served. Hustle- An illegal/non-illegal choir that an inmate does to be illegally paid. BLAAAAAAATTTT- The idiotic mouth noise a "Gutless Wonder" (Heartless Felon) emits from their mouth when they think they are cool.

Oklahoma[edit]

Oregon[edit]

Pennsylvania[edit]

Rhode Island[edit]

South Carolina[edit]

South Dakota[edit]

Tennessee[edit]

Texas[edit]

Utah[edit]

Vermont[edit]

Virginia[edit]

Washington[edit]

West Virginia[edit]