Appendix:U.S. prison slang
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.
- rug – derogatory term for blacks, mocking the texture of their hair
car: Refers to group identity depending on what county you are from.For instance you would hear. " I'm the (shot caller) for [x] County I have the (keys) to the car.
chomo: Child molestor. They are the most hated and reviled of all inmates and will get stabbed or killed if possible.
pruno: Alchol. Often made from fruit and sugar.
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.
(Federal) Shot = Incident report, write up
Buck= Home made alcohol
Hooch= Home made alcohol Jit = young person One time = warning that an officer/s is coming gunning = masturbating while looking at somebody or something usually in plain sight snippen = masturbating as above with the added feature of being covert Yard open = rec yard is open or somebody is bending over.
Cupper- someone who acts like they have honour then steal when no one is looking
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)
Jumpsteady or Jump: Home brew
keister - to insert contraband into the anus
pistol - tattoo gun
Rack - A Drink made with coffee, soda, orange or peach drink mix in pitcher with ice.
kite - letter; correspondence
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 job 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.