Going to Prison? Here’s some helpful tips to get you ready for your move to the Big House


Hey, I loved HBO’s series OZ and as a true B-movie buff, I loved Linda Blair and Sybil Danning in “Chained Heat.” Why is it, all the “women in prison” flicks have immates wearing lingerie?

Do you know someone about ot go to jail for the first time?  Or are you about to go to jail for the first time?  Well the Internets are loaded with helpful hints to get you ready for your new life behind bars.

There’s this helpful story from Edward Charles entitled, “Prison 101.”  It makes it sound like a college class, doesn’t it?

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There’s also this book you can order about doing time in Federal Prison.  Do you know anyone going to Federal Prison? It would make excellent summer reading for those fleeting moments of freedom.

Or if you have a question and need answers from a community that knows the ins and outs of the prison system, there’s this handy portal where your question might already have been asked and answered. 

But for former law enforcement professionals, prison can be unduly harsh.  Thgis 1993 article in the New York Times offered this view of what some of the officers in the Rodney King case faced.

“They will become members of a small, tormented fraternity of imprisoned law officers, who face special dangers among a prison population that hates them.

By various accounts, these men are often shunned, harassed or attacked in prison by inmates who see police officers as their enemies. For their own protection, they are sometimes moved from prison to prison, hiding their identities, or are placed in solitary confinement or even on death row.

“I can tell you, it is a devastating experience for a police officer,” said Charles Goldwasser, a lawyer who has represented many officers, four of whom have been sent to prison. “It’s devastating when he has to stand on the side of the counsel table where the defendants are. It’s bone chilling.”

and there’s more from that article:

“Lawrence Sherman, a professor of criminology at the University of Maryland at College Park, said: “The risk of being killed in prison is very high. For police, there clearly can be animosity, especially for officers that have been as notorious as these officers have been.”

Even among imprisoned police officers, Sergeant Koon and Officer Powell are in a class by themselves, perceived around the country as symbols of racism and police brutality, their identities impossible to hide after more than two years of widespread publicity.”