A primer on the distinct vocabulary of prison slang to help you out if you ever find yourself a member of the convict class.
I went to prison at the age of 22 for an LSD conspiracy charge. I was given a 25-year sentence—more time than how old I was—and served 21 years. There’s a distinct vocabulary unique to the convict class, and I was forced to wrap my head around it very quickly. Here’s a primer on the A-to-Z of prison slang to help you out if you ever find yourself in the slammer.