21 Prison Slang Terms You’ve Never Heard

21 Prison Slang Terms You've Never Heard

Ever years the United State Prison system burgeons with an ever increasing inflow of newly incarcerated individuals. Whether it is from the uptick in convictions from non-violent offenses, or lingering inmates serving mandatory minimums, the United States prison system is overflowing with incarcerated Americans.

Here are the top 21 prison terms you've never heard (Just in case you find yourself serving a mandatory minimum).

1. ALL DAY: A life sentence, as in “I’m doin' all day.”

2. BRAKE FLUID: Psychiatric meds.

3. BUG: A prison staff member considered untrustworthy or unreliable.

4. BUG JUICE: Intoxicants or depressant drugs.

5. CHIN CHECK: To punch another inmate in the jaw to see if he'll fight back.

6. DIESEL THERAPY: A lengthy bus trip or transfer to a far away facility, or even an incorrect destination, used as punishment or to get rid of troublesome inmates.

7. DOING THE DUTCH: Or the “Dutch Act,” to commit suicide.

8. DUCK: A correctional officer who reveals information about other officers or prison staff to inmates.

9. FIRE ON THE LINE: A warning—“correctional officer in the area.”

10. IN THE CAR: In on a deal or a plan.

11. KITE: A letter.

12. NINJA TURTLES: Guards dressed in full riot gear. Also known as “hats and bats.”

13. NO SMOKE: To follow staff’s orders without resisting or causing any problems, as in “He let the guards search his cell, no smoke.”

14. ON THE BUMPER: Trying to get in on a deal

15. PEELS: The orange jumpsuit uniforms worn by prisoners in some facilities.

16. PRISON WOLF: An inmate who is normally straight on “the outside,” but engages in sexual activity with men while incarcerated.

17. RIDE WITH: To do favors for a fellow convict, often including sexual ones, in exchange for protection, contraband, prison currency, or commissary items.

18. ROAD KILL: Cigarette butts picked up from roadsides by prison work crew. They’re brought back to the facility and the collected tobacco is rerolled with toilet paper to smoke.

19. STAINLESS STEAL RIDE: Death by lethal injection.

20. THREE KNEE DEEP: To stab someone so that they’re injured, but not killed, usually as a warning.

21. WOLF TICKETS: To talk tough or challenge others, without any intent to back it up with action or violence, as in “He’s just selling wolf tickets.”