Inmate Code (sometimes called "Convict Code") refers to the rules and values that have developed among prisoners inside prisons' social systems. The inmate code helps define an inmate's image as a model prisoner. The code helps to emphasize unity of prisoners against correctional workers.
This code highlights the reasons why "rehabilitation" is often so difficult to achieve.
- Don't Interfere With Inmate Interests. Never rat on an inmate, don't be nosy, don't have loose lips, and never put an inmate on the spot.
- Don't Fight With Other Inmates. Don't lose your head and do your own time.
- Don't Exploit Inmates. If you make a promise, keep it, don't steal from inmates, don't sell favors, and don't go back on bets.
- Maintain Yourself. Don't: weaken, whine, cop out. Be a man and be tough.
- Don't Trust Guards Or The Things They Stand For. Don't be a sucker, the officials are wrong and the prisoners are right.
- Clear, Todd R., Cole, George F., Resig, Michael D. (2006). American Corrections Seventh Edition. Thompson.