How should first time convicts coming from non criminal backgrounds with no contacts whatsoever behave in prison when they first get there, to protect themselves from potential harm or threat from different prisoners?

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Mudassir Ali
Jan 31, 2020 12:04 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Jan 31, 2020 12:04 PM

The first place you go in prison (at least in Florida) is to a reception center where they evaluate you to see what sort of a risk you pose. Once you are evaluated you are sent to a prison with the appropriate level of security. Nonviolent first timers won’t go to an institution reserved for violent career criminals. The prison you go to will probably be a minimum security facility. The percentage of truly dangerous prisoners will be low but there will be a few. Your biggest potential problem will be from people who think they’re tough. The best survival strategy is to NOT act like a deer in the headlights. If you project weakness, someone is going to want to exploit that weakness. This does not mean you should act like some macho Rambo type. Project confidence but not arrogance and do not show fear. Don’t bully those who seem weaker and don’t allow anyone to bully you. If they have a weight pile and you have the time, start working out and put on as much muscle as you can. If you have continuing trouble with someone, “check in” (ask for protective custody) and try to get a transfer to another facility. You may not be able to avoid a fight. If not, you pick the time and place, and make sure you pick some place where the fight will be stopped quickly. You’ll wind up “in the hole” (administrative confinement), but that should be preferable being bullied 24/7.

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