15 Prison Slang Words That Will Make You Sound Like A Badass

Not everyone has the pleasure of enjoying a stay at Chateau De Jail Cell. If you haven’t had the opportunity, we’ve compiled a list of prison slang words that you may want to use in your everyday life to seem cooler, more menacing, and frankly – like you’re a prison pro.

Make sure to pepper in the words here and there just to let those around you that you mean business.

1. Dry Cell – A prison cell with no toilet. Commonly used for criminals who are believed likely to have contraband they would try and flush.
How to use in the real world: “Yo – lemme in the bathroom, what am I, in a dry cell?”

2. Cell Block – A row of individuals cells, all in one line.
How to use in the real world: “Damn, my house is aight, but the neighborhood is like a cell block, holmes.”

3. Gassing – When an inmate throws urine or feces into another inmates cell.
How to use in the real world: Please don’t. Yikes.

4. Suitcasing – When an inmate hides something in his rectum.
How to use in the real world: Oh, no. This is the worst thing we’ve ever heard.

5. Soldier – Somebody who does the grimey work in a gang.
How to use in the real world: “My little brother always lets me finish the cereal in the morning. He a soldier.”

6. The Hole – Solitary confinement
How to use in the real world: “Hey man, should I hold a meeting with the staff or you want me to do work in the hole?”

7. All Day and a Night: Life without parole
How to use in the real world: “Ah man, having to eat my wife’s diet food feels like all day and a night, bro.”

8. Beef – A problem
How to use in the real world: “I got a beef with Grandma, she’s always forgettin’ my birthday.”

9. Brake Fluid – Medication for inmates with psychiatric issues
How to use in the real world: “I’m off the Natty Light and onto the Brake Fluid my dude!”

10. Cadillac – An inmate’s bed
How to use in the real world: “I’mma get all snuggled up in the Cadillac and we can Netflix and chill, girl.”

11. Chin Check – Punch another inmate in the face
How to use in the real world: “My boss was offended I was late to work earlier today and I feared he may chin check me.”

12. Diesel Therapy – A lengthy bus trip
How to use in the real world: “The commute to school wasn’t bad – kind of felt like Diesel Therapy.”

13. Snitching – Telling on another inmate
How to use in the real world: “Carl in accounting bette keep his mouth shut and not snitch on me for using the copier for personal projects.”

14. Got Jigs – To keep a lookout for an officer
How to use in the real world: “Yo, I’m gonna go get a sandwich in the fridge… you got jigs?”

15. Jackrabbit Patrol – Escape prison
How to use in the real world: “My wife doesn’t want me to go to the bar tonight, but I’m on jackrabbit patrol.”