hard – adjective 1. Intense, extreme
2. full force <Go hard or go home.>
3. too much <You went kind hard on Shorty, don’t you think?>
4. describing an object which is neither supple nor tender, the opposite of soft
5. tough, unbending and unyielding when trouble comes, the opposite of soft

Healthcare – noun 1. building where medical diagnoses are made and treatments given
2. building where medical patients are ridiculed and treatments ignored
See also HCU

heater – noun 1. Slang term for a handgun. See also banger
2. device for cooking. See also stinger, banger, pistol

HCU – noun: Health Care Unit

hit – verb 1. To strike with force
2. to take a drag of a cigarette or joint <Let me hit that square.>
3. to get or receive <My guy hit me with tall food when I first got here.>

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hit the pavement – phrase 1. To go home or arrive home after doing time in prison. See also touch down, hit the streets
2. to leave prison and go right back to criminal activity. See also back down, hit the streets

hit the streets – phrase 1. Meaning to go home from prison, or to get home after a prison term <I can’t wait to hit the streets.> See also touch down, hit the pavement
2. to go home from prison and go right back to slingin’ and gang bangin’ <Soon as I hit the streets I’ma make that paper.> See also back down, hit the pavement

hold – verb: to hold, to have, to borrow <Let me hold some chips until store.> See also hold onto

hold down – phrase 1. keep for a brief period of time <Let me hold down a tape for the night.>
2. hide, hang on to <My tip is hot and this Walkman is bogus; I need you to hold it down for a minute.>

hold mud – phrase: hold my mud, hold his mud, hold your mud, to hold one’s mud is to refuse to become a snitch or provide information even when faced with the threat of punishment or violence <If you just hold your mud, we can get away with this.> <I’m not worried, I know he can hold his mud.>

hold onto – verb: borrow, have <Let me hold onto something, my stomach’s in my back.> See also hold

holler – verb 1. Talk to, speak with
2. speak to confidentially <Let me holler at you for just a second.>

homey – noun: friend, buddy. See also guy, boy, man

hooch – noun: sour, alcoholic concoction made from fruits and bread. If done incorrectly, it’s just spoiled, soured fruit and can cause the expelling of copious vomitus or even stomach infections. If done correctly, it can usually cause a convict to act loud and gregarious for a while before settling down to look at pictures of family and cry.

hood – noun: neighborhood. See also set, land

horseplay – verb: playfighting, scrapping, screwing around with a buddy. White shirts have no sense of humor, camaraderie, or male bonding when it comes to this, and the individuals will be immediately walked to Seg

hot – verb 1. when weather conditions make for uncomfortably warm temperatures <It’s hot today.>
2. when intemperate weather makes an inmate uncomfortably warm <I’m hot today.>
3. an individual who attracts undue attention to himself from authority <I’d stay away from that guy if I were you; he’s hot.>
4. when people living in a cell attract too much attention from authority resulting in severe scrutiny and multiple shakedowns <Be careful: that cell is hot.>
5. a very attractive person
6. the latest fad or popular trend
7. a good song <That new jam is hot.>

hot pot – noun: electronic device with a burner plate at the bottom of a heavy plastic or metal container shaped like a jug. When plugged in, the plate heats to a specific degree at which time the thermostat turns it off. Using one of these is the only legal way to heat water or cook, and they are only allowed at medium or minimum security institutions.

house – noun: a cell house, the buildings where prisoners are held <When you get back to the house, you have to check in with the officer.>

housing unit – noun: cell house. See also house

hurting – verb 1. to be in pain
2. the act of inflicting pain on an individual
3. having one’s property box nearly empty and therefore being in dire need of commissary
hustle – noun 1. any marketable ability or skill which fills a need that a reasonable fee can be charged for. There are a variety and abundance of these, come examples include: sewing, drawing, painting, fixing headphones/electronics <Fixing headphones is a good hustle because they always seem to be breaking, and not many people can fix them.> 2. to hurry, usually in conjunction with a specific goal <I had to hustle to get to the shower before everyone else.> hygiene – noun: refers to all items as a whole which are used for hygienic purposes such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, etc. <I try to stay stocked on hygiene in case of a lockdown.> hype – noun 1. a heroin addict 2. an individual who behaves in an extremely agitated or excited fashion so that they are incapable of quiet stillness or repose. verb: to hype, to hype up, getting an individual agitated or excited to the point that their behavior reflects such extreme agitation or excitement. IA – noun: Internal Affairs I’ma – phrase: contraction of ‘I am going’ or ‘I am going to’ <I’ma eat something.> in the car – phrase  1. refers to being in conversation with or regularly corresponding with, generally used when discussing a female <I been in the car with her a couple months now, and she’s talking about coming to visit.> 2. part of a request to be introduced to a person, most commonly used in referring to a woman <You said your girl has a friend, right? Have her put me in the car.> <Can you put me in the car with your connect in the chow hall?> 3. to be included in a plan or deal <I wanted to be in the car for his birthday meal, but I didn’t have any food to contribute.> in the streets – phrase 1. refers to activity engaged in previous to incarceration, or planned for post incarceration 2. often meant as a reference to gang-related activity while in the world incident report – noun 1. official report and record of events written by prison staff which is to be referenced at any future hearings and whose contents are generally received as gospel truth. Any incident outside normal operations is to be recorded, such as a fight, verbal confrontation, shakedown, discussion with a snitch, etc. 2. avenue provided by prison administration whereby a C/O can cover their ass. industry – noun 1. program and opportunity available at only a handful of joints anymore in which various necessities are manufactured or processed at one joint and distributed to all other joints. Inmates fortunate enough to land one of these coveted spots can make anywhere from $200 to $500 per month – a large amount in prison. Some examples of industry jobs are making eyeglasses, shirts, pants, mattresses, sheets, or baking cookies 2. good work if you can get it inmate – noun 1. Official term for a prisoner being held in the Department of Corrections 2. amongst fellow prisoners, this term means the individual is not trustworthy or reliable and would fold or snitch if the situation were ever to get serious <Watch yourself, dude is on the new; he’s just an inmate.> Inmate ID Card – noun: a hard, plastic, credit card-sized form of identification that an inmate must have with them at any and all times they leave the housing unit. It consists of the inmate’s name, photo, inmate identification number, religious affiliation, and a bar code for keeping track of the commodity. During regular movement, the ID must be displayed on the left lapel, but for Rec times it can be carried in a pocket. Being unable to produce one’s ID upon command for a C/O or other official almost always results in a ticket for unauthorized movement. Depending on the circumstances and the C/O, it can be considered a serious infraction and include a walk to Seg. Internal Affairs – noun: a separate division of C/Os, headed by a lieutenant, that is responsible for policing the inner workings of a prison to ensure that both inmates and officers are acting within proper guidelines. Any major investigation into inmate conduct is undertaken by Internal Affairs, and much of their information comes from allegations made by Confidential Informants. They have authority to hold an inmate in Seg for months under investigation until they’ve decided whether or not a snitch’s claims are valid. iron pile – noun: area where the weights are kept on the yard. See also weight pile it’s on – phrase: indicating that a disagreement has risen to the level of a confrontation and a physical encounter has begun, or is about to begin <No more talking; it’s on now.> jag – verb 1. to jag, to make a mistake <You really did jag that drawing pretty bad.> 2. to jag, to miss an opportunity because of a mistake <I caught a ticket and it jagged me from getting in school.> 3. to waste something or be wasteful <You just jagged all your laundry soap, you don’t need that much for such a small load.> 4. describes the consequences for a mistake, usually pertaining to disciplinary action and the loss of good time. <If I hadn’t gotten in a fight and jagged my bit, I’d be home by now.> jam – noun 1. a song 2. a particularly good and much-loved song <That new track is my jam.> joint – noun 1. a prison <I heard that was the worst joint in the state.> See also camp 2. marijuana cigarette juice – noun  1. a delicious, fruity beverage 2. having the pull, ability, or authority to accomplish a given task <That C/O doesn’t have the juice to get me a job in commissary.> jump – verb: to jump or get jumped, when several people strike in a coordinated attack and assault a lesser number of people, or more commonly a single person <The five of us are gonna jump that C/O and show him who’s in charge around here.> See also beatdown

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