What happens to a prisoner if he is sent to prison with his chest and legs shaved because he does not like body hair?

Updated on : January 20, 2022 by Davin Duncan



What happens to a prisoner if he is sent to prison with his chest and legs shaved because he does not like body hair?

The advice I give to first-timers was "Team up, don't stand out." Shaving his chest and legs, he might as well ring the bell for dinner. It will attract predators. No, not like Jurassic Park in appearance, but cunning and so deadly indeed.

They will be pimps, rapists and other aggressive homosexuals. There are even worse monsters out there.

If you want to shave, limit it to your face. Yes, women may not look like metrosexuals, but women are not locked in with you. Bruno the T-Rex is.

When you go to jail, you give up your rights to many things. They issue shaving equipment for the face, for no reason why they cannot use it on the chest and legs. Well actually Bubba might like it too much so go with chest hair and grow legs.

You can do whatever you want in prison if you are man enough to back everything you do! Shaving body hair is like putting up a neon sign that says "I need a dad"! BUT! If you do it and a butt plugger knocks on your back door wanting to get in and you straighten him out (Violently) then it won't be a problem.

Not much. For one thing, unless you want to walk around the place half naked (which they will tell you not to), no one will know.

The only person you're likely to see is your pad partner, who probably won't care beyond making some obscene comments.

I've seen a lot of guys shave in jail, nothing feminine about it. The knives are distributed weekly and were also sold at the commissary. When you live in a cell that's kept 100 degrees or higher in the summer months, it makes sense to shave.

Some excellent answers have already been posted. I will explain a little about the barbers inside the prison.

Upon entering the prison in Arizona, anyone whose hair was not the same length was forced to shave their head. Those with long hair were allowed to keep it. Most men didn't complain much about shaving their heads.

However, when they were told that their beards would be removed and that they would come in clean shaven, that was when they began to complain. I clearly remember 2 men with chest-length beards who had a real problem with this. They thought better of resisting. Apparently having tried OC spray before

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Some excellent answers have already been posted. I will explain a little about the barbers inside the prison.

Upon entering the prison in Arizona, anyone whose hair was not the same length was forced to shave their head. Those with long hair were allowed to keep it. Most men didn't complain much about shaving their heads.

However, when they were told that their beards would be removed and that they would come in clean shaven, that was when they began to complain. I clearly remember 2 men with chest-length beards who had a real problem with this. They thought better of resisting. Apparently, having tried OC spray before, they reluctantly agreed to remove facial hair.

While inside, we could have our hair styled any way we want, as long as it is not considered radical (no Mohawks, harsh lines, etc.). Each race had its own barber who only used one barber's tool set. This may seem silly, but everything in ADC is segregated. Also, there is a genuine need for various hairdressers to cut everyone's hair.

Beards were also not allowed, unless you had a skin condition that prevented you from shaving every day or a religious exemption that allowed up to a neatly trimmed but not combed 1/4 "beard (no chin strap or goatee). We had to be clean shaved at 0700 every day. Don't even think about going to the dining room for breakfast without shaving first. At best, they'd just send you back to shave first. At the other end of the spectrum, they'd add a item to the question, resulting in some type of disciplinary action.

Most may not think of reclusive hairdressers as a very powerful person. Like our barbers here, we talk a bit and tell them what's going on in our lives. People can get too comfortable and make mistakes. Bringing this information to the head of the shipyard becomes a duty. The prison tries to eliminate the communication of the prison population by separating the courtyard into two sides that cannot be intermixed. However, the hairdresser must go to each building in the yard. Access like this is invaluable. Considering that he also carries a toolbox with supplies that no guard usually looks for ... you can imagine the value. This task is even easier if the in-house hairdresser is also the staff hairdresser.

Yes, most male staff and even some women with short hair that can be cut with scissors (scissors are not provided) will receive a cut from an inmate. Do a good job, and your tip is usually an iced soda and a chocolate bar of your choice from the vending machine (we didn't have access to the items in the vending machines on our list from the commissary). Officers are human too and would feel comfortable, even friendly to the barber. This is always good. During cell searches, that guard may make it appear that his cell was searched, yet nothing has been found or found, to some extent.

If you're new to hairdressing and can't cut hair, don't be an in-house hairdresser. Guys get really upset if you ruin their hair before a visit. This could get ugly.

I used to work in a prison.

Have you formed an opinion based on what?

One thing that I will rule out based on common sense, without even going to prison, is that 'good sleep' is necessary to build muscle. That is absolutely absurd. We certainly didn't need a good night's sleep when we were getting ready for soccer camp or Marine Basic. That comes later in life, if it ever comes. Inmates may or may not sleep well. Unless something strange happens, they go to sleep and even with the noise, your body will eventually cause you to fall asleep.

As for the rest,

I will respond based on the observations and my information is

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I used to work in a prison.

Have you formed an opinion based on what?

One thing that I will rule out based on common sense, without even going to prison, is that 'good sleep' is necessary to build muscle. That is absolutely absurd. We certainly didn't need a good night's sleep when we were getting ready for soccer camp or Marine Basic. That comes later in life, if it ever comes. Inmates may or may not sleep well. Unless something strange happens, they go to sleep and even with the noise, your body will eventually cause you to fall asleep.

As for the rest,

I will respond based on observations and my information is verified by the results.

There are dietitians in most states who create menus for inmates. If they eat all that is given to them, they will have a balanced diet. The cooks and recipes may not be the best and we all know that when food is produced in large quantities for consumption in a limited period, the quality suffers, but the nutrients are there for a balanced diet. This provides lipids, proteins, and a large amount of carbohydrates. In addition to that food, there are often on-site gardens that provide additional FRESH vegetables as supplements and inmates purchase additional food from inmate stores.

Where is the poor diet you describe? Litigation regarding inmate nutrition took place in the 7's, 80's and 90's. A current shift towards 'healthier' may have an impact as fats and animal protein are reduced and replaced with protein at soy base, but the prisoners can deal with it.

A popular item in the prison store is protein drinks of different types and supplements. Inmates who work or receive money can purchase these items in quantities greater than necessary, and inmates trade and exchange items such as cheese, milk, and meat.

Many inmates who lift weights get supplements, they can buy them, trade them, and others can give them to them. A wide variety of food supplements and vitamins is offered.

Many inmates do not work. There may not be many jobs available, or the inmate is unfit, or is between assignments or taking classes, but many inmates are not working and those who do have time off.

Think about it, you are trapped, you don't have many other activities to do, and you have a lot of free time. Some study the law to be productive, some do amazing things out of thin air, some like to stir shit, and some like to exercise.

So you have no bills to pay. You don't need to be at work. They are feeding him another person who does the food preparation and cleaning, and he has access to free or very low-cost medical care if he has a sports injury.

Who, given the desire to exercise, in those circumstances, would not develop?

While work can build muscle, there is plenty of time to go outside and exercise. When there are some long-term offenders who are masters of weightlifting, with decades of proper training and techniques, and often fascinatingly, the link of working toward improvement is more important than any other factor, you may have a city center. gang banger teaching a biker or AB or it could be the other way around. It's about lifting weights.

Very early, I ran into a psycho inmate that people thought never worked out, never went to the yard, never hit the weight stack. Yet he was incredibly muscular. Some of his quirky behaviors were actually exercise, isometry, resistance, and light weight repetition. When he needed to be restrained, one of the staff members, a very powerful man, had a shocked expression on his face. Not only were the man's upper arms and shoulder impressive, it was as if he was made of solid, hard, and dense muscle.

What is interesting is that many prisoners came in as donuts, they had never been challenged, without trying themselves, most of us are now donuts, but unlike people in the not too distant past, even if we ate too much bad food , most of us have developed bones and organ base. Unlike an individual who grew up hungry and slightly malnourished in the 1930s, who may find it more difficult to gain muscle mass, someone who was a MORE adequately nourished modern-day youth, who reaches weight can gain more muscle fast and probably more than with fewer supplements, but supplements are sophisticated and readily available.

It has happened, but it is not common. At least in this state. Any sex between staff and offenders is a felony since the Prison Rape Elimination Act was passed. Offenders cannot legally consent, so any sexual act between a staff member and an offender is rape. An interesting fact here is that female staff are 4 times more likely than men to be involved in this. This is true in both men's and women's prisons. Any staff member who is reported must ensure the offender is safe, report it to the Commander on duty, and submit an incident report. These things are taken very seriously

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It has happened, but it is not common. At least in this state. Any sex between staff and offenders is a felony since the Prison Rape Elimination Act was passed. Offenders cannot legally consent, so any sexual act between a staff member and an offender is rape. An interesting fact here is that female staff are 4 times more likely than men to be involved in this. This is true in both men's and women's prisons. Any staff member who is reported must ensure the offender is safe, report it to the Commander on duty, and submit an incident report. These things are taken very seriously and any allegations will be thoroughly investigated. With federal grant money, prisons now have video recording cameras almost everywhere. The downside to this is that criminals often make false accusations and cause a lot of trouble and embarrassment to staff if they did nothing wrong. Criminals lie. What a surprise, right? They do this to cause problems in the system, they are angry with the personnel involved or they want something.

I took the profession seriously and was careful not to give the impression that I was a brand to them, but they accused me and put me under investigation. I had been on light duty due to an injury and was not working on the housing units for about 2 months. When I entered, I noticed that a criminal was sitting at a table and was not carrying his identification. I told her I had to use it and she said it was in her room and that she had locked herself up. Having not seen her before, I didn't know what her room was and I told her to show me and I would let her in. About a week later I was called into the Superintendent's office and informed that I was under investigation for sexual misconduct, and it was to have no contact with the offender. I did not know the criminal in question, so he didn't even know who he was supposed to avoid. She had claimed that when I opened the door I had followed her into the bedroom, locked the door and told her I wanted sex. Then I stared at her for 3-5 minutes before leaving. The camera showed that I did not enter his room and that I was at the door for less than 10 seconds. She had told two of her roommates that she was going to do this to get some anti-anxiety medication. They went ahead with this and obviously cleared me. By law, we couldn't even write you a violation for this, as there was nothing we could do that would deter an offender from reporting an actual violation. After all, they have rights. The camera showed that I did not enter his room and that I was at the door for less than 10 seconds. She had told two of her roommates that she was going to do this to get some anti-anxiety medication. They went ahead with this and obviously cleared me. By law, we couldn't even write you a violation for this, as there was nothing we could do that would deter an offender from reporting an actual violation. After all, they have rights. The camera showed that I did not enter his room and that I was at the door for less than 10 seconds. She had told two of her roommates that she was going to do this to get some anti-anxiety medication. They went ahead with this and obviously cleared me. By law, we couldn't even write you a violation for this, as there was nothing we could do that would deter an offender from reporting an actual violation. After all,

It's no wonder that correctional hotline personnel have the highest rate of post-traumatic stress disorder of any group in the country.

Only if they look at it ... anyone who seems innocent is seen as weak and will have problems. Not only in a sexual context (rape or forced to offer sex to protect oneself), but in respect and being subjected to extortion. Not all the guys in prison would want to rape them, but many would want to extort money from them or even pimp them. Hardened prisoners blend in with everyone else, and unless they are willing to fight a lot, they will end up being a target the entire time there. The more you are willing to fight, against all odds, the more you will be accepted and ultimately protected by your own race.

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Only if they look at it ... anyone who seems innocent is seen as weak and will have problems. Not only in a sexual context (rape or forced to offer sex to protect oneself), but in respect and being subjected to extortion. Not all the guys in prison would want to rape them, but many would want to extort money from them or even pimp them. Hardened prisoners blend in with everyone else, and unless they are willing to fight a lot, they will end up being a target the entire time there. The more you are willing to fight, against all odds, the more you will be accepted and ultimately protected by your own race. Generally, your own race will not be the one trying to blackmail you, but just wait to see how you handle yourself. If you're in a fight and they try to kill you or several try to dominate you, then they will jump in to equalize.

In most prisons the population is now very young ... so it might be different in some prisons where it is run by younger inmates. The Juvenile Authority, for young inmates, is much worse and insane due to the higher level of immaturity ... and most adult inmates blame young inmates for many of their problems (they are involved in most of the fights, they start more riots, create more drama than older inmates who generally just want to finish their time and not deal with the drama).

Therefore, being young in itself is not as much of a problem as looking sweet and innocent. In jail, few prisoners spend their time alone without a clique watching their backs, because then you are anyone's target. New sweet innocents rarely have someone to protect them until they prove they can and will stand up for themselves ... so it usually changes as long as they don't make the mistake of trying to get the guards to protect them. I met a guy who looked like young Opie Taylor, freckles and all. He had to fight every day for weeks before the other whites got up and declared him out of bounds. (I think they only waited so long because he could certainly fight and defend himself, so the entertainment was free.)

Also, he had told a guy that he wouldn't join any gang ... so they just made him try it alone. Even though he stood his ground, they tried it over and over again, until finally a couple of Mexicans threw it in the shower and one made the mistake of lifting a heavy mop wringer to smash his head into ... ten Nazis- Lowriders (a white prison gang) ran into the shower immediately and four guys ended up in the infirmary. The guy joined the Nazi-lowriders the next day.

Stinks were rare. If someone began to neglect their personal hygiene, they would treat them, and not with kindness. Everyone there had heard the stories, and that was enough to keep even the most lazy and depressed inmates on a regular shower schedule.

If anything, most of the inmates were exceptionally clean ... perhaps because of their fault.

In CCA there was no privacy in the shower. As a result, you would end up witnessing other men's ablutions whether you wanted to or not. There are a wide variety of different ways to shower. I had never thought about it before facing him in prison.

I get under the shower

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Stinks were rare. If someone began to neglect their personal hygiene, they would treat them, and not with kindness. Everyone there had heard the stories, and that was enough to keep even the most lazy and depressed inmates on a regular shower schedule.

If anything, most of the inmates were exceptionally clean ... perhaps because of their fault.

In CCA there was no privacy in the shower. As a result, you would end up witnessing other men's ablutions whether you wanted to or not. There are a wide variety of different ways to shower. I had never thought about it before facing him in prison.

I get under the shower stream and stay there until I'm done. I run the bar of soap directly on my skin and rinse, all without ever leaving the heat of the water.

But, I guess this is not really the norm. The most common technique seemed to be to get wet, turn off the shower, lather the soap into a thick paste, and spread it everywhere. These guys would be covered from head to toe in enough soap that all traces of their ethnicity disappear under the foam. Once they were completely covered in copious foam, they would reopen the shower and send it down the drain. Several guys repeated this process multiple times, as if taking the "rinse and repeat" instructions very literally.

A dark-skinned guy in my cell, who had the unfortunate shape of a television tube, went through a process that I would never have imagined. After the full foam treatment, he would return to the cell and cover his entire body with a generous layer of petroleum jelly. He would do it in the cell, in the small section that was reserved for the bathroom. Like the showers ... no privacy. Once she had her sparkling petroleum jelly in place, she would apply talcum powder. How the heck does that work? I can only imagine that it would leave you feeling sticky and scratchy.

To each his own.

The biggest stench in CCA was dirty laundry. To save costs, it was common for them to simply not use any detergent. My clothes often came back smelling much worse than before. It was the average stench of a hundred men spread out in a load of industrial-sized orange overalls.

If you really wanted clean clothes, you would wash them yourself. An easy way to do this was to break a piece of Ivory soap from a bar (available at the commissary) and put it in the microwave for thirty seconds. The soap would puff up and become a lot like laundry detergent. Drop this with your clothes and some incredibly hot water into a big plastic bag and shake ... only Ivory seems to do this, and it worked great.

Other than right after working out, no one sucked.

In the federal system, the rules on this changed around 2010. Before that, everyone could take a piece of fruit out of the dining room to eat later, but that was it. They could shake you up for other things and if you were caught with them, or extra fruit, they would take it away and you could face disciplinary action (although where I was this was extremely unlikely).

He was also allowed to have two pieces of fruit in his possession at all times.

Then in 2010, in response to increased liquor production, they ended this and also intensified the shaking. But, most people still took i

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In the federal system, the rules on this changed around 2010. Before that, everyone could take a piece of fruit out of the dining room to eat later, but that was it. They could shake you up for other things and if you were caught with them, or extra fruit, they would take it away and you could face disciplinary action (although where I was this was extremely unlikely).

He was also allowed to have two pieces of fruit in his possession at all times.

Then in 2010, in response to increased liquor production, they ended this and also intensified the shaking. But, most people took it out and got away with it. I did it almost every day.

Another thing they did was stop giving sugar for a while. But then they began to sell boxes of sugar cubes at the police station with a strict limit of 1 box, per prisoner, per shopping day. The complex's brandy makers were desperate and were literally asking people to buy them boxes of sugar in exchange for compound money (stamps or mackerel / tuna where I was).

Eventually, they reintroduced sugar packets into the food hall, but they also stepped up the search for sugar in shakes. If he had excess sugar (which they defined as more than 5 packs), they took it and even wrote a couple of shots (shots are disciplinary reports that could result in punishment) to set an example. But I think all of those were discarded.

They also changed the fruit that was available. They ran out of oranges. I never saw another in all the time I was there. We mostly got apples and a banana a couple times a week for months and then occasionally they reintroduced grapefruit halves. Every now and then during the summer months, we would eat cantaloupe slices.

Then, roughly between 2012 and 2013, they began to bear better fruit for us. Suddenly we got pears, plums, and even kiwis. That was pretty amazing. We were sneaking them out and making amazing fruit salads.

The most absurd thing about this was that at the same time that they banned the preservation of fruit, restricted sugar and completely eliminated certain fruits, they actually started selling cans of grapefruit juice at the Police Station with only a limit of 12 cans. Suddenly there were more alcoholic beverages on the premises than ever, hahaha.

For a while, Friday nights, in my unit, it was like being in a bar. In fact, there was a good month where people got drunk every night.

(Oh, there was an exception to the fruit rule: diabetics could take out a piece of fruit by showing their insulin cards.)

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