Reply to peer 1: Good afternoon, I do believe that the inmate

Reply to peer 1: Good afternoon,

I do believe that the inmate code does reflect our moral code. I also know that the inmate code may have more direct approaches to ensure this moral code is not broken or is held up than the rest of the population. The parts that really stuck out to me were when it says not to be nosy, “do not cop out” or go back on your word, and do not steal. Those are all something that I believe our moral code stays the same in the public. All of which is a general rule that we try to uphold. Of course, there are some differences. Especially when it says the prisoners are always right. If that were true, I do not think there would be such a need for having as many correctional officers as there is. I also think that the differences are how the inmates go about upholding that code and making sure it is not broken. I believe it is safe to say that if you break any part of the moral code in a public environment, you are probably just going to lose some friends, job or destroy a relationship. If you break part of the moral code in prison, I believe you may be a little more concerned for your own safety. 

Reply to peer 2: Greetings everyone, 

     The inmate code does not reflect our culture’s moral code. There is a reason why we refer to it as the convict code because those codes may sound familiar as the public’s ones, but completely mean different things. First of all, I see the inmate code as an immoral culture compared to our culture’s code. As mentioned in the video, in prison there are codes such as “never rat on an inmate, don’t be noisy, don’t have loose lips, and don’t interfere with inmates’ interest” (CJ-210 What is Inmate code 0.54s,2009). These are some of the codes that we can refer to as culture’s moral code as a society, but we interpreted them differently.

       In prison, when some inmates witness violations or another inmate committing a crime, those inmates have often had to keep their mouths shut for their safety. Even though it is morally wrong to not tell what happened, the prison culture believes that is the right thing to do. Compared to the culture’s moral code of society, we believe the same thing, but we ought to say something or report it to the authorities because if we do not, then all of the sudden we are part of the problem too. For example, if we witness our neighbor beating his wife or abusing his kids, we have to intervene in some type of way. It is important for us as a neighbor to say something or report it because it is wrong even though some might say it is not our business and not our problem. One of the articles that I read stated, “Whereas early prison scholars emphasized the anti-social nature of the inmate code, commentators now agree that many prisoner norms correspond with those in wider society. However, their interpretation or enactment may take hyperbolic, even grotesque, forms. In men’s prisons (hereafter prisons), the inmate code encapsulates a patriarchal masculine ideal and stratification” (Symkovych, 2017). This statement is absolutely true because everything in prison is taken super seriously where it is often a life and death situation. Out here we can report and suppose to report any violation of the law or any wrongdoing, we are not going to think about retaliation or be scared for our safety. In Prison, we have the same choice, but the only difference is they are all criminals whether they are truly guilty or not so, you are most likely to get hurt for telling on someone or reporting something wrong you see. Sometimes, you might even get hurt by the same person that is supposed to protect you ironically. I will never agree with someone who might see this topic from a different view. 


1) CJ-210 What is Inmate Code (CC). (2019, October 21). YouTube.

2) Symkovych, A. (2017). The ‘inmate code’ in flux: A normative system and extralegal governance in a Ukrainian prison. Current Sociology, 66(7), 1087–1105.

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