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Unformatted text preview: themselves convicts; those who did not or who obviously identified with the values of the free world were called inmates. Calling a convict an inmate was a fist fighting insult. In the absence of money (still contraband in many prisons today), an alternate economy developed. The principal medium of exchange was cigarettes. Prison language, or argot, pointing out that it provided a map of the inmate social system. It was way to structure the prison experience. I dont feel that it has changed drastically. I feel that it more so has evolved into a more relevant aspect of the prison system...
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- Fall '10