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  • The parole board has had its say, and it's official - the inmate is going home.

  • They're now free on parole, but the time they spent in prison will be lingering long

  • after they walk out the doors.

  • Prison can be a place of rehabilitation and contemplation, but it can also be a very difficult

  • place to survive.

  • Inmates often come there in an agitated state of mind, and they're paired with other potentially

  • violent inmates and with guards who are taught to show zero tolerance for convicts stepping

  • out of line.

  • That's an explosive combination, and it often leaves ex-cons with some disturbing

  • memories when they finally go home.

  • These are some of the most messed-up things ex-cons reported seeing during their time

  • in prison.

  • When you go to prison, who you get as a cellmate is anyone's guess - and there's no asking

  • for re-assignments like you're in summer camp.

  • When one prisoner arrived, he was given a roommate who seemed like a normal guy - but

  • at night, it was a different story.

  • As he would lie awake at night, he would hear his roommate mumble in his sleep “I'm

  • a murderer!

  • I'm gonna kill you!”.

  • When he woke his roommate up, the roommate remembered nothing, and he never acted violently

  • towards him - although he did keep taking his sandals.

  • Who you encounter in prison is the luck of the draw - and sometimes it can be terrifying.

  • One man was trying to serve his prison sentence quietly, and was sitting in the common room

  • watching the news.

  • It was a disturbing true crime story, about a young man who had stabbed two local children

  • and had been arrested.

  • The news fan looked around the room - and saw the same face he had just seen on the

  • news sitting right next to him.

  • Apparently this was a general holding facility for all local criminals, no matter how dangerous.

  • Fortunately, the stabber seemed more interested in breakfast that day.

  • Entertainment is the only thing to look forward to in prison - even if it sometimes leads

  • to disturbing confessions.

  • A group of prisoners were allowed to watch a movie, and surprisingly it was a horror

  • movie.

  • The guards didn't seem to think it would give them any ideas, and most of them were

  • enjoying the slasher film.

  • But as the killer snuck up behind an unfortunate victim on screen and slit her throat, one

  • audience member didn't seem to be enjoying himself.

  • He scoffed and saidThat's not what it looks likeas the rest of the prisoners

  • in the room were left to wonder how exactly he knew from personal experience.

  • When you don't get much entertainment, almost anything can turn violent.

  • In some prisons, the inmates get to choose their own entertainment - as long as they

  • don't cause any trouble.

  • Of course, they don't always agree.

  • In one prison, a trio of older Vietnam Veteran inmates had commandeered the TV to watch their

  • favorite shows - on the History Channel.

  • But a young drug dealer who had just arrived didn't understand the pecking order, and

  • he wasn't about to miss an episode of his favorite TV show - Breaking Bad.

  • It nearly turned into a massive brawl before the guards interfered.

  • It doesn't take much to start violence in prison - and sometimes it's just bad luck.

  • A guy was doing a stint in prison along with some hardened criminals.

  • Among the most notorious were a pair of murderers who were doing life sentences in another prison,

  • but had been transferred back to the general holding facility for a retrial.

  • That was bad luck for an enemy of theirs who had been picked up for a DUI.

  • He was only going to be there until he could see a judge on Monday - but he wouldn't

  • make it to then, because his old enemies made a point of hunting him down and killing him.

  • If you anger the wrong person in prison, you'd better watch your back.

  • Prisons have their own economy, and it's not uncommon for inmates to get deep in debt.

  • But in prison, the consequence for being late can be much more serious.

  • One inmate reportedly decided to get himself thrown into solitary to avoid his creditors.

  • He climbed up on the roof of the prison and stayed there for two days, while the entire

  • prison was put into lockdown.

  • They eventually got him down, he spent two weeks in solitary - and was promptly stabbed

  • when he got out, by a random inmate who had to miss his turn in the weight room due to

  • the lockdown.

  • One thing you shouldn't be looking for in prison - privacy.

  • John Williams was an armed robber serving a lengthy sentence, but there was one bright

  • spot in his life - his pet budgie, which inmates were allowed to keep.

  • But birds don't live forever, and one day the bird passed on and Williams gave it a

  • burial in the prison yard.

  • But as he watched out his window that day, he stared in horror as a group of guards walked

  • over to the tree and started digging!

  • They had thought he had buried contraband, and instead uncovered a little bird body.

  • They had a good laugh, but Williams wasn't laughing.

  • It wasn't the only strange discovery during Williams' time in prison.

  • While Williams was in prison, another inmate got caught in an awkward situation.

  • A convict was strip-searched after returning to his cell from his job as a trustee, and

  • the guards were shocked when he was found to be wearing womens' underwear.

  • After tossing his cell, they found several identical pairs.

  • When questioned, the inmate confessed that he had stolen them - from the house of the

  • Prison Governor where he worked, by sneaking into the Governor's wife's dresser.

  • That was probably the end of that job.

  • But there were more disturbing collections found in prisoner's cells.

  • Justin Rollins was in the healthcare unit for mentally disturbed inmates when a young

  • man was brought in.

  • Many inmates - including Rollins - self-harm to get transferred to this safer unit, but

  • the new arrival was definitely not pretending.

  • He was escorted by guards wearing hazmat suits, which meant he had been in possession of something

  • contaminated.

  • It turned out that he had been collecting bread to lure pigeons to his cell - at which

  • point he killed them and stored their heads in his pillowcase.

  • Everyone else in the unit gave the pigeon serial killer a wide berth.

  • In prison, people will do anything to distract themselves - even resort to some questionable

  • substitutes.

  • Drug addicts often find themselves needing their next fix, but drugs are hard to come

  • by and dangerous to keep.

  • When a group of female inmates in the county jail were desperate, they found an unconventional

  • solution.

  • When they got their instant coffee powder from the canteen, they didn't mix it with

  • hot water.

  • They snorted it right up their noses for a high-intensity caffeine fix, and the other

  • inmates reported they stayed up all night making weird meowing noises to each other.

  • For alcoholics, finding a suitable replacement can be even trickier.

  • Prison has its own culture, and many inmates have reported it even has its own drink menu.

  • With alcohol strictly prohibited, inmates have taken to home-brewing a questionable

  • substitute called Pruno.

  • They collect fruit juice, candy, sugar, and crumbled bread and collect it in a plastic

  • bag which they fill with hot water.

  • They hide it in a piece of cloth and let it ferment over an extended period - knowing

  • that if it's discovered, they're headed for solitary.

  • The eventual result has been described as tasting vile, but it contains just enough

  • alcohol to be worth it for some.

  • Of course, some inmates manage to get their hands on the real thing.

  • Drugs are pretty common in prison, and some inmates resort to extreme measures to get

  • them.

  • One inmate tried to smuggle a bag of drugs into prison concealed in his rear end, but

  • was quickly discovered.

  • The guards dug it out and planned to seize it as evidence - but the inmate had other

  • plans, and everyone in the prison hospital got to see as he grabbed it and swallowed

  • it again.

  • He was forced to vomit it up by the officers, and he was probably pretty lucky the bag didn't

  • burst after all that - that would have likely been fatal.

  • Uncomfortable as it is, that seems to be a pretty popular hiding place.

  • One inmate was living in a low-security dorm where the inmates had more freedom, and many

  • were smuggling cell phones in.

  • But this was still prohibited, and a violation could easily get them sent back to a more

  • secure prison.

  • When the dorm was raided one day, the inmate watched in shock as at least five inmates

  • quickly shoved their cell phones - including some pretty large models - where the sun doesn't

  • shine.

  • Even more shocking?

  • Every one of them was strip-searched, and not a cell phone was found.

  • In prison, freedom can disappear at any time - sometimes for the most ridiculous reasons.

  • Stephen Jackley was doing a stint for armed robbery when he suddenly discovered that the

  • prisoners' time in the yard that day had been cancelled.

  • Normally this only happens when there's trouble at the prison or serious bad weather,

  • but today the reasoning was...a cloud.

  • The prison guards had decided that a cloud meant it could rain, and the rain could make

  • the ground unsafe for recreation.

  • Not exactly a reason to cancel a day of outdoor time, but there really isn't a customer

  • service division in prisons.

  • The guards have a lot of power in prison - and sometimes they abuse it.

  • One man was spending the weekend in LA County jail after being arrested, and just had to

  • get through the weekend.

  • But another inmate wouldn't be so lucky.

  • They were standing on line for inspection when the guards suddenly stopped him, pulled

  • him out of line, and beat him in front of the rest of the line.

  • The inmate never knew why that specific inmate was targeted, and saw other inmates obviously

  • smuggling goods.

  • Maybe the poor inmate was just randomly chosen to be an example by abusive guards.

  • But guards aren't always on the ball.

  • When a young man was doing a short stint, one of the inmates he was doing time with

  • was a notorious member of the Mexican mob who was in jail awaiting trial for murder.

  • But that didn't stop him from getting a position on the Work Release team.

  • One day, when he was out doing his job, he just decided to make a break for it.

  • He made a gang sign at the guards, laughed at them, and disappeared while he was at work.

  • He was never seen again and was believed to have made it back to Mexico, and the odds

  • are those guards were looking for a new job.

  • Of course, sometimes the inmates fight back against the guards.

  • One man doing time for DUI in the Macomb County jail reported seeing an old inmate who'd

  • had enough.

  • He started repeatedly dipping his shirt in the toilet, wringing it out, and wrapping

  • it around his head.

  • Most people thought he was crazy, but he said he needed it to block out the light.

  • But then, the old man scooped some of the toilet water up in a milk cartoon, and waited

  • for an officer to walk in.

  • As soon as the officer barged in to move them to another cell, the old man threw the cup

  • of toilet water right in his face.

  • This turned into a near-prison riot, and the old man was beaten by guards and paraded out

  • in front of the other inmates.

  • But that's nothing compared to the revenge plan the next man cooked up.

  • One inmate shared a story of an HIV-positive inmate who became a legend among his fellow

  • cons.

  • He had been collecting newspapers during his stay, and quietly worked on a project by dipping

  • the papers into toilet water, which had the effect of hardening them.

  • No one knew what he was working at - until one day the guards came under fire.

  • He had made a makeshift bow and arrows out of the petrified newspaper and some string,

  • and had apparently even coated the arrows in his blood to potentially infect the guards.

  • No one knows if any arrows hit their target, but it's hard to imagine paper arrows could

  • actually pierce the guards' clothing.

  • But the next inmate took his revenge plot to the next level.

  • CeriCestoStokes was a frequent flier at a Welsh prison, but nothing prepared him

  • for what he was going to see this time.

  • He shared a prison with a young Irish inmate who loved to boast that he knew how to make

  • bombs.

  • No one believed him - until one day he showed up with what looked like a bomb, and took

  • a female guard hostage.

  • The guard had apparently made a lot of enemies among the men, and this hostage situation

  • led to a riot in the whole wing.

  • By the time the guards calmed the riot and broke into the office where the hostage-taker

  • was, the riot had made the news.

  • As for the bomb, it turned out to be a flask with some wires in it - completely harmless,

  • but enough to turn a prison upside-down for days, and send the would-be bomber to a much

  • longer stint in prison.

  • For more on what you'll need to know to get out of a prison stint alive, watchThe

  • Ten Commandments of Prison”, or check out this video instead.

The parole board has had its say, and it's official - the inmate is going home.

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Most Messed Up Things That Actually Happen in Prison

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