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Old 08-20-2011, 10:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Krokodil View Post
In the 70s, I read a prison memoir from probably the 50s (Can't remember the name or find it on Wikipedia or Yahoo). The author described in the first chapter the pecking order among prisoners: Lifers (Murderers and armed robbers) were on the top rung, con men/bunco artists were surprisingly high, sex offenders ("rapos") were near the bottom and people who had victimized children were at the very bottom.
Generally, the people who are at the "top" are prisoners who belong to some gang. Their status is based on being a Blood or a Latin King or a Mexican Mafioso or a Hell's Angel rather than whatever their individual crime was.