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Tips for prison etiquette and being a good cellmate
Illustration by Jessie Milo

Below is a list of tips for living in a prison cell:

  1. Communicate. No one can read your mind.
  2. Give your cellie private time daily.
  3. Agree on:
  • Physical space. Our legs shouldn’t be touching.
  • Air space. Don’t block the air vent or fart.
  • Sound space: Noise levels and quiet times.
  1. Prior to moving in, discuss:
  • When you’re chewing pretzels, does it sound like you’re chewing concrete or gravel?
  • Do you share or have conflicting goals or values?
  • Do you clap and yell so the whole tier can know you love your team? Or do you prefer to quietly eat nachos to celebrate your team?

Good luck.

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Jessie Milo is a writer, artist and poet incarcerated in California. He is a volunteer for InitiateJustice.org and an advocate for mental health.