“Analogous to the laws of our free and American society, when it comes to the prisoners’ code, there is absolutely no excuse for ignorance of the law. Violators of the law will be punished. Although the laws that govern the inmate population are less complex than the laws of society, the consequences of a violation of the prisoners’ code can often be unexpectedly harsh and severe. Always keep in mind that justice in the incarcerated environment, both within the inmate population and between security personnel and inmates is not rendered from an impartial judge or jury. It is often rendered by an unstable and irrational individual.“
– Excerpt From Vince J De Maille’s Book, “Incarceration 101 – The Prisoners’ Code”
Do not find yourself
Without the knowledge
Vince J. De Maille is a 31 year old ex-convict whom has extensive incarceration experience. Since he was 12 years old he has been incarcerated intermittently heretofore. Vince has experienced juvenile detention centers and facilities, city and county jails, in addition to state prison.
Vince has confronted myriad issues and problems during his incarceration and has accumulated a vast amount of knowledge and experience which enables him to help others prepare for the incarcerated environment. Vince also shares knowledge on how to circumvent inevitable pitfalls that lurk throughout the new inmates journey in the incarcerated environment.
During Vince’s last period of incarceration, while in the New York State prison system, he discerned a serious need of inmate mentors for the new and inexperienced inmates. He observed many new and inexperienced inmates get jammed up with serious problems with both inmates and correction personnel. Problems that could have been avoided if these troubled inmates would have had a fundamental incarceration education either before or at the outset of their incarceration. Vince attempted to help as many new and inexperienced inmates as he could. However, the need was too great. Thus, Vince was confronted with a problem. How could he help all these new inmates?
Vince’s solution to the problem was to write a book titled “Incarceration 101 – The Prisoner’s Code” which was to become an educational tool for the new and inexperienced inmate. It would enable all of the new and inexperienced inmates to prepare for the incarcerated environment, as well as to enable such inmates to both survive and thrive in the incarcerated environment. In his book, Vince also outlines the “Prisoners’ Code” which until now, remained a set of unwritten laws that govern inmate to inmate relations throughout the United States penological system.
Vince’s underlying rational for outlining the “Prisoners’ Code” was that most inmates do not obtain a comprehensive knowledge of the “Prisoners’ Code” at the onset of their incarceration. They only obtain bits and pieces of the code throughout their incarceration. Bits and pieces that are passed orally from other inmates. A considerable amount of this information that is passed on from other inmates is often inaccurate and/or injurous. Moreover, because the new and inexperienced inmate does not have an accurate and comprehensive knowledge of the “Prisoners’ Code” at the outset of their incarceration such inmates usually have to learn from trial and error what to do and what not to do or say. Such errors can have serious repercussions and consequences in the incarcerated environment. At times, such errors can be a matter of life or death. Therefore, Vince needed to help new and inexperienced inmates avoid the learning process from their trial and error and needed to help such inmates learn from his trials and errors. Through his vast experience, Vince helps such inmates by educating them with accurate and helpful information.
Although Vince’s time is limited, he allocates a good portion of it to affording individuals with a fundamental incarceration education through his nationwide personal services. These personal services include Vince personally visiting the new and inexperienced inmate to afford them his knowledge by offering his “Incarceration 101” program on a one to one basis.
Both his book and personal services cover many subjects. Subjects that include, but are not limited to……
- Tips on personal safety and security
- Identification of threats
- Adaptation / Assimilation methods
- Communication skills
- Proper mindset
- Proper utilization of time
- And much, much more !!!
The advice Vince provides in his book and through his services is vital and priceless to the new and inexperienced inmate. Vince believes that the sooner he has the opportunity to help a new inmate, the better off that inmate would be. This means that while an inmate is awaiting trial at the city or county jail, Vince’s book or personal services are needed immediately. This is because the city or county jails are the most dangerous and hostile environments to be incarcerated in. In fact, they are often more dangerous and hostile than a subsequent prison after a conviction or guilty plea. Most inmates incarcerated in the city or county jails erroneously believe that because they are not in prison yet, that they are safer when this is just not the case.
Because city and county jails lack the housing resources of the state and federal prison system, murderers are housed with white collar criminals, drunken drivers, and deadbeat dads. Hardened and experienced convicts are housed with the new and inexperienced. This creates a substantial amount of danger to the new and inexperienced inmate and places them at a complete disadvantage. Vince, through his book and services, effectively diminishes such danger and places a new and inexperienced inmate in an advantageous position.