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Old 05-06-2016, 12:43 PM
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do all inmates at coffee creek know what each other did to get sent to coffee creek
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Charges are usually something you keep to yourself. I'd recommend staying out of those conversations as a general rule, or really anything that amounts to gossip.
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Eventually, yes, everyone will know what your charges are. In some prisons, inmates have to wear a badge, in others they have to carry papers on them, in others they use a card on a lanyard, but in all cases, an inmate will have some form of ID on them that will list what they were convicted of.

And rumor/gossip spreads fast. Once one person knows something about you, assume everyone (staff & inmates alike) know it. You do not have the right to privacy in prison, and even the staff will gossip.

Some inmates, when you're new, may ask you to "show your papers" - even if you have only an ID badge, they're asking you to show what you're in for. The "worst" thing you can be in for in the eyes of inmates at a women's prison is anything having to do with a child - which could be anything from child abuse to sex abuse. Drugs, alcohol, theft, these are considered "normal". Remember that every single inmate you meet will be in there for committing a felony, so everyone there was convicted of something. Depending on your charges it may be easier on you to show your papers and be done with it, or you can try to not let them know, but eventually everyone will know anyway.
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Um...no. There is no requirement to "carry papers" and their badges do not list their charges on them. My husband is at OSP and most people do not know what other people did except in very general terms, it is considered invasive to ask and people don't talk about it. I've looked up various people he knows and he was surprised at the charges. Some people it is known are sex offenders from gossip, but for the most part you are either in that category or you are not. That is mostly known, but as for specifics they won't be known if you don't disclose them.
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Trust me on any yard in Oregon if they want to know ur charges they will find out.
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Trust me on any yard in Oregon if they want to know ur charges they will find out.

I think this applies to any prison nation wide; it is a fact of prison life.
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I think this applies to any prison nation wide; it is a fact of prison life.
I would agree. I only have personal experience with two states on being Oregon.
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The short answer is "you don't". From what I understand, prison is a pretty boring place. Anything or anyone new is subject to interest simply because it breaks the monotony. Thus, anyone new will be checked out. It's not at all difficult to get information - they ask someone to check at visitation, and that someone comes back with a reply. Then everyone knows.

My Dad was told by the warden to not disclose certain information about himself to anyone. He did as he was asked. It was, in my Dad's words, "the best known secret in the entire place."
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Always presume that the conviction(s) can and will be discovered. Criminal proceedings are public record. In some States, they are even listed on the online locator page for the agency. This still does not mean one needs to be discussing their history with anyone who is not in a need-to-know position...
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