If you are a first time inmate and you want to avoid the drama and just serve your time and go home, then you should avoid all of the inmate's 8 Sins in prison
The 8 Sins in prison are gangs, drugs, sex, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, stealing, and borrowing. Prison is prison but if you have the money you can get almost anything you want. Borrowing is not quite a sin, but I included it because it causes a lot of problems when inmates don’t pay back their debt. Remember, if you just want to do your time and go home stay away from these sins.
I included cigarettes because in 2005 the BOP decided that no inmates would be permitted to smoke. They no longer sell cigarettes, cigars or pipe tobacco in their commissaries. Rumor had it that there is also a plan to eliminate chewing tobacco and dip. If you are heading to a state joint you may still have your smoking privileges, but state prison systems usually copy the feds. Enjoy it while it lasts!
Some inmates are addicted to cigarettes and have an extremely tough time trying to break the habit. Cigarettes are smuggled into prisons and sold by inmates to those addicted. At the time of this writing cigarettes were selling for up to $150.00 a pack. A lot of inmates will buy these cigarettes on a type of credit plan that calls for payment at a later date. If that date rolls around and the payment hasn’t been made the inmate will probably receive a visit by a collector. If you smoke now and are being sent to a federal prison in the near future you should try and stop before you go. You will have a lot of things to worry about in prison, but going cold turkey on cigarettes shouldn’t be one of them. Avoid those inmates who are selling cigarettes just as you should avoid the ones selling drugs.
It really is as simple as that. Obey the Inmate’s 10 Commandments, avoid the 8 Sins, and you won’t have any problems.