Words you will hear about prison

Beyond Reasonable Doubt
A term used in court to decide if a person is guilty or not.

Cell
A small room where a prisoner lives. It may be for one or two prisoners.

Contraband 
Things of any kind that you are not allowed in the prison. Eg. drugs, alcohol, cellphones.

Drug Dog 
The dog that searches cars, cells and prisons for drugs.

Gatehouse 
Entrance to a prison.

Guardroom 
An office in a prison unit where correction officers control the unit eg. open and shut the doors, watch the prisoners.

Lag 
The length of time a person is in prison.

Muster 
The number of prisoners in a prison.

Parole Board
A group of people which includes a Judge that decides if a person can get out or not. They make a decision on things like; is the community going to be safe if this person comes out.

Parole 
When a prisoner is released from prison but still has to check in with a probation officer.

Pod 
A modern two-storey unit for high-medium security prisoners.

Pound 
A cell away from other prisoners where there are no privileges like using the phone.

Razor Wire 
Special barbed wire used on top of fences and buildings to stop prisoners from escaping.

Reintegration 
Getting prisoners ready to come out and be part of society again. For example, doing courses.

Remand Prisoner 
A prisoner who is in prison waiting for their trial or sentence.

Sally Port
A secure entrance with two gates and a space between. One gate has to be closed before the other is opened.

SED
Sentence End Date.

Seg 
Segregation. Kept apart from the rest of the prisoners.

Unit 
A place where a group of prisoners of the same security rating or same needs live together in one building or area.

Youth Unit
A special place for young offenders under 19 years of age. They don’t mix with the adult prisoners.