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The Unwritten Rules Of Prison

David Haqq
David Abdul-Haqq II

From the series Uncuffed:

There's a steep learning curve for people arriving at a California State Prison for the first time. And there's no official handbook explaining how to stay safe or be productive while you're serving your sentence. So, David Abdul-Haqq II is writing one. The book, titled 25 Rules to Life, features important tips he wished he knew when he first came to prison. b.f. thames, one of our producers at Solano State Prison, spoke to Abdul-Haqq about a few of the more unusual items on his list.

“You have to respect the shut down. No yelling out the cells, no beating on the desk or the doors. Nothing that can disturb your neighbors from a good night’s sleep.”
David Abdul-Haqq II

Uncuffed is produced by people in California prisons. Hear more stories like this by subscribing to Uncuffed in podcast players: WeAreUncuffed.org

Original sound design and scoring by Uncuffed’s new sound designer, Eric Abercrombie, AKA Maserati-E.

KALW’s radio training program in California prisons is supported by the Transformative Arts program, a partnership between the California Arts Council and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The producers fact-check content to the best of their ability. All content from inside is approved by a information officer.

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From The Producers Of UncuffedCrosscurrents
Brian “bf” Thames has published five non-fiction books while incarcerated over the last 30 years. A pending 6th book advocating self-reliance and better decision making in potentially dangerous encounters is on the way. Learning languages is an exciting pastime for him. He’s become reasonably fluent in French, conversational in Spanish, and learned ASL during the Covid-19 pandemic. His favorite animals are Great Danes, and any variation of parrots/parakeets. Acquiring general knowledge and education about the world and existence tends to make him giddy.
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