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Old 01-30-2008, 08:06 AM
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Default Do ex-convicts recognize other ex-convicts on the street?

Or is that one of those urban legends? How is that even possible? Is it something you sense? The way they carry themselves?

If this is true - what's your reaction or how do you feel about it? Does it make you nervous or do you just go about your day as usual?
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Although this is probably directed to ex-inmates..its interesting that I can spot one...its something about their 'swagger', how they carry themselves.
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Although this is probably directed to ex-inmates..its interesting that I can spot one...its something about their 'swagger', how they carry themselves.
What's a "swagger"?
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What's a "swagger"?
the way a person carries him/herself...their style, the way they talk, walk, dress, move...
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Old 01-30-2008, 08:47 AM
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the way a person carries him/herself...their style, the way they talk, walk, dress, move...
Interesting. How do they dress differently???
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Although this is probably directed to ex-inmates..its interesting that I can spot one...its something about their 'swagger', how they carry themselves.
Per my quote...its just SOMETHING about their swagger...ie...how they carry themselves....
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Interesting. How do they dress differently???
Again, its SOMETHING about how they dress, walk...carry themselves...

*IF* I could explain what that SOMETHING was, I would but, unfortunately, I cant... *I* just know...to try to explain it to somebody else...nope, cant do it...again, *I* can just see it


Ever heard someone say "Its something about him that gives me the creeps"?...but you cant explain what that "something" is? Well, thats the same thing here
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Maybe it is the prison Tattoos...KIDDING..Mine is getting his reworked with colors when he gets out! LOL It is a small world "inside" and they probably run into someone they knew or saw while inside...Mine tells me he runs into guys that were released and came back from various prisons several times a year...even had an old Cellie from 5 states away end up next door to him now....So they may recognize the "swagger" Lingo, eye contact etc of another person and recognize it is from Prison probably..It sure is a different world in there...and some of it has to carry over into the outside I am sure.
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Sometimes its just a fealing, like hey that person was in I know it, and sometimes you just see some one you know.

Though shamed to admit this part, I have been approached a couple of times, by people and they have been like don't I know you from such and such place, and I say know, must just look like them, and even though they stare and they are pretty sure, I just keep on saying no.

There is also the fact that behaviors for some of them don't change, they keep that same hard nose attitude and look even when they get out. They had to act and be a certain way while in in order to live, and when they get out its hard to put it down.

There are many many facters that lead into it, even something as simple as the way they eat, like there always in a hurry.
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You know what's also interesting- this should probably be another thread- but I find I have developed Cop Radar to an astounding degree. It's the walk, the swagger, the 'tude.
Sometimes I get a "this person has been inside" vibe and I'm often right. But more often I can spot a law critter at 1,000 paces nearly every time.
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oh the way they eat....nearly 20 years later and I am still telling him to slow down and enjoy what you are eating, I promise I will not steal your food and yes YOU can have more.....
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Well, the youngsters are covered with ink pen tattoos. I'm 65, did 3yrs day for day 3rd DWI. Got 10 days work release for #4. Go figure, today is 1 year from last arrest and 1 year sober. I got it this time, Retired from AT&T and I now have the best union job in TX, building trade shows, conventions, stock shows, even the last super bowl in Houston. Never had a tattoo and I was in the Navy and Merchant Marine back the Viet Nam 60's.
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Most times yes, for me anyway. Goes from just a feeling, to the tats, any number of clues.

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Where is the San Francisco Lodge do you know?
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I wonder is the Co's on here can spot an ex inmate?
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Even I can spot ex -cons in the street
here in NZ its easy as they all call anyone in authority Boss
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Yes most ex c/o's can spot ex cons just like ex cons can spot "the Man". Cops and c/o's before even talking.
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Yes most ex c/o's can spot ex cons just like ex cons can spot "the Man". Cops and c/o's before even talking.
Ditto.

I have never been to jail or prison, but i can spot them easily. For instance, the one who wont sit with thier back to the public, the one who is always aware and alert to there surroundings. Its a few things. My fiance can spot a mile away.
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I can spot a con probably 90% of the time. The swagger that was mentioned, slang words and phrases, various things. I don't run into anyone I did time with, cause my time was served in Missouri, and I live in Oregon now, but I can still point out the folks who did time, no matter where it was served.
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It has a lot to do with the way they dress, loose pants, typically oversized. While in prison if they wear clothes that actually fit, they feel they are advertising their 'form.' The slight nod of the head, a respect thing I suppose. The way they walk, always aware of their surroundings. The way they sit, more where they sit with back to the wall kind of thing, or squat from being accustom to sitting anywhere without need for a chair.
When you speak to them, there is usually a pause while they determine whether there is hidden meaning or request. For example if you ask a convict or parolee, "Here, hold this." They instictively stop, assess the potential reprecussions of holding an item before holding an item.
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Jimmysonlygirl- -yes, we can "spot" then as you call it- -just like that other guy said, just the way they act, carry themselves.
guess it's one of those things where "one has to "be there to understand"- -don't mean that rudely.
Inside, IS a different workld- -supposed to be.
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If it's so easy to spot us, how come it took them so long to catch 7 cons on the run staying together in a room (Connally 7)?.
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If it's so easy to spot us, how come it took them so long to catch 7 cons on the run staying together in a room (Connally 7)?.

I don't think the average john Q citizen can spot them. Only if your involved or have been involved.
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yup, by the doc tattoos and the way they carry themselves
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