Walking into prison for the first time, no matter who you are, is a frightening experience, if you can afford bail, you better take it. The mixture of adrenaline, fear, anxiety, and confusion is deafening. After the cell doors are slammed shut behind you it is time to deal with your situation and begin planning your survival. Prison life is hard and scary, but if you live by their code and stay out of trouble, you might survive your time without much incidence.

The prisoner’s belongings will be given to reception staff who will sort out what items are permitted in the prison. All other belongings will be stored until their release. The prisoner is issued with a list of clothing entitlements. At this point the prisoner will sort out which clothes they wish to/are allowed to wear. All convicted prisoners are given the opportunity to participate in an induction programme. This allows the prisoner to see what will happen within the prison on a day to day basis, what programmes or activities are available, visiting entitlements and the roles of certain staff within the prison (including the Family Contact Officers).

Prisoners should be able to work their way through their sentences, leading towards prison incentives, for example, perhaps aiming towards a better cell or even a single cell, a specific job within the prison or additional visits. However, progression will depend on a prisoner’s sentence, behaviour, and the prison’s available facilities. Those who follow the rules can earn privileges if they behave well. Privileges are different in each prison; prison staff can explain to the prisoner how the scheme works.

It might feel like crime is running rampant, but we’d be willing to bet most of that is due to just idiots being idiots. Case in point, the folks in this gallery who now have a rap sheet for the most ridiculous reasons, like farting on a cop or assaulting somebody with ramen noodles. Crime doesn’t pay — especially if you have a reputation for being a complete moron:

Thanks to Twitter, Dose, and Huffington Post for some of the images above. And if you enjoyed these funny arrest photos, check out our other galleries on funny Thanksgiving fails and hilariously ironic mugshots!

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