“Prison Wallet”: 74 Things Confiscated From People Behind Bars

A prison is like a little city. It has a library, a beauty shop (which is a fancy name for a hair cutting room), a medical wing, a rec yard... Of course, facilities vary from institution to institution, but if we exclude countries that have a different philosophy on incarceration...

A prison is like a little city. It has a library, a beauty shop (which is a fancy name for a hair cutting room), a medical wing, a rec yard… Of course, facilities vary from institution to institution, but if we exclude countries that have a different philosophy on incarceration altogether, most places are pretty similar.

So we’re told. For the average person, life behind bars remains a mystery. And quite an intriguing one. How do people organize themselves under such extreme circumstances? What do they miss? How do they spend their days? A TV show, for example, might give us an idea but if we constructed our worldview based on what we saw on the screen, we’d end up like Truman Burbank. In an illusion.

Instead, let’s take a realistic look at how inmates get by — the subreddit r/PrisonWallet is perfect for this job. It shares pictures of things that were confiscated from them, offering a candid view inside the cells.

#1 Prisoners From Indiana Were Given Cats To Look After As Part Of A Rehabilitation Scheme. Here Is One Prisoner With A Hat He Knitted For His Cat!

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#2 “Lady”, An Electric Guitar Built Illegally By An Inmate In A Pennsylvania State Prison

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#3 Prison Issued Bleach Soap Carved With A Plastic Spoon And Empty Bic Pen

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#4 The Paper Mache Heads Made By Frank Morris, John Anglin And Clarence Anglin When They Escaped Alcatraz Prison

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#5 The Face Of A Guard Made With Soap By A Prisioner In Brazil. All Made With Soap Even The Eyes

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#6 Trained Cockroach Smuggles Cigarette Into Prison Cells, June 1938

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#7 Model Of Hms St George Made By Pows Of The Seven Years War

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#8 These Are The Best Chess Figures I Have Ever Seen And These Were Made In Prison

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#9 Flashlight Made By Prisoner

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#10 Inmates Bug The Guards’ Rooms With “Bugs” To Listen For Cell Shakedowns

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#11 Found This In A Small Town Museum Today. Made By A Prisoner In Angola Prison Out Of Match Sticks And Pebbles From Prison Grounds

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#12 Prison Lamp Made From Popsicle Sticks

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#13 Toilet Paper Dice

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#14 This Prison Tattoo Gun

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#15 This Water Heater Made In Prison

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#16 This Tin Can Grill

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#17 Asian Prison Art Made By Liv Bao Jin, A Chinese Refugee, Made And Sold To Pay Legal Bills, 1993

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#18 A Tattoo Gun Made In Prison. Functions Off Of Vibration. This One Is Powered By An Electric Toothbrush Motor

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#19 Prison Chess Set Made In The 1950s – Made Out Of Toilet Paper, Dried Bread & Shoe Paste

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#20 Anytime You Feel Life Isn’t Nice, Remember This Brazilian Prisoner Who Dug An Escape Tunnel For 5 Years To Burst Out In A Guard Room…

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#21 Pokemon Cards Made While In Prison

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#22 Flip Flops

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#23 A Way Prisoners Make Rose’s For Their Loved Ones Made Of Jolly Ranchers

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#24 Asked An Inmate To Draw His Interpretation Of The Prison System. They Are Only Allowed A Blue Pen. Color Was Done By Melting Skittles And M&ms

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#25 Cigarette Lighter Made In Prison

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#26 Carved By A Death Row Inmate Using Only A Spoon

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#27 Two Picture Frames Made Out Of Chip Bags An Inmate Had Given My Mom Whilst Working The Jail As A Nurse

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#28 Table Made From Ramen Noodles And Masking Tape

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#29 “The Last Supper” As Carved By An Inmate On A Jailhouse Door

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#30 Pen Art On Prison Linen

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#31 A Snazzy New York Prison Crafted Box, Circa 1866

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#32 Hand Crafted Mah-Jong Set By A Japanese Prisoner Of War, Ww2

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#33 Hotplate Made From A Brick

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#34 This Radio

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#35 19th Century Carved Bone Prison Ring, Made In Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia

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#36 DIY Dumbbell Made Of Old Battery’s Crafted In Jail

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#37 Prison Made Celluloid Bakelite Ring, Gifted To A Prison Guard, 1930s Ww2

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#38 The Convict Cookbook, Made By Convicts At Washington State Penitentiary For Charity

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#39 Hand Painted Playing Cards Made By French War Prisoners, Hampshire 1796

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#40 Made Out Of Rolled Paper, Cardboard, Craft Paint, Bed Sheets, And Floor Wax (Clear Coat)

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#41 Prison Made Harley Motorcycle Sculpture

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#42 9 1/2″ Sabre Tooth Tiger Made In Folsom Prison

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#43 Water Powered Tattoo Gun

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#44 A Canteen Radio Made By Pow Brian Hitchison From A Ww2 Prison Camp

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#45 1943 Colorado State Penitentiary Prison Art Pyrography Box

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#46 “The Cross” Created By A Woven Winston Packaging And Made At The Louisiana State In Penitentiary, Angola

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#47 Fake Gun Used In Prison Escape

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#48 Embroidered Belt Made By A Prisoner Of War, Ww1

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#49 1970s Prison Made Japanese Kokeshi Doll

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#50 A Guy Was Sent To Lockup And I Was Tasked With Cleaning His Cell. I Found This Left Behind In His Locker

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#51 Literal Prison Wallet. Made By East Tn Inmates 4 Years Ago

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#52 When I Saw This Subreddit I Immediately Thought About These Inmates That Built A Computer Near My Hometown

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#53 Prison Made Kool Cigarette Purse, Clutch And Case Made From Folded Cigarette Packs

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#54 19th Century Prison Made Bone Corpus Christi

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#55 Prison Made Turkish Beaded Snake, Ww1

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#56 German Prisoner Of War Made Trench Art Box, Us Camp #16, France, 1945 Ww2

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#57 Toy Dachshund Made By A Prisoner Of War In Bristol, Gifted To A Family Near The Prison, Ww2

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#58 Prison Made Cooking Device, Made By Prisoners Of War In Germany, Ww2

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#59 Toilet Paper, Toothpick And Toothpaste Chess Pieces

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#60 Prison Made Mermaid Soap Sculpture

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#61 Carved Skull Beads Made By A Napoleonic Prisoner Of War

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#62 Some Soap Sculptures From The 1950s

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#63 Chess Pieces And Board From An Abandoned Prison In NY

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#64 Cellphone Chargers

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#65 Mini Tattoo Gun

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#66 Dice Made From Ibuprofen, Courtesy Of @rianjean11 On Tik Tok

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#67 Just Read The Text On The Sign, Title Is Unnecessary

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#68 Pipe Made In Prison

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#69 Pruno; Wine Made In Prison Using Fruit And Yeast From Bread. This Bag Was Found Inside The Base Of A Sink In A Prisoner’s Cell

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#70 Interlocking Heart Of Playing Cards, Made By A Florida Doc Prisoner

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#71 Prison Made Candle

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#72 Prison Glue, Not Toothpaste

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#73 Prison Made Folded Purse And B Cup Bra

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#74 This Wrench Made To Unscrew Windows To Escape

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