The article is a discussion of the unforeseen effects of policies that Florida’s Department of Corrections has enacted over the past thirty years, specifically those concerning inmate movements to, inside, and from the institutional dining areas. It addresses the erosion of social norms among the incarcerated population as external rules have replaced informal social contracts, and the ways that prison administrators have exploited racial tensions to maintain control. The incarcerated author hopes to add an autoethnographic voice to the discussion in the literature of power dynamics in the third-largest prison system in the world.

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