Related (slightly): Rape in US prisons
Two movies I know of, one I recently watched, suggest that if one is going to prison, the best way to survive is to find someone on the first day and beat the hell out of them. The idea is that if others get the idea that you won't go easily, you'll be more likely to be left alone, less likely to be raped, and less likely future target for attack.
25th hour (YouTube link that opens right to the quote). Update 2018-02: video reported as down, and I cannot locate a replacement. Per Wikiquote, here is the statement from Uncle Nikolai:
This is my advice to you: When you get there, figure it out who's who. Find the man nobody's protecting. A man without friends. And beat him until his eyes bleed. Let them think you are little bit crazy, but respectful, too. Respectful of the right men.
- Office space (LINK to imdb list of quotes):
Rob Newhouse: Conjugal visits? Mmmm. Not that I know of. Y'know, minimum-security prison is no picnic. I have a client in there right now. He says the trick is: kick someone's ass the first day, or become someone's bitch. Then everything will be all right.
So, does this approach give one an advantage in terms of survival and/or not being a target of future assault/rape (I realize that rape apparently isn't that common, or as common as it's made out to be, per the related question above)?
Update 2018-05-25: Ben Barden does not believe movie claims count as specific enough. I don't know what that means, but to populate this with other examples that this is a sufficiently notable claim:
Shocking prison secrets that no-one tells you (satire, but contains the claim)
Should I fight back in prison? (granted, not about the first day specifically, but aligns heavily with the sentiment of this claim):
His advice is that yes, it is absolutely critical you fight as hard and viciously as you can the first time you get into a confrontation. It is prison.
- Am i gonna be a target in prison?. Asked by someone supposedly going to prison:
also is it true that u are supposed to try to kick someones ass the first day so that no one fucks with you? thats wat every1 has been sayin but honestly i dont know ok thanks
- A Letter from the Biggest, Meanest-Looking Guy in the Prison Yard, by Erik Voss (satire, but contains the claim)
That said, coming from the biggest, meanest-looking guy in the prison yard, please, don’t walk up and punch me in the face.
I think that these show the claim is well known enough to exist on this site. It may not be answerable, but it's a claim people make that could be answered with the right data (which may or may not exist).