Eric “Superman” Sturgess Releases Comprehensive “California Prison Slang Dictionary” to Shed Light on Inmate Vernacular

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Former Correctional Officer unveils an in-depth look at the language that fuels California prison culture.

Floresville, TX (PRUnderground) October 17th, 2023

Eric “Superman” Sturgess, a former correctional officer at the California Department of Corrections, art collector, and author, is happy to announce the release of his latest book, the eye-opening and completely unique “California Prison Slang Dictionary.” This remarkable dictionary offers an exploration of California inmates’ language use. With over 3,000 entries, the new book lays out prisoner language in a way that leaves no stone unturned.

How do inmates speak behind bars in California? For those with a keen interest in California prisons, whether in law enforcement or criminal justice students, the “California Prison Slang Dictionary” is an unmatched reference.

“As someone who has spent a significant portion of my life working within the California prison system, I felt it was essential to create a resource that shed light on the unique language and culture that exists behind bars,” Eric commented about his new book. “The ‘California Prison Slang Dictionary’ results from my experience in this unique environment.”

In addition to being an exciting read and valuable research resource, book sales also help a great cause. Eric has committed to giving back to the community he once served. He has pledged to donate a portion of the proceeds from his book directly to inmates within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. In addition, he plans to provide financial support to organizations whose primary mission is to help incarcerated individuals improve themselves and prepare for successful reintegration into society. Eric believes empowering inmates to positively impact their communities upon release is the best way to break the cycle of leaving prison just to return shortly after.

It’s important to note that Eric’s connection with these individuals goes beyond a business relationship. His commitment to highlighting their talents and stories resonates with incarcerated individuals, like his good friend Downer, who stated, “We’re not just gang members and criminals. We’re individuals with a heart and a story to tell. We’re human, and we’re worthy of second chances.”

The “California Prison Slang Dictionary” by Eric “Superman” Sturgess is now available, offering readers a unique opportunity to delve into the intricate world of California prison culture. To learn more about Eric Sturgess and his work, visit

About Eric Sturgess

Eric ”Superman” Sturgess is renowned for having the world’s most extensive collection of prison art, paños. His dedication to preserving and sharing unique aspects of prison culture has led to the creation of several books with even more planned for the future. Eric maintains strong relationships with inmates within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, regularly communicating with them via texts and providing support through quarterly packages.

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