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Former Inmate Reveals Everything He Was Allowed To Keep Inside His Prison Cell

Jess Hardiman

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Former Inmate Reveals Everything He Was Allowed To Keep Inside His Prison Cell

A former inmate has revealed all of the possessions he was allowed to keep in his cell - along with the 'craziest' thing he saw someone owned while behind bars.


Alexander Denning, who shares YouTube content with his nearly-100,000 subscribers at Alexander the Great TV, walked out of the Minnesota Correctional Facility in April 2017 after serving a six-year prison sentence for first-degree assault.

He's now managed to turn his life around, not only forging a successful career in modelling, but also building a huge online presence.

Over on TikTok (@thealexanderdenning), where he also has more than 610,000 followers, someone asked Denning: "What possessions were you able to keep in that cell? Looks simultaneously cluttered and bare."

While the social media star can't answer for the experience of all inmates - who will no doubt have different rules in other prisons - he was able to divulge what it had been like in his cell.

Credit: TikTok/@thealexanderdenning
Credit: TikTok/@thealexanderdenning

In a response video, Denning explained: "Prison cells aren't that big, and you're definitely not allowed a whole tonne of stuff.

"So for each individual, you're allowed two bins like these ones that are in the bottom right corner, and they literally tell you everything you own has to fit into these two bins.

"If they do searches and make you pack up and leave or anything like that, or you get moved to a different unit, and everything doesn't fit, you have to throw stuff away."

Credit: TikTok/@thealexanderdenning
Credit: TikTok/@thealexanderdenning

He continued: "There were a ton of different items we were allowed to have in our cell. I think we're only allowed to have a certain amount or set of clothes, like five sets or something and then, like, two pairs of shoes. Obviously people had more.

"We're allowed to purchase clear, see-through TVs. I believe they had 13-inch and 15-inch. The price after taxes was about $300.

"We're allowed food items within your cell that you purchased off commissary - various items like hot pots, radios, possibly some art supplies if you purchase some."

Denning also revealed what the 'craziest' item someone had while in prison, recalling an inmate who had a particularly swish pair of trainers.

He said: "To me, I think the craziest thing I ever saw somebody had inside prison was a fresh-a** pair of some blue Air Jordans. I'm not sure where he got them from. The guy was a lifer, so he probably had them for a while, who knows?"

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/@thealexanderdenning

Topics: Viral, World News, News, Prison, TikTok

Jess Hardiman
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