Prison Rape Elimination Act makes touching an “in-house” crime. “In-house” refers to a rule that exists only within the prison and breaking the rule does not go on a person’s public record. A person’s record is the information that comes up in a background check. Touch bans can be used by staff to give inmates a hard time. On the other hand, an inmate’s willingness to break rules can show an inmate’s unwillingness to be compliant. In my case, both were true–I was stubborn and gave staff a reason to nail me.