What constitutes a hoodrat? To do better than the generation before you and do everything possible to make the next generation even better. Everyone makes mistakes, would you stop loveing your Father, your Mother, sister, brother, etc, if they did something that put them in prison? I for one think it's a dangerous game that sometimes works out and sometimes is life destroying. Prison groupie - Someone who hangs out with only inmates. I seriously don't know what a hootrat is so I'm gonna go with bad bxtch's definition of that word. You see them in the lobby visiting any number of inmates they seem to bounce around from one inmate to another like a ping-pong ball. As for why some would want to date a man in prison, I think it's different reasons.