A cell on the flag

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(source: Iceberg Slim –Pimp, The story of my life)

Section of the novel that contains the expression:

”The yard cons leaned on their brooms. They stared through the car window at me. The sedan came to a stop. We got out. They took off my handcuffs. I was taken into the same cell house from which I'd made the escape thirteen years before. I was locked in a cell on the flag.”


Slim describes how he gets incarcerated in the jail he escaped from earlier. But what does it mean that he was locked up in a ’cell on the flag’?
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