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Why and How Drugs Are Divided Into Different Classes and Levels

The class of drug is typically included in the criminal charge for possession, sale or use. For examples, the charge would read, “Possession of a Class I drug for resale,” or “Possession of a Class II drug”. How They’re Classed While each agency determines which drugs fall into each schedule, class or level, they are [...]

When 12-Step Programs Don't Work For You

The 12-Step program is not the only method used in rehabs to assist addicts in getting clean and living sober lifestyles. Some rehabs accomplish the same goals through the following means: Medication Medications are available to assist with addiction. For Opiate addicts, the medication blocks Opiate cravings and in some cases will cause you to [...]

Caring for an Inmate, Even If You Can't Visit the Jail or Prison

Visits are a lifeline for most inmates, but if his jail is very far away, or there are other reasons that make it impossible for you to visit, there are other steps you can take to let him know he is not alone. Lots of mail: Even if you can’t write a letter each day [...]

The High Price of Jail Calls: Reducing the Cost of Long Distance Calls

If the jail where your inmate lives is far enough away that the calls from the jail are long distance, communication can become beyond your budget. Private companies provide services to jails for those calls by leasing telephone lines from Bell South or other phone companies and they pass the cost onto you while making [...]

Will They Let Me Drive an Inmate to the Doctor?

For the most part, any time a county jail inmate leaves a jail, official personnel transport him to medical appointments, but in some counties, depending on the circumstances, family members are allowed to provide the transportation. Each jail sets the rules. Here are some general guidelines: The severity of the crime comes into play. Obviously, [...]

Sentenced to 25 Years to Life: What Does it Mean?

A sentence of 25 to life is very open-ended and frequently, it’s not in the offender’s favor. If your boyfriend is facing a 25 to life sentence, the bad news is he could potentially spend the rest of his life in prison. The good news is that after 25 years he will be eligible to [...]

Staying Fit in County Jail: Walking and Jogging in the POD

When you’re locked up, your diet is not going to be the best when it comes to healthy, low-fat foods. This translates to weight gain unless you take steps to counteract the food’s effect on your body. While state prisons often have outdoor yards that contain exercise equipment, many county jails don’t even let the [...]

Can Inmates Receive Visitors While they are in the Hospital?

Most inmate medical needs are taken care of at the county jail through a doctor and nursing staff. Sometimes a health condition arises that requires hospitalization.  Hospital visitation rules depend on several factors: Jail rules: Some jails have a non-negotiable rule that inmates in the hospital cannot receive visitors. They consider it a security

Rejected for Inmate Visitation: Why did the jail tell me I can't visit?

You had your heart set on visiting an inmate but the jail has said you can’t?  Here’s why: A prior incident: If guards became suspicious of your behaviors during an earlier visit, but cannot prove you did something wrong, you will avoid a charge but be rejected for visits. For example, the guards suspect you [...]

Protective Custody in Prison: The Pros and Cons

Protective Custody can be a double-edged sword. It is a method for protecting an inmate from physical harm, but one the inmate is in PC (Protective custody), word spreads quickly and when the inmate is later placed back in general population, lots of people might have a problem. It is important to weigh the pros [...]

Why Can't I Put a Three-Way Call Through for an Inmate?

Your inmate might ask you to put a telephone call of his through to another person by using the three-way system. Most cell phones and landlines are set up so that three people can converse on one phone call. Jails around the country typically don’t allow this. Here are some of the facts. Why Do [...]

An Inmate Must Communicate With the Jail Nurses for Good Care

Due to HIPPA laws, most nurses will refuse to discuss your inmate’s medical condition with you unless the inmate provides prior written permission. It will be up to the inmate to work the system from inside. These steps will guide both the inmate and his family on the best way to get medical care while [...]

Five Ways to Avoid Violence in Jail or Prison

Jails and prisons can be violent environments, but there are things you can do to minimize your chances of confrontation and trouble. 1.  Show no fear – This doesn’t mean bullying. It means showing a quiet confidence. Always remain aware of your surroundings, but do it casually without looking nervous. How to build quiet confidence [...]

Inmate Criminal Charges: Can Inmates get Charged With Crimes in Jail?

In the movies, inmates commit crimes and nothing ever happens to them. In real life, committing a crime in jail will usually get the inmate a new criminal charge. Here is how it works. How will they establish what happened? The jail will investigate any suspected crime, just as if it happened on the outside. [...]

Jail Visits: Taking the Children With You to See Their Parent Inmate

If you want to take children to a jail visit, it is important that you plan ahead. Children’s moods, ages and personalities all play a part in how successful the visit will be. Take these steps to ensure success. Your timing: If you have young children, take their nap times into consideration. Nothing is harder [...]

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Why and How Drugs Are Divided Into Different Classes and Levels

The class of drug is typically included in the criminal charge for possession, sale or use. For examples, the charge would read, “Possession of a Class I drug for resale,” or “Possession of a Class II drug”. How They’re Classed While each agency determines which drugs fall into each schedule, class or level, they are [...]

When 12-Step Programs Don't Work For You

The 12-Step program is not the only method used in rehabs to assist addicts in getting clean and living sober lifestyles. Some rehabs accomplish the same goals through the following means: Medication Medications are available to assist with addiction. For Opiate addicts, the medication blocks Opiate cravings and in some cases will cause you to [...]

Caring for an Inmate, Even If You Can't Visit the Jail or Prison

Visits are a lifeline for most inmates, but if his jail is very far away, or there are other reasons that make it impossible for you to visit, there are other steps you can take to let him know he is not alone. Lots of mail: Even if you can’t write a letter each day [...]

The High Price of Jail Calls: Reducing the Cost of Long Distance Calls

If the jail where your inmate lives is far enough away that the calls from the jail are long distance, communication can become beyond your budget. Private companies provide services to jails for those calls by leasing telephone lines from Bell South or other phone companies and they pass the cost onto you while making [...]

Will They Let Me Drive an Inmate to the Doctor?

For the most part, any time a county jail inmate leaves a jail, official personnel transport him to medical appointments, but in some counties, depending on the circumstances, family members are allowed to provide the transportation. Each jail sets the rules. Here are some general guidelines: The severity of the crime comes into play. Obviously, [...]

Sentenced to 25 Years to Life: What Does it Mean?

A sentence of 25 to life is very open-ended and frequently, it’s not in the offender’s favor. If your boyfriend is facing a 25 to life sentence, the bad news is he could potentially spend the rest of his life in prison. The good news is that after 25 years he will be eligible to [...]

Staying Fit in County Jail: Walking and Jogging in the POD

When you’re locked up, your diet is not going to be the best when it comes to healthy, low-fat foods. This translates to weight gain unless you take steps to counteract the food’s effect on your body. While state prisons often have outdoor yards that contain exercise equipment, many county jails don’t even let the [...]

Can Inmates Receive Visitors While they are in the Hospital?

Most inmate medical needs are taken care of at the county jail through a doctor and nursing staff. Sometimes a health condition arises that requires hospitalization.  Hospital visitation rules depend on several factors: Jail rules: Some jails have a non-negotiable rule that inmates in the hospital cannot receive visitors. They consider it a security

Rejected for Inmate Visitation: Why did the jail tell me I can't visit?

You had your heart set on visiting an inmate but the jail has said you can’t?  Here’s why: A prior incident: If guards became suspicious of your behaviors during an earlier visit, but cannot prove you did something wrong, you will avoid a charge but be rejected for visits. For example, the guards suspect you [...]

Protective Custody in Prison: The Pros and Cons

Protective Custody can be a double-edged sword. It is a method for protecting an inmate from physical harm, but one the inmate is in PC (Protective custody), word spreads quickly and when the inmate is later placed back in general population, lots of people might have a problem. It is important to weigh the pros [...]

Why Can't I Put a Three-Way Call Through for an Inmate?

Your inmate might ask you to put a telephone call of his through to another person by using the three-way system. Most cell phones and landlines are set up so that three people can converse on one phone call. Jails around the country typically don’t allow this. Here are some of the facts. Why Do [...]

An Inmate Must Communicate With the Jail Nurses for Good Care

Due to HIPPA laws, most nurses will refuse to discuss your inmate’s medical condition with you unless the inmate provides prior written permission. It will be up to the inmate to work the system from inside. These steps will guide both the inmate and his family on the best way to get medical care while [...]

Five Ways to Avoid Violence in Jail or Prison

Jails and prisons can be violent environments, but there are things you can do to minimize your chances of confrontation and trouble. 1.  Show no fear – This doesn’t mean bullying. It means showing a quiet confidence. Always remain aware of your surroundings, but do it casually without looking nervous. How to build quiet confidence [...]

Inmate Criminal Charges: Can Inmates get Charged With Crimes in Jail?

In the movies, inmates commit crimes and nothing ever happens to them. In real life, committing a crime in jail will usually get the inmate a new criminal charge. Here is how it works. How will they establish what happened? The jail will investigate any suspected crime, just as if it happened on the outside. [...]

Jail Visits: Taking the Children With You to See Their Parent Inmate

If you want to take children to a jail visit, it is important that you plan ahead. Children’s moods, ages and personalities all play a part in how successful the visit will be. Take these steps to ensure success. Your timing: If you have young children, take their nap times into consideration. Nothing is harder [...]

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Visiting an Inmate in the San Diego County Bailey Det Ctr in California

In order to visit an inmate at the Bailey Detention Center, you must make a reservation beforehand. Reservations can be made online or by telephone. If you wish to make a reservation online, you must look up the inmate at the Who's In Jail page at the Sheriff's Department website located at this link (http://apps.sdsheriff.net/wij/wij.aspx). Lookup the inmate of your interest, and there is a link in the inmate's profile to schedule a reservation.

Reservations are taken 24 hours a day online every Tuesday through Sunday, as the website is unavailable on Mondays. Reservations made by telephone must be made every Tuesday through Sunday from 10 AM to 2 PM PST. To make a reservation, call the detention center at (760) 210-0386. Same day visit are permitted, depending on an inmate's work schedule, availability, and the status of an inmate's privileges.

Much like every detention facility in San Diego, they have their own visiting schedule based on the jail's housing arrangements. A schedule on when visits can be permitted is located at http://www.sdsheriff.net/detentionfacilities/visit_gbdf.html. There are also many rules on visiting an inmate. The George Bailey Detention Center does not allow contact visits, and visits are through a glass window with a telephone handset provided by the jail. Visits are limited to 30 minutes per session, and an inmate is allowed two social visits a week, and only one a day.

Anyone visiting an inmate must check in at least one hour before the scheduled visit. Only those who made a reservation to visit an inmate can be at the visit. In order to get in, a visitor must have a valid photo ID on them to verify their identity. This includes, but is not limited to, a driver's license, passport, school ID, or a visa. A maximum of three visitors can be present at one time, and all minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

More rules and guidelines can be viewed at http://www.sdsheriff.net/jailinfo/visiting.html. Visitations are encouraged by the San Diego Sheriff's Department, but they are also a privilege, not a right.

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How to use the Inmate Search for San Diego County Bailey Det Ctr in California

The George F. Bailey Detention Center is located right near the barren deserts of San Diego. It currently has 1,888 beds, and a revolving door of inmates in for various crimes. It is also the largest detention facility in San Diego. If you have a family member or friend currently locked up in this facility, or if you want to know if they are in any detention facility in San Diego, looking them up is simple, and only requires a few very simple steps.

First, go to their website at http://www.sdsheriff.net/detentionfacilities/gbdf.html, and go to the "Who's In Jail" link at the far right hand side of the screen. Click on that link, and you will e prompted to enter the first and last name of an inmate. Exact spelling is not required. What is required, however, are the first two letters of an inmate's last name and the first letter of an inmate's first name. For example, if you wanted to look up a woman named Donna Mae, you would have to type in "D" for the first name, and "Ma" for the last name. Or if you want, you can type in the full name. Afterwards, you should click on the Lookup button or the Reset button if you had made a mistake in typing the name, in which case you just type the name in again but correctly.

After you hit the Lookup button, you will be taken to a CAPTCHA screen. CAPTCHA screens are used on many websites to verify that a human is trying to look at the website, and not a computer or a robotic device. This is done to ensure the security of the webpage, so that an inmate's information cannot be used for commercial purposes and that a user cannot be blocked from the webpage. All you have to do on that screen is type in the 5 or 6 green characters in the white box, and then hit Continue. Given you typed in the correct letters, you will be taken to a list of matches. This gives matches for any inmate locked up in any of the San Diego detention facilities, but an inmate's profile will be sure to tell where they are exactly.

An inmate's profile will give you a person's basic vital statistics, such as nationality, date of birth, and other physical characteristics. It also shows where he/she is being held, what they were charged with, and any release or bail information you may need to know. There are also links on the profile page for inmate services, such as emailing the inmate, scheduling a visit with the inmate, and shopping the jail's commissary for goods and services to aid the inmate.

The inmate search module on the Bailey Detention Center website, as well as San Diego County jails as a whole may be a bit vague and intimidating, but it contains enough to know that if you have a loved one currently locked up, they are in the system and they are getting their day in court.

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Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the San Diego County Bailey Det Ctr in California

Contact with a family member or loved one during a time of incarceration is very much encouraged, as it makes the period of separation a little easier for those involved. There are rules and limitations, but contact is relatively simple. For one, inmates can receive e-mail messages while they're in custody.

There are guidelines on how to successfully e-mail an inmate at the George Bailey Detention Center. First of all, privacy is not guaranteed, so be careful on what you write in an e-mail. You may send up to two e-mail messages a day in lieu of postcards, but the e-mails can only be up to one page long. Attachments, such as photographs, are not allowed in the e-mail. When prompted to give a return address, be sure to give your home address or any other address you want to use in regards to correspondence with an inmate. An inmate will not be able to send an e-mail, and any returning correspondence will be conducted through the U.S. Postal Service.

How do you look up an inmate's e-mail address? An inmate has no e-mail address, per se, but you can look them up online. Their inmate profile contains a link to send them an e-mail. Just be sure to follow any directions that come up.

You can also write to the inmate the old-fashioned way; through mail. You can send inmates a postcard, given they are rectangular, not altered from their original form, and follow the criteria of the correctional facility. Please visit http://www.sdsheriff.net/jailinfo/mail.html for the precise guidelines of sending an inmate snail mail.

When sending mail to an inmate, be sure to use this heading:

Inmate's Name, # Booking Number
George Bailey Detention Facility
446 Alta Rd. Ste. 5300
San Diego, CA 92158-0002

Inmates also have telephone privileges throughout the day once they are booked. Visit http://www.sdsheriff.net/jailinfo/phones.html for more information about telephone privileges and guidelines. The number for the Bailey Detention Facility is (619) 210-0385.

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