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An Inmate Can Meditate to Alleviate Fears in Prison

If someone you know is in prison, you can be sure there is stress involved in that inmate's daily life. Prisons are loud, can be dangerous and there is very little freedom. In addition, simply being sentenced to do time disrupts life with regard to employment, family and other outside obligations. By the time the […]

Probation Searches: Can My Boyfriend's PO Search my Car, Purse, or House?

Your boyfriend's probation officer just appeared and wants to inspect your home, your automobile and even your wallet as part of his checking up on your boyfriend to be sure he is in compliance. What can you do? Always check with an attorney for your actual situation but in general these are the guidelines: Say […]

Support for Inmates with Chronic Health Issues

Various services are offered to inmates who have sicknesses that require attention, but it's important to establish the needed Medications: Your inmate should receive medication for chronic health conditions with two exceptions. • Narcotics will not be given. Instead, a non-narcotic substitute will be used • Regardless of what prescriptions your inmate

What is an Inmate Money or Commissary Account?

Most jails and prisons in America allow friends and family members of inmates to make deposits to inmate money accounts. They are set up to give the inmate access to various services including commissary purchases and phone use. Some facilities deduct nominal amounts from these accounts for inmate health visits and other jail fees. Commissary […]

Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Massachusetts

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, but that right can be lost if you're a convicted felon. It's up to the each state to decide their laws about restoring rights. The laws for Massachusetts include: If You're Charged If you've been charged with a crime, but have not yet […]

What Does a 15 Years to Life Sentence Mean?

A sentence of 15 years to life, 25 years to life or similar sounding words all mean the same thing. The only difference is the time frame. What the Number Means The number in the sentence indicates the minimum number of years the inmate must serve before he or she can be considered for parole. […]

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. […]

Drugs in Prisons and Jails: Getting High Inside

When your boyfriend went to jail, you believed he would finally get clean and sober, but when you visited him last week, you could have sworn he was high. Your instincts are probably right. Drugs are relatively easy to obtain in prison. Guards Every prison has a few guards who would rather make a buck […]

4 Things to Tell Young Kids When Dad is In Jail

While your husband is incarcerated, your children will want to know what has happened. These four things can ease their mind without burdening them. Explain why he went. Without being specific about the exact crime he is accused of, you can tell the children that the judge thinks their dad broke the law and he […]

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 […]

What is a Terry Stop?

You get pulled over and you know all of your lights and turn signals work and you didn't break any traffic laws. The Terry Stop law allows officers to stop you anyway, under certain circumstances. The Law's History This little known law was solidified in 1968 when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld an Ohio traffic […]

What if an Inmate Becomes Terminally Ill?

You were handling your husband's incarceration by visiting once a month, writing constantly, and hearing him out during phone calls. Recently he was declared terminally ill, and all you want now is to spend his last few months with him, and you're hoping he can pass surrounded by family. In some states this is becoming […]

Fun Ideas for Inmate Mail

Writing to your inmate is an invaluable way to communicate. You'll have your share of serious life issues letters, but here are some fun ways to entertain each other through letters. These can be done on postcards, too. Top 5 + 5 = 10 Each of you make a list of your favorite five things […]

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, […]

5 Steps to Mailing Commissary Money to a Federal Inmate

In addition to these five steps below, keep in mind that when you mail the commissary funds, they must go through the United States Postal Service. You cannot use Federal Express, United Parcel or other similar services. Step 1 Know where to send it. All federal commissary money must be sent to a central post […]

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16001 SR 7
Steubenville, OH 43952
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Parents in Jail: Getting a Preschool-aged Child Ready to Visit

Preschool-aged children are very attached to their parents. If one of them is suddenly arrested and incarcerated it can cause lots of anxiety. Allowing the child to visit the parent can help alleviate those fears but it is important to explain what's coming with age-appropriate discussions. Talk it over immediately Waiting too long to explain […]

Cost Effective Ways to Visit an Inmate

The expenses of traveling to visit your inmate can add up quickly. These cost saving measures will make it less painful for your budget. Traveling by car Gas up early Gas up on a weekday. Many gas stations raise the price of a gallon shortly before the weekend. Filling up the tank on a weekday, […]

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. […]

Choosing Which Days to Visit An Inmate

Visitation looks simple on the surface, but keep in mind these details when planning to see your inmate: Commissary: For most inmates, the week revolves around visits and commissary deliveries. If possible plan your visits for the days that commissary is not delivered. This gives the inmate different pleasures throughout the week instead of having […]

Jail Good Time Credits and How they Work

You might hear the term "good time credit" tossed around in conversations with your inmate. Good time credits are units of time given to an inmate that take time off his or her sentence. Each jail decides how good time credits will be used, but here are some general guidelines. Counting credits: Jails typically decide […]

What Happens to an Inmate with Allergies?

Whether your inmate typically has seasonal allergies outside or they only appear when he is in jail, medications can often help, but it's a matter of getting them to your inmate. Unfortunately, most county jails only provide medications if not doing so will cause potential health issues. Otherwise the inmate just suffers. Some county jails […]

Inmate Phone Calls: Are They Listening in and Recording?

To an inmate, the phone is a lifeline to the outside world. Some inmates dial memorized numbers all day long, hoping that someone will pick up. It is important to remember that every phone call between an inmate and an outside number is recorded, and callers should act accordingly. Avoid anything incriminating. Staff members can […]

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 […]

Can I Visit an Inmate if I am on Probation or Parole?

A friend or family member has been arrested and this has created chaos and stress. Before you race off to visit him or her in jail, if you are on probation or parole you need to take the following steps. Find out the Rules Some jails will not allow anyone on probation or parole to […]

Can a Felon Own a Gun In New Mexico?

Generally speaking, federal law makes it a crime for a convicted felon to own or possess a gun or ammunition. If you were convicted of a federal felony crime, you must receive a presidential pardon if you are to ever own a firearm again. Some states, however, have specifically designed laws regarding felons convicted of […]

Posting Bail Gets Him Out of Jail, But What About When There Are Holds?

People who are arrested and charged with crimes are usually taken to the county jail. At the jail or very soon afterwards during a bond hearing, a bond is set. If someone pays the bond, the defendant gets out of jail to await his hearing unless one of the following occurs: Probation Violation Hold News […]

When He's In Jail, How to Provide Holiday Gifts for the Kids

Between supporting the family and providing for his commissary, there isn't much left to cover extras. Most communities provide funds to buy Christmas gifts for children of inmates. You just have to know where to look. Angel Tree This organization provides Christmas gifts and fun for children of inmates nationwide. Churches sign up to work […]

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 […]

Dealing with a Drug Addict: How I Started Letting Go

If you are dealing with an addict in your life, you already know that you won't be able to keep it up forever. There will come a point where you will need to reclaim your life and get back among the living. Years ago, I began taking gradual steps toward letting go and by the […]

Why Doesn't An Addict Get Clean After Overdosing?

As told by an addict who overdosed and almost died twice before giving up drugs. How often did you get high before you overdosed? By the time I overdosed the first time, I was getting high on a daily basis. I no longer took drugs to enjoy a high. I took them to avoid being […]

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  1. Shell Sat, Apr 23 2011 5:37 PM

    I caught scabies in Jefferson county jail, Steubenville Ohio. They do not care to treat the problem. I'm calling the health department! It was ridiculous!

  2. mr Blackwell Sun, Jun 05 2011 1:35 PM

    All they do is beat inmates up the co"s take there frustration out on inmates abdalla should be demoted he"s insane he runs a very unhealthy facility.

  3. MM Tue, Dec 13 2011 2:14 PM

    If you dont like Jefferson countys hotel for criminals then dont commit a crime. Taxpayers would gladly send you on an all expense paid trip to live with Sherrif Joe in Arizona!

  4. m&m Sat, Jan 12 2013 10:10 AM

    MM, It is the Jefferson County Jail not a prison. The people housed in the jail aren't to be written off as less than human but judging by the content of your comment I'm assuming that is the mentality of the area. I know it is I live here and haven't set foot inside the jail but it can't be all that bad the building is fairly new. We'd also need to think about the "quality" of the building which leaves much to be desired.....I wonder if any of the cells leak rainwater also? What a joke it is. Before any "defamation" suits are to be filed please realize my comment is merely in jest and the jail is an extension of the public entity Jefferson County......

  5. schoelwer Thu, Mar 14 2013 1:38 PM

    how do i find arrest records for Frances Darlene Wright and court date for identity theft 03/13/13 jefferson county steubenville ohio

  6. Chris R Mon, Apr 29 2013 8:43 AM

    just because it is a fairly new building doesn't mean anything, The showers are only cleaned out one a week by another inmate who is trusty for that week or month, they are only given one towel a week and that towel is turned in on Tuesday morning and not returned till late Tuesday eve, the inmates are only given two uniforms a week and most are ripped and torn, at least the blue's the women are given, the nurse their is could give a shit if you are living or dying, if she decides to see you then she see's you, some go in and never see the nurse, which I think should be a first on the list, there was not only scabies going around but ringworm also in the girls pod, The intercom boxes in the cells are most of the time put on Isolation, so if you did have an emergency during the night while locked down you wouldn't get the attention you needed until the co decided to do rounds that night, It's hard to keep the pod clean and up to standards when you are only given cleaning supples once a day to clean your cell and the entire pod and that is at 6:30 am, then by 7 all cleaning supples have to be returned, So germs are going to be spread very easy. I never seen any co's be physically abusive with a female inmate, but I have witnessed some verbal abuse. Regardless what you may feel is okay to live in or like because someone committed a crime, they are still human beings and deserve to be treated as such, these are not prisoners persay, these are county people doing time for small offenses, It is sad when you can go to prison and get more uniforms, towels, cleaner area and so forth, but all this money was spend on this new jail, that tax payers pay for and the inmates are wearing old rags as uniforms, old nasty shower shoe's that stink, the shower only gets cleaned once a week and one towel a week to keep yourself clean and most use that same towel as a pillow because they are only given when booked in, uniform, towel, soap, roll of tp, toothbrush and small toothpaste. Please don't forget that someday you family member or even yourself could make a mistake and end up doing some time, then I assume your views on how things are run will change.

  7. Need answers Tue, Jul 16 2013 2:50 PM

    Hi Chris R. Were you in jefferson county jail anytime from March 2013-June 2013? Or do you know anyone that was?

  8. Freebird Wed, Jul 31 2013 3:46 AM

    The Jefferson County jail is in my opinion worse than a dog pound. While I had my short stay there, they wouldn't give me a phone call when I got booked, they wouldn't tell me when I was going to be arraigned or go to court. They were very rude when I did ask. They don't give you anything to drink except for 1 milk at breakfast, nothing to drink with lunch or dinner. My cell mare was having lesion sex it a girl from the next cell so there were times I could not even go to my own cell. The girls that get Meds in there crush them and snort them up their nose, even with the pregnant girls, they run naked through the pod, always flashing their books, vaginas and butter to the other girl inmates. There is absolutely no order in that pod. That jail is inhumane and should be under investigation. I didn't even get my one phone call at booking like your supposed to so my family would know what happened to me, and I was there on a misdemeanor. So all that being said Jefferson County jail is a joke, full of prostitutes and from the stories I heard in there there is a few cops and Co's that hire them, so go figure the place is a disease infested junkie, whore house, god bless anyone that truly doesn't deserve to be there.

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