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What Happens if You Bond Someone Out and That Person Flees?

In the chaos of an arrest it is easy to get caught up in the moment and race to bail someone out of jail. Bonding someone out is not hard to do, but if that person doesn't show up in court when ordered to do so, your life could become very difficult. Be sure you […]

You are on Felony Probation: 4 Things Not To Do

Being on felony probation means you report to a probation officer by phone or in person, typically once a month. Between your reporting dates, you need to stay on your probation officer's good side. 1. Don't associate with felons. Almost all felony probation officers will tell you not to hang around with known felons. It […]

Get a Special Visit If You Live Far From the Jail

The logistics of visiting an inmate who is incarcerated very far from where you live can be tricky. If the jail has very short visits or requires a specific visitation registration processes, it makes it even more difficult. Some jails make exceptions for those who must travel to visit the inmate. How Far is Far? […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What is a Medical POD?

A medical POD in a county jail is an area where prisoners with medical conditions are incarcerated. In some cases, the inmates have long-term medical conditions. In others it is temporary such as for a severe illness or injury that will be recovered from quickly. Which inmates get assigned to Medical PODS? Inmates with injuries […]

Basics About Felons and the Right to Possess Firearms

Your neighbor has invited you hunting or you want to buy a gun to protect your home. You did your time long ago and are not even on parole or probation anymore, so what's the problem with owning a gun? The problem is you are a convicted felon, and as such the federal government says […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Happens When an Illegal Immigrant Commits a Crime?

If and undocumented immigrant is charged with committing a crime, there can be three different legal outcomes. 1. ICE Gets Involved The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) enter information about an arrested immigrant into a database that is monitored. This department has the authority to take custody of the immigrant, investigate his standing

Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Michigan

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, however, once convicted of a felony, whether or not that right will be restored to you is up to the state that you reside in. The laws for Michigan include: Pending Cases If you are charged with a crime, but have not yet […]

What Type of Arrest Warrants Will Cause Social Security Benefits to Stop?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) can only stop your benefits if the arrest warrant is for a fleeing crime. If there is a warrant for something other than fleeing, it does not qualify for benefit cut off or forced repayment. Historically, the SSA stopped benefits for anyone who had an arrest warrant for any reason. […]

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 […]

Can Inmates in the Hole Still Have Visits?

Inmates end up in solitary confinement for three reasons: punishment, administrative segregation and safety. The reason the inmate was placed in the hole has a significant bearing on whether or not he can have visits. Each jail sets its own rules but the general guidelines include: Punishment: Many jails prohibit inmates in solitary confinement from

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5 Ways to Help an Addict While he is Away at Rehab

Unless your friend is still living at home with parents and has no bills or responsibilities, he/she is going to need some help while at rehab. The five main reasons addicts worry about being gone are: Pets: If you are an animal lover, you might offer to take his pet in and take of him […]

4 Things to Avoid During An Arrest

Only an attorney should advise you of your individual arrest situation but in general, these four suggestions may help stabilize your situation. Don't try and argue your way out. In most cases, by the time the cuffs come out, there is no turning back. Arguing, negotiating, and continuing to try to avoid arrest will do […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jail Overcrowding: When the State Gets Involved

Jail overpopulation is an issue nationwide. Each state sets limits on how many inmates can be housed at any given time. Click on your state to learn about overcrowding. In many cases, the overcrowded jail obtains a temporary waiver from the state to buy some time to address their problems. When the states step in, […]

Can I Buy Personal Hygiene Products and Bring Them to the Inmate?

The county jails provide the most basic personal hygiene products to inmates and they are not high quality items. Many jails have limits on how many products each inmate can receive each week, and it isn't always enough. For this reason, loved ones are often eager to bring hygiene items to their inmates. Check out: […]

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 […]

What is a Medical POD?

A medical POD in a county jail is an area where prisoners with medical conditions are incarcerated. In some cases, the inmates have long-term medical conditions. In others it is temporary such as for a severe illness or injury that will be recovered from quickly. Which inmates get assigned to Medical PODS? Inmates with injuries […]

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 […]

Consequences of Providing Contraband to an Inmate

It is never a good idea to mail contraband to an inmate or to bring it on a visit. The consequences for such actions are serious not only for the inmate, but also for you. What is Contraband? Contraband is anything that inmates are not allowed to have in their possession. Obvious examples are weapons, […]

Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Illinois

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, however, once convicted of a felony, whether or not that right will be restored to you is up to the state that you reside in. The laws for Illinois include: If You've Been Charged Until you are convicted of a felony and incarcerated […]

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 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 […]

Prison Suicides: My Inmate's State of Mind is Deteriorating. What Should I do?

There is a very thin line between alerting a prison or jail to an inmate's problems and directly causing the inmate problems. In most cases, drawing attention to the inmate creates a bad situation for him. But in some cases, there really isn't any choice. Prison Inmates If the inmate is making statements about harming […]

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