4 Good Places to Find Prison Pen Pals

Learn About Them Through friends. If you know someone who is incarcerated or has a family member incarcerated, ask for the name of an inmate who might like having a pen pal. This is an excellent way to meet pen pals because they can give a personal recommendation.

Use Pen Pal Sites. There are several of them online. You plug in the age and gender of the kind of… Read more

Can a Felon Possess a Gun In Georgia?

Georgia law is very clear on its position regarding convicted felons in that state owning or possessing firearms: It follows the federal law when it comes to guns and felons.

The Basics: With the exception of a felony conviction that is non-violent and related exclusively to a business-related crime, if you have ever been convicted of a felony anywhere in the U.S., it is unlawful in Georgia for you… Read more

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 been convicted, you maintain your right to vote even if you are in… Read more

Massachusetts Marijuana Laws

Decriminalizing Marijuana doesn’t always mean it is completely legal. In some cases, such as in Massachusetts, possession of less than an ounce is no longer a crime but is now a civil offense.

Possession

It is a civil offense to possess one ounce or less of Marijuana. If found guilty the fine is $100. In addition, the state cannot suspend or revoke the driver’s license of someone convicted… Read more

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 state laws and residing in their state, owning/possessing firearms. The state of New Mexico… Read more

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 sick from withdrawals. At the end, I was shooting up about three times… Read more

When the Newness of Sobriety Wears Off

Sobriety is like a love relationship. When you start out, everything is exciting and new. When I first got clean, everything I read, saw and heard about sobriety was very attractive to me. I spent my free time getting to know it in the same way I would get to know a new woman. The possibilities of new love seemed to stretch on endlessly, and my shiny new affair with… Read more

He is a Drug Addict, but he Keeps Passing Drug Tests – How?

The probation department has the ability to send a test off to be examined for tampering, but you don’t have those same connections. Understanding how they can be cheated will help you test him more effectively.

Related: How do America’s drug courts work?

The Houdini switch

Drug users have this down to a science.  Everyone in the group knows someone… Read more

Getting a Felon’s Voting Rights Restored in Hawaii

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, however, once you’ve been 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 Hawaii include:

If You Have Been Charged

In Hawaii you maintain your right to vote as long as you have not yet been convicted of a… Read more

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 until your friend comes back. If you aren’t able

Bio-chemical treatment for Alcohol Addiction

One method of treatment for alcoholism is the bio-chemical method. While other recovery paths concentrate on powerlessness over addictions and the acceptance of a higher power, the bio-chemical treatment places importance on stabilizing the brain’s chemistry.

It has long been known that certain brain chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin and endorphins impact the way we think. In most cases, an increase in these… Read more

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 for it, the state of Illinois will not remove your right to vote… Read more

Getting a Felon’s Voting Rights Restored in Florida

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, but once you’re convicted of a felony, whether or not that right will be restored to you is up to the state that you reside in. Florida overview:

The Process

If you have been convicted of a felony, the state of Florida has a clemency process that you are required to submit to before… Read more

Can a Felon Possess a Gun In Illinois?

Illinois law allows certain convicted felons to own or possess guns. Federal law still makes it a crime, and in some cases the feds have pursued prosecution in states that allow it. Only an attorney should advise you on this matter but the basics of Illinois laws are as follows:

Your rights can be restored by a court in your county or by the Director of Illinois State

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 in the U.S., and deport him.

If ICE chooses to… Read more

Are Penalties Stiffer For Selling Drugs in a Drug-Free School Zone?

Being accused of dealing drugs or having enough in your possession for resale is a serious situation, but many states have also implemented additional penalties for drug situations near a school. Each state sets its own rules about this, but in most cases it is a higher grade of felony with longer sentences.

What is a Drug-Free School Zone?

A school… Read more

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 been convicted, you maintain your right to vote as long as you are… Read more

Can a Felon Own a Gun Oklahoma?

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 state laws and residing in their state,  owning / possessing firearms. The state of Oklahoma… Read more

Can a Felon Possess a Gun In Colorado?

Colorado law allows certain convicted felons to own or possess guns.

Federal law still makes it a crime to do so, and in some cases the feds have pursued prosecution of those who possess guns in states that allow it. Only an attorney should advise you on this matter but the basics of Colorado’s laws are as follows:

Until 1994: Colorado felons who completed their sentences prior to… Read more

Getting a Felon’s Voting Rights Restored in Louisiana

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 Louisiana include:

If You’ve Been Charged

You cannot vote in Louisiana if you are incarcerated for a felony conviction or if you have an order of incarceration for… Read more