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After your loved one is convicted of a felony, the next step is sentencing. If he or she reached an agreement with the state and avoided a trial, the sentence length is sometimes part of that agreement. If sentence length isn’t included or no agreement was reached, the judge uses a felony sentencing guideline to determine how much time your loved one will serve in prison or on probation. Felony… Read more
Whether or not to accept a drug court offer is a decision your loved one will make after being advised by his or her attorney. If your loved one decides to participate in drug court, knowing how it works and what the success rates are may help you understand the process better.
How They Work: Counties design their own programs, but the majority require participants to attend at least… Read more
Once your loved one registers with a state as a sexual offender, his or her name, photo and other information will be listed on the state sex offender registry. In addition, your loved one will be required to follow strict guidelines of behavior thereafter. While each state designs its own rules for the registry, there are some basic things that typically must be reported to probation or parole officers. … Read more
If you are charged with a non-violent crime, and drugs or alcohol are a factor in your life, you may be offered the chance to enroll in drug court as an alternative to going to jail. There are more than 2,600 drug court programs nationwide. Each state and county sets its own rules about what will be expected from drug court participants, but they all include being overseen by the… Read more
A felony conviction doesn’t end with doing time or completing probation or parole. Once you have a felony record, you lose certain rights, sometimes forever, other times until you petition to have those rights returned to you. In some cases, the determination about which rights can be returned is up to the individual state. Others are Federally mandated, like not being allowed to possess a gun. Examples of the rights… Read more
Parole is the supervision of someone who has been released from prison before completing their full sentence. For example, if your loved one was sentenced to five years but was released after two years, he or she will most likely be supervised by a parole officer for the remaining three years.
While on parole, certain situations can trigger a parole violation. Examples of these violations include:
Failure to Report
The first step to visiting someone in jail or prison while you are on probation is to discuss it with your probation officer. If you are on felony probation, you were probably told that you are not allowed to associate with any known felons. Obviously, someone in prison is a felon; therefore, you will need special permission to visit that person. When it comes to visiting a misdemeanor offender, or… Read more
Mail is very important to inmates. It keeps them in touch with the outside world, reminds them that someone cares enough to write and gives them something to do when they write back. Whether you are writing to a loved one or choosing a new prison pen pal, make sure you stick to the basics.
- Skip the musical greeting cards. The cards that play a song when