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:

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 a… Read more

He Expected Probation, Instead He Went to Jail.

My name is Jonathan. I thought I was going to get probation. Everyone I knew got probation for the same charge, but when I was called in front of the judge, he sentenced me to 30 days in jail. I was handcuffed, taken into custody in front of everyone in the courtroom, and brought to a room called the “Bull Pen”. It is a room where people wait to see… Read more

How to Survive Prison

Most people know the importance of working out and staying physically fit to survive prison, but mental strength and attitude play a huge role in getting through incarceration.

Expand Your Skills

If the prison offers classes, sign up for some. Whether it is music lessons, anger management or business math, anything you learn is something you didn’t know before. If the prison doesn’t offer classes or you are… Read more

The First Few Days of Life after Imprisonment

Society has an expectation that once an inmate is set free he or she can just jump right back into life, but that isn’t the way it works. The best way to get back into normal life after incarceration is to take a few baby steps the first few days.

Delay the Party

Friends and family are excited when you are released and often want to throw… Read more

Pregnant and Imprisoned

My name is Ashley. My probation officer violated me and had me sent to jail for three months. I was four months pregnant at the time. When I got to the jail, I told them I was pregnant, and they had me see a nurse practitioner right away who set up an appointment for an OBGYN the following week.

The guards assigned me to a bottom bunk. In… Read more

Checking In To Prison – Aaron’s Story

When the judge sentenced me to six months in the county jail, my first thought was about my family. Without me there to work and pay the bills, my wife and kids would lose the apartment. My attorney spoke up right away and asked the judge to allow me to check in at a later date so I would have time to get my affairs in order. I was lucky… Read more

Should I Tell My Kids I am an Addict?

If your children are over the age of six or seven they should be told if you are addicted to drugs. Children aren’t stupid, and no matter how much you think you are keeping the big secret, they know something is wrong. Their imagination is going to run wild until you give them some information. You can explain your difficulties and tell them that you still love them. It’s important… Read more

Some of the most notorious female criminals in the US

Notorious Female Criminals in the United States Infographic

For decades, the number of women being convicted of felonies has been rising. The rate is not only changing, but it’s changing fast. Are women racing to prison? Is this a competition to see who’s the most badass?

Females have been linked to the criminal justice system throughout history, but it’s clear that they are playing catch up now when it comes to crime statistics. On the surface, it… Read more

Five Reasons to Go to Drug Rehab and Stay Out of Jail

You know you have a problem, because lately your life has been falling apart. But going to rehab or seeking outpatient treatment seems like a drastic measure, because you’re still surviving. Think about getting help for these reasons:

  1. It shows your family you are serious. How many times have you promised to stop using drugs then gone out and gotten high again? Your family is worried that you

Restrictions on Greeting Cards for Inmates

Understanding what jails mean by “plain” cards and why they require them helps ensure your inmate’s holiday or greeting cards arrive on time.

The facility’s website might have a vague statement about only sending “plain” cards, or there might be no instruction at all. It is only when your card is returned unopened to you from the jail do you realize there are restrictions

What’s the Deal?

What Info Can I Get From An Inmate Search?

Nothing is scarier than a missing person. You’re frantic to find out what happened. Then it hits you: Maybe your loved one got arrested. Many jails have websites that allow you to look up inmates currently in custody. Some even list those who were booked and recently released. But an inmate search can tell you much more than whether or not a person has been arrested. It’s a useful tool… Read more

Understanding Inmate Calling Plans

Most jails and prison contract with third party vendors to provide a way for inmates to call their friends and families. Some of those companies only have one choice, but many of them provide a few options when you open and fund the account.

Understanding what the different choices are will help you make a decision that is right for you.

Purpose of Prepaid Inmate Account

While… Read more

Inmate Care Packages and How They Work

If your inmate is incarcerated in a jail that offers a care package program, you can have some fun surprising your inmate from time to time with a box full of things that you’ve personally selected for him or her.

The Basics

Inmate care packages are boxes or bags that are pre-filled with items from a commissary list. You cannot put a care package together at home and… Read more

A Guide to Inmate Visitation Online

Jails across the nation are catching on to the popularity of offering remote, “at-home,” visitation. Not only is it convenient for jail staff, inmates, and family members, but it is also a way for the jail to collect revenue because in most cases, at-home visitation is a paid service.

How it Works

To be able to access remote visitation with your inmate, you must have the ability to… Read more

Inmate Mail: How to Get an Envelope or Post Card Pre-Metered

If the facility that your inmate is in will only accept pre-metered mail, it is important to know how to get that done. Sticking a regular stamp on it and sending it will only get it sent back or discarded. Your inmate will never see it. You have several options:

Get it Pre-Metered at the Post Office

When you get ready to mail the letter or postcard… Read more

Coordinating Inmate Visitation To Minimize Conflicts

Most jails allow three to five visitors to see an inmate at the same time. Problems can come about when too many people want to be there simultaneously. Managing the visitation schedule will reduce stress and insure that your inmate gets to see everyone.

Check Visitation Rules

Some jails will allow people to split visits in half. For example, if visits are one hour long, they will allow… Read more

How to Send a Book to an Inmate

Almost all jails and prisons require that books be sent to inmates directly from the publisher or a reputable online vendor, such as or This requirement actually makes it simpler for you because you can compare prices easily and avoid shopping trips away from home or work and packaging time.

How to Order from

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What’s the Difference between Jails and Prisons?

Both jails and prisons house inmates but there are some important differences in what the two institutions are used for.

Sentenced or Not?

People accused of crimes but not yet convicted are held in county or city jails. In some cases, a bond amount is set and if the defendant can pay it he or she will be released until the trial or settlement in court. If no… Read more

What to do if a Family Member Goes Missing

When a family member goes missing, it strikes fear in the heart of loved ones but panicking will not help the situation. The following steps can narrow the search and if authorities become involved will help them streamline the process.

Contact authorities. Tell them you do not wish to wait 24 hours because your family member is not one to wander off, therefore, you consider this to be completely… Read more

Visiting jail for the first time? Here’s what to expect.

Visiting an inmate in jail for the first time is like waiting to see a dentist. The anticipation and worry constantly increases until you are there and you realize it was not as bad as you thought it would be. Knowing what to expect before that first jail visit will reduce your anxiety.

Expect to Show Identification

You will have to show a valid, government-issued, photo ID or… Read more