Can a Felon Own a Gun In West Virginia?

West Virginia still requires you to receive a pardon from the governor’s office before you can own/possess a gun in that state. Obtaining a pardon in West Virginia is very difficult. Over a recent period of nine different governors, only 131 pardons were granted out of all that applied. An attorney experienced in obtaining felony pardons can help you with the petition.

Pardon Requests

While some states have… Read more

Helpful Workout Routines if you are in State or Federal Prison

Incarceration is scary. It doesn’t matter how old or tough you are, fear is a natural response to being sent to prison. Not showing that fear is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself while doing your time. Exercise is a perfect tool to alleviate fear. 

According to Harvard Health Publications, a regular… Read more

Drug Addiction and Anger: Why Should I Do Anything for Him After All He Did?

When your boyfriend was doing drugs, there was chaos everywhere he went.  Now that he completed rehab and is in recovery, he might need assistance with a few things to get started again. Putting your anger aside and helping him can provide the following benefits.

Self-confidence: Whether he admits it or not, when he was using, his self-confidence was destroyed. Giving him assistance in things, such as rides to… Read more

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 increasingly possible.

What Terminal Means

A terminal illness… Read more

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 inmate arrives his stress level is at a very high level. Meditation can help him… Read more

5 Things Not to Talk About During Jail Calls

When he calls, it is a natural instinct to talk to him about what’s going on in your life, but be careful. Never lie to him, but be smart about what topics you bring up to speak about. These 5 things should probably wait for an in person visit or for when he comes home.

  1. Your ex tried to contact you. Imagination is strong when you live in

5 Facts About Your Supplemental Security Income Payments While You Are Incarcerated

In many cases, you don’t have control over the number of days you spend in jail, but if you are planning on not bonding out in the hopes of building time on a future sentence or getting a time served release, be sure to watch the calendar so you do not get your payments suspended.

  1. You do not need to be convicted to lose

What is an Interstate Compact Agreement for a Felon?

An Interstate Compact request made while you are on probation or parole can take a long time, but there is no other way to have your supervision transferred from one state to another without it.  Here are some of the basics that apply to most cases.

Your probation/parole officer does not have to agree to request a transfer for you. It is a privilege, not a right. You must… Read more

Why and How Drugs Are Divided Into Different Classes and Levels

The class of drug is typically included in the criminal charge for possession, sale or use. For examples, the charge would read, “Possession of a Class I drug for resale,” or “Possession of a Class II drug”.

How They’re Classed

While each agency determines which drugs fall into each schedule, class or level, they are usually grouped together according to certain criteria. For example, in Tennessee, drugs that… Read more

When 12-Step Programs Don’t Work For You

The 12-Step program is not the only method used in rehabs to assist addicts in getting clean and living sober lifestyles. Some rehabs accomplish the same goals through the following means:

Medication

Medications are available to assist with addiction. For Opiate addicts, the medication blocks Opiate cravings and in some cases will cause you to go into severe withdrawal if you use while you’re on the meds… Read more

Caring for an Inmate, Even If You Can’t Visit the Jail or Prison

Visits are a lifeline for most inmates, but if his jail is very far away, or there are other reasons that make it impossible for you to visit, there are other steps you can take to let him know he is not alone.

Lots of mail: Even if you can’t write a letter each day or once a week, it takes no time at all to drop something in… Read more

The High Price of Jail Calls: Reducing the Cost of Long Distance Calls

If the jail where your inmate lives is far enough away that the calls from the jail are long distance, communication can become beyond your budget. Private companies provide services to jails for those calls by leasing telephone lines from Bell South or other phone companies and they pass the cost onto you while making a tidy profit.

The following tips will help reduce the cost of jail phone… Read more

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, an inmate convicted of a violent crime

Sentenced to 25 Years to Life: What Does it Mean?

A sentence of 25 to life is very open-ended and frequently, it’s not in the offender’s favor. If your boyfriend is facing a 25 to life sentence, the bad news is he could potentially spend the rest of his life in prison. The good news is that after 25 years he will be eligible to begin trying for parole.

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 inmates go outside. You can still use the POD to measure distance and get… Read more

Can Inmates Receive Visitors While they are in the Hospital?

Most inmate medical needs are taken care of at the county jail through a doctor and nursing staff. Sometimes a health condition arises that requires hospitalization.  Hospital visitation rules depend on several factors:

Jail rules: Some jails have a non-negotiable rule that inmates in the hospital cannot receive visitors. They consider it a security risk. They also believe it cuts down on “faked” health issues by inmates who simply… Read more

Rejected for Inmate Visitation: Why did the jail tell me I can’t visit?

You had your heart set on visiting an inmate but the jail has said you can’t?  Here’s why:

A prior incident: If guards became suspicious of your behaviors during an earlier visit, but cannot prove you did something wrong, you will avoid a charge but be rejected for visits. For example, the guards suspect you brought drugs to your inmate but have not been able to prove it… Read more

Protective Custody in Prison: The Pros and Cons

Protective Custody can be a double-edged sword. It is a method for protecting an inmate from physical harm, but one the inmate is in PC (Protective custody), word spreads quickly and when the inmate is later placed back in general population, lots of people might have a problem. It is important to weigh the pros and cons of Protective Custody before the inmate requests this step.

Pros if you… Read more

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 Inmates Ask about Three-Way Calls?

  • The three-way system allows inmates to speak

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 in jail.

Don’t overdo it. Rather than… Read more