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 know this person will show up in court if you provide the bail.

How

Best Days for Inmate Phone Calls

As much as you would like to talk to your inmate each day, the cost of inmate phone calls makes this impossible for most people. If your budget can only handle a couple of calls a week, tell your inmate to call you on Thursdays and Sundays.

Thursday

Thursday phone calls give you almost the entire workweek to take care of business and you will be able… Read more

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 to a child about where his or her parent has gone does… Read more

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 about the other person, or write down five things you each believe the… Read more

Deciding How Much Money to Put on the Books

What does the inmate need?

Contact the jail and ask what basics are supplied. Most jails give the inmates toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap and toilet paper. Ask them what happens if the inmate runs out of something. is it replaced right away or do they have to wait a week or longer for new supplies or use their own commissary funds to purchase more? This can make a difference… Read more

Cost Effective Ways to Visit an Inmate

The expenses of traveling to visit your inmate can add up quickly. These cost saving measures will make it less painful for your budget.

Traveling by car

Gas up early

Gas up on a weekday. Many gas stations raise the price of a gallon shortly before the weekend. Filling up the tank on a weekday, even if you aren’t going to visit until the weekend can save… Read more

Why The Male Model Doesn’t Work for Women Inmates

This is content sponsored by Netflix (producers of Orange Is The New Black) for the New York Times. There are some interesting facts and a few videos worth watching if you are concerned with the incarceration of women and the related issues.

 

Women serving time in American prisons

What is an Inmate Money or Commissary Account?

Most jails and prisons in America allow friends and family members of inmates to make deposits to inmate money accounts. They are set up to give the inmate access to various services including commissary purchases and phone use. Some facilities deduct nominal amounts from these accounts for inmate health visits and other jail fees.

Commissary Items: While the jail provides very basic life necessities for inmates, a commissary

Drastically Reduce the Cost of Calls from Your Out of State Inmate

Most facilities contract with a third-party company so you can fund prepaid calls, but if those calls are long distance, it can become cost-prohibitive. Luckily there is a way to pay local call rates for long-distance calls on a prepaid service.

First, Do Some Very Basic Research

Find out the area code for the jail or prison. Don’t just look up the area where the prison is located… Read more

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?
Generally anything under 100 – 150 miles is not considered too far when it… Read more

Parental Visitation: Know the keys to Helping Your Child Visit Their Parent in Jail

Children typically desire contact with their parents, even if a parent is incarcerated, so learn the ropes to keep the connection going:

Keep it Simple

Depending on the age of the child, you can explain without going into too much detail, why the parent is in jail.

Preschool to elementary kids – Let them know that a judge thinks the parent did something wrong and broke a… Read more

How Does a Bail Bond Process Work?

Many states allow defendants to be released from jail to wait for court by paying a percentage of the total bond amount. Percentages range from 10 to 20 percent depending on state law. Understand how the process works to help someone who’s been arrested.

What is a Bond?

A bond is an amount of money a judge sets to ensure that a defendant will appear in court. In… Read more

Can I Visit an Inmate if I am on Probation or Parole?

A friend or family member has been arrested and this has created chaos and stress. Before you race off to visit him or her in jail, if you are on probation or parole you need to take the following steps.

  1. Find out the Rules

Some jails will not allow anyone on probation or parole to visit inmates. It is actually a crime in certain states unless… Read more

What Does a 15 Years to Life Sentence Mean?

A sentence of 15 years to life, 25 years to life or similar sounding words all mean the same thing. The only difference is the time frame.

What the Number Means

The number in the sentence indicates the minimum number of years the inmate must serve before he or she can be considered for parole. If the inmate is sentenced to 15 years to life, he or… Read more

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, drugs or alcohol. Less obvious examples include tobacco, unauthorized clothing, cell phones

Voting Rights for Felons in Alabama

The state of Alabama allows felons to have their voting rights restored under the following guidelines.

  • You must have completed your entire sentence, including incarceration, probation, and parole, or community supervision. Once completed, you have three options:
  • Contact your local parole or probation office
  • Write to the Board of Pardons and Parole at P.O. Box 302405, Montgomery, Alabama 36130-3405

Alabama Board of Pardons &amp

Maine Marijuana Laws: Decriminalized but Still Tricky

Decriminalizing Pot doesn’t always mean it is completely legal. Here are some current guidelines.

Possession

Unlike several other states that chose an ounce as the cutoff for a civil penalty, Maine allows you to possess up to 2.5 ounces and still receive a civil ticket. The fine is a flat $600 regardless of the amount.

Once you pass the 2.5 mark, up to 8 ounces is… Read more

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