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 Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. 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 Amazon.com

Click here to be taken to Amazon.com

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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

Three Ways to Make Jail Calls Cheaper

Telephone calls are a lifeline between inmates and their families. Just hearing each other’s voices helps ease the tension and anxiety surrounding incarceration. As nice as it is to get those calls, they can get expensive. The following three ideas can make the calls fit your budget better.

Avoid Peak Hours for Collect Calls

Many telephone companies have higher collect call rates during certain times of the day… Read more

The Truth about Prison Phone Calls

Your inmate needs to stay connected to friends and family. While lots of information can be shared on the phone, precautions must be taken so that everyone involved can avoid having future problems.

Phone Calls are Recorded

If your inmate wants to discuss the case with you by phone, use extreme caution going forward. The only calls that are not recorded from a prison are calls between the… Read more

How to Get Your Visitation Suspension Lifted

The hardest part of having your jail visits suspended indefinitely is not having any idea when or if you are going to be able to visit your inmate again. In most cases, visits are suspended due to the visitor violating visitation rules. There are things you can do to try and those visits reinstated.

Get Serious

If your visits were suspended due to your behavior or conduct, you… Read more

Five Fun Photo Ideas to Send Pictures to Your Inmate

Face it. You can only send so many selfies, family group shots or photos of the dog on the couch to your inmate before it becomes boring for both of you. Try these ideas to spice up the fun!

Have a party for the inmate

Gather friends and family together and have a party. Choose a 5X7 or 8X10 or even a life-sized photo of your inmate to… Read more

With One Free Jail Call, Who Should I Reach Out To When I Get Arrested?

Anyone who has been incarcerated will tell you that once you are booked, given inmate attire, and assigned to a housing unit, your connection with the outside world is greatly reduced. During the booking process most jails will allow you one free phone call before taking you to your unit. Make it count.

Very few people have a criminal defense attorney’s phone number on speed dial, so the question… Read more

Finding Employment After Prison

Many companies will not interview a felon, much less hire one. While this is true and it can make life on the outside difficult, finding employment after prison can be done if you take the right steps.

Career Centers

Goodwill has set up a nationwide career center program to help underemployed and unemployed people and felons to find work. You can call your local Goodwill and ask… Read more

Solitary Confinement for Teenagers is a Bad Idea. Here’s What We Can Do About It.

Inhumane disciplinary isolation for incarcerated children is causing suicides and other harm. All who believe that teenagers deserve special attention at their time of need will be interested in the recommendations in this New York Times piece.

Read about it here: End Solitary Confinement for Teenagers

Consequences of Contraband Mail

At some point you might be tempted to mail contraband to your inmate. After all, how much trouble will it really cause, right? The answer is, plenty. The consequences of being caught mailing contraband to an inmate or an inmate receiving it can be severe.

Criminal Charges

If your inmate is in a state or county that makes contraband a crime, you and your inmate could be charged… Read more

Why Commissary is Important

Commissary funds are deposited to an inmate’s account so he or she can purchase personal hygiene items, stationery supplies and snacks. Some lists also offer clothing, electronics, books and phone cards, among other things.

A Relief from Hunger

Inmates are typically fed two to three meals a day. The ingredients are high in calorie and carbohydrate content but not very tasty. The other problem is, in some jails… Read more

When Your Online Search Doesn’t Find Your Inmate

Many jails have online databases listing those who have been arrested. In some cases, the database is updated every few minutes. If you do a search but nothing comes up, it doesn’t necessarily mean your loved one is not incarcerated. There are several reasons an inmate can be in jail but not showing up in the database.

You’re Entering the Wrong Name

Even if you have known your… Read more

The Three Most Dangerous Prisons in America

There are many factors that go into choosing the most dangerous prisons in the USA. The media spotlights isolated cases of prison violence, which makes that facility seem dangerous. The fact is there is danger in every prison, but some are more notorious for

San Quentin State Prison: San Rafael, California

There are more death row inmates in California’s San Quentin Prison, than any other US prison… Read more

Time Inmate Visitation So it Works

Many jails provide a variety of visitation options during the week and you should take advantage of this if you can. Though your inmate will be thrilled to see you at any time, strategic scheduling can make a big difference in the quality of the visit.

Time of Day

Choose a time that he or she will be most receptive. If your inmate is the type to be… Read more

Prison Skills Applied After Release

Getting out of prison and starting over is not easy, but with a little creative thinking, you can use the abilities you learned while incarcerated into useful tools for life.

Organization – Almost everyone who goes into prison comes out much more organized in all aspects of life. Whether it has to do with keeping things clean, remembering appointments, or figuring out the best workout method and sticking to… Read more

How to find out if you’ve been a Victim of Fraud

In most cases of fraud, the victim’s identity is stolen and unauthorized purchases are made. News stories report victims making the discovery after they are thousands of dollars in debt for things they never purchased. There are usually signs before it gets to that point, but you have to know what to look for.

Obtain a copy of your credit report and carefully examine each entry. If you see… Read more