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

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

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

Average Prison Sentence Per Offense

The one thing that is consistent about US prison sentences is their inconsistency. Each state sets its own rules to use for each criminal offense. The more serious crimes, called felonies, are typically given longer sentences, while less serious crimes, called misdemeanors have shorter sentences.

Taking a life — A premeditated murder can result in a life sentence in most states. Life typically means the inmate must spend a… Read more

Consequences of Introducing Contraband

It might be tempting to bring your inmate something from the outside, but doing so can have very serious consequences. If your inmate asks you to bring something illegal into the facility, he or she is not thinking clearly, therefore, it is up to you to be strong and not get the both of you in trouble.

Suspended Visitation

In some cases, if you are caught trying to… Read more

Fun Ideas to Mail to Your Inmate

Mail is a great way to communicate with your inmate. In addition to serious letters, here are some fun ways to amuse each other through the mail. These can be done on postcards or letters.

Top 10

Each of you make a list of your favorite five things about the other person and also write down five things you each believe the other will say they like best… Read more

How To Keep an Inmate Involved in the Lives of the Children

One of the hardest things for an inmate to deal with is being removed from his or her children. Not being there for daily routines means missing out on much of the child’s development and preparation for life. These easy steps will keep your inmate connected and active in the lives of the children.

Phone Calls

Assign one day a week when your inmate will talk to each… Read more

Pregnant and in Prison – Now What?

Going to prison or jail while you are pregnant sometimes can’t be helped, but you will need to be sure you get the proper treatment and medical care while incarcerated. You’ll also need to make arrangements for the baby after he or she is born. Banking on the belief you will be released before your due date or that you can make the arrangements after you are locked up is… Read more

Your Rights as a Pregnant Inmate

If you are incarcerated and pregnant, you need to be sure you notify the prison staff immediately. You will be given a pregnancy test to be sure you are expecting. If you are, some changes will be made to accommodate your condition. Each state has its own rules about the treatment of pregnant inmates, but the following basics typically apply.

Medical Care

You will be scheduled to see… Read more

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