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

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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

Massachusetts Marijuana Laws

Decriminalizing Marijuana doesn’t always mean it is completely legal. In some cases, such as in Massachusetts, possession of less than an ounce is no longer a crime but is now a civil offense.

Possession

It is a civil offense to possess one ounce or less of Marijuana. If found guilty the fine is $100. In addition, the state cannot suspend or revoke the driver’s license of someone convicted… Read more

Can a Felon Own a Gun In New Mexico?

Generally speaking, federal law makes it a crime for a convicted felon to own or possess a gun or ammunition.  If you were convicted of a federal felony crime, you must receive a presidential pardon if you are to ever own a firearm again.

Some states, however, have specifically designed laws regarding felons convicted of state laws and residing in their state, owning/possessing firearms. The state of New Mexico… Read more

Why Doesn’t An Addict Get Clean After Overdosing?

As told by an addict who overdosed and almost died twice before giving up drugs.

How often did you get high before you overdosed?

By the time I overdosed the first time, I was getting high on a daily basis. I no longer took drugs to enjoy a high. I took them to avoid being sick from withdrawals. At the end, I was shooting up about three times… Read more

When the Newness of Sobriety Wears Off

Sobriety is like a love relationship. When you start out, everything is exciting and new. When I first got clean, everything I read, saw and heard about sobriety was very attractive to me. I spent my free time getting to know it in the same way I would get to know a new woman. The possibilities of new love seemed to stretch on endlessly, and my shiny new affair with… Read more

He is a Drug Addict, but he Keeps Passing Drug Tests – How?

The probation department has the ability to send a test off to be examined for tampering, but you don’t have those same connections. Understanding how they can be cheated will help you test him more effectively.

Related: How do America’s drug courts work?

The Houdini switch

Drug users have this down to a science.  Everyone in the group knows someone… Read more

Getting a Felon’s Voting Rights Restored in Hawaii

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, however, once you’ve been 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 Hawaii include:

If You Have Been Charged

In Hawaii you maintain your right to vote as long as you have not yet been convicted of a… Read more

5 Ways to Help an Addict While he is Away at Rehab

Unless your friend is still living at home with parents and has no bills or responsibilities, he/she is going to need some help while at rehab. The five main reasons addicts worry about being gone are:

  • Pets: If you are an animal lover, you might offer to take his pet in and take of him until your friend comes back. If you aren’t able

Bio-chemical treatment for Alcohol Addiction

One method of treatment for alcoholism is the bio-chemical method. While other recovery paths concentrate on powerlessness over addictions and the acceptance of a higher power, the bio-chemical treatment places importance on stabilizing the brain’s chemistry.

It has long been known that certain brain chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin and endorphins impact the way we think. In most cases, an increase in these… Read more

Getting a Felon’s Voting Rights Restored in Illinois

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 Illinois include:

If You’ve Been Charged

Until you are convicted of a felony and incarcerated for it, the state of Illinois will not remove your right to vote… Read more