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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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? […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. Find out the Rules Some jails will not allow anyone on probation or parole to […]

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. […]

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, […]

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

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. […]

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 […]

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Texas Department of Criminal Justice

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Texas Dallas 2216

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106 West Commerce Street
P. O. Box 650051
Dallas, TX,

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P. O. Box 650051
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  1. jerri broadus Tue, Jan 24 2012 8:32 PM

    how do i find a inmate transfered to state jail name Gregory L. william dob 7-9-1964 tdc#1749672

  2. Eustolia Prieto Thu, Aug 16 2012 7:03 PM

    Can I send money to a inmate through using a credit card? My daughter is coming home on August 27, 2012, wher do I send he clothes for her to wear home? Thx

  3. s.smith Sat, Sep 22 2012 1:16 PM

    i keep hearing about hb 2649 being amended, and its not just for inmates whoes offene was before sept,1, 2011, butfor all those incarecarcerated now. And also, something about turning into a tdc, and those inmates with 6 months or less will get to go home, those with 6 months or more, returned to their county jail to finish out sentence. Please let me know!!!!

  4. SONDRA Sat, Dec 29 2012 6:04 PM

    JUST PRAY YOU NEVER GO TO DAWSON STATE JAIL. I DID A SMALL AMOUNT OF TIME (2 YRS) FOR A DWI AND WAS SENT THERE. THE GUARDS AND RANK ARE CORRUPT, I'VE SEEN IT, I KNOW WHAT GOES ON THERE. THE GUARDS AND RANK ARE THE SAME OR WORSE THAN THE CRIMINALS LOCKED UP THERE, THEY JUST HAVE NOT BEEN CAUGHT...YET

  5. ladybug bunk 54 2006 Sun, Mar 10 2013 5:03 AM

    I did 15 months there.. you never see the light of day until you leave there. and yes a lot of the guards are lesbian and have affairs with what ever inmate accordingly,, it is nasty and mean, violent, and forsaken..my advice ride your bunk, because thats where you will be most of the time any way..be prepared its day for day no good time..what you get is what you get..its prison people..plain and not so simple..

  6. ladybug Sun, Mar 10 2013 5:08 AM

    oh and also looking for my old bunkie julie kenneman if you read this please e-mail me at kyamoonpie@yahoo.com and if any one needs details about the notorious dawson in ghetto dallas let me know... lived and learned..I would rather do time in rikers than in this place..the conditions are horrible...

  7. meemee taylor Thu, Mar 14 2013 11:02 AM

    OMG DAWSON STILL NOT CLOSED REALLY..... I did 6mths and believe mee it's beyond FILTHY unORGANIZED RACHET and yes ratchet is a word they need 2 burn DAT mf 2 DA ground when u living in filth like DAT (mode in DA shower &etc)dats beyond punishment and I thought DA guards were there 2 do their job not flirt and f**k wit DA inmates 2 words Dat explains Dawson state jail UN PROFESSIONAL...

  8. TELLit...LIKEit...IS Thu, Mar 21 2013 10:34 PM

    IF u can't do the TIME...... DON'T DO THE CRIME....... If u live that lifestyle.. its better than death u got a second chance

  9. ladybug Tue, Mar 26 2013 2:08 AM

    to tell it like it is... just wait you will fuck up or maybe you already have and just havent been caught. your life style unless you are a saint probably not so perfect..don't judge until you have walked in another mans/womens shoes..its not about the time we know we fuck up its about the conditions..so so shut the fuck up, unless you know what your talking about..you haloed one wing in the fire mf

  10. sad mom Tue, Mar 26 2013 5:33 PM

    wow my daughter was just sent there ya'll are scaring me!! she was transfered there today from dayton state prison.i hope to god she'll be ok!

  11. Elizabeth Wed, Apr 03 2013 3:30 AM

    One of the worst places i seen i wish no one to go there did a year there and i must say was so ghetto seen so much shit that its not even funny

  12. Scared Mom, Thur, Apr 11, 2013 11:40 AM Thu, Apr 11 2013 11:42 AM

    Oh my goodness, my daughter has been there a year and4 months. She has told me that it was really bad and that you can't even go outside. I know that she did wrong and has to pay her debt to society but really you can't even go outside for freash air. My heart is broke. SHE GOT 5 years. wow I'm worried!!!

  13. Denise Tue, Apr 23 2013 1:13 PM

    Is this a jail for women only? I am going there on a Prison Ministry weekend, and it sounds like I will be seeing alot of bad stuff. I know the guards will be on their best behavior, but to read these posts concerns me.

  14. Rae Rae Sun, May 05 2013 11:05 PM

    I was just released, and yeah it is as bad as everyone says...I did my time, and I am just going to be praying for all the ladies I left behind at Dawson. We did our time (or are doing), but we do deserve to be treated humanely....

  15. HunterHoe Wed, May 08 2013 10:58 AM

    Ive been calling to this prison for some information on my bff and the bitches that answer the fone sound like they are sooo dam lazzyy n on fkn crack themselves ......dam fkn bitches

  16. Chris Tue, May 21 2013 2:09 AM

    I heard they going close this

  17. prayingfortheinmates Fri, Jun 14 2013 3:10 AM

    They will be closing aug 31

  18. beatiful1978 Mon, Jun 17 2013 1:56 PM

    I was sentenced 20 mos. did 16 mos. I was HELL! I pray 4 all U how R still there. thank God yall will be moving soon. keep your heads up. u 2 will be FREE soon. I know that was the hardest thing I ever went through&my family. they 2 get treated like crap @ visits. We are all human&God's children. live&forgive. Thank U 4 a second chance.

  19. concerned Wed, Jun 26 2013 6:23 PM

    WOW! My daughter was transferred to Dawson on June 6, 2013 from Plane unit. WHY?? if they are closing? I am worried about her, I have not heard from her since she pulled chain in May. I hope to God she and the rest of them make out okay and the guards get punished for their wrong doings.

  20. Concerned as well Fri, Jun 28 2013 2:03 AM

    Are inmates up for parole visited by the Parole Board @ Dawson? Do any of the ladies get released from Dawson or do they have to go to Bridgeport?

  21. steve Sat, Jul 27 2013 1:54 PM

    My sister id locked up at that place and tells me.that the gaurds miss treat her and beat her my sister has. Mental issuse but shes not a aggresive person and i went to visit her she was all beat up. Smh me as her brother coulfnt even stand to see her like that i called the phone number they give you to complain but they gave me the run around. Not only that we put money on her books she never gets it. SOMEONE PLZ HELP ME OUT any ideas what i could do???

  22. Blak Beauty Fri, Aug 02 2013 10:53 AM

    Blak beauty is in da building was in dat building and i don't wish that place on anyone. Right now my sister is there and i called a little while ago and she is still there but they have started to move people. I just. Pray for her i luv u Misty and pray for the rest dats left behind i have paid my duesand it wasn't easy at all. The guards are very rude and unprofessional, it's like hell in there, so God bless all and i pray you all make it out of there safe.

  23. GorditaHernandez Wed, Aug 21 2013 4:18 PM

    I was released from there almost two weeks ago and it is as bad as they say. Girls were having seizures and us inmates were caring for them. Many girls had accidents... fell in the restroom and no one was ever contacted. I feel as though i deserved to pay for all the things in my life that i have done but Dawson is/was a cruel and unusual punishment!

  24. change4life Mon, Aug 26 2013 10:27 AM

    Dawson is what it is a privately owned prison. You make the best of your situation. I did my time there and I kept myself occupied the whole time. It is true you don't get to see the light of day and being confined in a dorm 24/7 will cause a lot of animosity among the inmates placed there. Although the conditions were bad I still had 3 hot meals and bed to sleep in. It didn't scare me to change. I had no intentions at that time. I'm a 3 time loser. It wasn't until I made a life time commitment to change. I quit using drugs and I accepted most of admitted to all that I had done in my life. Taking responsibility for my own actions and not blaming others for my crimes sure has made life a lot easier live. For those who have loved ones at Dawson pray for them and hope they do change. If they don't they'll be there again and again. I don't wish time on my worst enemy or anyone else whose there.

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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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? […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. Find out the Rules Some jails will not allow anyone on probation or parole to […]

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. […]

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, […]

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

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. […]

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 […]

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