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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 […]

Helpful Workout Routines if you are in State or Federal Prison

Incarceration is scary. It doesn't matter how old or tough you are, fear is a natural response to being sent to prison. Not showing that fear is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself while doing your time. Exercise is a perfect tool to alleviate fear. According to Harvard Health […]

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 […]

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 […]

What is an Interstate Compact Agreement for a Felon?

An Interstate Compact request made while you are on probation or parole can take a long time, but there is no other way to have your supervision transferred from one state to another without it. Here are some of the basics that apply to most cases. Your probation/parole officer does not have to agree to […]

Understanding Inmate Calling Plans

Most jails and prison contract with third party vendors to provide a way for inmates to call their friends and families. Some of those companies only have one choice, but many of them provide a few options when you open and fund the account. Understanding what the different choices are will help you make a […]

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 […]

Are Penalties Stiffer For Selling Drugs in a Drug-Free School Zone?

Being accused of dealing drugs or having enough in your possession for resale is a serious situation, but many states have also implemented additional penalties for drug situations near a school. Each state sets its own rules about this, but in most cases it is a higher grade of felony with longer sentences. What is […]

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 […]

Should I Tell My Kids I am an Addict?

If your children are over the age of six or seven they should be told if you are addicted to drugs. Children aren't stupid, and no matter how much you think you are keeping the big secret, they know something is wrong. Their imagination is going to run wild until you give them some information. […]

4 Things to Avoid During An Arrest

Only an attorney should advise you of your individual arrest situation but in general, these four suggestions may help stabilize your situation. Don't try and argue your way out. In most cases, by the time the cuffs come out, there is no turning back. Arguing, negotiating, and continuing to try to avoid arrest will do […]

Can a Felon Possess a Gun In Colorado?

Colorado law allows certain convicted felons to own or possess guns. Federal law still makes it a crime to do so, and in some cases the feds have pursued prosecution of those who possess guns in states that allow it. Only an attorney should advise you on this matter but the basics of Colorado's laws […]

5 Things Not to Talk About During Jail Calls

When he calls, it is a natural instinct to talk to him about what's going on in your life, but be careful. Never lie to him, but be smart about what topics you bring up to speak about. These 5 things should probably wait for an in person visit or for when he comes home. […]

Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Michigan

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 Michigan include: Pending Cases If you are charged with a crime, but have not yet […]

Can a Felon Possess a Gun In California?

California law allows some convicted felons to own or possess guns. Federal law still makes it a crime to do so, and in some cases the feds have pursued prosecution of those who possess guns in states that permit it. Only an attorney should advise you on this matter, but the basics of California laws […]

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The Anchorage Jail in Anchorage, Anchorage Municipality, Alaska, like all jails is a maximum security facility. Because the inmates in this jail range from low level offenders to those being held for violent crimes like robbery, rape and murder, the security level is as high as is it is in any maximum security state prison. Some of the security features in this facility include security cameras, electronic detection and reinforced fencing topped with razor wire. Correctional officers in Anchorage Jail are armed with mace and trained to use physical force to protect themselves and other inmates from violence.

The men, women and juveniles being held in the Anchorage Jail are either awaiting trial or have been sentenced in the Anchorage Municipality Court System already and been sentenced to a period of time of one year or less. When an inmate is sentenced to a year or more, they are admitted into the Alaska Prison or Federal Prison System. Inmates in the Anchorage Jail are fed three meals a day totaling 2,500 calories, are allowed access to phones to contact friends and family members, are allowed at least one hour a day for exercise, have access to books, bathroom and shower facilities. The inmates are allowed mail to be delivered to them as well as newspapers and magazine from trusted outside publishers. In addition, Anchorage Municipality houses the following juvenile facility: McLaughlin Youth Center.

On this page you will find direct links to specific information that friends and family members of inmates will find useful: Anchorage Municipality Inmate Search, Inmate Phone use, Visitation Rules and Schedules, Commissary Deposits and Information about the Anchorage Jail Inmate Mail Guidelines. In addition, you will find information on how to contact the facility, directions to the jail, Anchorage Municipality recent arrests, Most Wanted, outstanding Arrest Warrants and much more.

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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 […]

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 […]

Five Reasons to Go to Drug Rehab and Stay Out of Jail

You know you have a problem, because lately your life has been falling apart. But going to rehab or seeking outpatient treatment seems like a drastic measure, because you're still surviving. Think about getting help for these reasons: It shows your family you are serious. How many times have you promised to stop using drugs […]

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 […]

What if an Inmate Becomes Terminally Ill?

You were handling your husband's incarceration by visiting once a month, writing constantly, and hearing him out during phone calls. Recently he was declared terminally ill, and all you want now is to spend his last few months with him, and you're hoping he can pass surrounded by family. In some states this is becoming […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 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 […]

Inmate Care Packages and How They Work

If your inmate is incarcerated in a jail that offers a care package program, you can have some fun surprising your inmate from time to time with a box full of things that you've personally selected for him or her. The Basics Inmate care packages are boxes or bags that are pre-filled with items from […]

When 12-Step Programs Don't Work For You

The 12-Step program is not the only method used in rehabs to assist addicts in getting clean and living sober lifestyles. Some rehabs accomplish the same goals through the following means: Medication Medications are available to assist with addiction. For Opiate addicts, the medication blocks Opiate cravings and in some cases will cause you to […]

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 […]

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  1. Destiny Wed, May 25 2011 8:42 AM

    Is it possible to get a hold of someone in the system while they are in jail without being on a list? And if so,How would you go about doing so?

  2. don Sun, Aug 03 2014 7:58 PM

    abscond? means what

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Visiting an Inmate in the Anchorage Jail in Alaska

There are few locations in the world more desolate or barren looking than Alaska, which makes being incarcerated there even more depressing than normal. That may be just one of the reasons why visitation time is among the most popular times at the Anchorage, Alaska jail, although seeing friends, family, and loved ones is perhaps a bigger reason.

Visitation is very much a part of life in jail, especially since those times spent with loved ones can somewhat cushion the blow of being incarcerated. What everyone has to remember, though, is that visitation is a perk which can very easily be removed if the participants do not adhere to the rules in place. Read on to see what those specific rules are for the Anchorage, Alaska jail.

Visiting Rules

Every jail across the country has a very specific set of rules that need to be followed, not only by the inmates, but also by the people that come to visit. Failure to follow those rules can mean that the visit will be cut short by jail staff, with extreme cases resulting in the visitor being prohibited from future visits. The rules are in place for the safety of everyone, and are actually very easy to follow. If you can acquaint yourself with these rules and make sure to obey them every time, the visitation process will be pleasant for everyone. Here are some of the rules in place:

  • A valid picture ID must be presented before you will be allowed access to the visitation area
  • Minors must be in the care of a parent or legal guardian at all times, and ID must be shown for them, too
  • Failure to monitor children, or unruly behavior on their part, will result in the visit being terminated
  • A strict dress code must be adhered to by all visitors, which includes: men must wear pants or slacks and a shirt with sleeves; women are required to wear pants/slacks, or a dress that is no higher than 4 inches above the knees. Their shirts must also have sleeves. Anyone wearing shorts, cutoffs, tank tops, hoodies, or headwear of any kind will not be granted access to the jail
  • No food or drinks are allowed in the visitation area
  • The use of cell phones, cameras, or recording equipment must first be approved by the jail. If you are caught using them without permission, you may be prohibited from returning
  • No person who was incarcerated in Alaska in the previous 60 days will be admitted

Visiting Hours

The Anchorage jail is split up into a pair of different wings, with each one having very specific visitation times. It is important that you know which wing your loved one is housed in, as you will not be allowed to see them if you show up at the wrong time. Visitation hours are as follows:

East Wing (arrive at least 5 minutes before scheduled times)

  • Daily - 9:00 AM; 10:00 AM; 1:00 PM; 2:00 PM; 6:30 PM; and 7:30 PM

West Wing (arrive at least 10 minutes before scheduled times)

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday - 9 AM, 10 AM, 1 PM, 2 PM, 7 PM, 8 PM
  • Thursday - 1 PM, 2 PM, No evening visit
  • Saturday & Sunday - 8 AM, 9 AM, 10 AM, 1 PM, 2 PM, 7 PM, 8 PM

There may be no better feeling than getting to see a loved one who has been incarcerated, so make sure that experience is as pleasant as possible by making sure to follow all the rules outlined above.

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How to use the Inmate Search for Anchorage Jail in Alaska

It seems that everything that all the information we seek nowadays can be tracked down in minutes with a few simple mouse clicks. There is no denying that computers and the internet have made life much easier, and that includes tracking down someone that has been put in jail. Most counties across the United States now have an inmate search tool on their website, but there are some that haven't done so yet. One of those is the Anchorage jail in Alaska, which has a site brimming with information, but no way to search for a list of current inmates.

[Article_Ad_2]All is not lost, though, as there are independent sites that are in place to help you find whoever you are looking for. A simple Google search for ‘inmate search' will give you a number of sites that do the job, but let's just take a look at one as an example of what you can expect. Jail Exchange is one site that provides this service, so let's assume you are trying to track down an inmate at the jail in Anchorage, Alaska; here is how you would do it:

  • On the main page, select "City & County Jail Inmates" on the inmate search box
  • Select Alaska from the drop down menu
  • Choose Anchorage from the list of Alaska cities
  • You will then be given a list of places where you can continue your search, most of which take you to the VineLink system

VineLink is incredibly effective, but it also requires you to sign up to receive a PIN number, which has to be entered before you can perform any type of search. Another option is to click on the "Anchorage County Recent Arrests" link, but this will require you to put a little bit of work in.

Once you arrive on the new page you will see a list of Trooper dispatches, listed chronologically, that will give you basic arrest information for each person picked up that day. If you know which date your loved one was arrested on, you might be able to get some basic information from there. It is certainly not the easiest way to find the person you are looking for, but with a little bit of homework and persistence, you might just be able to do so.

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Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the Anchorage Jail in Alaska

The communication possibilities and guidelines; writing, phone calls, visitation.

Most of us have grown accustomed to keeping in touch via text or e-mail, where the delivery of our messages is almost instantaneous. Things move a little slower in the jail system, and since no technology is allowed, inmates are forced to rely on good old-fashioned letters in order to keep in touch with loved ones. This is a privilege that is available at every single jail across the country, but each jail has their own set of rules when it comes to mail, as well as with other forms of communication. Read on to get an idea of what is involved with each available form of communication at the Anchorage jail, and how you can be sure your messages will be received.


Anchorage jail is actually one of the more lax systems in terms of what they will allow you to send to an inmate. There are some jails that do not even allow photos to be sent, but here is a list of what CAN go in a letter to an Anchorage jail inmate:

  • Mail correspondence
  • Photos
  • Money orders, cashier's checks, or certified checks in the amount of $500 or less

The following is a list of items that CANNOT be included in your letters to an inmate:

  • Threats of physical violence or criminal activity
  • Code words or unreadable language
  • Materials or information that could lead to possible escape
  • Contraband of any kind
  • Gifts that have not been pre-approved by the Superintendent

All mail is subject to search and will remain undelivered if it is found to contain any of the above items. There are two different wings at the Anchorage jail and mail must be sent to the correct one in order for it to reach its intended recipient. Here are the addresses:

  • East wing - Prisoner's full name, Anchorage Correctional Complex, 1400 East 4th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska 99501
  • West wing - Prisoner's full name, Anchorage Correctional Complex, 1300 East 4th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska 99501


Things are a little tighter when it comes to using the telephone, as incoming calls to inmates will not be accepted. They are allowed to call out at certain times of the day, with calling cards available for them. If they do not have a card, they will be able to place collect calls to you. It's worth noting that neither option is particularly inexpensive.


The Anchorage jail has a pretty decent visitation schedule that is actually quite a bit better than many other facilities found across the country. You will need to be aware of which of the two wings your loves one is housed in, as the visitation schedules for each are different. Here are the current schedules for each facility:

East Wing (arrive at least 5 minutes before scheduled times)

  • Daily - 9:00 AM; 10:00 AM; 1:00 PM; 2:00 PM; 6:30 PM; and 7:30 PM

West Wing (arrive at least 10 minutes before scheduled times)

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday - 9 AM, 10 AM, 1 PM, 2 PM, 7 PM, 8 PM
  • Thursday - 1 PM, 2 PM, No evening visit
  • Saturday & Sunday - 8 AM, 9 AM, 10 AM, 1 PM, 2 PM, 7 PM, 8 PM

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