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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

5 Facts About Your Supplemental Security Income Payments While You Are Incarcerated

In many cases, you don't have control over the number of days you spend in jail, but if you are planning on not bonding out in the hopes of building time on a future sentence or getting a time served release, be sure to watch the calendar so you do not get your payments suspended. […]

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 […]

Drug Addiction and Anger: Why Should I Do Anything for Him After All He Did?

When your boyfriend was doing drugs, there was chaos everywhere he went. Now that he completed rehab and is in recovery, he might need assistance with a few things to get started again. Putting your anger aside and helping him can provide the following benefits. Self-confidence: Whether he admits it or not, when he was […]

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 […]

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

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? […]

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 […]

An Inmate Can Meditate to Alleviate Fears in Prison

If someone you know is in prison, you can be sure there is stress involved in that inmate's daily life. Prisons are loud, can be dangerous and there is very little freedom. In addition, simply being sentenced to do time disrupts life with regard to employment, family and other outside obligations. By the time the […]

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 […]

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 […]

The First Few Days of Life after Imprisonment

Society has an expectation that once an inmate is set free he or she can just jump right back into life, but that isn't the way it works. The best way to get back into normal life after incarceration is to take a few baby steps the first few days. Delay the Party Friends and […]

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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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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

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 […]

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 […]

What Happens When an Illegal Immigrant Commits a Crime?

If and undocumented immigrant is charged with committing a crime, there can be three different legal outcomes. 1. ICE Gets Involved The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) enter information about an arrested immigrant into a database that is monitored. This department has the authority to take custody of the immigrant, investigate his standing

What Type of Arrest Warrants Will Cause Social Security Benefits to Stop?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) can only stop your benefits if the arrest warrant is for a fleeing crime. If there is a warrant for something other than fleeing, it does not qualify for benefit cut off or forced repayment. Historically, the SSA stopped benefits for anyone who had an arrest warrant for any reason. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Guide to Inmate Visitation Online

Jails across the nation are catching on to the popularity of offering remote, "at-home," visitation. Not only is it convenient for jail staff, inmates, and family members, but it is also a way for the jail to collect revenue because in most cases, at-home visitation is a paid service. How it Works To be able […]

He Expected Probation, Instead He Went to Jail.

My name is Jonathan. I thought I was going to get probation. Everyone I knew got probation for the same charge, but when I was called in front of the judge, he sentenced me to 30 days in jail. I was handcuffed, taken into custody in front of everyone in the courtroom, and brought to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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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