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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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

5 Steps to Mailing Commissary Money to a Federal Inmate

In addition to these five steps below, keep in mind that when you mail the commissary funds, they must go through the United States Postal Service. You cannot use Federal Express, United Parcel or other similar services. Step 1 Know where to send it. All federal commissary money must be sent to a central post […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Info Can I Get From An Inmate Search?

Nothing is scarier than a missing person. You're frantic to find out what happened. Then it hits you: Maybe your loved one got arrested. Many jails have websites that allow you to look up inmates currently in custody. Some even list those who were booked and recently released. But an inmate search can tell you […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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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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Restrictions on Greeting Cards for Inmates

Understanding what jails mean by "plain" cards and why they require them helps ensure your inmate's holiday or greeting cards arrive on time. The facility's website might have a vague statement about only sending "plain" cards, or there might be no instruction at all. It is only when your card is returned unopened to you […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pregnant and Imprisoned

My name is Ashley. My probation officer violated me and had me sent to jail for three months. I was four months pregnant at the time. When I got to the jail, I told them I was pregnant, and they had me see a nurse practitioner right away who set up an appointment for an […]

Inmate Voting Rights: Can I Vote After Being Convicted of a Misdemeanor Offense?

In most states, once you are released from jail for your misdemeanor conviction your voting rights are fully restored. In some cases, you are still allowed to vote even while incarcerated. In the states of Idaho, Kentucky, Indiana, South Carolina, Michigan, South Dakota and Missouri, if you are in jail or prison due to a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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.

Mail

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

Telephone

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.

Visitation

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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