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How to Survive Prison

Most people know the importance of working out and staying physically fit to survive prison, but mental strength and attitude play a huge role in getting through incarceration. Expand Your Skills If the prison offers classes, sign up for some. Whether it is music lessons, anger management or business math, anything you learn is something […]

How To Keep an Inmate Involved in the Lives of the Children

One of the hardest things for an inmate to deal with is being removed from his or her children. Not being there for daily routines means missing out on much of the child's development and preparation for life. These easy steps will keep your inmate connected and active in the lives of the children. Phone […]

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 […]

You are on Felony Probation: 4 Things Not To Do

Being on felony probation means you report to a probation officer by phone or in person, typically once a month. Between your reporting dates, you need to stay on your probation officer's good side. 1. Don't associate with felons. Almost all felony probation officers will tell you not to hang around with known felons. It […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 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 […]

Five Fun Photo Ideas to Send Pictures to Your Inmate

Face it. You can only send so many selfies, family group shots or photos of the dog on the couch to your inmate before it becomes boring for both of you. Try these ideas to spice up the fun! Have a party for the inmate Gather friends and family together and have a party. Choose […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Truth about Prison Phone Calls

Your inmate needs to stay connected to friends and family. While lots of information can be shared on the phone, precautions must be taken so that everyone involved can avoid having future problems. Phone Calls are Recorded If your inmate wants to discuss the case with you by phone, use extreme caution going forward. The […]

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The Oakland County Jail in Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan, 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 Oakland County 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 Oakland County Jail are either awaiting trial or have been sentenced in the Oakland County 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 Michigan Prison or Federal Prison System. Inmates in the Oakland County 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.

The other jail facilities in Oakland County, Michigan are: Farmington Hills Jail, Frank Greenan Detention Facility (Facility closed in 2010), Oakland Co. - Southfield Detention Fac., Oakland County Trustee Camp, Oakland County Work Release, Okland County Boot Camp, Southfield Jail, Troy Jail, Waterford Jail. In addition, Oakland County houses the following juvenile facility: Oakland County Children’s Village.

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



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Dealing with a Drug Addict: How I Started Letting Go

If you are dealing with an addict in your life, you already know that you won't be able to keep it up forever. There will come a point where you will need to reclaim your life and get back among the living. Years ago, I began taking gradual steps toward letting go and by the […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Caring for an Inmate, Even If You Can't Visit the Jail or Prison

Visits are a lifeline for most inmates, but if his jail is very far away, or there are other reasons that make it impossible for you to visit, there are other steps you can take to let him know he is not alone. Lots of mail: Even if you can't write a letter each day […]

Can a Felon Own a Gun In West Virginia?

West Virginia still requires you to receive a pardon from the governor's office before you can own/possess a gun in that state. Obtaining a pardon in West Virginia is very difficult. Over a recent period of nine different governors, only 131 pardons were granted out of all that applied. An attorney experienced in obtaining felony […]

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 […]

How I Overcame Fear in Jail

Anyone sentenced to jail or prison for the first time is scared. If they tell you otherwise they are either lying or they're mentally ill. Your imagination runs wild and every jailhouse show you have ever seen comes to mind. The first time I went to jail I was only 18, and I went for […]

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  1. JAS Wed, Oct 17 2012 7:22 AM

    Links to Oakland County Jail are dead. This, for example - http://www.oakgov.com/sheriff/jail/inmate_locator.html needs to be changed to this: http://www3.oakgov.com/sheriff/Pages/jail/inmate_locator.aspx

  2. VICKI HART Fri, Nov 16 2012 6:13 PM

    an inmate at ocj is making abusive calls to me on a prepaid card.i got the vconnect service after about 15 calls because i only have a cell ph.she heard about that and started calling only to relate hate calls and abusive calls. since then ive cancelled my service and the calls are still coming and i want them to stop. im her mother and its very hurtful and i believe shes abusing her privilidges. i want the calls to stop period, to me, my husband and any family member of mine.i cant get thru on any ocj numbers. can you please help me?

  3. JIM Mon, Dec 17 2012 6:21 PM

    what is BLK R CELL R9

  4. #386740 Sat, Mar 16 2013 10:51 PM

    Jim, r9 is a holding cell where misteminer criminals are sent before they get housed

  5. #386740 Sat, Mar 16 2013 10:54 PM

    Max compasity 52 I was in there January and I was housed with 65 others Oakland county jail is suffering from way overpopulation and the county don't care at all

  6. #386740 Sat, Mar 16 2013 10:57 PM

    Vicki , when she calls next wait for the automated voice to say "press 8 to block future calls" then it will tell her from then on that the phone was blocked and she can't contact that number

  7. Thom Thu, Mar 28 2013 5:47 PM

    What does the term "active hold" mean?

  8. v Thu, Apr 25 2013 1:26 PM

    oakland county jail is way over crowded. never got rec time. never saw a chaplain or had services. slept on concrete for 14+ days with no change of prison uniform or shower. this needs to be stopped people...

  9. H Thu, May 23 2013 5:20 PM

    active hold means there is a hold on that person somewhere (possible warrant) there is a hold list that will tell what the hold is, is as at end of inmate list.

  10. six month of. hell Sat, Aug 03 2013 10:37 AM

    The dogs in the dog pond eat better then inmate

  11. week of hell Mon, Aug 05 2013 2:23 AM

    its even so bad when i was in r9 there was a fight that had broken out alot of blood was shed and never taken care of was way crowded no were to move no room to breath anything fbi needs to get in and check the main jail i was even told that they hide inmates in the basement when fbi shows up to keep check on them

  12. Mom Wed, May 20 2015 2:13 PM

    Can anyone tell me where or what is BLK HO? My son used to call me when he was in the Annex, now he doesn't call at all

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