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 she will be released until the trial or settlement in court. If no… Read more

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 member is not one to wander off, therefore, you consider this to be completely… Read more

With One Free Jail Call, Who Should I Reach Out To When I Get Arrested?

Anyone who has been incarcerated will tell you that once you are booked, given inmate attire, and assigned to a housing unit, your connection with the outside world is greatly reduced. During the booking process most jails will allow you one free phone call before taking you to your unit. Make it count.

Very few people have a criminal defense attorney’s phone number on speed dial, so the question… Read more

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

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 row inmates in California’s San Quentin Prison, than any other US prison… Read more

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 a copy of your credit report and carefully examine each entry. If you see… Read more

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 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 in the U.S., and deport him.

If ICE chooses to… Read more