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 a room called the “Bull Pen”. It is a room where people wait to see… Read more

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 you didn’t know before. If the prison doesn’t offer classes or you are… Read more

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 family are excited when you are released and often want to throw… Read more

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 OBGYN the following week.

The guards assigned me to a bottom bunk. In… Read more

Checking In To Prison – Aaron’s Story

When the judge sentenced me to six months in the county jail, my first thought was about my family. Without me there to work and pay the bills, my wife and kids would lose the apartment. My attorney spoke up right away and asked the judge to allow me to check in at a later date so I would have time to get my affairs in order. I was lucky… Read more

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 Calls

Assign one day a week when your inmate will talk to each… Read more

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 to a child about where his or her parent has gone does… Read more

Deciding How Much Money to Put on the Books

What does the inmate need?

Contact the jail and ask what basics are supplied. Most jails give the inmates toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap and toilet paper. Ask them what happens if the inmate runs out of something. is it replaced right away or do they have to wait a week or longer for new supplies or use their own commissary funds to purchase more? This can make a difference… Read more