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 in trouble.

Suspended Visitation

In some cases, if you are caught trying to introduce contraband to a penal facility, your right to visit this or any other inmate at the jail or prison might be suspended indefinitely. Knowing how important visitation is to the two of you, it is not worth the risk. The visits could be suspended for a week, month, year or forever.

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Statewide Ban

Many states place permanent statewide bans on those who introduce contraband to a facility. It might not seem like a big deal at the time, but you never know when a brother, sister, parent, adult child or spouse could become incarcerated in the future. A lifetime ban from all penal facilities in the state means exactly that – for a full life.

Criminal Charges

It’s less common but you could be arrested and jailed. Many jails and prisons pursue criminal charges against not only the visitor who attempted to get the contraband into the facility but also against the receiving inmate. The last thing you or your inmate need is to end up in a criminal case together, which could ultimately result in your gaining a criminal record.

Pressure from Others

There are many stories about people who gave in one time and got contraband into the facility only to have other inmates begin pressuring your inmate into having you do it again. Blackmail, threats to tell on you, and other tactics are used to get you to give in. Don’t bend the rules and you will avoid future problems.

Final Thoughts: Visitation keeps you and your inmate connected. Risking that connection by introducing contraband to the facility doesn’t make sense. If asked, say no. If you thought it up, forget it. It’s not worth the possible consequences.

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