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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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

A Bath Salt Addict Describes Why She Gave Them Up

How did you discover bath salts? I was on probation and my probation officer was giving me random drug tests. A friend told me that the current drug screens being used in my county didn't check for bath salts so it would be a high that I couldn't be violated for. I decided to try […]

5 Facts About Your Supplemental Security Income Payments While You Are Incarcerated

In many cases, you don't have control over the number of days you spend in jail, but if you are planning on not bonding out in the hopes of building time on a future sentence or getting a time served release, be sure to watch the calendar so you do not get your payments suspended. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Voting Rights for Felons in Alabama

The state of Alabama allows felons to have their voting rights restored under the following guidelines. You must have completed your entire sentence, including incarceration, probation, and parole, or community supervision. Once completed, you have three options: Contact your local parole or probation office Write to the Board of Pardons and Parole

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 […]

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 […]

Consequences of Providing Contraband to an Inmate

It is never a good idea to mail contraband to an inmate or to bring it on a visit. The consequences for such actions are serious not only for the inmate, but also for you. What is Contraband? Contraband is anything that inmates are not allowed to have in their possession. Obvious examples are weapons, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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Texas Dallas 2216

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106 West Commerce Street
P. O. Box 650051
Dallas, TX,

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  1. jerri broadus Tue, Jan 24 2012 8:32 PM

    how do i find a inmate transfered to state jail name Gregory L. william dob 7-9-1964 tdc#1749672

  2. Eustolia Prieto Thu, Aug 16 2012 7:03 PM

    Can I send money to a inmate through using a credit card? My daughter is coming home on August 27, 2012, wher do I send he clothes for her to wear home? Thx

  3. s.smith Sat, Sep 22 2012 1:16 PM

    i keep hearing about hb 2649 being amended, and its not just for inmates whoes offene was before sept,1, 2011, butfor all those incarecarcerated now. And also, something about turning into a tdc, and those inmates with 6 months or less will get to go home, those with 6 months or more, returned to their county jail to finish out sentence. Please let me know!!!!

  4. SONDRA Sat, Dec 29 2012 6:04 PM

    JUST PRAY YOU NEVER GO TO DAWSON STATE JAIL. I DID A SMALL AMOUNT OF TIME (2 YRS) FOR A DWI AND WAS SENT THERE. THE GUARDS AND RANK ARE CORRUPT, I'VE SEEN IT, I KNOW WHAT GOES ON THERE. THE GUARDS AND RANK ARE THE SAME OR WORSE THAN THE CRIMINALS LOCKED UP THERE, THEY JUST HAVE NOT BEEN CAUGHT...YET

  5. ladybug bunk 54 2006 Sun, Mar 10 2013 5:03 AM

    I did 15 months there.. you never see the light of day until you leave there. and yes a lot of the guards are lesbian and have affairs with what ever inmate accordingly,, it is nasty and mean, violent, and forsaken..my advice ride your bunk, because thats where you will be most of the time any way..be prepared its day for day no good time..what you get is what you get..its prison people..plain and not so simple..

  6. ladybug Sun, Mar 10 2013 5:08 AM

    oh and also looking for my old bunkie julie kenneman if you read this please e-mail me at kyamoonpie@yahoo.com and if any one needs details about the notorious dawson in ghetto dallas let me know... lived and learned..I would rather do time in rikers than in this place..the conditions are horrible...

  7. meemee taylor Thu, Mar 14 2013 11:02 AM

    OMG DAWSON STILL NOT CLOSED REALLY..... I did 6mths and believe mee it's beyond FILTHY unORGANIZED RACHET and yes ratchet is a word they need 2 burn DAT mf 2 DA ground when u living in filth like DAT (mode in DA shower &etc)dats beyond punishment and I thought DA guards were there 2 do their job not flirt and f**k wit DA inmates 2 words Dat explains Dawson state jail UN PROFESSIONAL...

  8. TELLit...LIKEit...IS Thu, Mar 21 2013 10:34 PM

    IF u can't do the TIME...... DON'T DO THE CRIME....... If u live that lifestyle.. its better than death u got a second chance

  9. ladybug Tue, Mar 26 2013 2:08 AM

    to tell it like it is... just wait you will fuck up or maybe you already have and just havent been caught. your life style unless you are a saint probably not so perfect..don't judge until you have walked in another mans/womens shoes..its not about the time we know we fuck up its about the conditions..so so shut the fuck up, unless you know what your talking about..you haloed one wing in the fire mf

  10. sad mom Tue, Mar 26 2013 5:33 PM

    wow my daughter was just sent there ya'll are scaring me!! she was transfered there today from dayton state prison.i hope to god she'll be ok!

  11. Elizabeth Wed, Apr 03 2013 3:30 AM

    One of the worst places i seen i wish no one to go there did a year there and i must say was so ghetto seen so much shit that its not even funny

  12. Scared Mom, Thur, Apr 11, 2013 11:40 AM Thu, Apr 11 2013 11:42 AM

    Oh my goodness, my daughter has been there a year and4 months. She has told me that it was really bad and that you can't even go outside. I know that she did wrong and has to pay her debt to society but really you can't even go outside for freash air. My heart is broke. SHE GOT 5 years. wow I'm worried!!!

  13. Denise Tue, Apr 23 2013 1:13 PM

    Is this a jail for women only? I am going there on a Prison Ministry weekend, and it sounds like I will be seeing alot of bad stuff. I know the guards will be on their best behavior, but to read these posts concerns me.

  14. Rae Rae Sun, May 05 2013 11:05 PM

    I was just released, and yeah it is as bad as everyone says...I did my time, and I am just going to be praying for all the ladies I left behind at Dawson. We did our time (or are doing), but we do deserve to be treated humanely....

  15. HunterHoe Wed, May 08 2013 10:58 AM

    Ive been calling to this prison for some information on my bff and the bitches that answer the fone sound like they are sooo dam lazzyy n on fkn crack themselves ......dam fkn bitches

  16. Chris Tue, May 21 2013 2:09 AM

    I heard they going close this

  17. prayingfortheinmates Fri, Jun 14 2013 3:10 AM

    They will be closing aug 31

  18. beatiful1978 Mon, Jun 17 2013 1:56 PM

    I was sentenced 20 mos. did 16 mos. I was HELL! I pray 4 all U how R still there. thank God yall will be moving soon. keep your heads up. u 2 will be FREE soon. I know that was the hardest thing I ever went through&my family. they 2 get treated like crap @ visits. We are all human&God's children. live&forgive. Thank U 4 a second chance.

  19. concerned Wed, Jun 26 2013 6:23 PM

    WOW! My daughter was transferred to Dawson on June 6, 2013 from Plane unit. WHY?? if they are closing? I am worried about her, I have not heard from her since she pulled chain in May. I hope to God she and the rest of them make out okay and the guards get punished for their wrong doings.

  20. Concerned as well Fri, Jun 28 2013 2:03 AM

    Are inmates up for parole visited by the Parole Board @ Dawson? Do any of the ladies get released from Dawson or do they have to go to Bridgeport?

  21. steve Sat, Jul 27 2013 1:54 PM

    My sister id locked up at that place and tells me.that the gaurds miss treat her and beat her my sister has. Mental issuse but shes not a aggresive person and i went to visit her she was all beat up. Smh me as her brother coulfnt even stand to see her like that i called the phone number they give you to complain but they gave me the run around. Not only that we put money on her books she never gets it. SOMEONE PLZ HELP ME OUT any ideas what i could do???

  22. Blak Beauty Fri, Aug 02 2013 10:53 AM

    Blak beauty is in da building was in dat building and i don't wish that place on anyone. Right now my sister is there and i called a little while ago and she is still there but they have started to move people. I just. Pray for her i luv u Misty and pray for the rest dats left behind i have paid my duesand it wasn't easy at all. The guards are very rude and unprofessional, it's like hell in there, so God bless all and i pray you all make it out of there safe.

  23. GorditaHernandez Wed, Aug 21 2013 4:18 PM

    I was released from there almost two weeks ago and it is as bad as they say. Girls were having seizures and us inmates were caring for them. Many girls had accidents... fell in the restroom and no one was ever contacted. I feel as though i deserved to pay for all the things in my life that i have done but Dawson is/was a cruel and unusual punishment!

  24. change4life Mon, Aug 26 2013 10:27 AM

    Dawson is what it is a privately owned prison. You make the best of your situation. I did my time there and I kept myself occupied the whole time. It is true you don't get to see the light of day and being confined in a dorm 24/7 will cause a lot of animosity among the inmates placed there. Although the conditions were bad I still had 3 hot meals and bed to sleep in. It didn't scare me to change. I had no intentions at that time. I'm a 3 time loser. It wasn't until I made a life time commitment to change. I quit using drugs and I accepted most of admitted to all that I had done in my life. Taking responsibility for my own actions and not blaming others for my crimes sure has made life a lot easier live. For those who have loved ones at Dawson pray for them and hope they do change. If they don't they'll be there again and again. I don't wish time on my worst enemy or anyone else whose there.

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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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

A Bath Salt Addict Describes Why She Gave Them Up

How did you discover bath salts? I was on probation and my probation officer was giving me random drug tests. A friend told me that the current drug screens being used in my county didn't check for bath salts so it would be a high that I couldn't be violated for. I decided to try […]

5 Facts About Your Supplemental Security Income Payments While You Are Incarcerated

In many cases, you don't have control over the number of days you spend in jail, but if you are planning on not bonding out in the hopes of building time on a future sentence or getting a time served release, be sure to watch the calendar so you do not get your payments suspended. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Voting Rights for Felons in Alabama

The state of Alabama allows felons to have their voting rights restored under the following guidelines. You must have completed your entire sentence, including incarceration, probation, and parole, or community supervision. Once completed, you have three options: Contact your local parole or probation office Write to the Board of Pardons and Parole

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 […]

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 […]

Consequences of Providing Contraband to an Inmate

It is never a good idea to mail contraband to an inmate or to bring it on a visit. The consequences for such actions are serious not only for the inmate, but also for you. What is Contraband? Contraband is anything that inmates are not allowed to have in their possession. Obvious examples are weapons, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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