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Losing SSI and SSDI Benefits While Incarcerated

Your husband goes to jail and you figure his Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits will at least help with the bills even though he is not home to receive them. When the payments stop, there are four reasons why this may happen. Here are the four stages of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Illinois

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, however, once convicted of a felony, whether or not that right will be restored to you is up to the state that you reside in. The laws for Illinois include: If You've Been Charged Until you are convicted of a felony and incarcerated […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Interstate Compact Agreement for a Felon?

An Interstate Compact request made while you are on probation or parole can take a long time, but there is no other way to have your supervision transferred from one state to another without it. Here are some of the basics that apply to most cases. Your probation/parole officer does not have to agree to […]

Drug Addiction and Anger: Why Should I Do Anything for Him After All He Did?

When your boyfriend was doing drugs, there was chaos everywhere he went. Now that he completed rehab and is in recovery, he might need assistance with a few things to get started again. Putting your anger aside and helping him can provide the following benefits. Self-confidence: Whether he admits it or not, when he was […]

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 […]

Parental Visitation: Know the keys to Helping Your Child Visit Their Parent in Jail

Children typically desire contact with their parents, even if a parent is incarcerated, so learn the ropes to keep the connection going: Keep it Simple Depending on the age of the child, you can explain without going into too much detail, why the parent is in jail. Preschool to elementary kids – Let them know […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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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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Losing SSI and SSDI Benefits While Incarcerated

Your husband goes to jail and you figure his Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits will at least help with the bills even though he is not home to receive them. When the payments stop, there are four reasons why this may happen. Here are the four stages of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Illinois

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, however, once convicted of a felony, whether or not that right will be restored to you is up to the state that you reside in. The laws for Illinois include: If You've Been Charged Until you are convicted of a felony and incarcerated […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Interstate Compact Agreement for a Felon?

An Interstate Compact request made while you are on probation or parole can take a long time, but there is no other way to have your supervision transferred from one state to another without it. Here are some of the basics that apply to most cases. Your probation/parole officer does not have to agree to […]

Drug Addiction and Anger: Why Should I Do Anything for Him After All He Did?

When your boyfriend was doing drugs, there was chaos everywhere he went. Now that he completed rehab and is in recovery, he might need assistance with a few things to get started again. Putting your anger aside and helping him can provide the following benefits. Self-confidence: Whether he admits it or not, when he was […]

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 […]

Parental Visitation: Know the keys to Helping Your Child Visit Their Parent in Jail

Children typically desire contact with their parents, even if a parent is incarcerated, so learn the ropes to keep the connection going: Keep it Simple Depending on the age of the child, you can explain without going into too much detail, why the parent is in jail. Preschool to elementary kids – Let them know […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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