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Why do Inmates get Put In the Hole?

The hole in county jail is not actually a hole, but a cell that is isolated from the rest of the jail population. Jails typically set aside a POD or area of the jail to house inmates who have been sentenced to solitary, a.k.a. the hole. Reasons fo... Read more

If a Jail is on Lockdown, Can I Still Visit My Inmate?

A jail lockdown is when inmates are ordered into their cells or bunk areas and the doors are locked. It may be confined to a specific area or the entire jail may get locked down. Lockdowns occur for several reasons, and some jails decide whether i... Read more

When He’s In Jail, How to Provide Holiday Gifts for the Kids

Between supporting the family and providing for his commissary, there isn’t much left to cover extras. Most communities provide funds to buy Christmas gifts for children of inmates. You just have to know where to look. Angel Tree This organizat... Read more

Can Inmates Receive Books Through the Mail?

Reading books in jail gives structure to an inmate’s day and may help him or her emotionally. Many county jail books available for borrowing are worn or missing pages. Even if they are complete, there might not be a large selection. Most jails ... Read more

Why do Some Inmates Convicted of Felonies Stay in County Jail?

The majority of offenders convicted of felonies and sentenced to more than a year of incarceration are transported from the county jail to the state prison within a few days or weeks of conviction. County jails are used to house those waiting for ... Read more

Can Inmates in the Hole Still Have Visits?

Inmates end up in solitary confinement for three reasons: punishment, administrative segregation and safety. The reason the inmate was placed in the hole has a significant bearing on whether or not he can have visits. Each jail sets its own rul... Read more

Can I Buy Personal Hygiene Products and Bring Them to the Inmate?

The county jails provide the most basic personal hygiene products to inmates and they are not high quality items. Many jails have limits on how many products each inmate can receive each week, and it isn’t always enough. For this reason, loved one... Read more

What is the Role of an Inmate’s Prison Counselor?

Your husband has mentioned a correctional counselor several times during his calls from prison but you aren’t sure what that means. In short, his prison counselor oversees his stay while he is in prison. Some aspects of this supervision include: I... Read more