Aggravated vs. Non-Aggravated: What’s the Difference Between These Charges?

Many people mistakenly believe that a charge and an aggravated charge are the same thing with different names. They are mistaken, and the differences between the two are important. In most cases placing the word aggravated in front of the charge chan... Read more

Administrative Segregation: Is it the Same Thing as Being in the Hole? Will My Inmate Be Mistreated or Abused?

Your inmate wrote to you and told you he is in the Hole. What this means is that he has been removed from the jail's general population and placed either in solitary confinement or in a special area with only a few inmates and lots of guards. He may ... Read more

Inmate Mail: When I Write Letters to Someone in Jail, Can They Use What’s In those Letters Against An Inmate?

In a word, yes. Assume that nothing is private. The only mail that cannot be read by jail personnel is mail that is coming in from an attorney or going out to an attorney, and even then, the jail might require that the mail be opened in front of them... Read more

Inmate Commissary Account: Are They Allowed to Keep Their Money When They’re Transferred to Another Jail?

Commissary is the money in an inmate's jail account. He uses it to pay for snacks, personal hygiene items, phone calls and in some cases medical visits and medications. Whether or not an inmate's commissary money follows him to the new facility depen... Read more

Death Row Inmates: What Happens at the Very End?

Each state sets its own rules regarding the execution of men and women on death row but here’s what usually happens leading up to the execution: A few days before: The inmate is moved to a special cell where he or she can be observed closely fr... Read more

Inmate Surgery: What if a Prisoner Requires Specialized Treatment?

Whether your inmate had a medical condition requiring surgery before going to jail or the condition developed after he was there, the jail is legally responsible for making sure his needs are taken care of. In most cases the following steps will be t... Read more

Can Death Row Inmates Get Visits?

Inmates who have been sentenced to die are housed in designated areas of prisons commonly referred to as death row. The appeals process in a death sentence case can take years to complete. In the meantime, the inmates are typically confined to their ... Read more

Can I Talk to An Inmate in the Court Room?

It may be tempting to try to talk to an inmate in the courtroom, especially if the only contact you have had since their arrest has been through a computer monitor on visiting days. But if you attempt to have a conversation, even by mouthing the word... Read more