Do Drug Courts Work?

Whether or not to accept a drug court offer is a decision your loved one will make after being advised by his or her attorney. If your loved one decides to participate in drug court, knowing how it works and what the success rates are may help you un... Read more

What Do Sex Offenders Have to Report?

Once your loved one registers with a state as a sexual offender, his or her name, photo and other information will be listed on the state sex offender registry.  In addition, your loved one will be required to follow strict guidelines of behavior the... Read more

How Do Drug Courts Work?

If you are charged with a non-violent crime, and drugs or alcohol are a factor in your life, you may be offered the chance to enroll in drug court as an alternative to going to jail. There are more than 2,600 drug court programs nationwide. Each stat... Read more

What Rights Do Felons Lose?

A felony conviction doesn't end with doing time or completing probation or parole. Once you have a felony record, you lose certain rights, sometimes forever, other times until you petition to have those rights returned to you. In some cases, the dete... Read more

What is a Parole Violation?

Parole is the supervision of someone who has been released from prison before completing their full sentence. For example, if your loved one was sentenced to five years but was released after two years, he or she will most likely be supervised by a p... Read more

Can I Visit My Loved One In Jail If I Am On Probation?

The first step to visiting someone in jail or prison while you are on probation is to discuss it with your probation officer. If you are on felony probation, you were probably told that you are not allowed to associate with any known felons. Obviousl... Read more

How to Write to Someone in Jail or Prison

Mail is very important to inmates. It keeps them in touch with the outside world, reminds them that someone cares enough to write and gives them something to do when they write back. Whether you are writing to a loved one or choosing a new prison ... Read more

Can I Move my Probation / Parole to Another State?

A court can give you permission to temporarily leave state to work or to visit a gravely ill family member, but to move out of state, to leave for more than 45 days, you must apply for an Interstate Compact Transfer through your probation department.... Read more