Inmate & Family Issues

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, drugs or alcohol. Less obvious examples include tobacco, unauthorized clothing, cell phones

Inmate & Family Issues

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 of them online. You plug in the age and gender of the kind of… Read more

Inmate & Family Issues

Getting a Felon’s Voting Rights Restored in Massachusetts

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, but that right can be lost if you’re a convicted felon. It’s up to the each state to decide their laws about restoring rights. The laws for Massachusetts include:

If You’re Charged

If you’ve been charged with a crime, but have not yet been convicted, you maintain your right to vote even if you are in… Read more

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What Type of Arrest Warrants Will Cause Social Security Benefits to Stop?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) can only stop your benefits if the arrest warrant is for a fleeing crime. If there is a warrant for something other than fleeing, it does not qualify for benefit cut off or forced repayment. Historically, the SSA stopped benefits for anyone who had an arrest warrant for any reason.

That rule has changed and now it must be a fleeing warrant or offense… Read more

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4 Things to Tell Young Kids When Dad is In Jail

While your husband is incarcerated, your children will want to know what has happened. These four things can ease their mind without burdening them.

  1. Explain why he went. Without being specific about the exact crime he is accused of, you can tell the children that the judge thinks their dad broke the law and he is in jail until he can work out some problems. They might press
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How I Overcame Fear in Jail

Anyone sentenced to jail or prison for the first time is scared. If they tell you otherwise they are either lying or they’re mentally ill. Your imagination runs wild and every jailhouse show you have ever seen comes to mind.

The first time I went to jail I was only 18, and I went for 30 days. I was charged with a violent felony, which meant being housed with… Read more

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Inmate Voting Rights: Can I Vote After Being Convicted of a Misdemeanor Offense?

In most states, once you are released from jail for your misdemeanor conviction your voting rights are fully restored. In some cases, you are still allowed to vote even while incarcerated.

In the states of Idaho, Kentucky, Indiana, South Carolina, Michigan, South Dakota and Missouri, if you are in jail or prison due to a misdemeanor charge of conviction, you will lose your… Read more