What is a Medical POD?

A medical POD in a county jail is an area where prisoners with medical conditions are incarcerated. In some cases, the inmates have long-term medical conditions. In others it is temporary such as for a severe illness or injury that will be recovered from quickly.

Which inmates get assigned to Medical PODS?

Inmates with injuries or illnesses that are severe enough to make them viewed as weak in… Read more

Inmate & Family Issues

Can a Terminally Ill Inmate Get Pardoned?

It is devastating to learn that someone you love has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. When that person is an inmate, the thought of him dying alone instead of surrounded by family can be very hard to handle.

Fortunately, depending on the severity of the crime and amount of time left on the sentence, pardons are sometimes granted… Read more


What is a Mental Health Court?

You have Bipolar Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or severe anxiety, and your mental illness causes you to make poor choices. You may even commit crimes. Some counties in the USA have Mental Health Courts which are designed to help you work with your illness and stay away from incarceration and future criminal charges. Components of a Mental Health Court typically include:

Voluntary Entry… Read more

Inmate & Family Issues

Three Good Reasons to Workout in Prison

Prison is not for the faint at heart. To succeed at doing time, inmates need to develop coping mechanisms such as not showing fear, maintaining health, and passing time. A regular workout routine can help in all of these areas

1. Maintaining Health

A daily workout keeps the body in shape. By varying the body parts that get exercised each day, an overall workout will be achieved by… Read more

Inmate & Family Issues

What to Do When You Are Pregnant and Going to Jail or Prison

If you are pregnant and have been sentenced to do time in a county jail or a prison, there are some things you should do to insure the best care for you and your child during the pregnancy and also after the baby is born.

Bring your paperwork to the jail or prison. If you have an OBGYN, bring his or her contact information. Otherwise bring the results of… 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 taken.

Verifying the condition: If he needed surgery before coming into the jail, the jail doctor will want to see the medical records surrounding the diagnosis… Read more


Does An Inmate Deserve Good Health Care?

On Feb 11, 2013 my husband, Scott passed away. He was 40 years old and had been serving a 42-month sentence on drug-related charges prior to his death. He was in the custody of the Kansas Department of Corrections when he died. For most of his life, Scott had been an addict.

In the fall of 2011, Scott had been having pain in his sides and asked to be… Read more