Jail Myths and Truths

Notorious Female Criminals in the United States Infographic

For decades, the number of women being convicted of felonies has been rising. The rate is not only changing, but it’s changing fast. Are women racing to prison? Is this a competition to see who’s the most badass?

Females have been linked to the criminal justice system throughout history, but it’s clear that they are playing catch up now when it comes to crime statistics. On the surface, it… Read more


What Happens When a Convicted Defendant is a Gang Member?

During the hearing or trial your defendant was focused on one goal: being found not guilty. But once the judge announces a guilty finding, and the case moves to the sentencing phase, your defendant’s gang affiliation could be a problem. Only an attorney should advise a client about legal matters, but there are some typical things that can happen once a gang affiliation is recognized.

Enhanced sentencing: Many states… Read more


What Is A Hold In Jail Or Prison?

If your loved one is in jail or prison and has a hold placed, it means another jurisdiction wants him or her brought there before being released for any reason. Typically, the guards or jail administrators will let an inmate know as soon as a hold comes through the system. In some cases it falls through the cracks and notification is only minutes before the inmate is set to walk… Read more


Can Inmates Receive Books?

Reading is a popular activity in jails and prisons. Inmates have a lot of free time on their hands so reading helps in preventing boredom. The stories take an inmate outside of the jail or prison walls and lets them “experience” other lives. They also provide a way to keep learning even though they cannot attend a college campus. You may be tempted to round up books from your house… Read more


Can I Get Medical Care in a County Jail?

No county jail in the USA is allowed to refuse you medical attention if you have a serious or potentially serious medical issue. A few county jails have up-to-date kiosks in each POD that allow inmates to schedule their own medical checkups. Most county jails still require inmates to go through jailers (guards) before they are able to talk to a nurse or a doctor. This can be problematic because… Read more


Sneaking Drugs Into Jail

The idea of going to jail is scary enough without the thought of having to detox once you are there. Even though withdrawal from drugs sounds horrible and you would rather avoid it, there are several reasons why trying to sneak drugs in to jail with you is a very bad idea.

New charges: Introducing contraband (in this case, drugs) to a penal facility is illegal in every state… Read more

Inmate & Family Issues

What Are Two-For-Ones in County Jails?

Incarceration for your misdemeanor conviction will typically be done in a county jail. Incarceration for a felony conviction will be too, depending on how long you will be locked up. Many county jails are overcrowded, prompting administrators to use a Two-for-One program. If you are given the opportunity to participate, it means that each day you spend in jail counts as two days. Once your Two-for-One begins, you could feasibly… Read more