Federal Prison Inmates

Federal Prison System: What does it Mean to Self-Surrender?

Your husband has been convicted of a federal crime and has been sentenced to prison but instead of being taken from the courtroom, he was instructed to wait at home for further instructions. There are both positives and negatives with Self-Surrender.

Prison, Day 1Your husband will receive a letter by mail telling him when and where to report.

Pro: Because he has some time while waiting for… Read more


Incarceration: Can I stay in county jail instead of going to prison? Would I want to?

If you have been sentenced to incarceration for a state felony conviction, you will most likely be taken to a penitentiary within a-few-days-to-a-few-months of your sentencing, depending on the beds available at the prison. But you may have special circumstances that warrant you remaining in the jail, such as a terminally ill parent who would not be able to travel to a prison for visitation. Before you make a request… Read more

Contacting Inmates

Will the Jail or Prison Workers Read The Letters I Send?

Being separated from someone you love because he or she is incarcerated is difficult. Because all calls from prisons and jails are recorded, you are hesitant to talk about anything personal or intimate on the phone. Instead, you turn to letters. Pouring your heart out in a letter feels almost like the inmate is sitting right there with you. It is easy to forget that the letter will pass through… Read more


What if I’m Going to Jail When I’m Pregnant?

If you are facing a misdemeanor charge, the worst-case scenario will be a year or less in jail. Apply any good time credit the jail allows and you could be out in a few months. Not fun, but doable. Except you just found out you’re pregnant. The idea of being locked up during pregnancy is scary. You never planned on feeling that first baby kick in a cell, but there… Read more

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Jailex Ratings

The JAILEX Rating System – Identifying and Rating the Best and Worst Jails in America

JAIL Exchange is the only Inmate Search that provides the viewer with every bit of available information on every Inmate Search, and every jail and prison in the United States. While conducting our in-depth research over an 18-month period, we were able to identify and rate those City and County Jails that went above and beyond all the others in providing complete and helpful information to their jurisdiction and listing it on their website in a simple, clear, easy to understand format. All Jail Exchange and JAILEX content is free. Read more

Jailex Ratings

Top 50 Jails in America – JAILEX Ratings for the TOP 50 Jails, Adult and Juvenile in the United States

Over 15 million men, women and children are arrested and jailed every year in the United States. That equates to over 5% of the population, or one in twenty citizens. Whether they realize it or not, everyone knows somebody who is, or has been in jail.Even though some of those arrested are eventually found innocent of any crime and are released, many are held in conditions that are so beneath the dignity of this great country that they need to be exposed for treating American citizens no better than dogs in a pound. However, that is for another article.

This Article will focus on the Top 50 Jails in America and why they were chosen. With 5,955 City and County Jails in the United States, to make the Top 50 is no small feat. Read more