A: Jails generally provide paper and pencils for inmates to write letters. They also have something called "indigent mail" which is a program offered to those inmates who've not received any money in their commissary trust accounts. The jails are pretty understanding and humane when it comes to inmates staying in touch with loved ones.
A: Yes, Securus will always get something for connecting the calls from the prison, they have the contract to tape record the calls and can charge higher rates than normal because there is no competition to push prices lower. Your decision to use us is based on how much calling you will do. We estimate there is a savings of $5 to $15 per call, with 10 or more calls per month, the savings more than pay for the $19.95 service fee. Please do the math, if it works out to save you money then its a service worth having. There are no contracts, we get the local number for you within an hour of signing up.
A: We estimate that it takes about 3 business days to arrive in the
facility mail room. Once there, the staff opens each piece for
contraband. Be mindful that each facility has their own set of rules as
to how long they have to actually deliver the mail. For instance,
the CDCR in California has up to 14 days from receipt. This is a drastic
example, but the prison business is not normal and the rules are like a
A: Halfway houses are a way for the correctional divisions to ease an inmate back into society. It is a much looser environment but there is still supervision that residents must abide by. Inmates will be tested for drug or alcohol use and one small slip gets them sent back to serve the full sentence. The staff monitors the re-entry process encouraging work release and reintegration back to the family unit. The location is usually the nearest facility to where the resident will live once fully released.