Prepare to Go to Prison

It is never easy facing the prospect of incarceration.  The factors of how well you will cope have several determining factors: The length of your sentence, the type of prison your are committed to, (and is it close enough for your friends and family to visit you), whether or not you have an extended family, what are the ages of your children, your marital status and the strength of your mind. 


There is a great deal of relevant content within the pages of this site that should give you a detailed insight into what it is like within the confines of a prison or jail from various points-of-view.  These articles and stories were published recently and over the years that will answer most of your questions.  We have structured the site where the search model is coded to help you find the very best content in your area of interest and it is our sincere hope that what you read will allay your concerns as well as could be expected. 

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Articles
Ex-inmates offer advice about lockup
The entrance to a federal prison camp in West Virginia.By John McClellan  -  September 19, 2012John is in his early 50s. He's a little paunchy. He wears glasses. He's about to go to federal prison and he's scared.Sitting across from him at the table at Denny's were two men. John…
Starting over after prison
By Bill McClellanA little more than a year ago, I wrote about John.“John is in his early 50s. He’s a little paunchy. He wears glasses. He’s about to go to federal prison and he’s scared.”He had been sentenced to a year and a day for embezzling. The sentencing was in…
Ex-Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick gets 28 years in prison
By Ross Levitt  -  CNN  -  October 10, 2013Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on Thursday was sentenced to 28 years in prison after he was convicted in March of two dozen federal charges.The charges include racketeering, extortion and the filing of false tax returns. He was accused of using the…
Prison advice to aid former basketball star Richie Farmer
Richie Farmer arrives at the Federal Courthouse in Lexington, Ky.Written by Jeff Smith  - Special to The Courier-JournalDear Richie,Hello, Commissioner. You don’t know me, but we have a lot in common.We were both captains of our high school basketball team, though I was surely no Mr. Basketball, and did not…
BARRY BONDS SAYS HE WANTS TO SERVE HIS SENTENCE ‘IMMEDIATELY’
San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds reacts to being walked in the fourth inning by the Anaheim Angels during Game 6 of the World Series in Anaheim, CA, 26 October, 2002. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)Barry Bonds said he wants to immediately begin serving his prison sentence after a federal appeals court…
Ex-Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is sentenced to 30 months in prison
Fredreka Schouten @fschouten, USA TODAYWASHINGTON — Former Illinois congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to 30 months in prison Wednesday for using $750,000 in campaign money for living expenses, clothes and luxury items.Jackson and his wife, Sandi Jackson, used campaign funds as a "personal piggy bank," U.S. District Judge Amy…
Harder Time - women's federal prisoners moved from Danbury to Aliceville AL
Why are the federal prison beds for women in the Northeast going to men—while the women get shipped to Alabama?By Judith Resnik - Thursday, July 25, 2013 Aliceville is hard for anyone without a car to get to. There is no train station or airport nearby. Image courtesy DigitalGlobe/USDA Farm…
America's most luxurious jail?
A new program is offering Alameda County inmates sentenced to misdemeanor offenses to serve their time in less-crowded conditions at the Fremont jail, for a price. Not your average jail: Inmates can transfer to Fremont Jail from anywhere in the state, provided they can afford the fancy new digsBy Kiet…
Aaron Hernandez new home is a small cell with little contact
Awaiting trial, former Patriot adjusts to the confines of Bristol County jailSheriff Thomas M. Hodgson in a unit similar to the one where Aaron Hernandez is being held. - STAN GROSSFELD/GLOBE STAFFNORTH DARTMOUTH — Inmate No. 174594, formerly No. 81 in your Patriots program, exercises alone in an 8-foot-by-12-foot padlocked…
Prepare for prison - 10 things you might not know about prison
An inmate leans out the bars of his cell in a one-prisoner per cell block.(Brian Vander Brug/October10, 2005)By Mark Jacob and Stephan Benzkofer  -July 7, 2013Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi, are facing possible prison sentences next month. Meanwhile, Thomson prison in northwestern Illinois is again being…