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LOVE. To know they are loved and that there is someone out there to communicate with. An inmate needs to have hope and the ability to see beyond their immediate situation and that they can get through it. Letters, books, magazines and newspapers will help them deal with the solitude, to stay connected with the outside world. I am hoping your inmate can get back in general population soon.Read more
The short answer is "generally no". But the food is far from gourmet. In the county jails and state prisons, the meals are simple and heavy on carbohydrates (breads, pasta) and lots of weird looking bologna sandwiches. In the federal system, the meals are on a national schedule, for instance Wednesday lunch is "burger day". All things considered, the food is bearable, BUT it's nice to have money in your commissary to be able to supplement the food an inmateRead more
There are many good legal minds in prison but also so many desperate people, too. It's hard to give advice not knowing the strong suit of the legal aide and the price they are charging. Common sense and instinct tells me that in MOST cases, an inmate cannot work legal magic from inside a prison. Read the section Inmate Scams and learn about some of the unbelievable things that are being done to the unsuspecting.Read more
Because space is limited, it is difficult to transfer inmates. Inmates are assigned to facilities based on their custody level, safety and security issues and available space. In addition, an inmate may have their own reasons for not wanting to be transferred. For example, he/she may be making progress in the programs they are currently enrolled in; or he/she may have concerns about being housed with certain people at another facility. Some inmates find it easier to separate from theirRead more
The journey ahead seems impossible. Not knowing is actually worse than being there. The human spirit will prevail as you figure things out. You must keep to yourself and not get in other people's business. Do things that will improve you while there. Read, take college courses, exercise. Improve YOU and take care of YOU. Do the time, don't let the time "do you".Read more
We are working with Western Union to have ALL the prisons and jails available. Today, Talbot County only takes money orders mailed into their system but with this request and others, we will endeavor to get this rectified. You can still send books, newspapers and magazines through InmateAid and believe me, he will LOVE the reading materials you send him from the outside.Read more
That is a very broad question that has many answers, but for me separation from my family was the worst, and mostly because you feel like you've died and are forced to watch the world go on without you. It's an impossible position that only time will change, the time left in your sentence.Read more
The federal system has "sick call" in the early morning where you see a nurse or PA. They do the absolute minimum for routine illness. If something major happens they take you to a nearby hospital. Depending upon your custody level, you are probably going there shackled. Don't get sick.Read more
There is NO internet access allowed in prison except at the state level where the Kansas Department of Corrections allows monitored Internet use. It is the only such area that does. At the federal level, there are email pilot programs in use that I used often, but there was no internet access. There are delays in the messaging and the charges were high but it was convenient.Read more
The separation from family is terrible, but it's tougher on them to go on without you. But the worst thing that I had to deal with was the death of my mother. I was not there for others suffering, for her funeral nor was I able to feel closure.Read more