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Subject: Sending mail inside

Inmates that have money on their inmate trust accounts can purchase stamps and envelopes at the weekly commissary. If they do not have money on their books, the prison will provide indigent inmates with all the materials necessary to send out mail to their loved ones. If your inmate writes to you directly, using your address, the cost of the mailing is a 49 cent stamp. Many of our members use the Inmate Response Mail service through InmateAid. Your inmate

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Subject: Offender phone calls

When you set up the Discount Telephone Service, it will be your responsibility to get the information to your inmate. There are some places where the staff will pass along this information but since it is not a normal practice we do not advise our members to go that route as it is largely unreliable. There are so many different rules in over 10,000 facilities (state and federal are very strict with the rules, too) that we cannot be sure

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Subject: Bond questions

After your inmate goes before a judge to hear the charges read in open court will the topic of bond come up. If your inmate has a competent attorney, they will make a case to the judge for a reasonable bond amount. But, depending on the charge, if there was violence and the likelihood that the defendant will appear at all their court hearings will be the basis for whether a bond is allowed and how much it will be.

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Subject: Visitation

Visitation Hours: Visits are normally conducted on Saturdays and Sundays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The names of all visitors, 18 years old and older must be on the approved Visitors List, which is limited to ten individuals. Here is a link to the TDCJ Offender Rules and Regulations for Visitation Booklet: http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/documents/cid/Offender_Rules_and_Regulations_for_Visitation_English.pdf

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Subject: General prison/jail questions

Death Row Maximum Security Inmates The cell12 ft. by 7 ft. cell; 86 square feetAll solo cellsBed built into wall (hard surface bed)Blanket and pillowStainless steel toilet and sinkShelving across one side of bed, which could be used as a deskSmall chairPersonal items can be displayed in the cell and there are two small and very thin windowsAllowed to buy a small radio or TVMeals Inmates are fed 19 meals a week, three meals a day Monday through Friday and

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Subject: Offender phone calls

The telephone service at all of the TDCJ Prison facilities is a company called Securus. Securus' rules are often different than the rules at the jail so they can maximize the profit per call. Normally, the cell phone carrier should have nothing to do with the approval process of an inmate's calls. The process is supposed to approve a person, not a telephone type or it's underlying carrier. Some people use InmateAid's service to get a local number for cheaper

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Subject: Offender phone calls

The phone service at a particular correctional center is set up through bid process. In this case, Global Tel*Link has the contract for all inmate outbound calling and to tape record the calls - essentially a monopoly. Therefore, you have to use them to receive any calls. The choice is whether you pay GTL for a long distance call (to your number) or a local call (to a number that we get you). If you are already local, we cannot

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Subject: General prison/jail questions

We do not have a running list of the 2.3 million inmates that are incarcerated in over 10,000 locations. The list changes every day with new people going in and other inmates getting released. The inmate locators are updated in the jurisdiction where they're sentenced. The list of Personal Inmate Pages on our site are "user-generated content". Members like yourself create an Inmate Profile for you to use in assisting them during their sentence. If you would like some help

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Subject: Sending mail inside

Any books being sent into a prison or jail must be done through a publisher. Books will be rejected by the mail room personnel if they are sent in by an individual. They deem it a security risk if it is not coming from the publisher as a source. Amazon.com delivers to penitentiaries, but we strongly suggest you contact the prison first to confirm that they accept deliveries and to note any special regulations the prison might have. Some prisons

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Subject: Sending mail inside

Inmate movement is tough on the inmate. They pack out their belongings but it is rare for the inmate to retain all of their previous property. Commissary goods are lost, clothing is often lost and mail remnants are lost. Mail in-route is NOT forwarded, it is returned to the sender. If the inmate remains within the same system (state, federal) the funds will transfer. If they are going from county to county they probably will not transfer. If you sent

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