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Subject: General prison/jail questions
There are some facts in your question that make the answer difficult to accept but it would appear that he's looking at the beginning of an 8 year sentence. The six months will be credited and if he can be productive and stay out of conflict while he's there he will accrue good time credits and get out earlier than the entire bid. Help keep him busy by communicating and sending him things to read. If you have more information...
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Subject: General prison/jail questions
The law guarantees a right to a speedy trial, but circumstances could exist that would delay things. There must be something that is holding this up, maybe there are other defendants involved or issues that your friend might not have told you about. If you have more information we could continue this as a private correspondence.
Subject: General prison/jail questions
You may log onto your account using your User email and password. In the left hand column click on Inmate Profiles. Then click on the Profile link. Scroll down to the bottom that says “ID Number” and make your change. When you are satisfied with your result, enter Save and you are done!
Subject: General prison/jail questions
Yes they can, don't forget to add Curves to that list. These are probably the most popular among inmates. InmateAid has a great section called "Send Magazines" with these very titles (and 100s more) to click on and send them directly to your inmate at discount prices.
Subject: General prison/jail questions
Inmates are tested for tuberculosis every year but are NOT tested for sexually transmitted diseases. There are provisions of disclosure where the admittance staff will interview the inmate and ask if they have HIV or hepatitis so as to know if the inmate will need special medical treatment.
Subject: General prison/jail questions
Friends and family members can follow an inmate to stay connected via posts by the manager of the account. Visitation updates, pictures and wish list items are posted for the benefit of the people who wish to help the inmate they follow.
Subject: General prison/jail questions
Release dates are sometimes available on VineLink but always are on the federal inmate locator. If it's in the county or state system, the reporting of release dates are not standardized and therefore may vary. Release dates are public information and can be found. If you have a more specific request regarding any particular inmate, you may Ask the Inmate in private.
Subject: General prison/jail questions
You may send books through the Amazon links located in the Send Books section. There is even a search function to look for the type of book or the author. Sending money is easy through Western Union - simply click on the Send Inmate Money page where there are complete step-by-step instructions. Once an inmate has money in their account they can buy stamps and writing utensils to write you back.
Subject: General prison/jail questions
Cigarette smoking is banned in most prisons and jails. There are still some county jails that allow it and even have it on the commissary list but they are few and far between. That is not to say there are no cigarettes in prison. Cigarettes are a big "black market" item and command a huge price if you must smoke. Depending upon the custody level, one cigarette could cost between two dollars and twenty dollars EACH.
Subject: General prison/jail questions
InmateAid sends letters daily, you get notification in your member account the moment they are mailed. The only way you will truly know is if they respond back or call you on the telephone and acknowledge the receipt of your letter. Give it a try, our members love the convenience of the service and for the inmates - there's nothing better than hearing your name at mail call.