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Subject: Prison discipline
The prisons operate without having to answer to anyone on the outside. When an inmate gets put in the hole for fighting, they are at the mercy of the DHO, the Disciplinary Hearing Officer. It is that person who acts as judge, jury and sentence renderer. Your inmate will make their testimony to the DHO and they will make their binding decision. Your inmate will have to tell you what happened.
Subject: Prison discipline
Yes, it is absolutely considered an escape. And as you could imagine, is going to create a tremendous hardship on them when they are captured.
Subject: Prison discipline
Do you know why he is in the SHU? The reason behind being in solitary would probably answer why it's taking so long. When I was in the SHU, there was a guy there for 11 months awaiting a transfer. He was caught with a cellphone and had to do 18 months in the SHU before they would transfer him to a higher custody prison. Administrative makes me think that he might have asked to be taken out of the...
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Subject: Prison discipline
The SHU restrictions are very rigid. Inmates are permitted ONE 15-minute phone call per week. Their commissary list is reduced to a couple dozen items, only... more necessity items than and not a wide list of choices compared to the norm. The visits are limited depending on the reason for being sent there. Sometimes there are no visits, other times it'd be reduced to once a month.
Subject: Prison discipline
Cigarettes have been largely banned across all prison and jail types. Federal outlawed them over 10 years ago and the states and county jails have mostly followed suit. As we write this, we cannot find any that still allow them. BUT, that doesn't mean that the inmates have stopped smoking. Cigarettes are sold inside for $2.00 each, the penalty for getting caught is a few days in the SHU.
Subject: Prison discipline
You can call he facility and ask to speak to the counselor. They will tell you how our inmate is "behaving".
Subject: Prison discipline
We don't think our answer would be anything but a guess. The honor farm is the best level of custody for an inmate and something must have triggered a classification change and lose that sweet job set-up. There might have been an accusation against him that was proven false... which would explain him going back and forth between details. Or, he might have gone to court and needed a change of location to facilitate it... it could be so many things.  But...
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Subject: Prison discipline
The only way tofind this out is if the inmate tells you the truth. No one in the institution is supposed to breech an inmate's right to privacy. What you want to know is protected, that's why you should ask your fiance. Parole status change means that he is further away from, not closer to the door (probably a result of this incident).
Subject: Prison discipline
It means that they are in protective custody, special housing unit, the SHU - it is segregation from general population, 24/7 lockdown (3 hours per week for rec). This can be for either administrative or disciplinary reasons.
Subject: Prison discipline
After the fight, the participants are taken to the SHU (the hole). They get a hearing from the Disciplinary Hearing Officer (DHO). The DHO is lawyer, judge and jury. The inmate may call one character witness (in my case i used the CO who ran my work detail). The decision is instant and the penalty is immediately enforced. Fighting, depending on the severity of injuries, if any, or property damaged will weigh into the penalty phase. They could lose visitation,...
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