Guide to The Presentence Investigation (PSI) Report

Guide to The Presentence Investigation (PSI) Report

Today’s blog post will be a little bit different than what we usually do here at Prison Insight. Instead of answering a specific question about life as a prison inmate, we wanted to create a guide to the Presentence Investigation (PSI) Report. The Presentence Investigation Report is a document that gives you the chance to […]

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What Are Holidays Like in Prison

What Are Holidays Like in Prison?

I’ve never been a big holiday person, so when I was sentenced to 15 years in prison for a first-time marijuana offense, I was surprised to find out just how much being incarcerated on a holiday affected me. I realized on the inside that when I was in the real world, holidays were pretty great. […]

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Jail vs Prison – What’s The Difference

Jail vs Prison – What’s The Difference?

Ever since I was incarcerated for nearly four years for a marijuana charge, one of my biggest pet peeves is when people conflate the words “jail” and “prison.” Yes, they are both legal confinement facilities, but there is a big difference between a jail and a prison. I’m not sure why using the two words […]

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Why Inmates Return To Prison

Why Inmates Return To Prison

Once someone gets sucked into the judicial system and prison system, it can be extremely difficult to get out of it. We have a dangerously high recidivism rate in America, which is the percentage of inmates who return to prison after being released. When someone is released from prison, the rules we have set up […]

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Why Would an inmate be on Lockdown

Why Would an Inmate be on Lockdown?

As I write this blog post, people around the world are under shelter-in-place orders or on full lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Officials at jails and prisons all over the United States are trying to figure out what they can do to help stop the spread of the virus. Many have decided to release […]

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Visiting an Inmate For The First Time - 10 Things to Know

Visiting an Inmate For The First Time – 10 Things to Know

Whenever you are preparing to visit a prison inmate for the first time, there are definitely things you need to know. If you don’t arrive at the prison fully prepared, it could result in the prison staff denying your visit. And, since most people have to travel to visit their incarcerated loved one, you definitely […]

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Coronavirus in the Prison System

Coronavirus.  We’re all dealing with it in one way or another.  For most of us, it requires us to work from home, or maybe you’ve even lost your job over it.  It hasn’t been easy for anyone and no one is safe. Regardless of your situation, there is a population of roughly 2.3 million people who are […]

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How Often do Prison Guards Search Inmates Cells?

In the United States, citizens are protected from illegal search and seizures thanks to the 4th amendment of the Constitution. Unfortunately, those protections aren’t as strong as they once were because of laws like The Patriot Act, but that is a subject for another day. When you go to prison, you lose all of your […]

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Why Would an Inmate Lose Visitation?

The official visitation policy from every state’s Department of Corrections and the federal Bureau of Prisons will likely tell you that regularly visiting your inmate is an important part of the rehabilitation process. However, when a prison allows visitors to come into the facility and have direct contact with the inmates, it presents a huge […]

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Why do Inmates Get Paid?

In the words of the great poet Puff Daddy, it’s all about the Benjamins. I didn’t share that lyric with you just to prove my amazing knowledge of 90s rap songs, but it’s because today’s blog post is all about money. When someone goes to prison, it’s easy for someone on the outside to think […]

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