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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What to Wear to Visit Someone in Jail

When someone goes to jail or prison, it affects everyone in their lives. As difficult as being incarcerated is for an inmate, their loved ones on the outside have their own sets of problems and obstacles. Something as simple as talking is far from easy because of the astronomical fees required for an inmate to […]

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Can I Visit Someone in Jail if my ID is Expired?

When you have a loved one locked up in the county jail, visiting them is extremely important. The days crawl by at a snail’s pace when you are sitting in a jail cell, so it’s nice to mix things up and do something different for an hour each week.  But, it’s about more than getting […]

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Can You Get Kosher Food In Prison?

In my prison experience, inmates are not seen as people by the criminal justice system, the prison system, or the prison administration and staff. It seems like when a person is convicted of a crime — no matter if it’s something financial, like failing to pay child support or something as heinous as first degree […]

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How to Get an Inmate Transferred

You might be surprised to find out that there is quite the process behind which prison an inmate is housed in after they are sentenced. They don’t just put you anywhere they have an available bed.  Instead, there is a process called “Receiving & Orientation” or “Classification” where an inmate is evaluated when they are […]

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Can You Have Books In Prison?

Curling up with a good book on a cold day was one of my favorite pastimes growing up. My Audible account has been getting a workout lately when I go on my daily walks. Currently, I am making my way through Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules For Life, and it’s absolutely fantastic. Reading is such an […]

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What Happens if You Have a Stroke In Prison?

One of the worst parts about being in prison was the lack of access to proper medical care. It was the absolute worst.  When you are in prison and you aren’t feeling well — for anything from a headache to pneumonia — you have to fill out a form and go to your housing unit’s, […]

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Can You Play Video Games In Prison?

It’s no secret that video games are a multi-billion dollar industry. Over the past three decades, gaming has become a bigger business than the movie and music industry combined. And, even if you don’t have a gaming console, chances are you have a gaming app on your phone, so you can play some Candy Crush […]

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