Category Archives for Prison Rules

Can You be Happy in Prison

Can You be Happy in Prison?

Today’s question is a difficult one to answer. I was so upset and beat down after I was put in prison, that happiness wasn’t even a thought. I’ve got to be honest – I didn’t think I deserved to be in there.  The common joke is that everyone in prison will tell you they are […]

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Why Would an Inmate be Moved to a Different Cell

Why Would an Inmate be Moved to a Different Cell?

When you are living in the free world, there can be numerous reasons why you would move to a new home. People move because they get a new job, or get a raise and can afford a larger home. Or, on the flipside, people can downsize due to job loss or retirement. Other people move […]

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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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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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