Category Archives for Prison Rules

Can You Have Cigarettes In Prison?

Because the majority of people who are incarcerated have struggled with addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, an incredibly high number of prison inmates are smokers. Up until recently, people who went to prison still had access to tobacco products via the commissary. However, that has changed dramatically in the past few years. I was incarcerated […]

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Can You Use Computers In Prison?

It’s impossible to live life in the 21st century without the use of computers. You can’t drive a car, get your work done, or pay for a cup of coffee these days without a computer. It’s pretty amazing to think that we have more computing power in our smartphone than NASA had for the first […]

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Can You Play Guitar In Prison?

I confess, I am a fan of guitar-playing singer/songwriters, and I even went so far as to follow Dave Matthews Band around the country during the summer of 2003. What a fantastic few months! While learning how to play the guitar can benefit your dating life – or even lead to a successful career – […]

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What Happens if You Snore In Prison?

When I was growing up, it was a running joke in my family about how loud my dad snored. It was REALLY bad, and I could never figure out how my mom put up with it.  One year we were on vacation, and we stopped at a motel for a night on the way to […]

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Can You Have Facebook In Prison?

Can you imagine what life would be like without your cell phone? Do you remember living in a world without having that magic box in your purse or pocket? Can you imagine living without social media?  I know what you’re probably thinking, that sounds like torture. I’ve actually seen videos on YouTube of people documenting […]

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Can You go to Prison if You’re Pregnant?

I’ve never had kids. But from what I hear, it’s a life changing experience. Obviously, I’m being silly. Of course getting pregnant and having a baby will change your entire world, and it can be one of the most exciting times in your life. Even though I’m not a mom, I am an aunt. I’ve […]

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What Happens to Your Debt While In Prison?

I became a personal finance nerd more than a decade ago when I discovered Dave Ramsey’s radio show, and little did I know how much that would benefit me when I was arrested and eventually went to prison. Following Dave’s, “7 Baby Steps,” allowed me to get rid of my debt and save up some […]

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Can You Request Isolation In Prison?

Prison is a scary place, but it’s definitely not lonely. Unless you are in a maximum-security facility with single cells, chances are, you will be in a cell/room with at least one other person. In the prison where I was incarcerated, we lived in dorm-style housing with six inmates in a room that was designed […]

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How To Find an Inmate ID Number

When you are exploring PrisonInsight, you might notice that an inmate’s ID number is essential when it comes to any kind of communication with a prisoner ─ whether it’s sending mail, accepting phone calls, getting approved for a visit, or sending money.  When you have a loved one who is behind bars, you won’t be […]

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Can You Wear Your Own Clothes In Prison?

When you watch a TV or movie that features scenes in a prison, most of the time, inmates are wearing orange jumpsuits. There was even a popular Netflix show about a women’s prison that referenced this in the title Orange Is The New Black. In the pilot episode, the main character Piper – played by […]

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