My education as a prison teacher came from the inmates themselves. As one who has always had a healthy interest in the criminal justice system and who had childhood aspirations to become a police officer or prosecutor, never did I imagine that I would get such a valuable education in my previous position as an Adult Basic Education/GED teacher in prison as I have and that I try to impart upon my students.… [Read More...]Read More
My friend was incarcerated and needed money and supplies while he was serving his sentence. He was arrested because he was driving with an expired registration. It didn’t happen just once; he was driving with an expired registration and was stopped, and stopped again, and stopped again. … [Read More...]Read More
I went to visit a friend of mine in prison. I am a white guy and visited a black friend at a prison. It was weird because it seemed that the guards had a problem with a white guy visiting a black friend. … [Read More...]Read More
I was a former female correctional officer for the state of California several years ago and worked in a level 3 and 4 male prisons throughout my six-year career. A level 3 prison is designated for the less violent offenders and level 4 prisons are designated for the most violent offenders who have life without the possibility of parole.… [Read More...]Read More
Correctional officers monitor and supervise adult offenders in a manner that ensures the safety and well-being of the public, the staff, and the inmates themselves. This is a definition that is given to us at the academy; but, the duties and training of a correctional officer are so extensive that it’s not fair to think of them as prison guards.… [Read More...]Read More
As a correctional officer I’d like to share information about the time your loved one in prison typically has outside in the yard. Level 2 and 3 inmates receive several hours a day of yard time if they don’t have a job or have to be in school.… [Read More...]Read More
As a past correctional officer in California I thought it would be important for people to know about some of the rights and privileges their loved one have and lose when incarcerated.
When someone is incarcerated, they will give up many of their freedoms that they enjoyed before going to prison such as:
When I was there, some of the privileges that inmates enjoyed in a California prison system were the right to receive packages from loved ones.… [Read More...]Read More
The administration would prefer that you use “progressive discipline” instead of “disciplining inmates” when dealing with prisoners. Progressive discipline is when you try to talk to the inmate first by giving him a warning before you write him up and give him an 115. … [Read More...]Read More
I would never have admitted at the time that I was afraid of dealing with inmates when I first walked onto a prison yard but, I was. As a Corrections Officer, we received all the problem inmates from the other prisons in California, and most of the staff that worked at this new prison were new officers like me.… [Read More...]Read More
Listed here are prison terms that may come up when visiting or talking to your loved one.
General population- these are the inmates who are allowed to have phone calls, visits, access to the yard, dayroom privileges, and packages.… [Read More...]Read More
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