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Mom's Prison Sentence

Mom’s Serving a Prison Sentence Even Though She’s Not Behind Bars

By Editor / 05/28/2016 / 1 Comment

Mom's Prison Sentence

Mom’s Prison Sentence

You say you’re in hell paying your debt.
Well, I’m in solitary confinement, on this you can bet.
You are forced to face and pay for your error.
I hide from living life, stay to self, avoid mirrors.… [Read More...]

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Prison the Hidden Sentence

GED Teacher Learns Life Lessons from Inmates

By Editor / 05/14/2016 / 1 Comment

Prison the Hidden Sentence

Life Lessons Learned from Inmates When I was a Prison Teacher

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...]

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Arrested for Expired Registration

Friend needed money and supplies in prison

By Editor / 03/20/2016 / 0 Comments

Arrested for Expired Registration

Sending Money and Supplies to Friend in Prison

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...]

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Bail Bondsman

My Friend Needed a Bail Bondsman

By Editor / 03/20/2016 / 0 Comments

Bail Bondsman

Working with a bail bondsman

I had never known anyone in prison until my friend was accused of making a threat against his child’s school.   He wanted them to take care of a situation with his child and got into a heated debate with the principal. … [Read More...]

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Foster child visits parent in prison

Social Worker Can Bring Children To Visit Parent in Prison

By Editor / 03/09/2016 / 0 Comments

Foster child visits parent in prison

Social worker can bring a child in foster care to visit their parent(s) in prison

I am a Family Services Case Worker, also known as a Social Worker.  I have a caseload of children in foster care and also have relationships with their parents and sometimes they have a parent in prison. … [Read More...]

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Perspective of a visitor and an inmate

Prison Experience as a Visitor and Inmate

By Editor / 02/15/2016 / 0 Comments

prison perspective of a visitor

Visiting Prison from the Outside and Inside as a Visitor and Inmate

Prison Perspective as a Visitor

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...]

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Call From Prison

Shocked to Receive Call From Prison

By Editor / 01/26/2016 / 0 Comments

Call From Prison

Call From My Son In Prison*

I received a call from prison and it was my son telling me he had been arrested.  I was shocked and didn’t know what to do.  I called the prison to find out when I could visit my son. … [Read More...]

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Mother with Son in Prison

Mother With Son In Prison

By Editor / 01/26/2016 / 2 Comments

Mother with Son in Prison

How I Found Out My Son Was In Prison

I never thought I’d be a mother with a son in prison. I found out my son was in trouble when I was watching the news. They showed his picture and said he was armed and dangerous; I thought they were going to kill him.… [Read More...]

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Prison Survival

A Creamy White Guy’s Prison Survival Guide or How I Bid My Time In Prison

By Editor / 12/15/2015 / 1 Comment

Note from Editor:  The facility names have been changed to generic names.

Prison Survival

White_Old_Guy

I am an Old Guy (OG). Actually I’m an old white (WOG?) who recently completed his first bid up-state in Prison#1 and had to learn prison survival.… [Read More...]

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Son In Prison

Son in Prison

By Editor / 05/09/2015 / 4 Comments

Son_In_Prison

My son is in prison

My son wasn’t living with us at the time; we had kicked him out of the house 2-3 weeks prior. He moved in with a friend down the street: he was 17. I was happy he was down the street, but I had no idea he had a drug problem.… [Read More...]

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Correctional Officer Story

Correctional Officer Story

By Editor / 06/29/2015 / 0 Comments

My Background as a Correctional Officer

Correctional OfficerI 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...]

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Correctional Officer Story

Duties of a Correctional Officer

By Editor / 06/29/2015 / 0 Comments

Correctional_Officer_StoryCorrectional 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...]

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Yard Time

Yard Time for Inmates

By Editor / 06/29/2015 / 0 Comments

Prison YardYard Time Described by an Correctional Officer

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...]

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Rights and Privileges Inmates Have

Some Rights and Privileges Inmates Have and Lose when Incarcerated

By Editor / 06/29/2015 / 1 Comment

Rights and Privileges Inmates Have (and Lose)

rRights and Privileges Inmates HaveAs 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:

  1. Using the restroom in private
  2. Being able to eat when you want to
  3. Being able to have the right to choose who you will live with
  4. Being able to pull blankets over your head when you’re sleeping
  5. Being able to know certain procedures and/or policies regarding the protocol of the prison system

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...]

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Disciplining Inmates

Disciplining Inmates

By Editor / 06/29/2015 / 0 Comments

Disciplining InmatesCorrectional Officer Explains the different ways of Disciplining Inmates

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...]

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Dealing with Inmates

Dealing with Inmates in the 21st Century

By Editor / 06/29/2015 / 0 Comments

Female GuardDealing with Inmates Can be Intimidating for a New Corrections Officer

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...]

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Prison Terms

Prison Terms from Ex-Correction Officer (California)

By Editor / 06/29/2015 / 0 Comments

 

Prison TermsCommon Prison Terms by Correctional Officers

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...]

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