I'm wondering, for a story idea--what does the average American Joe need to do, to be kept alive at the effort and expense of someone else, ie "THE MAN", while he battles the Reptiloids in the Dream Realms? [more inside]
Looking for reliable information (and anecdata) about how to read blood tests and understand hormone levels for MTF gender transition, particularly for someone currently in prison. [more inside]
My brother went to jail last week for a controlled substance charge (meth), though he is only in jail until a bed opens up in the county rehab program. I need recommendations for books/magazines I can mail him. [more inside]
This is for a friend, who saw this movie on tv as a kid: Chess player in prison, uses scraps of bread to make chess pieces, plays all the time. Upon release from prison, goes into a cafe (?) and seeing the floor made of black and white square tiles, "goes crazy." The End. [more inside]
What are some good guidelines for talking to kids about their parent's upcoming prison term? [more inside]
I have a friend in the Seattle, WA area who's trying to determine if she should consider filing a lawsuit against a jail/prison and, if so, where to start. Details below. [more inside]
How is one invited to the execution of someone on Death Row? This is research for a story. I am hoping to get some specific details before I reach out to my sources.
- When the convicted person is scheduled to be executed, how are the victim’s loved ones informed? Do they get a bureaucratic form letter, or does someone call them? Who would that be?
- Do they have to submit paperwork and is there a vetting process to attend?
- How far in advance are they informed of the scheduled execution date?
I'm writing an article about someone who spent time in the California State Asylum and San Quentin prison around the middle of the last half of the 19th century. I'm looking for books or journal article recommendations that could help give me an idea of what life was like in these institutions specifically or similar institutions in general during this time.
I've just volunteered with a prison ministry in Tulsa, OK devoted to criminal justice reform, helping families of inmates, providing services to prisoners, etc. I'm looking for transition resources & am working on identifying the needs of transitioning prisoners. [more inside]
This was my AskMe about writing a friend in prison. I wrote him, and he was glad to get my letter. Yay! So what's the problem? He never stops asking me to do stuff for him and he is quickly reaching the limits of my good will. It's getting to the point where I want to either stop corresponding with him or write him and say "Stop sweating me for favors." [more inside]
Years ago I read a funny novel from the public library, the premise of which I can best describe as M*A*S*H crossed with Hogan's Heroes and set in a maximum security men's prison. This would have had to be about 25 years ago or more. Wondering if this rings a bell with anybody who can tell me what it might have been.
An acquaintance died suddenly. All of their possessions were willed to their SO, who is currently incarcerated. How to proceed? [more inside]
So, the ex just went to prison for 2 years, non-parole period of 1 for a despicable crime, that like everything else, he lied about - and I wouldn't be bothered except he's left a mess behind for his kids, my kids, nice young adults on limited incomes. [more inside]
My best friend is in jail, and he going to be in jail for a very long (10 to 25 years) time. I'm thinking about writing my first letter to him. What do I say? [more inside]
What can you send to UK prisons - are books really banned now? [more inside]
I'm writing an essay/blog post about the portrayal of prison and prisoners in games. Part of this involves explaining to the reader that the US prison system is pretty nightmarish. Can you suggest links that support/underline this? [more inside]
What are some resources (academic or official) that help explain why incarceration is still the primary means by which the US punishes crime (felony/serious misdemeanor)? [more inside]
Do prisons hold fire drills? [more inside]
Final job interview this weekend. How do I disclose the federal felony and prison time on my record? [more inside]
How do I get information about a turn-of-the-century criminal? He was my great-grandfather. [more inside]
What are good resources, online and offline, for information about the average experience in federal prison camps (minimum security prisons)? [more inside]
My brother is going to prison in December, possibly for a decade or more. What can I do for him, both emotionally and practically? [more inside]
My niece is incarcerated in Lancaster County PA, and I'm trying to get her help from NY. Can you help with lawyer recommendations, or PA programs, or any knowledge of the PA criminal system? [more inside]
In Breaking Bad, Walter White is a genius chemist. In Prison Break, Michael Scofield is a genius structural engineer. What other shows use a main character's genius in a given field like these shows do? [more inside]
I need recommendations for comic strip collections, graphic novels, and manga that can be purchased from Amazon, don't contain drug/sex/gang content, and can enjoyed by someone in their twenties. This is very much a follow up to this question. [more inside]
Help me write a character reference for my friend awaiting sentencing in a US prison. [more inside]
Half-remembered quote from an author (possibly Russian) who'd spent a lot of time in prison. Something along the lines of 'it is the most boring thing imaginable---do not think about it for too long, for to do so is to give the thought too much color. Briefly think of the most boring thing possible, then extend that as long as you can.' Who said this? Who quoted it in the past five years? I think I read it in The New Yorker, or more likely Harper's.
My little brother is currently in jail, and will likely be staying there or in a similar facility for quite a while. He is only allowed to receive postcards, and softcover books mailed from Amazon or B&N. If either of these items violate the byzantine regulations (details contained within), they will not reach him. What are some creative things that are basically just pieces of paper (no paint, stickers, double layers, etc) I can send as postcards? What are some books that won’t be taken away for sex, drug, gang, etc content you’d recommend for a 23 year old male who never really read for pleasure, recently earned his GED, and likes Hunter S. Thompson? [more inside]
How do I get copies of a police report (interviews, the evidence, and the confession) from a murder investigation in which I was involved? [more inside]
How realistic is the portrayal of the media's coverage of the prison on Oz? (No spoilers in the question, potential for some in the answers.) [more inside]
The murderer who killed my friend and attempted to kill me wants to apologize. [more inside]
I'm doing a research and policy project on DC prisoners. I'm looking for information and personal stories on what the situation is like for DC prisoners serving time in the federal system. I'm also interested in information on conditions in the former DC Prison at Lorton. I'd like to compare conditions before and after the closure of Lorton and make some recommendations for how to improve outcomes for DC inmates, both during their sentences and after release. [more inside]
Nonfiction books about the prison experience? [more inside]
In which US states can somebody be arrested for an outstanding debt? [more inside]
I'm looking for true crime longform articles online; preferably not behind paywalls. I've read just about everything in the crime category of longform.org. I also like "man released after proven innocent" and "real life in prison" stories. I'm all hooked up with Instapaper, Readability and a Kindle. And a nightlight. [more inside]
It's the worst movie I've never seen. What is it? [more inside]
Do you surrender your right to privacy when you contact someone in jail? [more inside]
What am I permitted to send to my friend who is in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York?
What am I permitted to send to my friend who is in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York? [more inside]
My sweet boyfriend's dearest friend has been diagnosed with Hodgikn's Lymphoma. Last time we saw him he was complaining about a lump in this throat, and saying they didn't know what it was but not to worry, he was probably just getting over an infection. Typical blase doctors, oh yeah forgot to mention, he is five years into a ten year prison sentence for some youthful foolishness. [more inside]
How long would you last eating only a teaspoon of honey per day? [more inside]
Mentally ill brother is getting worse...and worse...and worse. What are our options? [more inside]
How can I find out whether my incarcerated friend got my letter? [more inside]
How do I respond to an old friends letters from prison? [more inside]
What services exist to counsel a person headed to prison? Jail? [more inside]
Why is this prisoner stripped naked during extraction from his cell? (Possible NSFW video inside.) [more inside]
There was a website I saw within the last few months (I believe on MeFi) that hosted stories from people in prison in a blog format. I was foolish enough to not bookmark it, and now I cannot find it again. I keep thinking it was called Behind the Bars or something like that, but all of my searches are ending in vain. Does this sound familiar to anyone else? Thanks
I'm a Journalism student hoping to profile a convicted arsonist for my final story in a Feature Writing course. But finding a subject is at best improbable and at worst impossible. [more inside]
Recently corrections officials at a local prison turned down a proposal from the inmates for an ASL (American Sign Language) program, on the grounds that teaching inmates to communicate non-verbally was a security risk. This got me thinking: Wouldn't there already be non-verbal languages commonly used in prisons? Gang members, who are well-represented in prison populations, have systems of hang signals, would there be institutional variations? Have non-verbal communication systems been used in other institutional settings, like POW or concentration camps? Obviously, a universal cross-institutional language is unlikely, but any resources, web or book-based dealing with the topic of non-verbal communication in prisons or similar settings would be much appreciated.
What websites should I suggest for web n00bs who need to get jobs, homes, and making-life-easier help? [more inside]
Tell me about your prison experience in the developing world. [more inside]