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How do you break bad news to a prisoner by letter?

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]
posted by anonymous on Oct 6, 2014 - 18 answers

Write should I write in a letter to a prisoner?

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]
posted by anonymous on May 24, 2014 - 19 answers

Line Up In An Orderly Fashion, and Don't Make a Break For It

Do prisons hold fire drills? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Mar 9, 2013 - 5 answers

Did this bad New York State apple rot in prison?

How do I get information about a turn-of-the-century criminal? He was my great-grandfather. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Sequential Art for the Slammer

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]
posted by Juliet Banana on Sep 18, 2012 - 30 answers

Postcards for the Pokey

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]
posted by Juliet Banana on Jun 28, 2012 - 100 answers

BREAKING: Simon Adebisi Wears Physics Defying Hat!

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]
posted by SpiffyRob on Jun 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Policy Solutions for DC Prisoners?

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]
posted by Amy Phillips on May 19, 2012 - 4 answers

Do you surrender your right to privacy when you contact someone in jail?

Do you surrender your right to privacy when you contact someone in jail? [more inside]
posted by bookman117 on Mar 17, 2012 - 7 answers

Being supportive at home and from a distance

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]
posted by stormygrey on Jan 13, 2012 - 11 answers

Is there hope for my brother?

Mentally ill brother is getting worse...and worse...and worse. What are our options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2011 - 12 answers

Up the river without a guide

What services exist to counsel a person headed to prison? Jail? [more inside]
posted by the christopher hundreds on Jan 9, 2011 - 8 answers

Behind the Bars?

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
posted by daboo on Dec 17, 2010 - 3 answers

How do I find out what happened to a friend who was arrested for something terrible?

I just found out my friend got arrested two months ago for flying into the US with (allegedly) child pornography on his laptop. Nobody's heard from him since. How do I find out what's happening without getting dragged into it? [more inside]
posted by jgt246 on Jul 24, 2010 - 9 answers

Youth incarceration rates

How many juveniles were incarcerated in 2009?
posted by dtpollitt on Apr 1, 2010 - 5 answers

Costuming for the Overly Ethical?

Prison party fashion...without the prison? [more inside]
posted by tejolote on Sep 29, 2009 - 24 answers

How do I send books or magazines to someone in jail?

How do I send books or magazines to someone in jail? [more inside]
posted by electroboy on Apr 22, 2009 - 6 answers

Prison-themed presents

Help me think of prison-themed presents for a Down by Law screening party. [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna on Feb 23, 2009 - 15 answers

Dude's going to the clink for 5 days. What to expect?

What can someone expect when they go to jail for five days for a DUI? [more inside]
posted by nomad73 on Oct 28, 2008 - 10 answers

Warden threw a party in the county jail!

Any idea where to find a black-and-white horizontally-striped t-shirts reminiscent of old style prison outfits--like what Elvis had in Jailhouse Rock? I've found whole costumes (jumpers, etc.) but I just need t-shirts.
posted by sourwookie on Jun 19, 2008 - 8 answers

Getting jail time in california?

What would a person have to do in order to get a one year jail sentence in the California penal system. [more inside]
posted by SECONDHANDSMOTE on Feb 15, 2008 - 18 answers

A Novel Method of Escape

Has anyone ever escaped from jail or prison using this novel method, either in fiction or in real life? [more inside]
posted by Tube on Jan 30, 2008 - 6 answers

Why the drop in incarceration for public order crimes?

According to these pages on the U.S. Bureau of Justice site, imprisonment for public order offenses suddenly fell by a third in 2002. Why?
posted by painquale on Jan 12, 2008 - 11 answers

Got an electrical outlet?

I have heard that prisoners will use a trick involving sticking a bit of metal in electrical outlets to get a spark in a rather Macgyver-esque process of lighting a cigarette. Is this more urban legend than reality. [more inside]
posted by gbinal on Dec 26, 2007 - 14 answers

i'm going to jail (for 2 hours).

what fun, performance-related activities would you teach in a high-security prison? [more inside]
posted by twistofrhyme on Oct 22, 2007 - 12 answers

Has anyone ever served a jail sentence for harassing a whale?

Has anyone ever done time in prison for harassing a whale? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Jul 10, 2007 - 10 answers

Old Venetian Prison Film

Does anyone know the title of old Italian film - Partly set in a Venetian Jail? [more inside]
posted by Dub on Feb 8, 2007 - 7 answers

paroleFilter

I have a friend who has served time for several DUI's, and is currently on parole. He is worried about failing a drug test, and being sent back to the slammer to complete his sentence. Are there any MeFis out there that have been on parole, failed a test for marijuana, and not been sent back to jail? [more inside]
posted by lester on Jul 7, 2006 - 11 answers

Jailed US Celebrities

Name 5 US Celebrities to have gone to jail that aren't boxers or rap stars. [more inside]
posted by BigCalm on Jun 14, 2005 - 51 answers

One Phone Call

"I want my phonecall!" In movies and on TV shows, the protagonist/antagonist always asks his jailers for his "one phonecall" to a lawyer. Do you really only get one phonecall? Do regular people really have a lawyer's number on them? How's this all work? (I'm not in trouble, promise)
posted by kahboom on Nov 24, 2004 - 13 answers

Jail Guards and firearms - fact or fiction?

GoofyFactCheckFilter: do jail guards (specifically not prison guards) ever carry firearms? I published a short story online recently in which a guard in a county jail is carrying a gun and the person being held for questioning grabs it, chaos ensues, etc. I just received an email (from a guy I know slightly) insisting that "jail guards never carry firearms for the very reason you give -- high risk of someone grabbing it."

Now, I've never been to jail, but I've visited inmates in a maximum security prison (long story), and of course all the guards were carrying guns. So is there really some universal distinction between prison guards and jail guards regarding firearms, or was this person just being a know-it-all (and an ill-informed one at that)? I, of course, am only asking for the sake of accuracy, and not because I'm irritated.
posted by scody on Sep 3, 2004 - 8 answers

How does house arrest work?

How does house arrest work? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Zed_Lopez on Jul 16, 2004 - 14 answers

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