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Cell phones: institutional edition

The institution I work for allows cell phones as long as they are pre-paid and have no camera, internet capability or voice recording. Does such a thing (still) exist? [more inside]
posted by arrmatie on Jan 3, 2017 - 15 answers

Prison pen pals?

I'm considering becoming pen pals with a prisoner in my home state of California. I know nothing about this, other than that being a prisoner must be so lonely; and if I can help a bit, I'd like to try. Do any MeFites have experience with this? Should I do this? How would I go about doing it?
posted by persona au gratin on Dec 23, 2016 - 13 answers

Prisoner I have never met emailed asking to contact me. What now?

What it says on the tin. I don't know this person and I've never lived in Indiana, where she is located. The service she contacted me through is called Getting Out and appears from a cursory Google source to be legit. A) how and why did she identify me as someone to contact, B) should I respond in any way, and C) is this a Thing?
posted by sciatrix on Oct 12, 2016 - 26 answers

Can you go to prison just to 'keep your meat alive' to save the galaxy?

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]
posted by anonymous on May 14, 2016 - 34 answers

MTF Transition in Prison: Hope Us Understand

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]
posted by anonymous on Apr 6, 2016 - 6 answers

Book recommendations for an inmate

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]
posted by megancita on Mar 29, 2016 - 9 answers

40's movie, master chess player in prison, makes chess pieces from bread

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]
posted by kestralwing on Jan 18, 2016 - 5 answers

How to talk to kids about a parent going to prison?

What are some good guidelines for talking to kids about their parent's upcoming prison term? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2015 - 9 answers

Is there a legal case here?

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]
posted by persephone's rant on Mar 23, 2015 - 4 answers

How is one invited to the execution of someone on Death Row?

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?
Thank you!
posted by Ink-stained wretch on Feb 9, 2015 - 3 answers

US Prison and Asylum Conditions in the Late 19th Century

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.
posted by entropicamericana on Jan 20, 2015 - 6 answers

Volunteer looking for prison transition resources & needs.

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]
posted by countrymod on Nov 16, 2014 - 6 answers

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

Finding a book I read years ago: Jailhouse Lit edition

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.
posted by Flexagon on Sep 23, 2014 - 8 answers

How to anonymously interact with a Canadian prisoner?

An acquaintance died suddenly. All of their possessions were willed to their SO, who is currently incarcerated. How to proceed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Cleaning up the massive mess the ex left

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]
posted by b33j on Jun 19, 2014 - 48 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

What can you send to UK prisons?

What can you send to UK prisons - are books really banned now? [more inside]
posted by maiamaia on Jan 5, 2014 - 7 answers

Give me your most depressing links about US prisons!

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]
posted by Zarkonnen on May 13, 2013 - 16 answers

What does society get out of keeping Bernie Madoff in prison?

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]
posted by SMPA on Mar 30, 2013 - 8 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

Final job interview this weekend. How do I disclose my felony?

Final job interview this weekend. How do I disclose the federal felony and prison time on my record? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2013 - 15 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

Tales of harrowing and/or redemption? Not so much. Just the facts.

What are good resources, online and offline, for information about the average experience in federal prison camps (minimum security prisons)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 1, 2013 - 7 answers

What can I do for a family member going to prison soon?

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]
posted by gregoryg on Nov 14, 2012 - 19 answers

Yes, I know I need a lawyer

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]
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Shows with experts as the main characters

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]
posted by dubadubowbow on Sep 19, 2012 - 40 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

Help me write a character reference for my friend awaiting sentencing in a US prison.

Help me write a character reference for my friend awaiting sentencing in a US prison. [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome on Sep 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Most Boring Thing Ever Times A Million

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.
posted by shushufindi on Sep 4, 2012 - 9 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

Police records of a murder

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]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2012 - 8 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

Letter of apology from a murderer

The murderer who killed my friend and attempted to kill me wants to apologize. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2012 - 38 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

Nonfiction Books About Prison Life?

Nonfiction books about the prison experience? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy on Apr 30, 2012 - 35 answers

In which US states can somebody be arrested for an outstanding debt?

In which US states can somebody be arrested for an outstanding debt? [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 on Apr 13, 2012 - 6 answers

Horrifying but true

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]
posted by desjardins on Apr 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me find another crappy movie better lost to the reels of time.

It's the worst movie I've never seen. What is it? [more inside]
posted by pepper bird on Apr 5, 2012 - 5 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

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]
posted by rinsemedown on Mar 8, 2012 - 12 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

How long would you last only eating a teaspoon on honey a day?

How long would you last eating only a teaspoon of honey per day? [more inside]
posted by Bacillus on Aug 13, 2011 - 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

How to find out if letters are getting to my incarcerated friend?

How can I find out whether my incarcerated friend got my letter? [more inside]
posted by Dolley on Jul 18, 2011 - 10 answers

Letters to a friend in prison

How do I respond to an old friends letters from prison? [more inside]
posted by xarnop on Apr 14, 2011 - 44 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

Why do the cut this prisoner's clothes off?

Why is this prisoner stripped naked during extraction from his cell? (Possible NSFW video inside.) [more inside]
posted by thehandsomecamel on Jan 3, 2011 - 11 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

Single White Female seeking Arsonist.

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]
posted by jay.eye.elle.elle. on Nov 1, 2010 - 8 answers

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