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The number of people incarcerated across the United States reached two million in 2002. That number has increased since then, and the U.S. holds the highest incarceration rate in the world - one out of every 100 Americans are in prison. The rate of imprisoned females is rising at a faster rate than imprisoned males, and many individuals are imprisoned for non-violent crimes. Individuals with otherwise respectable lives are incarcerated with little or no idea of what to expect ...

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When You Have to Go to Prison: A Complete Guide for You and Your Family

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The number of people incarcerated across the United States reached two million in 2002. That number has increased since then, and the U.S. holds the highest incarceration rate in the world - one out of every 100 Americans are in prison. The rate of imprisoned females is rising at a faster rate than imprisoned males, and many individuals are imprisoned for non-violent crimes. Individuals with otherwise respectable lives are incarcerated with little or no idea of what to expect and how it will affect them and their families.

This book was written to help anyone who is preparing to go to prison with the possibilities, expectations, and realities of their situation from the strain it will put on a marriage, to the conversations you will need to have with your children. You will learn everything you need to know about prison that the system is unwilling to tell you. Learn how visitation works and how often you will be able to see your family. Learn how to discuss prison with your children and how to maintain a healthy relationship with your spouse regardless of the duration of your incarceration. Learn about the unique issues women go through in prison. Learn how to write a loving letter and how to effectively bide your time in prison without succumbing to the temptations and bad influences. Learn how to maintain your dignity and the respect of your children despite everything that has happened, by consistently keeping in touch.

After interviewing more than 100 past and present inmates along with their families, this book provides a complete perspective into how people respond to the prospect and reality of incarceration, and what you can do to prepare for those realities. Learn what prison life is really like depending on your crime and where you will be sent. Learn how you can reduce your prison time through good behavior and how you can: prepare your family for your departure, prepare your finances, ensure friends or family members will help your spouse, and set aside the necessary resources to maintain your family's lifestyle and comfort. For anyone preparing to go to prison and leaving behind a family, this book will provide the necessary information that no one else is willing to tell you before you go in.

Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president’s garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice.  Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.

This Atlantic Publishing eBook was professionally written, edited, fact checked, proofed and designed. The print version of this book is 288 pages and you receive exactly the same content. Over the years our books have won dozens of book awards for content, cover design and interior design including the prestigious Benjamin Franklin award for excellence in publishing. We are proud of the high quality of our books and hope you will enjoy this eBook version.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601383853
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9

Introduction 11

Chapter 1 Getting Accustomed to the Reality of Going to Prison 17

Prison Demographics 20

A Brief Look at the American Criminal Justice System 22

Pay Attention to Your Attitude and Behavior During Court Proceedings 28

The Role of Your Attorney and the Prosecutor 31

Pre-Sentence Investigations: How They Can Hurt You and Help You 34

Let's Make a Deal: Plea Bargains and Sentencing 36

Understanding the Goals of Incarceration 41

Revenge vs. Punishment for Crimes 47

Chapter 2 What to Know Before You Go 49

Communities Within Communities 50

Who's Who in Prison 52

Your Medical Treatment in Prison 61

Who's Who Among Prison Inmates 66

Chapter 3 Things to Do Before You Go 71

Your Family and Personal Finances 72

Legal Essentials 76

What To Bring With You to Prison, and What You Cannot Bring With You 86

Emotional Support For Your Family 89

Chapter 4 Prison Rules to Know Before You Go 91

The Convict Code 91

General Prison Rules 96

Risky Business: Staying Safe in Prison 113

Chapter 5 Necessary Information You Won't Find at Orientation 123

Prison Gangs Overview 124

Gang Profiles 125

Prison Drugs Overview 134

Sex in Prison 138

The American Civil Liberties Union 146

Racism and Hatred 148

Corrections Officers 150

Common Mistakes Inmates Make 155

Privacy in Prison 158

Chapter 6 Medical Care in Prison 161

Meet Your Physician 162

Special Medical Needs 165

The Athens Oath 167

End-Of-Life Issues 173

Alcohol and Drug Treatment in Prison 177

Chapter 7 You and Your Family Before and During Your Incarceration 185

Tips on Staying Close to Family Members While in Prison 187

Chapter 8 What You and Your Family Will Go Through 195

Your Children 196

Your Spouse or Partner 202

Your Parents 204

Chapter 9 Women in Prison 207

Women's Issues in Prison 208

Pregnant in Prison 211

Child Custody 213

Changes in Women's Prisons 217

Chapter 10 How to Keep Your Mind Right While You Are in Prison 221

Prisoruzation 222

How to Stay Positive 223

Conclusion 231

Appendix A Criminal Law and Procedure Terms 233

Criminal Law Terms 233

Criminal Procedure Terms 245

Appendix B Common Prison Slang 257

Appendix C Answers to "Check Your Understanding" Questions 271

Bibliography 279

Author Biography 281

Index 283

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    So you¿re about to go to prison, and you want to know what to ex

    So you’re about to go to prison, and you want to know what to expect? To
    avoid even more unpleasant surprises, learn the general prison rules you
    need to know before you go in, including how to get your sheets cleaned,
    the rules for “chow hall,” and the basic behavior expected from you as
    an inmate. There are 21 chapters to test your prison knowledge (with
    answers in the back), in addition to a glossary of prison slang. What,
    you ask, is a “cellie” or a “cat J”? Find it all here. This book also
    includes a good guide on how to prepare your children for your time away
    from home, and discusses ways to stay close to your family while you’re
    incarcerated. And finally, because being locked up can take a toll on
    your soul, learn how to “keep you mind right.” The book suggests using
    your period of incarceration as a time to study, develop a hobby, even
    to go to therapy.

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  • Posted July 26, 2012

    When You Have to Go to Prison: A Complete Guide for You and Your Family

    When You Have to Go to Prison: A Complete Guide for You and Your Family, runs the reader through the insights of what to expect and how to make it inside the prison system. It serves as a guide for those who are about to lose their freedom for the first time. It goes through the basic codes of conduct and provides the reader with the know-how on how to unfold and behave while dealing with confinement. It covers a wide variety of topics that range, from the legal procedures (appeals, new trials etc.) to gangs, slang codes, work programs, and medical care in prison.
    The goal of the book is to prepare the inmate- to- be with tools for him or her to do their time in the most peaceful possible manner. Through tips and founded advice it encourages the prisoner to avoid trouble, to behave, move in a low-key fashion, and hence be granted an early parole.
    The book emphasizes the importance of trying to keep oneself centered at all times against the difficult task of cohabiting with criminals from all walks of life, race, ethnic backgrounds, and social status. It stresses the importance of the inmate’s family unit. It is vital for the inmate to maintain those ties while doing time. Thus, that will give the inmate hope, strength, and something to look forward to.
    If you are about to lose your freedom, this manual will be a great asset for your preparation before facing prison life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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