When You Have to Go to Prison: A Complete Guide for You and Your Familyby Margaret R. Kohut
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
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.
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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.
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.