So, Dr. Phil…have you fallen into your own trap of people who make rude comments? I hope that it was a mistake and you will step up to the plate and recant what you said on Jimmy Kimmel live. Your segment on Rikers Women’s prison airs on Friday so I hope you take the opportunity to say something intelligent about it.
The women in prison are people who have made mistakes and they are paying for it. And the remark about “even you could get laid’? Huh? How did your wife like that remark?
Yes, there are women there who deserve to be just where they are, but that does not entitle you to say rude things about them on a national TV program.
If you need an easy way to send money to a loved one who is incarcerated, you can use Western Union.
Set up an account with them. It will require a credit card to send the money.
Look at the bottom of their site for “send money to an inmate”
Choose that link and then you will need to know what facility they are in and what their back number is.
You can send any amount up to $300.00 at a time. Fees are dependent on the amount of money you send.
It is transferred to their commissary account immediately and you will receive confirmation by email of the transfer.
Easy and fast, but it does cost to send it!
Today, by a 3 to 2 vote, the Federal Communications Commission agreed to take the next steps to regulate the prison and jail telephone industry. In the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking the FCC is actively considering, among other things:
- Extending the existing regulation and price caps on interstate calls to all calls, including calls within the same state.
- Further restricting the ability of the industry to make kickback payments to the prison and jail facilities, which currently drives up the call rates.
- Fully addressing the ancillary charges for opening, maintaining, funding and closing accounts that consume an estimated 400 million dollars per year.
The actual notice is not yet public, and we’ll have a more detailed analysis of the new order when it’s out, but it’s clear that we have a lot of work to do in a short period of time — and we need your support to get the work done.
The notice is likely to ask hundreds of detailed questions about how the current system works. We’ll need to provide those answers — and rebut the telephone industry’s recent proposal that would stunt reform — in a short amount of time. We won’t know the exact date until the notice is published in the Federal Register, but we estimate that the first round of comments will be due in early December.
From Sharron: Yes, the telephone companies do need to be regulated with regard to calls to prisons. I have paid as much as $1.00 per minute to speak to my son. There are families out there who can not afford this and calls may be their only means of communicating with their loved one. If the inmate is incarcerated far away, how are they to communicate except with phone calls? Snail mail does not serve the immediate purpose they may have. Take a look at the Prison Policy Initiative today.
Just because someone is in prison, their talents are not diminished. In fact, there may be an element that increases their talents because they may not have as many distractions while they are incarcerated as on the outside.
You would be amazed at the talent that is confined within our prison systems. At the Prison Art Coalition, inmates talents are celebrated. On this site you can different types of art, all created by incarcerated men and women.
Established in 2008, the Prison Arts Coalition (PAC) (theprisonartscoalition.com)serves as a national network for prison arts in the United States. Through extensive online outreach and organizing, PAC provides support, information, and partnership opportunities within the American prison arts sector. As an advisory body, PAC provides ongoing, personalized guidance to people who are working to develop arts programs or looking to support incarcerated and formerly incarcerated artists. As a resource, PAC compiles publications, artistic works, research, events, and job postings to share with the public. One of PAC’s most notable resources is a list of prison arts programs around the country, organized by state and region. As a coalition, PAC brings together a consortium of artists, organizations, facilities, students, researchers, and prison arts supporters to build collaboration and strengthen partnership.
As indicated on their blog: This space provides an opportunity to highlight artwork by men and women in prison, former prisoners, and artists working around the criminal justice system. This includes visual art images, writing, audio files, and videos.
Do yourself a favor and take a look!
Wow, The holidays are coming and it is probably the worst time of the year for our loved ones who are incarcerated. If you send an inmate magazines, right now one of the magazine services is promoting an extra subscription until January 2015. If you purchase 5 subscriptions for $20.00 you get six subscriptions. inmatemagazineservice.com
(This is just information for the inmates friends and families. I in no way have anything to do with the company.)
Speaking of holidays, if you can visit, that is the time to do it. It seems the depression inmates have during holidays results in some of the inmates acting out. If the acting out results in a lockdown, it harms all the inmates and their families. Yes, I know most of them are serving time they deserve, but they are still your family, so if you can… visit them during this stressful time.
I know my son is always depressed during the holidays. He was depressed even when he was out, but it is worse while he is incarcerated. I don’t know what to do about it except, support him and help him to focus on what he can do when he gets out. How he can make a decent life for himself and what he can do while he is in to work towards that goal. His classes are helping with that goal a lot. I am praying that this year he will be able to overcome the holiday depression syndrome.
My friend’s son just got out of prison after serving several years. She is supporting him and arranged to live where he can go to college and hopefully get a good education and then a job. It wasn’t that he was a bad kid, he just got caught up in the drug scene and couldn’t get out. (Just like so many others around us.)
He is lucky to have her support. So many ex-felons do not have any support services or family when they get out. No money, no job, no transportation, no skills, and no where to live. What does the public think will happen to them? I can tell you. Over 60% will go right back in.
Unfortunately, a lot of young people get caught up with the crowd and begin with a few pills, then progress on to pot, meth, cocaine, alcohol or heroin. This is not an unusual story, but one that is happening everyday in our country. Parents: Be watchful of what your young men and women are doing. Know where they are and who they are with.
Some physicians give out pain medication like it is candy, and a lot of young and old people get addicted to the pain meds. It isn’t that hard to become addicted, but once you are addicted, getting off is difficult. Hopefully the DEA has implemented some better processes to allow them to track and crack down on physicians who are giving out pain meds for every little ache someone comes into their office with. I have known some of these physicians and saw they just prescribe out of lack of time to investigate, wanting to do what the patient asks for, and even sometimes to build up their practice.
Be careful what you ask for!
Narcan is a medication which can reverse the effects of narcotics and drug overdose in emergency situations. If more people knew about it, and had it available, it could save a lot of lives. Paramedics and emergency rooms have been using it for years .
It is effective for: Heroin, morphine, oxycodone (Oxycontin), methadone, hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine, and other prescription pain medications.
If you have a loved one who you suspect is using, you might want to look into this and get a prescription from your doctor. This is NOT a free pass to use. It is a life saver when all else has failed.
This medication is not for everyone and you should speak with your physician before you think you might need it.
One good site which has a lot of good information on this medication is.stopOverdose.org. You will find lots of information including side effects there.
Keep them alive and maybe out of prison too.
If you have a loved one using opiates, please look into this!