Month: December 2019

Can You Get Life In Prison for Weed?

Recreational marijuana use is now legal in 11 states. It is legal for medicinal use in 33 states. In many of these areas, marijuana use is less frowned upon than single use plastics.

Prior to this trend toward legalization, marijuana has been illegal in the United States for the better part of a century. The Federal Government still designates cannabis as a schedule 1 drug. So while a state may have legalized recreational or medicinal marijuana, it remains illegal under federal law.

Criminalization, of course, implies consequences in the form of arrests, fines, and imprisonment. In practice, these implied consequences have been disproportionately applied to minorities. read more

Can You Claim Someone In Prison on Your Taxes?

The thought of going to prison is enough to scare anyone. For a teenager, it can be absolutely terrifying and if you are the parent of a child facing jail time, it can leave you feeling helpless and confused.

Tax Court Ruling

In October of 2002, a mother of two found herself in tax court for claiming both of her children as dependents on her taxes. The issue was whether or not both of her sons qualified as eligible dependents.

She was allowed to claim one son as a dependent because he had lived with her the entire year and she had been his only source of support. Even though she had given money to the other son all year, he was not eligible to be claimed on her taxes. read more

Can You Wear Makeup In Prison?

Makeup has been a timeless staple for women around the world, making it a billion-dollar industry, its presence spawning drugstore brands like Covergirl or L’Oreal to cult favorites such as Tom Ford and Armani.

Makeup has a variety of uses in several industries, one of such is the movie industry, helping actors visually into their roles. It has also found its way into a surprising place where most would not consider it.

Surprisingly, there are prison commissaries that offer make-up products although they are far and few in between. read more

Can You Get Haircuts In Prison?

It is universally known that hair is a close tie to how a person individualizes. Haircuts, while a significant part of grooming, are also crucial to self-esteem.

In 2019, around 70% of people actively sought haircuts at least twice a month. But what about in prison? Inmates have already lost their freedom. Do they also have to lose how they see themselves?

The answer is a hard no. You may be surprised by the answer, but it’s more complex than most people think.

Rules for Haircuts in Prison

In the U.S., correctional facilities and authorities are required by law to provide proper hygiene and grooming. Moreover, they are required to provide inmates with a haircut at least once a month. However, there are stipulations every prisoner must adhere to. read more

Can You Have A Cat In Prison?

Cats in Prison! That’s right, there are cats in prison! The crimes they commit are simply being unwanted. However; the prison sentence for the kitty is really a life-saving effort on behalf of the furry four-legged felines. It is reported that well over one million cats are euthanized every year due to overcrowding in animal shelters across the country.

So, why send the cats to a prison? As it turns out, saving the life of an unwanted cat can change the life of a convict.

Totally by accident, in 1975, a patient at an Ohio mental hospital found an injured bird. Hospital staff noticed the behavior changes in patients that were helping rehabilitate the injured bird. This is what sparked the great idea for an inmate animal rehabilitation program. read more

Can You go to Prison if You Are Under 18?

The Netflix smash hit The End of the F****ing World follows British 17 year-olds Alyssa and James as they try to outrun the police after James murders a man who attempted to sexually assault Alyssa. This leads to an exciting plot filled with romance, mystery, and dark comedy that ends with a climactic bang! (Literally).

Why were James and Alyssa so afraid? What if their crime had occurred in the United States? Can minors be sent to jail?

Can Minors Be Incarcerated?

The short answer: yes.

The longer answer, however, is a little more complicated. read more

Can You Knit In Prison?

Knitting. A hobby that generations have engaged in over generations to craft meaningful works of art, so when an inmate arrives at prison, does the craft end?

In the blog post, we will cover:

  • Knitting in prison, is it allowed?
  • How does knitting work in prison?
  • What are the benefits of knitting for prisoners?
  • Categorizing Knitting: How it fits inside prison.
  • How you can get involved.

Yes, Knitting is Allowed in Prison.

Knitting is allowed at most U.S. Correctional Facilities across the country. There are a small handful of maximum-security prisons that ban knitting due to the severity of the crimes the inmates are locked up for. Knitting in prison is actually more common than one would think; in fact, knitting classes are becoming the standard in most prisons today. read more

Can You Tour a Prison?

For those who do not have much knowledge of correctional facilities, touring a prison is a great way to better understand how prisons function. In recent years, many TV shows and movies have included prisons in their storylines – further increasing the demand for tours.

So, can you tour a prison?

In this blog post, we will discuss:

  • How to tour a prison.
  • What is part of the tour?
  • Why some prisons prohibit tours.
  • How to intern or work at a prison after a tour.

How to Tour a Prison?

The first step to touring a prison is first knowing if tours are allowed. Some States prohibit tours for safety reasons, as well as the disruption they cause. Prisons are where people live, and having random persons just showing up to “take a look” can cause major problems within the facility, for both the staff and the inmates themselves. read more

Can You Volunteer in a Prison?

Thousands of people volunteer in prisons across the United States every year. Volunteering in a prison is a popular way for people to give back to their community, as well as helping those in need.

Yes. Volunteering in prison is allowed.

There are many different ways you can get involved and volunteer in a prison; from tutoring to helping inmates prepare for interviews, volunteer opportunities are plentiful in correctional facilities.

In this blog we will talk about.

  • How to start volunteering in prison
  • What volunteer opportunities exist
  • Lack of volunteers in prisons, why?
  • Qualifications needed to start volunteering
  • How volunteers can further get involved

How to Start Volunteering in Prison.

If you are looking for a meaningful way to change someone’s life, volunteering in a prison may be perfect for you. Prisons rely on volunteers to provide services that wouldn’t be possible otherwise. Later in this article we will touch on the different volunteer services that exist and which one may be best for you, but for now we are going to discuss how you can get started. read more

What is Sleeping in Prison Like?

Sleeping in prison is one of the biggest adjustments new inmates are forced to make; they soon find themselves on a very strict sleep schedule. Sleeping in prison carries a different experience for every inmate, but one thing is for certain, it is not the most comfortable.

In this blog post, we will discuss the following topics:

  • What is an inmate’s sleep schedule like?
  • What are the sleeping conditions for an inmate?
  • Do inmates have the option to “sleep away the time”?
  • How can inmates have better sleep?

What does an Inmate’s sleep schedule look like?

If often comes as a rude awakening to many new inmates to learn that they will be put on a timely schedule; from when inmates eat to when they get their exercise, all of their actions are scheduled and planned out in advance. Sleeping has its place in the schedule and it rarely changes. read more