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Up close and personal with the prison-for-profit system

My son finally found her - she is bright, awake, and ready to walk away from it all and take up farming. But, before they met... She got a DUI, got her license suspended, paid the fines and filled out the papers, got her license back... They never got the last paper, so revoked it again without telling her. She got pulled over for a broken turn signal, got sent to jail and bonded out. She called her probation officer for help, he told her she was hopeless and would never get out of the prison system. She panicked and ran.
Not far enough or fast enough. They picked her up today. I am trying to figure out how to reach her. Here is what I found:
No human contact, video visits only and they will cost me $6 each.

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"The cost of a paid visit is $6.18.
Payment for one visit cannot be transferred to another.
Paid visits cannot be converted to free visits, if the inmate mistakenly sent the invitation as a paid visit they will need to cancel the request and resend as a free visit.
When you enter payment information, the system checks to see if funds are available and a hold is placed on those funds.
The card is not actually charged until the inmate logs in for the visit.
If the visit is cancelled or the inmate does not login, you are not charged and the hold on the funds is released. It is up to your bank or credit card company to process the release and make the funds available. This can take up to 10 days.
If the inmate logs in to the visit but you do not, then the visit is forfeited and you will be charged.
Inmates do not have the ability to pay for visits.
Debit or Credit card is the only method of payment accepted.
All visits scheduled by the guest will require payment."

This is inhumane, and this woman's "crimes" have NO VICTIM and certainly do not merit cutting her off from her loved ones. (I don't need a lecture on DUIs - she got pulled over without injuring anyone. NO victim.)

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So sorry about the situation...

but thank you very much for sharing. I will share this story with people that believe the government and private prisons are good.

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they attack you, then you win!"
GANDHI

"The belief is worthless if the fear of social and physical punishment overrides the belief."

So sorry for what you are going through

Yes, it's very expensive to be in prison. Federal inmates work and are paid $5 per month on average. Phone calls are $5 each, email access is charged by the minute, medical or dental visits must be paid for, warm clothes must be purchased from the commissary as are vitamins, aspirin, stamps, paper, envelopes,reading glasses, shoes, cups, bowls, toothpaste, etc. etc. On average, I estimate every inmate spends a minimum of $200 minimum per month just for basic needs. Multiply that by the number of people in prison/jails and it's no wonder they want more and more people behind bars. It's sickening.

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know Peace." - Jimi Hendrix

Rapacious usury at every turn.

As you noted, they must buy everything for themselves. We are over 2 hours away so i electronically deposited money in her account so she can call us. To give her $40 they charged me $6.
Understand, this woman got snarled up in a CLERICAL error - she had completed everything to reinstate her license, PAPERWORK got screwed up.
She "did her time" but they keep finding "crimes" to charge her with. Her job transferred her to another town, her PO said she could not move there and told her she could not take the transfer (not an option, the employer required her to transfer.) She made arrangements to have people drive her back and forth, and considered the matter solved. The next time she checked in, she told him - thinking he would be proud of her for making it work - and he told her she was hopeless, and he would see to it she spent the rest of her life in prison.
This began with a DUI - no accident, no injury.
My poor son is heartbroken. It took him 30 years to find her, now he fears he will never see her again.
Oh, and she got pulled over for a broken turn signal - they discovered the missing paperwork and arrested her, no one ever telling her that there was a problem with her newly reinstated license.
So DUI and broken turn signal + vindictive PO in prison for profit = life in prison.

Love or fear? Chose again with every breath.

this story is heartbreaking - her PO is correct - they own her

now and always will. Have you noticed that inmates who complete their sentence are never really free again? Now they are given very lengthy probation or half-way house restrictions, then supervision, it goes on and on and on just to keep people in the system. They are winning.

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know Peace." - Jimi Hendrix