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How Video Visits Work in Canadian Federal Prisons

How Video Visits Work

NOTE:  This is a personal blog, any views or opinions represented in this blog belong solely to the FedPhoneLine staff.  WE ARE NOT Psychologists or Therapy Professionals, all data and information on these blogs is for informational purposes ONLY.

Firstly, choosing Video visits does not affect of hinder your regular visits.  You cannot have one regular visit and one Video visit on the same day.

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What is an Inmate Correctional Plan and how does it work?

What is an Inmate Correctional Plan and how does it work?

NOTE:  This is a personal blog, any views or opinions represented in this blog belong solely to the FedPhoneLine staff.  WE ARE NOT Psychologists or Therapy Professionals, all data and information on these blogs is for informational purposes ONLY.

A Correctional Program is a program or set of programs that CSC assigns to inmates to assist them reintegrate into society and reduce criminal behavior.

Correctional Programs are determined by the inmates Parole Officer (and sometimes recommended by a Judge or the inmate themselves).

Inmates are expected to complete any Correctional Program assigned to them during the time they are in jail/prison.

CSC hopes that Correctional Programs will help the inmate understand the causes of their criminal behaviours and provide information and tools to reduce and prevent those behaviours.

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How can I help my Friend or Loved One Prepare for Parole?

How can I help my Friend or Loved One Prepare for Parole?

NOTE:  This is a personal blog, any views or opinions represented in this blog belong solely to the FedPhoneLine staff.  WE ARE NOT Psychologists or Therapy Professionals, all data and information on these blogs is for informational purposes ONLY. In the comments section we are hoping that people can outline their experiences and foster communication that will assist others going through similar events.

A friend or loved one being granted parole is very important.  The inmate can serve the remainder of their sentence in the community rather than inside a Penitentiary.

Your friend or loved one should be very prepared for their Parole Hearing and you can help them to prepare (and be prepared yourself if you are directly involved in the individual’s life or attending the Parole Hearing).

Here are some suggestions which should help your friend or loved one prepare for Parole.

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The 10 Most Essential Items Every Inmate Needs in Their Pen Package

The 10 Most Essential Items Every Inmate Needs in Their Pen Package

NOTE:  This is a personal blog, any views or opinions represented in this blog belong solely to the FedPhoneLine staff.  WE ARE NOT Psychologists or Therapy Professionals, all data and information on these blogs is for informational purposes ONLY. In the comments section we are hoping that people can outline their experiences and foster communication that will assist others going through similar events.

Being incarcerated can be a traumatic experience.  It is stressful, which not only effects the incarcerated individual but his/her supporting family and friends.

If you have a loved one who is incarcerated you may notice drastic mood swings, anxiousness and irritability.  Much of the time family and friends feel helpless, it is difficult to watch someone in a tough situation.

However, there are a few ways to help relieve some of the stress your friend or loved one feels when incarcerated.

When an individual has been convicted and sentenced to over 2 years, they will be moved from a Provincial Institution to a Federal Assessment Unit.  For example, they will be transported from Maplehurst Jail or Toronto South Jail to Joyceville Assessment Unit in Kingston or from Bordeaux Jail to the Regional Reception Centre in Sainte-Anne-de-Plaines.

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I was denied by the Ion Scanner, now what happens?

So, you’ve prepared for weeks to visit your loved one, made sure all clothing is washed, made sure everything is sanitized, you get to security screening…and you hit on the Ion scanner, so what happens next?

Correctional Service Canada (CSC) staff will have critical decisions to make. The Ion Scanner can detect tiny traces of chemical compounds. If a very small trace was found staff will usually scan another article of clothing and decide to let you pass or not.

If you pass the second attempt you will usually be sent through. However, you may have to sit in a designated seating area so that you can be closely monitored by staff. Or CSC may provide a closed visit where you would speak to your loved one through a glass partition.

If, on your second attempt the ion scanner still detects material, CSC must then investigate. Your visitation history will be reviewed to see if there were any incidents in the past. Your loved one’s institutional record may be reviewed to assess the risk of allowing your visit.

Regardless of the decision made, once you leave the institution, all future visits will be suspended pending review of the circumstances.
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Sending Money to a Loved One in Prison

Sending money to someone

Sending Money to Someone in Prison

Quick Summary:

  • Cash should NEVER be sent through the mail.
  • It is best to call the institution and ask “What is the best way to send my loved one money”.
  • [My opinion] The best way to send money is by sending a Money Order from the Post Office with a tracking number.
  • [My opinion] Send amounts less than $50 so if it is lost in the mail, sending another one is not as much of a costly burden.

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