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.


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.

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.


What is the difference between PROBATION and PAROLE

What Is The Difference Between Probation and Parole

Probation and Parole are two different types of supervision.

Difference Between Probation and Parole


Parole is a form of release granted by the Parole Board of Canada that allows offenders serving sentence in Provincial or Federal custody to serve a portion of their sentence in the community.

Parole is granted by the Parole Board of Canada (PBC).  The PBC is not required to review your case if you are serving a sentence of less than six months.  This may be why so many people in Provincial jails are not given parole.

The PBC has the authority to grant or deny parole and they do this on a case-by-case basis.

The Parole Board of Canada reviews offenders files and assessing their release plan taking into account the offender’s:

  • Criminal history
  • Threat to public safety
  • A host of other factors


How Parole Works in Canada

How Parole Works in Canada

What is Parole?

Let’s start by defining what parole is:

Parole means the release from a Federal Institution under certain conditions which the inmate must follow (these conditions are provided to the inmate before release and also provided to their community Parole Officer).

Types of Parole Release

There are 2 different types of parole release:

  • Day Parole
  • Full Parole.


Making a Collect Call to a Cell Phone

Quick Summary:

  • Normally, a collect call can only be made to a landline (and that landline must be equipped to receive collect calls), cellphone cannot receive collect calls
  • Collect calls are EXPENSIVE and cost varies depending on time of day AND distance
  • FedPhoneLine allows cell phones and landline phone to receive collect calls and the rate is the same regardless of time or distance