Integrated Family Community Services 3370 South Irving Street, Englewood, CO 80110-1816 Ph: 303-789-0501

5 Things to Know Before Going to Prison

If you’ve been convicted of a crime and sentenced to serve time in prison, chances are you have no clue what to expect. Unless you’ve been to prison before, your only experiences with it may be what you’ve seen in movies or tv shows, and these portrayals are usually pretty inaccurate. Here are 5 things that you should know before going to prison.

You Can Become Better

Just because you are in prison doesn’t mean that this is the end. Use this time to figure out how to stay out of prison once you leave and become a better person. Most prisons offer classes of some kind, whether they are traditional educational classes or hobby classes. You have to behave yourself to attend classes, so stick to the rules and use your time to learn something new. This can help you stay out of trouble and give you a new skill you can use when you get out.

There Are Restrictions on Belongings

This may seem like an obvious thing, but many people don’t think about it. Obviously, you can’t have anything that can be used as a weapon, but other things can be a privilege too. With a very few exceptions, you can’t bring anything in from outside. You also can’t carry cash, but you can put money on an ID card that you can use to purchase things from the commissary. Whatever you buy is yours, but nothing else is.

You Still Have Rights

Prisoners have rights. They are not the same rights that free citizens have, but they do exist and you need to be aware of them before going to prison. For example, you have a right to have personal property, and to have your outgoing mail be sent without being restricted or censored. You do not have a right to privacy, but you do have a right to privacy when talking with your lawyer or your spouse. You also have a right to fair treatment. You can be punished for bad behavior, but you can’t be punished just for being there.

There is No Privacy

This almost goes without saying, but there is no privacy, and it can be pretty loud. You can buy earplugs from the commissary to help you sleep, but you’ll also just need to accept that it will never be quiet. You will most likely have at least one cell mate and you will have either a big window in your door or just bars that everyone can see through.

You are Entitled to Medical Care

Regardless of what you have done, you are still entitled to medical care. This is one of the biggest oversights in the prison system, and it can be a pretty big problem. If you already have a health condition, have a list of your medications ready. Some will be given to you and kept in your locker, while others will be given at the medical dispensary. If you are refused medical treatment, you need to take action. There are legal avenues for you to get the proper treatment that you need.

Going to prison isn’t a picnic. It wouldn’t be used as a method of punishment if it was. But if you know what to expect, you can survive it more easily.

References:

What Life is Like in Prison

Budge & Heipt, PLLC

First Time in Prison

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

Find Us on Social Media

Food Insecurity - The USDA defines it as a state in which “consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources… A household is food insecure if, in the previous year, they experienced limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.”

According to Feeding America, food insecurity is a problem. Almost 28,000 Douglas and 75,000 Arapahoe County residents (1 in 7 Coloradans) face this issue.

Learn how you can make a difference - OneCanFeed.org
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Happy Prime Day! We need your help when you make a purchase today. Through the Amazon Smile program, .5% of your purchase can go to aid Integrated Family Community Services with their year-round mission. If you have not already linked your Amazon account to benefit IFCS, click on the link below. This is a free way to help us out. It costs you nothing and no charge is added to your account, but you need to use the linked account to assist us financially. Your purchase can benefit many in the community - you can make a "Prime" difference and generate smiles. #onecanfeed

smile.amazon.com
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

We are getting excited to start receiving backpacks and back-to- school supplies this week. We have 319 students being sponsored and are collecting extra supplies to provide for over 300 more children in our community. Let us know if you would like to donate to support this program - contact Sarah Rutledge at SarahR@IFCS.org or (303)789-0501. Donations are due by August 2. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

IFCS On Twitter

#OneCanFeed…Seniors! 1 in 7 Colorado seniors struggle with hunger (deciding between Food and Medicine). One Can Make a difference – learn more at https://t.co/FOLfhUTXMG

#OneCanFeed…Families! Nearly 1 in 7 Coloradans struggle with hunger, facing times when there is not enough money to buy food. One Can Make a difference – learn more at https://t.co/FOLfhUTXMG

We are pleased to announce the launch of One Can Feed! This is a fundraiser for IFCS to help collect financial and food resources to help others in need. Check out https://t.co/GZufelWL6R today to see how you can make a difference! #onecanfeed #dogood #charity #colorado

Load More...

Key Sponsors

Our Affliations

 

 

IFCS

Sign Up for our eNewsletter

Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Email Newsletter
For Email Marketing you can trust

USDA Non-Discrimination Policy

IFCS follows the USDA non-discrimination policy. Learn more by clicking here to read the statement. (PDF)