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Incarcerated Fathers Trying to Connect

November 12th, 2015 | Written by Bail Bonds Blog

If an individual posts bail, but is then incarcerated, a major problem for people going to jail or prison today is separation from family. It can be hard on a family when a father is suddenly removed from the household and put into prison for years or decades. This can lead to behavioral problems in any children left in the home. The effects can be long-lasting and devastating on the entire family.

Los Angeles Jails

March 21st, 2011 | Written by Bail Bonds Blog

Los Angeles, CA -- As one of the largest cities in California, Los Angeles (L.A.) has jails offering a variety of services. The following outlines visitor information for those that have a friend or family member in an L.A. Jail and are interested in seeing them: • All persons requesting visitation privileges must possess a valid photo ID. • Minors under the age of 16 years must remain under the close supervision of their legal guardian. • Record checks may be made if considered necessary for the security of the inmates, employees, visitors or the facility. • The Inmate Reception Center offers information regarding Inmate records, money, property, funds and bail. To request additional information on the following services listed below offered by the L.A. Jails, visit • Inmate Care Package – Fast and convenient delivery of great products to inmates • Medical Services – Inmate’s medical information may be faxed to Jail Medical Services so they can be properly cared for • Establish a Prepaid Calling Account – A calling account may be prepaid in order for an inmate to make additional calls • Education Programs – Basic educational programs provided • Information regarding visibility of records – Instruction provided about what records may be seen, how long records are visible, what the limitations are, and who has access to these records

San Francisco Jails

February 21st, 2011 | Written by Bail Bonds Blog

San Francisco has six county jails located near the city. County Jails 1, 2, 3 and 4 are in San Francisco and County Jails 5 and 6 are in San Bruno. The following regulations apply to these County Jails: VISITING RULES AND RESTRICTIONS: Visiting is permitted on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays and visitors are subject to search. Any person under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult and may not be left alone at any time. Visitors must also have a photo ID on hand and are limited to a 20-minute visit. Guests inappropriately dressed or that appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs may be denied visits. Visitors may bring money to put in an account, but cannot bring personal items. MAIL: Cash is not permitted to be sent through mail to prisoners. Money send via mail must contain Postal Money Orders or Bank Money Orders, at a maximum of $100, or can be sent through TouchPay. Mail is delivered daily, except Sundays and holidays. All may is search for contraband prior to being delivered, and any packages (besides books) are not accepted at jail facilities. JAIL STAY: When assigned to a housing location, inmates receive bedding, basic personal hygiene items and are assigned a bed. Inmates are allowed unlimited legal correspondence. Medical staff is on duty 24 hours a day for medial issues. Recreation is provided and depending on the housing assignment, it may be either indoor or outdoor. Programs such as education opportunities are also available. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Each holding cell has a telephone that is available to make calls for free within the local dialing code. All arrestees are photographed and fingerprinted to establish their identity. Inmates are dressed in jail clothing and must wear a colored plastic wristband that contains name and jail number. Personal items are returned to inmates upon release. When money is returned, the first $50 will be in cash and the remaining will be a check.  

California Establishes Medical Parole Program for Non-Functioning Ill Inmates

December 27th, 2010 | Written by Bail Bonds Blog

California – Beginning in 2011, California will establish a medical parole program for inmates who are comatose and physically incapacitated on a permanent basis. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger passed the bill, SB 1399 by Sen. Mark Leno, into law on September 29, 2010. In a state of financial crisis, California has been seeking ways to reduce spending with a number of legislation initiatives involving the prison system. Currently, California houses the highest prison population in the United States and spends approximately $11,000 per inmate on healthcare (compared to $2,750 spent per inmate on healthcare in Texas). SB 1399 is projected to save the state approximately $46 million annually. The medical parole bill exempts any inmate who has been sentenced to death, life without parole or those sentenced under the Three-Strikes-Law. The bill will include a screening process to make sure that public safety is not jeopardized by the early release of inmates. Thus far, California has identified 32 candidates for the program whose average annual healthcare and guard costs total almost 2 million per person. Says Sen. Mark Leno, “I would rather keep 100 school teachers employed than continue to waste millions of taxpayer dollars on incarcerating 10 severely incapacitated inmates. Across the nation, 36 states, including Texas, have medical parole programs for inmates who are so seriously ill that they could not possibly threaten public safety. Especially given our fiscal crisis, it is time for California to do the same.”

Supreme Court to Review California Prison Ruling

November 29th, 2010 | Written by Bail Bonds Blog

California – The California prison system will take center stage on Tuesday, November 30, in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in a case known as Schwarzenegger vs. Plata. Under review: A California federal district court ruling in January mandating that the state cut the California prison population by approximately 40,000 and cap the inmate population at 137.5% of capacity within two years. The January ruling was prompted by the conclusion that overcrowding in the state’s prison system (the largest population in the nation) is the main cause of poor medical and mental health care that violates prisoner’s Eighth Amendment right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment. Beyond capacity for two decades, the California prison system currently holds 164,000 inmates in a system designed to house approximately 80,000. However, California officials argue that the January ruling by the three-judge panel overstepped boundaries and that the judges did not have the authority to issue the release order. The Supreme Court will determine if the judges correctly applied the relevant 1996 federal Prison Litigation Reform Act, which governs how federal courts can be involved in the management of state prisons. The Supreme Court will not be responsible for judging if the ruling was necessary or if overcrowding is the primary contributor to substandard health care.

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