Cell Phones in Prison and How They Can Affect Parole
Cell Phones in Prison The prison systems are now taking the position that the #1 problem in the facilities are contraband cell phones. To support their case they are arguing the cell phones create a "danger" of escape, being used to arrange illegal activity, etc. Why Is It a Big Deal? The prisons and legislators point to a case where a contract killer was allegedly hired by a prisoner via cell phone to kill someone. However, the real reason that they are being pursued so heavily is that it is an additional wayRead More
What is the CHANGES Program?
The CHANGES Program is a program offered to offenders through the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and Windham School District which provide life skills to prepare offenders for release. CHANGES stands for Changing Habits and Achieving New Goals to Empower Success. Offenders who are expected to be released within two years or have F13R parole requirements are allowed and sometimes required to take the courses. The CHANGES program include topics that are important to being successful on the outside. These include: Personal Development – preparing for change, goal setting, self-discovery, values, attitudes,Read More
Getting Your GED While Incarcerated
Windham School District (WSD) provides a GED preparation program for inmates seeking to obtain their GED while incarcerated and is available for any qualified inmate in a Texas county or state jail or prison at no charge. When inmates enter TDCJ they are tested to determine their academic level. Inmates are then placed in educational program based on their Individualized Treatment Plan, which outlines education services for the offender. Inmates are taught the skills needed to prepare for the GED test. Classes are typically three hours a day andRead More
Christmas and Holidays in a Texas Prison
Turkey Day is followed immediately by an onset of shopping with the retailers playing Christmas music, decorating their stores, and doing everything possible to get you into the holiday spirit but inside the prisons it's just another endless stretch of sad days for most of the prisoners, missing their family and trying to find a way to kill time and prevent boredom until they are released. To make it even more boring, school and the other classes are usually canceled for an extended period. While some of the offenders don't likeRead More