How Can I Contact Someone In Jail?

 

Gray payphone booth at a prison facility.

Having a loved one in jail can be a heartbreaking situation. While there are a number of ways you can communicate with an inmate, strict regulations can make contacting an inmate somewhat difficult. Sometimes you can stop by for a personal visit if he or she is booked in a local prison. Other times, in situations where distance is an issue (like being out-of-state), writing a letter or giving a phone call are alternative methods for communicating with your loved one.

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What Charges Are Denied Bail?

No Bail with a no entry symbol placed over a hand with cash.

Getting arrested is an unfortunate experience. If you qualify for bail, the judge will set the amount based on several factors, including the severity of the crime. While posting bail is a right given to every accused person, there are still some exceptions. These exceptions occur if the judge considers it necessary for an accused person to remain in custody. (Check out our article on How Do Judges Determine A Bail Amount).

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How Do Judges Determine A Bail Amount?

Gavel and block - How Do Judges Determine A Bail Amount - Sportsmans Bail Bonds Utah

When a person gets arrested, there’s a timeline of events that occur. If the crime is serious enough, they can be booked into jail where they’ll wait until a court hearing where the judge will set the bail amount (if the person qualifies for bail). There are a number of factors that determine a person’s bail amount:

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3 Days of Pedaling for a Day Off Their Sentence

Many inmates exercise in prison to “stay fit”, but for a Brazilian facility, inmates are able to use exercise (in the form of pedaling a bike) to reduce their prison sentence. The mechanical work is converted to electricity that is later used for lighting street lamps for the public. For every 3 eight-hour pedaling shift, they’ll get a day off their sentence.

3 days of pedaling for a day off their sentence, a picture of inmates pedaling bikes in order to reduce their prison sentence