View Full Version : Questions! My son's in confinement.

09-17-2008, 01:16 PM
My son is at Apalachee East unit and I found out today he is in confinement- but I don't know why. I guess that is why I hadn't heard from him... Anyway, can anyone tell me what it's like and can the inmates there receive mail or books while confined? How long do they usually keep them there? I'd appreciate any help you can give me. Also, if anyone has a loved one at Apalachee East, maybe you know more about what is going on? Thank you!

09-17-2008, 05:26 PM
You can call the Supervisor Classification Officer, at the facility, tell him you are extremely concerned and would like to know what is going on, it is good for them to know there is someone, looiking out for them on the outside, specially a parent/ spouse..they may just tell you, he is being investigated for whatever it is, they may not give you specifics...and should be able to give you the amount of days he will be in...sometimes they can get out sooner than they tell you, my son went to the box, for 30 days but got released in 16 isn't pleasant for you because you won't be able to talk to him, but he will be able to receive mail, so I encourage you to write, ALOT!, send him stationary, a book of stamps, insperational materials, jokes, puzzles, anything positive to keep his mind occupied with good things, send him pics as well, and only talk about good positive things, this will make it easier for him, also put money in his account s he will be able to buy things from the canteen...he will be in lock down 23 hours, allowed to shower, no T.V get the mail going ASAP, Im sorry your having to go through this, I know it's tough, for both, but hopefully, your son, will learn from this..check out the DOC website, for rules and regs regarding mail, it will give you more info, also another good support group is, Parents With Children In Prison, (PWCIP), website..God Bless You and your Son, you can PM me if you'd like..

ben's girl
09-17-2008, 06:55 PM
Here is the link to the Parents w/ Children in Prison forum .

I would start by sending paper, stamps and envelopes tomorrow so he will have it by Monday. This way he will know you know he's in the box and he can start writing. Depending on why he is in the box will determine how long he will be there. Hopefully Classification will give you some information.

09-18-2008, 05:48 AM
I don't know anyone in your son's facility but I have had penpals who have been in confinement in Santa Rosa Annex.

All of the above advice is good because they aren't allowed to take all their stuff with them into confinement depending upon the circumstances that got them put there. If it was due to a violent incident, they will go right to confinement and then have a hearing to determine the time. If it was failure of a drug test, they may have the hearing and then go. it all depends.

My experience has been that confinement tends to be given out in 30 day increments. The real bummer is that in addition to the confinement, sometimes (not all) the fella will lose an equal amount of gain time. All that is determined at the hearing and it CAN be appealed so don't stress. You might want to ask your son in a letter if he feels comfortable telling you why he was assigned to confinement and what the terms were and whether or not he needs any help with an appeal. I was able to print out some materials for a penpal that help him appeal and he got back his gain time but sadly,. by the time the appeal was heard, he had already done his time in the hole.

In confinement, they might (and I say might, not true everywhere) get less food because they aren't eating communally and being able to trade off with eachother the things they don't want. They just get what's on a typical tray. if your son is skinny to begin with, you might want to send him 5 blank greeting cards twice a week in addition to stamps cuz he may be able to barter the cards for larger portions or extra pieces of fruit from the guys who deliver the food trays. Even if he doesn't need to barter, just having the cards to trade or give away to a guy in need can earn him some serious goodwill. Extra gretting cards are always a good thing.

I try and stick to "Thinking of you" cards from the 99 cent store. Guys in Florida can have 10 blank greeting cards a week no more than 5 per envelope.

I also send Sudoku puzzles, mazes, Bible Word Searches, regular word searches and so on. Anything to keep their minds occupied. You can send up to 5 pages of these per letter. I print on both sides of the page so they can get 10 puzzles a day. If you would like me to link to some good sources for excellenet puzzles, let me know and I will!

You can send photos but they count towards the 5 pages of non-letter stuff per envelope. Pictures are very good for morale, especially pix of happy times and of friends goofing off of holding signs saying "Hi _____!". If you have a digital camera and a photosharing site, you can cut n paste a number of photos into a letter and crop them. I do that with photos of my pets cuz I have a kitten and one of the guys loves seeing pix of her growing up. I format my page for 2 columns and then can fit 8 cropped pix per page with funny captions. He likes that.

Best wishes! I'll come back with links to some of my fave puzzle sites.

09-18-2008, 06:00 AM
Here are some of my fave printable puzzles for guys inside:

Mazoons (combo Mazes and cartoons)

AmazeingArt - mazes in the form of ancient art!

Free printable Sudoku by Krazydad - the hard ones are really tough but guys like them!

Monkeying around - difficult connect-the-dots - good ones!
Click on free samples and look for the weekly puzzle each week (it changes) and print that one too

Chess puzzles - if your son is into those kinds of things. I had a penpal who was and it took me a while to figure out how to cut n paste these into word but it does work

Bible Word Searches

John's Word Search Puzzles

Great site to find inspirational quote from great authors of the past & present:

I'll come back with more later

09-18-2008, 11:11 AM
These are great links, Thanks so much....

09-18-2008, 07:07 PM
I am grateful for the links and information too. I pasted puzzles from the links to the middle of a letter to my son and I know he will appreciate it.