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funabby720 09-12-2012 10:08 PM

Going to Niantic Women's Correctional Facility / Need Info!
I will be going to jail, Niantic Womens, on Sept. 26th, and I've got some questions. What am I allowed to bring, a book, some crossword puzzles? Will they throw everything out? Clothes, socks? My prescription meds?

Please help me, as it is my first time, and I will be there for four months.

Thank you to anyone,


patchouli 09-12-2012 10:17 PM

Your 4 months will pass quicker than you realize ;), but I am sorry that you have to go at all :( I'm not familair with that facility, but here is the DOC webpage that contains lots of useful info:

I do hope someone from Connecticut can better answer your questions, so I have moved your thread to that state's forum :)

Welcome to PTO!

IfIAintGotU 09-15-2012 05:31 AM

I know you can come in with your clothes and socks and they will usually let you keep your socks with you and your sneakers if they meet the guidelines. I'm not too sure about being able to bring any books or crosswords in though. You should call York and ask them these questions so you can go in prepared. Good luck to you!

TTownGirl 01-06-2013 07:10 PM

Don't bring a thing. They don't let you take anything in with you. No one can send you anything but letters either. You can get books, crossword books, etc - but only if sent directly from the retailer to Niantic (like Amazon straight through). And it takes forever to get (you need permission first from the prison - the ed dept, then order it, then when it arrives, it gets processed -- so in four months, you'll leave before ever seeing a book).

ForeverYung 09-24-2015 03:56 AM

What's the daily schedule for inmates day to day at york ci?

Angie87 11-24-2015 08:35 PM

My friend was given 2 years in late august. She started working in commissary within 6 weeks. Then started business classes. Work was something like 7am to 4pm. School is only around 9 to 230. This is her first arrest/bid anc shes not suffering too luck getting to medical yet for her.

yourself 11-30-2015 10:17 PM

You might want to read some of the work done by the Niatic Women and Wally Lamb.

Excellent reads, excellent perspectives of what its like in Niatic. Wally Lamb, a noted author, was disturbed about the number of suicides he'd read about in his local paper, all coming from the women's prison. He decided to help. His help was in the form of a writing class every couple of weeks, not commenting on the subject, but on the writing. His personal point of view is that every voice, every story matters, and I firmly fall in that same space. Anyway, it's a way to introduce yourself to some of the people your LO is meeting, if not in fact, at least somebody similar. You'll learn a lot.

There's a current legal conundrum with the proceeds of the books. Last I heard, they were being seized under a "Can't make a dime from your crime" rule. Much of these books is not about their crimes, but about their backgrounds, their decisions, their experiences entering prison and learning to live in prison, playing the prison game. Most of the authors don't want to make a mint from their writing - they devalue their writing - but in part because they want to choose the charities to receive their royalties, stuff that would have a much greater impact than just getting thrown into a victim's compensation fund administered by the State's Attorney.

anyway, if you want some experience with the place, read those books. They should also be available in Niatic, so you could read them with your LO, and talk about what's being said, why, what's different, etc. It's a good way to talk about her prison life there.

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