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Mr.2sandwiches 11-24-2006 04:46 PM

I'm being sent to FMC Rochester next week due to bein handicapped, BUT, I was (fortunately) court ordered to RDAP. Now, according to the lists of RDAP facilities, FMC Rochester isn't one of them, but i called the prison, and they said they do in fact have that program, BUT, they "send those guys to Sandstone". SO....whats Sandstone like? It appears to be a low, but beyond that I don't know anything but what the bop sites says.

Anyone got any more detailed info? Anyone been there?

bellisq 11-26-2006 06:48 AM

Even with your "court order to Rdap" you have to apply and be accepted to the program. assuming you are accepted, you will have to get an acceptance/transfer to a facility that has rdap. I know that CJJACK went through this.

Mr.2sandwiches 11-26-2006 09:55 AM

Understood. So if i'm accepted, will I likely be sent to Sandstone? What if they can't meet my accessibility needs?

I got 27 months. I read somewhere on here that is the min. amount of time you must have? to be accepted into the program or something? Of course there would be other criteria but i'm just trying to figure out if I'm gonna get this RDAP program, and if so, where will I go...and since FMC Rochester sends 'those guys' to original question is whats it like there?

beau486 01-04-2008 03:38 PM

Finally Found Out Im Going to Sandstone
I finally got my Designation, just 4 days before my Self Surrender on 08Jan08 Im going to FCI Sandstone in Sandstone MN any info about this place would be greatly apprieciated Thank You Beau

morganprimary 01-04-2008 05:56 PM

Beau486 - do a search on "Sandstone" - there are several informative posts on the Sandstone facility (you kind of have to sift through a couple of pages of search results, but you will recognize the useful entries).

I read a few of the posts and Sandstone doesn't sound too bad.

Good Luck.

Goinaway 01-12-2008 05:20 PM

Info on FCI Sandstone...
Heading to FCI sandstone...
Any info on the place would be great...

Thanks in advance.


AMM_Lost 10-06-2008 10:53 PM

Sandstone FCI
My loved one was transferred from Englewood Co to Sandstone and I would like to suprise him with a visit. Anyone know the easiest way to get there? I live in Wy and I cannot figure out which airport would be best or if I should just drive. Thanks in advance any help would be appreciated.

Jennkadyn 10-07-2008 10:38 AM

Well I am sure he will be excited about the visit......The airport would be the Minneapolis/St paul air port and then you would drive to Sandstone from is about and hour and half drive from st paul not to bad......So did he recently get transfered and why did they transfer them?? I am asking cause my man is in Waseca and they are transfering all of them from their and they are supposse to be going to Englewood but we will see how that goes.....So I was just wondering, but if you have any more questions feel free to ask :) Good luck on your visit

AMM_Lost 10-07-2008 06:48 PM

He was transferred from Englewood FCI because that is a Medium and I guess The FCI in Sandstone is a low. He had to move because he did not qualify as enough of a risk to be in a Medium anymore. I assume since Waseca is a low(if I have my info right) that your honey must be going to the Englewood Camp. The Camp is at the same place as the FCI and FDC but it looks very nice and I have spoken to people waiting to visit there while I was waiting that it is very nice. Almost all the staff i encountered @ Englewood were very nice and made the whole initial trauma of visiting for thie first few times manageable. I also called there a few times with concerns. they are understanding of that too. My ex's mother died while he was in Englewood the staff took very good care during that trying time. I am fairly familiar with Englewood so any questions just ask:D

tonysbaby 10-07-2008 08:41 PM

Englewood is being transferred to a low because Waseca is being transferred to a women's facility. To me, it doesn't make any sense to move your man farther away from Englewood to Sandstone when they are moving men from Waseca to Englewood when Sandstond would be closer. But I guess that is the BOP for ya! They wouldn't want to do something that made it easy for us, huh? :rolleyes:

AMM_Lost 10-13-2008 09:34 PM

Visiting FCI Sandstone
Has anyone visited at FCI sandstone? What is it like? At Englewood the visiting is in a big room with soda machines and food machines and stuff. How about the staff? I am hoping the staff is nice. Any insight to the conditions for visiting would be helpful and maybe ease some of my anxiety. Thanks in advance

Tinkerbell73 11-10-2008 11:27 AM

Thanks for posting this cause I would like to get more info about the Sandstone Prison myself. Anyone have any info for this prison?

JDOrtegasbaby 01-14-2009 08:02 AM

FCI Sandstone anyone??!!
Just wondering if anyone has a loved one there?
Mine is being moved within days :( and i thought it would be cool to talk to some people from up there. :D

AMM_Lost 02-03-2009 11:17 AM

My ex husband is in FCI Sandstone

MJLADY 02-04-2009 07:08 PM

Mine is also at Sandstone. Wish he was closer!

wildrose712 02-06-2009 03:40 AM

Mine just got there yesterday. He's "only" about 5 hours away now. We take what little blessings come our way.:D

Mrs.ARP 02-06-2009 08:21 AM

My dear husband is there. We are about 10 hours away in Nebraska (although we used to live in MN and have family and friends in the area). We visited for the first time last month (he has been there since November). He seems to have settled in. This is his first BOP experience but after 10+ months of county jails, it's a step up.

JDOrtegasbaby 02-09-2009 03:41 PM

Well ... mine is there... in seg... :o... to be honsest he will probably be moved again eventually....
Thanks for all the responses!! :)

AMM_Lost 02-19-2009 08:15 PM

Fci sandstone visiting
Please has anyone visited FCI Sandstone?? I am going to see my man for the first time in almost 3 years and I have never been to sandstone. Can anyone tell me abou tthe visiting and the staff there. this is a 900 mile trip for me and I would like to know some about it to ease my anxiety. thank you

Mrs.ARP 02-21-2009 09:37 AM


Originally Posted by AMM_Lost (Post 4442726)
Please has anyone visited FCI Sandstone?? I am going to see my man for the first time in almost 3 years and I have never been to sandstone. Can anyone tell me abou tthe visiting and the staff there. this is a 900 mile trip for me and I would like to know some about it to ease my anxiety. thank you

My dear husband is at FCI Sandstone. We visited for the first time in January. I have nothing else to compare to, but I'm happy to share our experience. I went with my 2 teens and my grown daughter. It was very easy to find. Take the Sandstone exit off of I-35 and follow the signs. Parking is a bit of a walk to the entrance, once there, you go in, fill out the paperwork (have your man's #, your ID and your car info), show your ID, check your stuff into a locker, go thru the metal detector, have your hand stamped and you get in. The staff all seemed respectful and kind. There was 1 CO who seemed a little zealous, but for the most part, everyone showed respect and kindness. Once in, they showed you where to sit (plastic chairs with a "coffee" table), and then it takes a bit for them to bring your man in. There are vending machines....pop, coffee, snacks and sandwiches, hot pockets, etc., They also have cards and games that you can check out. There was a kids room over to one side but I never went over there to check it out. All in all, I found the experience to be positive. We visited on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday which made our 500+ mile trip seem worth it. We are going back in April and we are counting the days. Please let me know if I can answer specific questions.

AMM_Lost 02-23-2009 09:46 AM

Thank you so much I will be seeing him Friday!! I can't wait!!1

Mrs.ARP 02-23-2009 11:39 AM


Originally Posted by AMM_Lost (Post 4450754)
Thank you so much I will be seeing him Friday!! I can't wait!!1

Enjoy your visit!

ILUVMOG 02-26-2009 09:00 AM

Do they have weights in Sandstone? My husband wants to go there and the judge recommended so we are hoping he go there....

wildrose712 02-27-2009 03:46 AM

Yes, they have an exercise room with weights, treadmills, stationary bikes, etc.

FROGsgrace 03-03-2009 09:51 PM

What else do they have here? Work or education wise? Any word on when they will be getting Trulincs for email purposes? Supposedly all prisons will be set up with Trulincs by 2011. One would think that the low security level prisons would be first on the bandwagon. I'm researching for a dear friend, any and all help appreciated.

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