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View Poll Results: How many current members are affected by the Federal Prison System
Affected in some way by the Federal Prison System 2,065 97.87%
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My husband to be in currently in state custody but transferring to federal next year. He was sentenced to 14 year with credit for 1 year served
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My husband is at FCI McDowell. We, like so many others, put so much faith and positive thinking into changes in sentencing and/or some movement with Blakely and reinstatement of parole. Someone please school me on LERA.

FYI, Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March is in Washington, DC August 19, 2017 beginning at 11:30 a.m. Please plan to attend! They need to see our faces! They need to see the masses who are impacted by unfair practices and sentencing!
I would like to attend as I live In Maryland. Is there a link or FB event page where I could get more information?
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I've been reading the comments posted in this thread. Many of you (not all) are blaming the federal system for your situation. Stop committing crimes and you won’t have to serve time. You (or loved one) earned it.
I don't think they're blaming the system. They are blaming the lopsided justice system that gives one person life for nonviolent crimes under broad laws like RICO while sending home violent offenders (especially since most are state). The disparities in the laws and sentencing guidelines are at issue. Not the crimes themselves.
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I would like to attend as I live In Maryland. Is there a link or FB event page where I could get more information?
They won't let me send the link because I have not posted enough???

Google: Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March
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Just curious, how many current and active members we have that are affected by the Federal Prison System.

Since we can vote only once, it should be accurate as long as everyone takes part!

You all are what makes the Federal Forum on PTO tick...you all are great!


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Yep.....they have my man too but at least he is short.......about 30 months left out of a 240 month trip 😢
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Hi everyone......my baby is currently in FCI Manchester but I live in WV......is anyone from here going?
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mine too 44 months.. petersburg fci.. and its taking forever for him to cal me
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We are Federal..... Pensacola Prison Camp...4 months left of 6 month sentence.
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I live in WV and just went a couple weeks ago but will go back soon as possible. Where are you and when do you want to go?
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I was released from Forrect City FCI in March 2017
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Yes only days away from my ss date to serve 162 months
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Yes only days away from my ss date to serve 162 months
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I wish you Godspeed, peace, and an easy adjustment!
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I have to self surrender november 16,2017 to Alderson Federal Prison Camp going to do 27 months
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To both of you, I sorta know how you are feeling. My son got out from state prison, (he was there for violating his probation by getting arrested) and by mistake he got released and got to stay out all the while going to his P.O. every month for 9 months. He thought that maybe they just forgot about his charges. He did better than he has ever done on probation, we went to see all grandparents he spent the whole weekend with his son and that Monday morning he got a call from his P.O. and said he had the marshalls there waiting to arrest him. I’ve had to surrender my son 1 time state and then this time and that drive there knowing he was going away for 12 years was one of the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. I haven’t seen him in 1 1/2 yrs because of how far they moved him and now he is way up in New Hampshire, I’m the farthest south and he’s the farthest north. It will be spring before I can try to get up there.
Back to the point, I understand that feeling of getting your mind ready for this and it’s hard. They have email thank goodness and he can call 300 min a month. Tell your love ones to get a local number to where you are going and the price is reasonable, I believe Pacific is the company. He’s been in Federal for 3 1/2 yrs now.
I wish both of you well and Godspeed also.
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My fiancé just turned in 3 days ago to start his 13.5 year sentence god my heart is breaking but I'm going to take it day by day I've calculated about 4,743 days at 13 yrs so hopefully we can do this. We have been together a year and a half tell me how crazy this is now he's got busted 2 years ago with 5 lbs of meth 2 long guns and 1 pistol that wasn't his they belong to someone else he was holding on to them for the people any ways no past violent criminal record at all and he passed every drug test reported every time always showed up for court everything got a job and he got me clean we didn't know each other until 6 months after he got busted but he was clean and he wanted to help me change my life he's a wonderful person with an amazing heart I'm just so depressed about this
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Going soon to federal. Never been in trouble. Scared. My family is scared.
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I have both a son and a nephew in federal prison. One is doing his time as hard as possible getting in everyone's business and getting beat up. The other one is doing his time a lot better. He talks to others, and tries to get along, but he doesn't get too nosy about others business or personal life either. He told me federal prison sucked but it was better than state. He also said the reason he isn't having as much trouble as his cousin is because he tries to mind his own business, and no one else's. He said it's easier to do time that way. Keep out of drama. I understand you are scared. I would be too. I hope this advice helps.
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My fiancé just turned in 3 days ago to start his 13.5 year sentence god my heart is breaking but I'm going to take it day by day I've calculated about 4,743 days at 13 yrs so hopefully we can do this. We have been together a year and a half tell me how crazy this is now he's got busted 2 years ago with 5 lbs of meth 2 long guns and 1 pistol that wasn't his they belong to someone else he was holding on to them for the people any ways no past violent criminal record at all and he passed every drug test reported every time always showed up for court everything got a job and he got me clean we didn't know each other until 6 months after he got busted but he was clean and he wanted to help me change my life he's a wonderful person with an amazing heart I'm just so depressed about this
Good luck and God speed. Don't fall back into old habits and take it one day at a time. My husband has 14 years with 1 credited. We have another 10 to go if he gets into RDAP and passes successfully. If I look at the whole time it gets overwhelming and I may cry. Focusing on smaller time frames, like the next two years, really helps me. Sending hugs
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Just curious, how many current and active members we have that are affected by the Federal Prison System.

Since we can vote only once, it should be accurate as long as everyone takes part!

You all are what makes the Federal Forum on PTO tick...you all are great!


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I’m On my way in have to do 12 months and 1 day goin to danbury anyone familiar or have been there
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I’m On my way in have to do 12 months and 1 day goin to danbury anyone familiar or have been there
Haven't been there, but know several others that were transferred there. It's a low, not bad from what I hear. I did almost 50 months...and I was told in no uncertain terms to sit down and shut up because "I WON" vis-a-vis the Feds. Anything under 10 years and you've beat the Feds! I knew several "year-and-a-day" guys, and we told them don't even open their mouths in any type of protest because they wouldn't be there long enough to even adjust. It really doesn't hit you, meaning the changes made to you by the system, until 2-3 years in. I noticed it after 2-1/2 years. I've been able to re-adjust quickly on the outside because I never really lost contact with what was going on in the world through my own work while down. For someone so short as you, my advice is to don't talk about yourself too much, particularly if you have an SO charge. Thank your lucky stars that you'll be with your family in a year. Just find a routine and stick to it, don't cross the CO's or other inmates, do your time quietly but productively. I wish I'd only had a year! I've got friends back at Loretto with 2030 on their out dates!

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I am possibly looking at a federal sentence... I’ve never had any criminal issues. I am a mlyher of five and would appreciate any advice.
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I am possibly looking at a federal sentence... I’ve never had any criminal issues. I am a mlyher of five and would appreciate any advice.
First off, what's a "mlymer of five"? Did you mean "father of five"?

I was like you, no previous criminal offenses, so here's my input:

That said, if your charge is an SO charge and you aren't given the ability to self-surrender, you will most likely have to go through the federal transfer system (CON AIR), and will be remanded into Federal Marshall's hands. So begins your journey at the local county level where you'll be housed in a unit most likely separate from the general population and be held instead in with the crazies and other federal hold-overs. If your charge isn't an SO charge, the following advice is also applicable, but your journey will be a bit different. In any case, here's what I recommend based on my 50-month journey in the system.

  • Memorize your federal prisoner number immediately and DON'T volunteer it while in transfer from county until you arrive at your designated prison. It is an 8-digit number, and you'll use it all the time in the system.
  • While in federal transfer centers (I was at OKC like many others), don't talk about yourself. You'll have little to do, it'll be miserably boring, so I suggest checking the book racks for whatever they have and do as much reading as possible. Books are a true God-send in the system. You'll learn to read a lot!. If you're an SO in a transfer center, DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES volunteer such information, nor share your info in any way with others. At federal transfer centers, you are in there with others from ALL levels of the system, highs, mediums, lows, and camps. Everybody there is in transit to some other place, so DO NOT VOLUNTEER INFO!!! Don't ASK for any help, either, from other prisoners. There are a lot of creeps in the system that are snooping for info on others, particularly SOs, so that they can have their "shot" at them while in transit. Trust me.
  • Be prepared to give up privacy for the most part. Off the plane at OKC, you are immediately taken into the processing center where you are processed like meat. I mean that in every sense of the word. You'll be in shackles on your flight, so the first thing they do is remove the shackles, then they'll take you inside, have you strip, bend over, spread your cheeks, turn around, lift your junk, raise your arms, open your mouth, cough. Then you're processed to get your prison smocks & slippers. The clothes you arrived with, if any, you'll be asked whether you want them shipped home or donated. As I'd bought my stuff in Hong Kong, I definitely wasn't donating them to the lousy BOP!!! Then you'll be put into a holding pen with others, maybe 30-50 people, very small room with diamond-plating as I remember, and the shear LOUDNESS of the voices in that room damn near drove me to insanity. Worst 90 minutes of my life, including sentencing. Then you'll do some medical processing, then are led into a particular "pod". The order of things may very a bit and I may have forgotten a little, but those are the basics.
  • Once you are designated by Grand Prairie (the federal center that assigns federal prisoners), you'll be notified early in the morning (12-2am) that you'll be moved (don't ever bother asking - you'll never be told that as its a "security" issue with the feds), and you'll be up the rest of the night getting ready. It'll take all day long to do the particular transfer to your next designation. My whole process took 6-1/2 weeks from county to my ultimate designation. I went from my state (3 weeks in county), flew from Lexington to OKC, stayed there for 2-1/2 weeks, then flew to Harrisburg, driven to Canaan (scary place for a person going to a low) and was kept in a separate block for federal transfers). Then we were driven to Loretto FCI 3 days later.
  • Once there, the best advice I was given was to FIND A ROUTINE AND STICK TO IT! Your particular routine, whatever it is, will get you through your time. So will the love and support of your family. Hold onto them, learn to cherish them more. Every prison has its own routines and practices, but there are similarities in all of them. Whatever your place is like, learn it, and trust me, you'll find others of the same feather than you'll end up "hanging" with. I was one of the few with a college education, so I tended to converse with others that were also educated, but I also had others who weren't college educated, but were intelligent nonetheless.
  • Counts - the federal system has two counts / weekday, three counts / weekend days as a rule. MON-FRI it was 4:15 pm and 9:30pm year-round (except during Ramadan, when it was closer to 10pm). SAT-SUN it was 10am, 4:15pm, and 9:30pm. Stand up for count, always. Be quiet, don't screw up a CO's count (some of them really have a hard time counting, I kid you not), and you'll usually be good to go.
  • CO's - They are NOT your friends, regardless of how good of a human being one in particular might actually be (and we had a few who were decent human beings). Most are just putting in their hours, so its best not to do anything to arouse suspicion or make their life more difficult. If you do so, be prepared to have your cell rousted. Shakedowns happen from time-to-time, and they do target cells where certain inmates are running some type of theft, drug, or porn ring (yes, it does make its way in, despite their best efforts). If you have a cellie like that, good chance you'll find your cell tossed more often. I was fortunate for about 3 out of my 4 years to have good cellies where we all liked doing our time quietly in our own way. I only had problems when a particular guy came down from a medium and things were not to his liking. I was out of my original cell of 3 years and into another for the last year of my bid so I could live peacefully. He was gone about a year after he got there. He'll almost surely be back in the system when he gets out. Just that type of individual, unfortunately. Back to CO's, they are there to do a job, but some are real assholes who think they're there on their own particular society/God-based vengeance mission to make your life hell. Learn what there particular idiosyncrasies are and work your way around it the best you can.
I'm sure there's more info in my head right now, but this is getting long now, so I'll quit for now. Hope this helps somewhat. I'm sure others may chime in, and that's good.

Just remember, you are ultimately in control of how you do your time, regardless of the circumstances. I suggest you place your trust in God, ask for HIS help daily, and do your best to maintain your mind, and particularly your BODY, while down. You'll age quicker, much quicker, if you don't. Believe me, the feds will mess you up if you don't keep it together.

Take care, and good luck my friend.
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Hi everyone, My name is Kristie & my fiancé is in FCI Elkton. I have not heard from him in 4 days now. He never goes more than 12 hours with out phone or email. Does anyone know if they are on lockdown or should I be thinking he maybe in the hole. Thank you
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