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Old 04-07-2007, 10:15 AM
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As an adjunct to FPC Hazelton, a Secure Female Facility (SFF) is now open there, but contrary to some beliefs, it is NOT a camp. It is med. secuirty, two to a cell, and run by the same warden as the penitentiary with essentially the same rules for now. Unior is not yet available there, but is planned. Many are being transferred there, and it is approaching full.
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Old 04-09-2007, 02:18 PM
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I have one of my best friends there.. Only thing she hates is the controled movements.. You move from your unit the first 10 minutes of the hour and stay where you are at until the next hour unless you have a pass ..She seems to get along there good though.. Havent heard anything bad about the place as of yet
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Old 04-12-2007, 12:51 PM
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I have a daughter that is there I haven't had any complaints there. I've been there to visit. She seems to be doing okay.
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Old 05-06-2007, 07:20 PM
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my wife is headed there to hazelton,could you let me know about the prison?there is not much posted online about sff hazelton,thanks
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Old 05-06-2007, 07:24 PM
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need some info on sff hazelton,my wife is headed up there from tx,her daughter is in carswell in tx and tells my wife its a bad place.any info would help thanks
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Old 05-06-2007, 11:13 PM
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My best friend is there and a friend that I meet here online is there... From what i gather in their letters to me.. It is not a bad place. Only thing is it is secure menaing they have controled movement.. They aren't free to just walk out the unit whenever they want too.. They can move on the first 10 minutes of the hour.. So after the 10 minutes are up u have to wait until the next hour before u can go anywhere...They have email there.. they are in a cell that has a window, desk, toilet, seperate sink .. I believe they are locked in their cells form 12 am until 6 am.. the rest of the time they can move aorund in their units.. They have a gym in the unit that I know has a tread mill , exercise bike and stair climber..there is a tv room in the unit that has 5 different tvs..My friend has been there since Novemebr and I have not heard of there being any fights or lock downs since she has been there.. For the most part she said the woman help each other out..If u have any other questions just let me know.. and I will ask her if I do not know the answer..
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og, I didn't realize they had e-mail there. This is probably better for her son, except hearing each other's voice. I wrote to BMR the other day and I'm sure she hasn't received the letter yet. I read your post about hearing from her and am glad she is doing well. So glad to hear the women help each other out too...but it's the female nature to nurture, esp. if you have children. I'm the type to worry and I'm glad she has adjusted. Hopefully she will get to go to a camp closer home soon!

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Old 05-08-2007, 04:50 PM
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og,do you know if a inmate at sff hazelton can call out to a cell phone in texas?also can you find out if there are many hispanic women there?how often can a inmate call or email and at what times?thans for your help lkkmcxop
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og,do you know if a inmate at sff hazelton can call out to a cell phone in texas?also can you find out if there are many hispanic women there?how often can a inmate call or email and at what times?thans for your help lkkmcxop
Don't know if anyone answered you by PM or not, but I can tell you that I'm sure they can call a cell phone (a good bit of the population of this land has given up a land line and are strictly using cell's)...but of course the telephone number has to be approved first. I'm sure they can't use the phones except when they are doing movements??? I know BMR told me in a letter she was waiting on 9pm to call her children. I'm not familiar with email at all. As for hispanic women there...hard to find that out unless you know someone there. I just mailed a letter to BMR1992, and didn't see your message beforehand. I can next time I write try to remember to ask her.
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Over the past two months, SFF Hazelton is becoming increasingly overcrowed... they are now stacking the bunks three-high. For a low security facility, movement is controlled as if med or high. Counselors and case workers are overtaxed.... my wife has now been there for a month, and has still not met with either her counselor or case worker. I have tried to contact them, and they are virtually non-responsive. It is basically becoming a siimple warehouse, with nothing provided once there, and already well over capacity. One good thing I can mention is that they are instituting email for inmates... restricted of course to approved lists only.

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Old 06-08-2007, 10:50 AM
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My wife has been at SFF Hazeton for a month, transferred there from FCI Tallahassee. I can give you a comparison. At FCI Tallahassee, she had very free movement, with many more things to do. In contrast, SFF Haz is very restricted... controlled movement, as posted above. No contact or support from counselors or case workers. Overcrowed, and they are still shipping them in. Commissary is higher. Phone account is something to beware of. At FCI Tall, she could money in to her phone account, and use it as she chose. In contrast, as SFF Haz, they take all phone funds that might be unused at the end of the month. It just disappears. So a caution is to only put iinto the phone fund what will be used, or it will evaporate into their pockets.
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Old 06-08-2007, 09:22 PM
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Our member BMR1992 said the same thing about her counselor. Her exact words were "no counseling going on here at all". She said that they have women there in for life, as well as those that are camp eligible.

Why are they doing this to our friends and families? Does not seem fair at all to me!
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Old 06-12-2007, 06:58 AM
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I understand from some BOP Watchers that the main reason they are bringing low and min. security women into the USP system at Hazelton is that they can do many of the cadre menial jobs that cannot be trusted to the high security inmates. But they then treat them as high security inmates.It took a month, even though she is my wife, and thus immediate family, just to get onto her visitor's list. Little support there. The only bennie my wife sees so far is that the washer and dryer are free to use... only need to buy your own detergetn. By the way, dont use the 304-379-5000 number if you are calling the SFF. That is the USP number, and you might get incorrect lockdown recordings that dont apply to the SFF. The correct SFF number is 304-379-5500.

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Old 06-17-2007, 05:22 PM
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I made my first visit to SFF Hazelton this weekend. Here is the skinny.
Finding it: It is not marked on any of the major roads, or is the exit. Traveling west on I-83, about three miles over the Md/WVa border, take the first exit (Hazelton Rd) towards Hazelton, then the first right onto Casteel Rd. The USP is about a mile down on the left.
Checking in: First get a locker key. You cannot take any personal keys in, so you will have to at least locker your car keys. No pat down or search is conducted. Belongings and metal items go through x-ray, and you go through metal detector in the usual manner, Wallets were not searched. Coins may also be taken in. They then run a tool quickly over a portion of your clothing and skin to sense for drugs, so don’t wear anything that might have been around someone who has been using anything.
Waiting time both days was short… no more than 5-10 minutes. They will take you back to the visiting room immediately.. you don’t have to wait for the inmate to get there first.
Visiting room: The visiting room is spacious, but there are only ten tables, which filled up each day around 10AM. Tables and chairs are fixed pedestals, but they also have additional plastic chairs. For those bringing children, they have a separate, large play room with toys and a TV where the inmate and his family may go, so the kids don’t have to tolerate the boring main visiting room, and the inmate can have some privacy with them. Kinda nice.
The really nice thing about the visiting room is that it was no-hassle. Hugging, kissing, hand holding, and personal contact was not restricted to just a hug and kiss upon arriving and leaving. We kissed and hugged whenever we wanted, and no one ever said anything. Very low key. They have three vending machines that provide soda ($1.25), coffee ($1.00), sandwiches ($3.00), and candy and snacks ($.75-$1.50). Two microwaves are provided for use. The inmates may use the microwave, but can go no closer than six feet from the vending machines, The vending machines take quarters and dollar bills. Unlocked, clean, and larger rest rooms are provided for visitor use, but inmates may not use them. They must be escorted to a separate rest room, and are strip searched before returning. But it is quick and no-hassle. It was not a problem at all. When in the visiting room, inmates are not subjected to any counts or recalls, so they are not bothered. You and they can stay all day if desired without interruption. It is very low key. I strongly suggest that you take a jacket, sweater or sweatshirt, as the visiting room is very chilly. Sweatshirts may NOT be gray. The guards in the visiting room essentially ignore you, and do not patrol or keep close watch. Overall, a good environment. I was pleased, for the first time, with BOP for the very good visiting atmosphere that they permit.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable my visit was. I hope this helps.
Lodging: Bruceton Mills is about 6 miles further down I-83 (next exit past Hazelton Rd). It is a little bitty town with a small motel called Maple Leaf. Old and plain, but clean and $49 a night for a sinlge. Refrigerator, microwave, cable, and wireless internet. Bruceton Mills has a truck stop restaurant and a small grocery store, but little else. But it is only ten minutes from SFF Haz.
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Visiting there seems more like a camp! I am very happy you got to visit! I know it was absolutely wonderful for yall. I feel very sorry for those that were moved so far away for family and friends to visitt though. BMR1992 who is there now recently got a visit from her oldest son (15) who was driven there by their pastor and another church member and they went all the way from TX!
But I don'''t want to take away your happiness talking about them. My heart is with you and I continue to pray as always!
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SFF Hazelton has lifted the controlled movement of inmates after 4PM on weekdays and all day on weekends. Also, inmate emaill has been implemented.
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Thanks for the info! My sister has been there since May 1st. She was expecting to go to a FPC...what a disappointment! She is having health problems and they are not giving her the medicine she needs. I have spoken to her counselor, health services and her unit mgr. The trick to getting thru to someone is to enter an extension number, like 201, and asked to be transferred to the person you need to talk to. I have the direct phone numbers now to her mgr and health services. Do you know anything about Carswell? It is near where I live, but I have read articles that horrified me!
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I'm gonna post a thread about your sister crazydaisy in the General area. She has many friends here on PTO and maybe we can get an answer. It would be nice if she was moved to Carswell FMC to be closer to family, but who knows with the BOP?
I"m working on it and please PM me and keep me up to date on your sister, and if I wrote, PM me the address to send it to, ok?
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Old 07-06-2007, 02:36 PM
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Thanks SCMom! So far, I have not heard anything good about Carswell!
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Good talking with you tonight. I hope you don't get upset with me for calling! I am just concerned about BMR1992. God bless Linda for going to see her and taking her son. Thanks for that info!
Also, I think I finally got the email to go through! I hope so!
You have a good day tomorrow!!!
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It is my understanding that several of the women are now being transferred back to Danbury because Hazelton does not have the drug program. Can anyone verify this?
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I am BMR1992's sister. She is doing much better. I am going to visit her in a few weeks, around Aug 10th. I have spoken to her counselor and unit mgr and they have been very nice. The deal with the phones is this: she can call whenever she wants, but is limited to 300 minutes a month. Once she makes a phone call, which is limited to 15 minutes, she has to wait 30 minutes to make another call. If you write her a letter, spray it with some perfume...she says that the place stinks! The only things she can receive are softcover books, letters, magazines. Nothing over one pound. One of her counselors told me to write"BOP Authorized" in the top right corner of the envelope containing a book that weighs over a pound.
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I am BMR1992's sister. She is doing much better. I am going to visit her in a few weeks, around Aug 10th. I have spoken to her counselor and unit mgr and they have been very nice. The deal with the phones is this: she can call whenever she wants, but is limited to 300 minutes a month. Once she makes a phone call, which is limited to 15 minutes, she has to wait 30 minutes to make another call. If you write her a letter, spray it with some perfume...she says that the place stinks! The only things she can receive are softcover books, letters, magazines. Nothing over one pound. One of her counselors told me to write"BOP Authorized" in the top right corner of the envelope containing a book that weighs over a pound.
Good to know this about mags. My last letter to her I tore out pages from "Guideposts"...now I know I can send the whole mag. I still haven't received the letter she sent a few days ago. I will from now on, put purfume or even colongne on her letters! I am so glad I got your email and that she will have visitors! Thank goodness for her church and for such a sweet sister like you! Even though she is incarcerated.......we have many things to be thankful for.....one her gettig well.

LU all!

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I regularly send books to my wife at Hazelton, and have never had a problem with a "one pound limit" as long as the book is shipped directly from the seller, such as Amazon.
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SFF Haz policy is now that magazines may be sent directly from family. However, books must still come directly from the publisher/dealer, such as Amazon. I have sent my wife several hardback books from Amazon, and she gets them with no problems. It takes a week once they hit the Bruceton P.O., but she gets them. However, check with her first, for the Warden is instituing a new policy of limiting what inmates may have as personal property because they are now triple-bunking in the cells, which is limiting their personal storage space. Haz is the pits.
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