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Old 04-22-2014, 08:18 AM
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I am posting an open invitation for anyone who is getting ready to go into the federal prison system to ask me questions. I was incarcerated from 2005 - end of 2013 . I started in marion fpc . But I have been all over the inside of the USP as well. I researched the BOP on this site before going in and it was very helpful. Now it is time to pay it forward.. God bless..
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I am posting an open invitation for anyone who is getting ready to go into the federal prison system to ask me questions. I was incarcerated from 2005 - end of 2013 . I started in marion fpc . But I have been all over the inside of the USP as well. I researched the BOP on this site before going in and it was very helpful. Now it is time to pay it forward.. God bless..
My son is being transferred to Marion. Could you give me any information on this facility? Any programs, guards etc. Anything would be helpful!
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I left the camp in Marion on October 1, 2014.

As far as programs, they have a few depending on how long he'll be there. They have a waste water program where you can obtain state certifications for waste water treatment. They were offering an HVAC certification as well, but had recently stopped. They do have a number of jobs that allow the guys to go and work in the community. Usually have to be there for 6 months before you're eligible, and have less than 2-3 years left, but some guys enjoy it and say it makes their time fly.

The guards aren't bad. There are a few that like to be tough, but for the most part it's a pretty laid back facility. The case managers are half-ass, more interested in policing than doing their own jobs some times, but if you stay on them they get the job done. The current camp administrator is quite special...but hardly ever around so that's not bad.

Anyway, if you have any more specific questions about the camp, I'd be happy to answer.
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I just found out my brother will be going to usp marion illinois next month.Could someone please give me any information on this facility.I am very worried.I would like to know the conditions there;is it dangerous;a gym;any information will help me please.
My son is at USP Marion. He just told me TV has been disallowed for him and when he questioned it he was told "be quiet or you will go the hold" Did you hear of this?
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Has anyone heard if the usp Marion is lock down? My boyfriend recently transfered there and I haven't heard from him in almost 2 weeks. Not even a letter. Should I try calling?? I would love some advice or information if anyone has any
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You can call to see if he is OK. If you can't get an answer, the Chaplain may be willing to do a welfare check for you. You can also email the "executive assistant" at the address on the bop's Marion web page.
https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/mar/

If he is in the SHU, he is limited to one short phone call every month, and it can be difficult to get stamps & stationary for letters too. If that's where he is, and he has difficulty shopping from the commissary (that is restricted in the SHU too), he is entitled to get 3 "indigent" postage stamps every week, but he must request them from the COs. Be sure to explain that in your letters.
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Hello, I notice that most of the posts on this thread relate to the camp at Marion. I was wondering if someone would be willing to share some information on the USP?

I'm going to be sentenced in a few months and I want my lawyer you request the judge to recommend I be sent to a specific facility. I only live an hour and a half from Marion, and my wife wants me to request there, but I'm a SO and I'm nervous about the whole medium security thing. I was thinking of requesting Elkton low, but it's almost 8 hours away and my wife really wants me closer, if it's safe.

And and all information is welcome and desired, and I have a bunch of questions for anyone willing and able to answer them.

Thank you very much!
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Hello, I notice that most of the posts on this thread relate to the camp at Marion. I was wondering if someone would be willing to share some information on the USP?

I'm going to be sentenced in a few months and I want my lawyer you request the judge to recommend I be sent to a specific facility. I only live an hour and a half from Marion, and my wife wants me to request there, but I'm a SO and I'm nervous about the whole medium security thing. I was thinking of requesting Elkton low, but it's almost 8 hours away and my wife really wants me closer, if it's safe.

And and all information is welcome and desired, and I have a bunch of questions for anyone willing and able to answer them.

Thank you very much!
Hey! You sent me a private message some time ago (my best friend is in the USP Marion).
Haven't heard from you in awhile and just wanted to see how you and your wife were holding up?
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I'd be happy to share all I can about Marion Camp. I spent about 11 months there - came home in June 08. It's the only place I did time, so I can't compare it to other places. It is generally a very relaxed environment. The CO's leave you alone if you aren't a troublemaker. Lots of freedom really to do whatever you want.
You can't bring much with you the day your surrender. Officially, you will throw away (or they will ship home for you) all of your clothes, except for plain white tennis shoes and a watch. You can wear those in. But, they can't be fancy or they won't let you keep them. Depending on the guard who checks you in, he might let you keep the following if you are wearing them: grey sweats or shorts, white or grey t-shirt, white socks, white boxers. You can also bring a bible, a religious medallion (like a cross necklace), cash and a list of names/addresses/phone numbers. I'd bring a couple hundred dollars if possible. I'd also mail myself my list of addresses, etc. a day or two before I reported as well just in case.
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For rec, they have:
- basketball (open and leagues)
- softball leagues
- volleyball leagues
- tennis (open and leagues)
- horseshoes
- bocce ball
- weight pile
- walking/running track
- exercise equipment
Some more info:
- the food is pretty bad; no salad bar
- no lights out time; you can stay up all night watching tv or reading if you want
- there are about 300 guys there
- only 6 phones, but usually not much of a wait
- about 75% drugs, 25% white collar
- about 70% black, 25% white, 5% hispanic
The CO's were all pretty decent. Again, if you didn't bother them, they didn't bother you.
Visiting was pretty nice. Occasionally, there was a guard who really clamped down and would only let you hold hands. Most didn't even pay attention - you could cuddle, hug, sit very close, etc.
I know a lot of guys there still. I'd be glad to let some folks know your friend is coming, and they'll be ready for him. Send me a private message and we can connect outside of this. I have lots more to share.
Any other questions, just ask! I'd be glad to help out as much as I can.
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My husband is in Marion, he'll be released in Jan of 2018. He wanted me to look up a Bus schedule which goes from USP Marion to st. Louis, Mo....I dnt know where to look up that info nor how to even start! I've tried looking at the trey hound stations near him, but its a 3+ hour walk from the camp!! Do u have any helpful info? Or is it an option to pick him up from the camp, myself? He is ordered to go to half way house but does that me he gets released from camp is goes straight to half way house or can he come home then has a certain day to check in the house?? Thanks, hope this wasn't to much!
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Welcome to Prison Talk. If he is released from the prison to go to community corrections, aka half way house, he will travel (most likely) on a non escorted furlough that will include travel instructions and a ticket. If by bus, the prison will drive him to the bus station.

The Greyhound bus schedule web page can be confusing. Put the name of the departure station (3 hours away) and the destination city into the trip planner. If that doesn't help, you can phone them and hope the person you talk to, who is probably located in a far off country, can be more helpful.
https://www.greyhound.com/?gclid=EAI...FU7FZAodaowDnQ

One option, if his case manager approves and writes it into the furlough instructions, is for you to pick him up at the prison. He must follow his instructions exactly or risk a quick return to prison. If it doesn't say he can stop off at home, then don't do it. He should eventually qualify for over night home passes, but that will be up to the HWH's rules.
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Does anyone else here have a loved one at USP Marion? They have been on lockdown for three days and Iím seeking any info or just others dealing with it!!
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Does anyone else here have a loved one at USP Marion? They have been on lockdown for three days and Iím seeking any info or just others dealing with it!!
Yes my husband is there. Just have to wait it out
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I know most likely no info is known as is the nature of lockdowns but if by chance you know any details at all, please let me know!! I am just impatient and curious even though I know nothing can be done.
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I know most likely no info is known as is the nature of lockdowns but if by chance you know any details at all, please let me know!! I am just impatient and curious even though I know nothing can be done.
True tried to call there the other day to find out and I was told nothing
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I was planning to visit this upcoming weekend, but it's a 600 mile drive, so I called and asked about visitation only, not the lockdown. I was told "not at the USP." I don't have any additional official info. I do know that my loved ones' unit locked down early for count last Friday night, and he knew it was going to happen. He was out for a few hours on Saturday morning. His last message was sent around noon and he mentioned that they were probably locking down, again, which obviously they did. I'll let you know if I hear more.
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I was planning to visit this upcoming weekend, but it's a 600 mile drive, so I called and asked about visitation only, not the lockdown. I was told "not at the USP." I don't have any additional official info. I do know that my loved ones' unit locked down early for count last Friday night, and he knew it was going to happen. He was out for a few hours on Saturday morning. His last message was sent around noon and he mentioned that they were probably locking down, again, which obviously they did. I'll let you know if I hear more.
I hope this doesn't last much longer
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I hope this doesn't last much longer
Good to know. Ugh that is so enraging you had a visit planned!! I also hope it doesnít last much longer. Marion seems like one of the more low key USPs, I donít remember a lockdown ever lasting this long in the past 2.5 years my loved one has been there.
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I'm pretty sad about not being able to visit. I can't go very often and was really looking forward to it. But, I'm sure he's far more miserable than I am right now. Lockdowns are so infrequent there that I sort of forgot they were even a thing. I hope we all hear from our loved ones soon.
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I'm pretty sad about not being able to visit. I can't go very often and was really looking forward to it. But, I'm sure he's far more miserable than I am right now. Lockdowns are so infrequent there that I sort of forgot they were even a thing. I hope we all hear from our loved ones soon.
Yeah. My husband was saying before this went down that it was happening more often in the last few weeks.
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Anyone by any chance get prison staff to give any indication of when this lockdown may be over? Just in case miraculously this has occurred .
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Anyone by any chance get prison staff to give any indication of when this lockdown may be over? Just in case miraculously this has occurred .
Tried but no luck
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I have heard an unconfirmed rumor (so please don't take this as concrete info) that this is for a two-week training of prison staff. I hope that it's not the case. Although I'm fairly certain that my loved one is safe, it's still upsetting to go from regular contact to nothing. I'm sure the men there are pretty unhappy as well, to put it mildly.

I know we don't have any real news to share, but it is comforting to know that there are others in this same unfortunate situation. My thoughts are with you.
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I have heard an unconfirmed rumor (so please don't take this as concrete info) that this is for a two-week training of prison staff. I hope that it's not the case. Although I'm fairly certain that my loved one is safe, it's still upsetting to go from regular contact to nothing. I'm sure the men there are pretty unhappy as well, to put it mildly.

I know we don't have any real news to share, but it is comforting to know that there are others in this same unfortunate situation. My thoughts are with you.
Wow so they are putting over 1100 inmate out because of a training. How is that helping the situation
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Wow so they are putting over 1100 inmate out because of a training. How is that helping the situation
Well, I don't know for a fact that they are putting out 1100 men for a training. I'd hope that's not the case. It seems like a lot of time, just to train. Especially as a full lockdown. But really, at Marion, I can't imagine any situation so severe that they'd "need" to be on lockdown for any extended period of time. There is so little violence, comparatively, to other BOP facilities. Drugs have been a problem, at times, but it sounds like it's been dealt with quickly, in my loved ones' unit. I suppose other units could have been having far more trouble, and I never knew about it.
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