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Old 07-19-2019, 03:03 PM
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Today was the day that I've been dreading for some time now.
My son who is 20 was just sentenced to 10 years.
This is all new to me and I feel as tho I'm living a nightmare.
Actually, I can't even think straight right now. I'm emotionally, physically, and mentally wiped out. I'm very thankful for finding this site. The only people that I have really been able to talk to, is other moms that I've met at the county jail.
I have no idea what happens now. Where he's going etc...
I'm sorry if I'm not making any sense or rambling on. I'm
divorced and my 2 sons are all the family I have left.
God bless you all...
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Old 07-19-2019, 04:00 PM
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I'm glad you found us but sorry you had the need. I'm in Illinois too. The time in R&C (reception and classification) is the hardest. Did he get a 50% sentence? Or some other percentage?

It's hard I know....my son has been incarcerated for going on 6 years now. I know you don't believe me (I sure didn't) but it gets easier once you have a routine.

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Old 07-19-2019, 04:27 PM
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Welcome to Prison Talk. I agree that the start is the hardest time for you, and for your son. As it becomes your "new normal" it will be easier to deal with. Be sure to check our Parent's forums to meet others in similar circumstances.
http://www.prisontalk.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=75

Stay strong and take care of yourself so you can continue to support your son, he needs your love now more than ever.
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Old 07-19-2019, 04:38 PM
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I'm glad you found us but sorry you had the need. I'm in Illinois too. The time in R&C (reception and classification) is the hardest. Did he get a 50% sentence? Or some other percentage?

It's hard I know....my son has been incarcerated for going on 6 years now. I know you don't believe me (I sure didn't) but it gets easier once you have a routine.

Remember to take care of yourself
He got an 85% sentence. So 8 1/2 years, minus the time he spent at Cook County. Almost 6 months.

I guess he's going to Stateville (R&C) on Monday. Thanks for responding. I appreciate it!
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Its so very hard having a child in prison.However,you will settle into dealing with it.It doesnt get easier it just gets easier to deal with. Make sure you stay strong and well so you can support your son.
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He got an 85% sentence. So 8 1/2 years, minus the time he spent at Cook County. Almost 6 months.

I guess he's going to Stateville (R&C) on Monday. Thanks for responding. I appreciate it!
R&C is the hardest part because of the lack of communication. He will get a phone call if he is there 30+ days. However, you can write to him and believe me, he will so appreciate it.

85% sentences fall under the truth in sentencing laws in Illinois which are barbaric to say the least. However, even at 85% he MIGHT be elligible for "good time" or reduction of his time in prison.

My son is also under an 85% sentence but due to his violent crime he is not eligible for any good time. He still has about 18 months to go but is doing as well as can be expected.
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Today was the day that I've been dreading for some time now.
My son who is 20 was just sentenced to 10 years.
This is all new to me and I feel as tho I'm living a nightmare.
Actually, I can't even think straight right now. I'm emotionally, physically, and mentally wiped out. I'm very thankful for finding this site. The only people that I have really been able to talk to, is other moms that I've met at the county jail.
I have no idea what happens now. Where he's going etc...
I'm sorry if I'm not making any sense or rambling on. I'm
divorced and my 2 sons are all the family I have left.
God bless you all...
I’ll add him to my prayers. I’m in Chicago as well and have had the unfortunate experience of learning this system as well. You have us now too!! There’s an Illinois forum on here too that a few of us regularly post in if you have questions specific to Illinois. The reception will be the toughest, but if he’s coming from cook county he’s already been prepared. Feel free to message me if you can’t find info. This site and the people on here helped me tremendously a year ago at this time.
Be sure you have your securus account set up, and when they go to r&c they can shop once a month (hopefully he won’t be there that long, but if that Thursday is while he’s there he can go). So I would add a minimal amount of money to his books. GTL is cheaper than jpay but either works. I say minimal because it will follow him when he transfers to his parent prison (then add more after he transfers so it’s immediately available). They do transfers on Wednesday’s, sign up for the VINE notifications, or check the IDOC website on his status. They update by 10am every day. There’s also a truth in sentencing bill up that allows for them to earn some good time if it passes (sb2054). Here’s the link to the Illinois section: http://www.prisontalk.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=106

Here’s the link to sign up for VINE notifications: https://www.vinelink.com/#/home/site/14004

IDOC lookup: https://www2.illinois.gov/idoc/Offen...ateSearch.aspx

GTL: https://web.connectnetwork.com/

Jpay: https://www.jpay.com/

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