How else can I communicate with my family?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Prison Consultant Ed Bales explains the options for communicating with your family while in prison, including phone calls, mail, and limited email.

    Ed Bales

    Ed Bales is the Managing Director of Federal Prison Consultants, LLC. He has 25 years of related experience. He was a Practice Administrator for a law practice for many years and has developed cutting edge strategies to assist Defendants, Inmates and Attorneys with pre and post sentencing strategies and Federal and State prison advocacy. He has been featured on National and International Broadcasts for both Television and Radio. He is also referenced in several books and Nationally based newspapers as a noted Prison Expert.


    Federal Prison Consultants, LLC is a full service Federal and State prison and sentencing consulting and advocacy firm. The combined experience on staff contains over 200 years of Criminal Justice, Paralegal, Psychological and Advocate experience.

    Host: How else can I communicate with my family?

    Ed Bales: Outside of the visiting room other methods would be the telephone. Many jurisdictions and facilities also limit now the time that you can talk on the phone. The Federal system for example limits you to three hundred minutes a month. So, you are able to make approximately 10-12 minutes a day in calls and you could do that any way you wish on the phone system as far as time limits go. Lot of times you will have a sign up list that you can do for phone calls. You will be able to write as much a you'd like to and you will be able to receive mails as much as you like to, from your family and friends. Internet is very restricted in most prisons. It is becoming more common on a very limited basis for Federal and State facilities to start allowing e-mail. It's very limited, I would say it's limited to -- less than ten percent of the population has access to e-mail.