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Gismodcat
05-19-2005, 03:03 PM
Hi! Unfortunately I can not provide anybody with information about military prison, but I am in need of receiving some since my fiance is supposed to be there since last Monday.
Can anybody give me some information about the rules, conditions, visiting, calls, letters, mail......e.g. I am grateful for the smallest hint!
I am in Germany so it is really difficult to find something out.

gram3
05-30-2005, 05:40 AM
Ok,
Well you have come to the right spot. I have been off line for a while, so if I am repeating something some one else has already posted, please forgive me.
Your fiance will be able to call you collect. If he is in general population, he can call almost any time up to 10pm. The calls are costly, so I would look into getting a second number and routing calls thru a local number. We have it set up with our son thru Bell South Teleconnect. Phone # 1-800-499-7928. There are other systems available to you too, so research this site and try a few to find the one right for you.
Visitation is Mon thru Fri 7pm to 9:30 and Sat and Sunday and Holidays 8am to 11am and 1pm to 4pm. It goes much smoother if you are registered. Once registered, you will recieve a packet with information about visitation. What is allowed and what isn't.
You can write as often as you like. Photos in good taste are allowed and they can purchase albums to keep them in. Any items they recieve must be pre approved and come from the Manufacturer or a commercial distributor. There are many on line sites that will ship them for you. The address at the usdb is 1300 N Warehouse Rd,
Ft. Leavenworth, Ks 66027-2304
Address the letter with First and Last name. Your fiance should get the letter if he is at the usdb. Eventually you will get his number to add to the address.
I hope this helps you out. The guys are taken care of. They don't tolerate any abuse from inmates or guards. They have a good Guard Commander that the guys seem to like. The food could be better, but they don't go hungry. He will eventually have an opportunity to be assigned to a job and earn some money. Don't dispair. I know this seems like a huge cloud, but it will pass and the sun will shine again. This site has been so helpful for me. I just have a little trouble getting around it. So, know you are not alone and please feel free to email me privately if you would like./

cokorn
08-28-2005, 05:52 AM
Well I was incarcerated at the USDB from 1991 till i was paroled in 1995. aLTHOUGH THE OLD PRISON OR "THE castle" has been closed i can probably still provide you with a few details since some things just never change.

Overall the military prison is non violent although violence can occure. in all my dealings with cadre and other prisoners. I never encounted any violence myself. I was assigned to 7wing and remained their for 2 years then was transfered to MIO custody in 6wing. after a short stay in "the love boat" I was given MIN custody and moved to building 465. once at Min custody crews of one guard and 7 inmated would go outside the walls and perform lawn maintenance on the base.

most guards do not treat you as the enmey as I have read in fact while I was their most of the guards treated you ok as long as you didi the same for them. its all about respect. many of the guards are very young MP's
The new prison is afew miles north of the old castle. and is more of a pod dezign. it only houses about 500 inmates as opposed to when I was in their were about 1300 inmates
I server a full 4 years of an 8 year sentence and received parole. I compled my parole succesfully in 1999 and am married and now have three children.

remember all is not lost stay strong and write often. letters I received over the years kept me going. the hardest thing to overcome is the lonliness and it is imprtant for the convict to find something to occupy himself like reading or excercising

To anyone that was in while I was. ill still never forget the early 90's riot in may. what a long lackdown bro

USDBMP203
10-19-2005, 04:58 PM
I'd be happy to answer any questions you have concerning the prison. Ask here or feel free to send me a pm.

Cokorn, we actually have had small risings since then. I wasn't here or even in the military in the early 90's however.

usdb
02-16-2008, 10:05 PM
There is a web site for the USDB. Try usacac.army.mil/CAC/usdb.asp

usdb
02-16-2008, 11:39 PM
w w w dot fortleavenworthcastle dot com

HOOTIE
03-19-2008, 11:05 AM
HellÚ,
I have send a letetr to : INMATE ADMISTRATION PERSONNEL DIVISION-VISITATION 1301 N.Warehouse Road Fort Leavenworth, Kansas 66027-2304 USA for to know about the rules for visit.
They answer to me by email telling that send all tha pack about rules in normal mail.
I'm just waiting, anyway the answer is coming soon of my aspectative.
S.W.

HOOTIE
03-19-2008, 11:07 AM
Hey Gismo,
is there now your boyfriend? How he do?
Are you in contact with him? Can you help me? Mine is be transfered in one month..
S.W.

Mix
12-06-2008, 05:40 PM
I was the actual cause of the riot which started in 4-wing above my head while they held me in the Hole trying to bang me for an institutional murder (I'm innocent:thumbsup:). My work-out partner and a few friends were attacked in some ignorant retaliation towards me, but the assailants (roughly 50) got handled instead by the meager handful of my friends (which were real soldiers and not a bunch of bitches). My family eventually pulled political strings in order to get me out of there and moved to the Feds, thus changing military rule regarding the permanent transfer of inmates.

In a nutshell, the Military gave the feds a low security confinement facility to take me, and attached 10 others to go with on the deal. Now I am very much free and although I am STILL on Military parole, life is sweet and fun as hell in the city of LOSt ANGELES.


Any straight questions, can be shot to my email: (email removed per policy. Please pm member for this information. Thanks)
Peace out.

A-Z
12-07-2008, 08:29 PM
I was the actual cause of the riot which started in 4-wing above my head while they held me in the Hole trying to bang me for an institutional murder (I'm innocent:thumbsup:). My work-out partner and a few friends were attacked in some ignorant retaliation towards me, but the assailants (roughly 50) got handled instead by the meager handful of my friends (which were real soldiers and not a bunch of bitches). My family eventually pulled political strings in order to get me out of there and moved to the Feds, thus changing military rule regarding the permanent transfer of inmates.

In a nutshell, the Military gave the feds a low security confinement facility to take me, and attached 10 others to go with on the deal. Now I am very much free and although I am STILL on Military parole, life is sweet and fun as hell in the city of LOSt ANGELES.


Any straight questions, can be shot to my email: (removed per PTO policy).
Peace out.

Mix, I call bullshit. Whose murder were they trying to pin on you in the DB? A last name will suffice. Just to be clear, are you talking about the riot in 92?

11Charlie87
01-23-2009, 12:22 PM
MIX - I too call BS! I was released in Feb 92, which was before any riot, but your post indicates you're a young punk kid, not a 36-40 yr old man.

They had been talking about transferring long term inmates to a civilian institution before I left. No idea if it ever happened though.

I remember the Goff cart incident, West Gate I believe it was. Laundry carts were known as golf carts after that one! I think it took them 3 or 5 days to pick him up. I think the previous one to break out was caught throwing change into a fountain in K.C. a few years before that.

I too went to Bldg 465 for MIN. Right above the health clinic, and the two P.A.'s that ran it. I also remember hearing about how they had hung the Germans in the elevator shaft, way before there was an elevator there.

The Corporal on outside detail (yard work/clean up) was a real cool guy too.

I seem to remember a young Ranger who got called back to duty also, when Desert Storm happened. Lucky kid to have another chance at service! One of the nicest people I ever met was in the USDB. He was a young black guy from OK who was always friendly, and willing to hang out. Knew another guy who had been an E-6 who liked classical music and speed metal. What a combination! There was a guy built like a tank, who was always polite, but you did not ever mess with him. He was a sniper who shot his wife I think. He specialized in Tai Chi, and had a pock marked face. I remember a guy who claimed to have worked on Star Wars also in the AF. Former NCO doing time for being a "tree climber". He really liked Harleys, and had pics of what he wanted to get when he got out.

FriscoLady
01-24-2009, 05:04 AM
Folks,

I have been keeping an eye on this thread and the situation with Mix. I think we can safely assume he is not going to address this subject, so let's move on. If he does return we can find out more. Though hopefully I hope I do not have to address any potential situations here as a moderator.

I really hate putting on my moderator hat! I love great discussion, information sharing, and learning of others that have been through the ringer like many of us.

However, I don't care for sea stories or down right hostility amongst members.

Patti

bloody67
03-04-2009, 04:33 PM
hey Patti , I agree , no answer to the question, I was an inmate at the USDB during the riot , in fact was their when it started feet from me, was involved in the riot and was taken to the hole for months, charged with attempted murder, rioting etc, the guard that was beaten almost to death and the other offences thattook place, i remeber that night in 3 wing like it was yesterday. I WAS ONE OF THE LAST INMATES TO FIGHT OFF THE GUARDS AS THEY CAME INTO 3 WIND AND TOOK US DOWN ON THE 2ND TIER FROM BOTH FLANKS, we fought them at close quartes with garbage can lids and fire hydrants to the last man standing, well in the end mace and loads of guards in riot gear pushed us into the cell , we were the last to stand and the first to be extracted in nothing but briefs and taken to the hole for months untill it got sorted out who was responsible for what. I had a 10 year sentence up their and got out in 1999 September. never forget it , the place or the guards,

A-Z
03-04-2009, 11:55 PM
what is your last name bloody?

beardog12
09-19-2009, 01:43 PM
Can anyone tell me about how to get phone calls cheaper.My son is in Fort leaveworth KS USDB. The phone bills are high and when he puts money on his calling card its 40cents a minute. Thats way to high.

suebee54
09-20-2009, 06:27 PM
Can anyone tell me about how to get phone calls cheaper.My son is in Fort leaveworth KS USDB. The phone bills are high and when he puts money on his calling card its 40cents a minute. Thats way to high.

My son is in the USDB too and I send him money so he can call me from the prison...I'm not sure how much it is but I was thinking it was around $14 if he calls me for 30 minutes...If he calls collect its $32.00 for 30 minutes...so its cheaper to send a money order so they can put it on their phone account.

Mix
10-29-2009, 03:40 AM
Hmmmm... I just finally got around to checking this and "BS"? lol, pretty sad. What I have to say is: Do your homework little boys before talking out of the side of your necks. I know who I am and the things that I have endured throughout my life. With nothing to prove I have apparently wasted my time here.

Patti, I realize that your intentions are sincere, yet please remove me entirely from this site, for I wish to have nothing to do with lames that think they know what they really don't know.

FriscoLady
10-29-2009, 12:27 PM
Mix, I am no longer staff here, however I have forwarded your request to them.

Patti

airforcewifejl
04-12-2010, 09:35 PM
Dear Bear,
I believe if you get a local number through vonage or even magic jack the phone calls are free. My husband is being sent to leavenworth next week so I was going to see about getting a local number.

Also, do you have any information on leavenworth? I'm not sure what to expect.

Woodymaster
11-12-2010, 10:07 AM
I will have to agree with the other posts that this is BS, I too was there from '88-'98, only I wasn't incarcerated. I was in base(SHU) but off duty that moment. Yes I remember who this is and I remember the causes and who started the riot.


I was the actual cause of the riot which started in 4-wing above my head while they held me in the Hole trying to bang me for an institutional murder (I'm innocent:thumbsup:). My work-out partner and a few friends were attacked in some ignorant retaliation towards me, but the assailants (roughly 50) got handled instead by the meager handful of my friends (which were real soldiers and not a bunch of bitches). My family eventually pulled political strings in order to get me out of there and moved to the Feds, thus changing military rule regarding the permanent transfer of inmates.

In a nutshell, the Military gave the feds a low security confinement facility to take me, and attached 10 others to go with on the deal. Now I am very much free and although I am STILL on Military parole, life is sweet and fun as hell in the city of LOSt ANGELES.


Any straight questions, can be shot to my email: (email removed per policy. Please pm member for this information. Thanks)
Peace out.

VIC4444
12-02-2010, 12:35 PM
I'd be happy to answer any questions you have concerning the prison. Ask here or feel free to send me a pm.

Cokorn, we actually have had small risings since then. I wasn't here or even in the military in the early 90's however.

Can someone tell me about the rules in sending an inmate gifts and such. Or tell me where I can go and read the rules? Thank you~:)

DeNada
12-02-2010, 08:39 PM
You cannot directly send the inmates at USDB gifts; they must come from the retailer or wholesaler with an invoice. Magazines and books do not have to be pre-approved (inmates turns in a form requesting approval for receipt of an item), but everything else does. My son just gives me the seller, item# and price from a catalog for items he needs and I order them shipped to him. So far, it seems to work okay. I've read other postings that holiday gifts were allowed at the RCFs (never at the DB!) but I'm not sure that's still good law. Maybe some of the others with RCF experience will chime in. Hope this helps.

ferngirl
12-02-2010, 08:56 PM
I have learned from reading that every brig has different rules. One allows stuff that others do not. I was not allowed to send stamps to Charleston while I think other brigs allow it.

humbled123
05-27-2011, 09:05 AM
Im finding it hard to find any info on what life is like at fort levanworth...I found info for policies on packages, visitation, and phone calls which has been really helpful but Im still looking to find out more on what it might be like for the "inmate".Someone I know is currently at Norfolk Navy Brigg waiting to be sent to the max at fort levanworth...and i have heard its a really bad place to be but i have also read from a few posts that its one of the better places to be without having to worry to much about violence or being someones "bit#h"..If you have anyinfo andare willing to share please let me know..Also does the crimes one commited play a role in how he his is treated by the staff and other inmates?

DeNada
05-27-2011, 01:26 PM
Im finding it hard to find any info on what life is like at fort levanworth...I found info for policies on packages, visitation, and phone calls which has been really helpful but Im still looking to find out more on what it might be like for the "inmate".Someone I know is currently at Norfolk Navy Brigg waiting to be sent to the max at fort levanworth...and i have heard its a really bad place to be but i have also read from a few posts that its one of the better places to be without having to worry to much about violence or being someones "bit#h"..If you have anyinfo andare willing to share please let me know..Also does the crimes one commited play a role in how he his is treated by the staff and other inmates?

Life for an inmate at USDB is the same as any other confinement facility - what they make of it. That's not a smarta$$ answer, I promise. Because the sentences are longer, there are more inmates with more violent offenses. What your offense is doesn't merit "different" treatment, per se; but it does affect your custody and privileges so there is some differentiation. There is occasional violence but it is rare. Day to day life is monotonous - work, rec, tv, chow, etc. It is all very regulated but after a while they build a life around the schedule. There are opportunities to play in bands (various genre), play league sports, work out, go to church - just about everything (almost) you would normally be doing - you just do it under supervision and within the facility. Since there are varying custody levels, your level of opportunity varies accordingly. The guards are military correction specialists - and seem to be pretty much the same as most correction professionals. Respect is earned - and that works both ways. There is some polarization of inmates by race/ethnicity but no more so than in the outside population. Gang activity is present, but minimal. Inmates tend to police their own in some ways and order seems to be maintained. I don't fear for my son at the DB as I would if he were in federal or state lockup. The educational/military background of everyone there seems to preclude a lot of the b.s. that goes on at civilian facilities. If it's random violence you're worried about, don't. As long as you don't look for trouble, it won't find you at USDB. There is, of course, a certain pecking order to be recognized and integrated into but that's pretty much the same in any organization/society. This is just my perception from the past 9 years. I hope this info is helpful. I'm sure there will be others along to add their thoughts and advice. Feel free to ask questions - we're all in this together!

panchitoshome
07-03-2011, 10:07 AM
De nada, youre correct. But with the incident a

panchitoshome
07-03-2011, 10:08 AM
You're correct. But with the incident a while back, things might have changed, i don't know, just speculating

clover07
07-24-2011, 02:37 AM
ok quick question my hubby about to be sent to leavenworth so i heard theres two places there now. whats the diffrence and which one would he probably go to for a sentence of 6 years and also i heard the men there dont do all their time if they are on pointthe whole time is that true?

panchitoshome
07-26-2011, 07:52 AM
If its 6 years or more, its the usdb. If its less, its the jrfc

Bizeboo
07-27-2011, 07:56 PM
If its 6 years or more, its the usdb. If its less, its the jrfc

Is jrfc at leavenworth? I get a bit confused on all the abbreviations.
My son is at Leavenworth, sentenced to 3 years, and just got word of parole in January, which would be 18 mos time served.

msmonie09
07-28-2011, 04:04 PM
Yes its in Leavenworth... It's actually JFCR... Did your son parole or is he presenting his package to the parole board?
Is jrfc at leavenworth? I get a bit confused on all the abbreviations.
My son is at Leavenworth, sentenced to 3 years, and just got word of parole in January, which would be 18 mos time served.

Bizeboo
07-30-2011, 12:18 AM
Yes its in Leavenworth... It's actually JFCR... Did your son parole or is he presenting his package to the parole board?
He paroled. He presented his package in June. I was supposed to go to VA as his personal representative, but they mistakenly did not get the info, although, I have a copy, and they already had the hearing. :hmm: He tried to appeal (?) and to get out in Sept, but it was denied. When his local parole officer inquired why, they told her, in another way, "it's none of your business". Whatever, I am just happy he is getting out early. He did get transferred to minimum security last week.
I am happy and also a bit scared. It is going to be a big transition. I sense some PTSD, although, he denies it and won't discuss his deployment. He has not been a civilian since 2006, and he was 17 when he went into the military.
Things like this just aren't supposed to happen. He loved what he was doing in the service, helping others, making a difference. Not sure what is out there for him once he comes home :( Those of you out there who are parents, we did the best we knew how. The actions that our children make as adults does not reflect or represent the values and morales they were brought up on. I continue to be baffled at the outcome of what has transpired with my son. I know he has the seeds planted of where he came from and I do see and here that those seeds are blooming and I will continue to support and love my child no matter how old.
It's amazing how many parents I have come across in my small local community who have sons in the military who have gotten in trouble and have either been incarcerated or discharged. These are fine young men from good families.
Ok, enough rambling.....Stay strong and keep your heads up!

msmonie09
07-30-2011, 08:18 PM
Mom,

I'm very happy that your son was paroled. It seems like they always tend to "lose" some paper work that may benefit the inmate being released early. And I'm pretty sure that you did an excellent job as a mother. Its just pressure from peers can sometimes win. But you kow that you did the best you could do in raising your son. I know a real mom never stops being a mother to her child, no matter the age. It's really great that you have an unconditional love for your son, no matter what he's done. That's really beautiful. Some people arent blessed like your son to have a mother like you in their lives. I know that your son really appreciates everything you do for him. I wish you all the best of luck in the future! Let us know how things turn out! :)

He paroled. He presented his package in June. I was supposed to go to VA as his personal representative, but they mistakenly did not get the info, although, I have a copy, and they already had the hearing. :hmm: He tried to appeal (?) and to get out in Sept, but it was denied. When his local parole officer inquired why, they told her, in another way, "it's none of your business". Whatever, I am just happy he is getting out early. He did get transferred to minimum security last week.
I am happy and also a bit scared. It is going to be a big transition. I sense some PTSD, although, he denies it and won't discuss his deployment. He has not been a civilian since 2006, and he was 17 when he went into the military.
Things like this just aren't supposed to happen. He loved what he was doing in the service, helping others, making a difference. Not sure what is out there for him once he comes home :( Those of you out there who are parents, we did the best we knew how. The actions that our children make as adults does not reflect or represent the values and morales they were brought up on. I continue to be baffled at the outcome of what has transpired with my son. I know he has the seeds planted of where he came from and I do see and here that those seeds are blooming and I will continue to support and love my child no matter how old.
It's amazing how many parents I have come across in my small local community who have sons in the military who have gotten in trouble and have either been incarcerated or discharged. These are fine young men from good families.
Ok, enough rambling.....Stay strong and keep your heads up!

Mystrytune
11-18-2011, 10:37 AM
My son is at the USDB and it is a very nice facility. He says the food is good and he keeps busy with activities. I have visited there and seems very low keyed. i can write as often as i want.. you can send pictures to inmates... um i'd be happy to answer any specific questions you may have... drop me a note and i hope i can help... this is a great resource!

jeason1
12-14-2011, 09:49 AM
My son is at the USDB and it is a very nice facility. He says the food is good and he keeps busy with activities. I have visited there and seems very low keyed. i can write as often as i want.. you can send pictures to inmates... um i'd be happy to answer any specific questions you may have... drop me a note and i hope i can help... this is a great resource!

any information would be helpful, I have a family member who will be at USDB - Leavenworth in a month and I am looking for information. How early do you have to schedule visitation, what are the conditions like, etc.

Thanks!

LanaMo
12-14-2011, 01:15 PM
Jeason1, my loved one is at USDB and has been there for over a year. I worried at first when he arrived but after being there a while I do not worry as much. I think as long as the person keeps their head down and mouth closed they will do fine. My loved one stays busy with getting involved in as many programs as he can. I went to visit him July 4th weekend and it was pretty laid back atmosphere. I can say that the visitation guidelines for clothing was a big issue with some visitors. One day a man wore cargo shorts and he was allowed entrance. The next day he wore them again and they denied him. The same issue happened with 2 other people. Finally, the warden and his assistant came through our visitation and stopped and asked majority of the visitors if they had any issues coming in. He acknowledged that the guards were not all on the same page and that he was going to work on that with them. So, it was nice to see that someone from within the brig showed concern about what was going on inside. I will also tell you that when your family member drops a request for something not to expect a quick response. They definitely take their time on responding to the guys. And he doesn't need to keep dropping requests for the same thing because they will consider it a form of harassment. I laughed when my loved one told me that...it's absurd! Hope this helps. Private message me if you have anymore questions.

LanaMo
12-14-2011, 01:22 PM
Jeason1, I forgot about your question regarding visitation. Your family member will have to put people on his visitation list when he arrives at USDB. My loved one informed them as well when I was planning on visiting so that there wouldn't be any problems when I arrived at visitation time. You can also google USDB and get their visitation rules.