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tottles
08-21-2008, 07:35 PM
I wasn't real sure where to post this, so I posted it here. I've learned a little about the Omega TVC in Malvern through my research and a brief conversation with my fiancee, as well as calling the visitation clerk. The Omega Center is a correctional school of sorts, and the inmates are called residents. They are housed in barracks and there are no clocks in the barracks. They wear the standard uniform instead of street clothes, but he said that they cut all his hair off. After seeing his picture on Vinelink, I believe it. His hair was always short before, but now he sports the same haircut as my son.
There is no visitation until the last two weeks of the resident's stay, and they have only certain hours they are allowed to call. They go to classes, but I don't know what kind of classes they go to or how long they last. He said he's doing just fine and the 62 days will fly by. We're already down 4 days and there are 58 left. He got my letter I wrote his first day there, which they told him was a first.
That's all I have as far as information. Just trying to help...

Amy98ta
09-10-2008, 09:28 AM
Are all inmates in Malvern in Omega TVC? My boyfriend got transfered to Malvern and I'm not sure why.

tottles
09-10-2008, 09:40 AM
Are all inmates in Malvern in Omega TVC? My boyfriend got transfered to Malvern and I'm not sure why.

I don't think so. I think there's another facility there besides the TVC center. One is at 100 walco lane and the other is at 104 walco lane. The TVC as at 104. Not sure what the other is called. THink it's called Ouachita River Unit?

Amy98ta
09-10-2008, 11:24 AM
Yes, he is at Ouacita River Unit. But I'm not sure why. He has been in the hole and I haven't been able to talk to him. I'm about to go insane!!!

tottles
09-10-2008, 11:33 AM
Yes, he is at Ouacita River Unit. But I'm not sure why. He has been in the hole and I haven't been able to talk to him. I'm about to go insane!!!

I can relate. TRUST me. I'm still on the verge of it, even though we talk every other day and send letters. Our relationship was VERY new when he left. We'd only been together for 5 months but had been talking for over a year. I live in Oklahoma, he lives in Arkansas. It's long distance for me to call the facility he's in, and I've had the neverending fear that if I DO call the facility, they'll get upset and take it out on him. I've had questions consuming my mind, and no one to ask them to for fear that he'll be away from me for much longer. I have no one to talk to outside of PTO, so I live on this website. When I'm not bunked in a forum, I'm searching the internet for information on the TVC, and you know what? I've been able to relax my mind by doing both, though the questions remain. A weight was lifted when I found that the TVC is more of a school than a prison and my fiance is not considered an inmate, he's called a "resident". He goes to classes all day, but he's not locked in a cell at night. He's in barracks. Each one is individually numbered and when I write him, I have to put his barrack number on the envelope. I also found out that you can call the facility and get the last 4 numbers for the zip code (i.e. 72104-7162). If you put those last 4 numbers on your letters, it gets there MUCH faster. It used to take about 4 days for letters to reach him when he was at home in Haskell. Now they take 2 1/2.

Amy98ta
09-11-2008, 09:53 AM
I can relate. TRUST me. I'm still on the verge of it, even though we talk every other day and send letters. Our relationship was VERY new when he left. We'd only been together for 5 months but had been talking for over a year. I live in Oklahoma, he lives in Arkansas. It's long distance for me to call the facility he's in, and I've had the neverending fear that if I DO call the facility, they'll get upset and take it out on him. I've had questions consuming my mind, and no one to ask them to for fear that he'll be away from me for much longer. I have no one to talk to outside of PTO, so I live on this website. When I'm not bunked in a forum, I'm searching the internet for information on the TVC, and you know what? I've been able to relax my mind by doing both, though the questions remain. A weight was lifted when I found that the TVC is more of a school than a prison and my fiance is not considered an inmate, he's called a "resident". He goes to classes all day, but he's not locked in a cell at night. He's in barracks. Each one is individually numbered and when I write him, I have to put his barrack number on the envelope. I also found out that you can call the facility and get the last 4 numbers for the zip code (i.e. 72104-7162). If you put those last 4 numbers on your letters, it gets there MUCH faster. It used to take about 4 days for letters to reach him when he was at home in Haskell. Now they take 2 1/2.


I know where Haskell is! I used to live in Broken Arrow. My ex has a friend that used to live in Haskell. I'm not sure if he still does. But anyway, if you have any questions maybe I can help you. My boyfriend has been locked up for almost a year now. I have learned more than I ever wanted to know about the system! If you want PM me and I will try to answer your questions.

tottles
09-11-2008, 10:04 AM
I know where Haskell is! I used to live in Broken Arrow. My ex has a friend that used to live in Haskell. I'm not sure if he still does. But anyway, if you have any questions maybe I can help you. My boyfriend has been locked up for almost a year now. I have learned more than I ever wanted to know about the system! If you want PM me and I will try to answer your questions.

Haskell Arkansas? You know where that is? My fiance says it's itty bitty. I am becoming familiar with Benton though. :D I know where Broken Arrow is. Used to repo cars for my brother and had to travel there once. I'll PM you if I can keep my boss from peeking in here. <I'm at work> :D

JJT
09-11-2008, 11:31 AM
Sorry for popping in, but I saw the title and for the life of me, cannot figure out what TVC would stand for?

Transitional Vocational Center?
Trustee Vacation Camp?

LOL

Thank you.

JJT

tottles
09-11-2008, 11:40 AM
Sorry for popping in, but I saw the title and for the life of me, cannot figure out what TVC would stand for?

Transitional Vocational Center?
Trustee Vacation Camp?

LOL

Thank you.

JJT

Technical Violator Center. You were almost right with the first guess. :D He violated a condition of his parole and has to do 62 days in there. Release date from confinement is October 20th. It's more of a school than a prison but he still has to wear the "uniform" which is a canary yellow two piece outfit. When he told me the color, I wanted so much to say "Well, you ARE my Sunshine, so yellow is okay." But I didn't think he'd appreciate the irony. :D

JJT
09-11-2008, 11:45 AM
I kinda like that idea for PV's. So much better than sending them back to jail or all the way back to prison.

Thank you!!

JJT

tottles
09-11-2008, 11:50 AM
I kinda like that idea for PV's. So much better than sending them back to jail or all the way back to prison.

Thank you!!

JJT

I'm thankful he went to that instead of having to give up his parole and go back to prison for the 4 years he has left on paper.

You're welcome for the information too..

velder
10-09-2008, 09:26 PM
hi i have a son that is in omega technical. i have not talked to him since he left the county due to i dont have long distance on my phone. i wish that i could. i am not for sure when he gets out.. just want him to know that i love him and that i have not forgotten him. just keep his head up

tottles
10-10-2008, 12:30 AM
hi i have a son that is in omega technical. i have not talked to him since he left the county due to i dont have long distance on my phone. i wish that i could. i am not for sure when he gets out.. just want him to know that i love him and that i have not forgotten him. just keep his head up

What is his name? I can try to get the information to my fiance when I see him. I will be seeing him Saturday. PM me if you like with his name

velder
10-11-2008, 04:54 PM
Thank you so much. His name is Harthoner Goforth they call him heavy. just want him to know i luv and miss him. that i am prayin 4 him and 4 him to keep his head up

tottles
10-11-2008, 10:17 PM
Thank you so much. His name is Harthoner Goforth they call him heavy. just want him to know i luv and miss him. that i am prayin 4 him and 4 him to keep his head up

I'll pass the information over when I talk to him on the phone..

velder
10-11-2008, 11:28 PM
thank you so much. i appreciate all u do

tottles
10-11-2008, 11:35 PM
thank you so much. i appreciate all u do

I didn't do anything, really. I know how hard it is to communicate with my fiance, so I can imagine what you're going through. I mentioned something about it to him today, but didn't know the name, so I told him I would try to find out and tell him when I find out. Now I know.. :)

tottles
10-12-2008, 12:39 PM
thank you so much. i appreciate all u do

I passed on your information this morning when I spoke to him. he said the name wasn't familiar, but he would see if he can find out what barracks he's in and let him know. Have you filled out the visitation form yet? If not, read what I posted in the visitation part of the forum before you do.

tottles
10-12-2008, 11:42 PM
hi i have a son that is in omega technical. i have not talked to him since he left the county due to i dont have long distance on my phone. i wish that i could. i am not for sure when he gets out.. just want him to know that i love him and that i have not forgotten him. just keep his head up

First and second admissions are 60 days. Third admissions are 90 days. depending on how many times he's been in omega, count from the day he went in. If this is his first or second time there, he'll be home the 62nd day from the date he went in. 90 from the third.

Omega is more of a rehab/correctional school than it is a prison. The way my fiance explained it is this:

There is 62 days that you have to do. The program is 60 days, but the first 2 days are done in intake, which don't count. When the 2 days of intake are over, the time ticks down on the 60 days. If your fnish date falls on a Saturday, you're SUPPOSED to be released Friday. If it falls on Sunday, you get out Monday, but it depends on the PO who is overseeing the release.

My fiance's finish date is October 18th, but he will know on Wednesday whether his PO will let him out on Friday or if he has to stay there through one more weekend and get out on Monday.

Hope this helps.

tottles
10-15-2008, 08:02 PM
thank you so much. i appreciate all u do

I told my fiance your son's nickname. He knows who he is. He said he would pass along your message, but if you would like to get a message to him, call the facility. I can give you the telephone number if you like. When you call, ask to speak to the chaplain. The chaplain will pass your message to your son.

jeremyjay
10-23-2008, 09:10 AM
thank you so much. i appreciate all u do
it anit so bad mr simmons is the best guy to work for on mantenance:):thumbsup::angry::angry::angry:

tottles
10-23-2008, 09:44 AM
it anit so bad mr simmons is the best guy to work for on mantenance:):thumbsup::angry::angry::angry:

My fiance was released on Monday. He said it's a fairly laid back facility, but the first and only visit we had together was started out on a VERY bad note, resulting in the suspension of supervisor "Adams"

flash_82
10-23-2008, 11:48 PM
hi, my husband just went to Omega tvc. He has 53 more days left. How long is visitation and how does it work?

tottles
10-26-2008, 09:34 PM
hi, my husband just went to Omega tvc. He has 53 more days left. How long is visitation and how does it work?

Visits are only allowed during the last 2 weeks of the offender's stay. They start at noon and end at 4. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR VISIT FORMS FILLED OUT and you check with the visitation clerk to assure your visit date. Saturday and Sunday only are visit days.

greyeyes929
03-26-2009, 09:47 AM
My Boyfriend is going to Omega in about a week or so. He was in Varner for a year and a half, and yes, I waited, and then was home for a year, but was late on restitution and slacking on NA meetings, so his PO is making him go to TVP. From what I've read, it sounds like a good program. It sucks that he's leaving, but I think he can learn from this. I hope so. So we can only visit the last two weeks? I'm not liking that. However, 4 hours is better than 20 minutes through a tv screen.

tottles
04-01-2009, 09:18 AM
My Boyfriend is going to Omega in about a week or so. He was in Varner for a year and a half, and yes, I waited, and then was home for a year, but was late on restitution and slacking on NA meetings, so his PO is making him go to TVP. From what I've read, it sounds like a good program. It sucks that he's leaving, but I think he can learn from this. I hope so. So we can only visit the last two weeks? I'm not liking that. However, 4 hours is better than 20 minutes through a tv screen.

4 hours was all I had during the entire 62 days he was there. I'm not sure if you have read all the way through the arkansas forum, but I have a post in here somewhere about what happened during my first and only visit. My husband said he learned more in the TVC than he ever thought he would, but he has no desire to go back, so he pays close attention to his conditions of release. Since we travel to Oklahoma every other weekend to take my son to his father's house for weekend visitation, my husband always gets a travel pass, whether he needs it or not.

greyeyes929
04-06-2009, 02:56 PM
4 hours was all I had during the entire 62 days he was there. I'm not sure if you have read all the way through the arkansas forum, but I have a post in here somewhere about what happened during my first and only visit. My husband said he learned more in the TVC than he ever thought he would, but he has no desire to go back, so he pays close attention to his conditions of release. Since we travel to Oklahoma every other weekend to take my son to his father's house for weekend visitation, my husband always gets a travel pass, whether he needs it or not.

Well, he's been there for a week today. He's mostly been in intake and orentation most of the time, but he says that he thinks he'll like it better than the other places he's been. I hope he learns something. There really is just so much a person can take. He sounds good, though. I'm happier now that I can countdown the days. He should be home around the 1st of June. June!!

greyeyes929
04-21-2009, 09:44 AM
So my guy has been at Omega TVC for about a month. Meanwhile, I'm at home working 7 days a week to make up the money we're out since he's gone. It's good because I'm becoming more responsible with our money and secondly, it's making the days go by fast. I mean April is almost over and then I just have to get through May. Then he'll be home! I only talk to him on the weekends when I'm out at his grandparent's farm to work. I wish he could call my cell. Of course we only get 15 minutes, but it's better than nothing. Plus we write letters everyday. I love checking the mail and getting three or four letters from him! He's taking anger management classes and is lucky to have time to himself in the afternoon. He says that mostly everyone else goes to GED class, which he already has, and so he likes the quiet time. I know he's trying hard. But I really can't be that girl. That girl who has to learn more about the justice system than she ever really wanted to know. I hope this is the last time.

tottles
04-21-2009, 10:35 AM
So my guy has been at Omega TVC for about a month. Meanwhile, I'm at home working 7 days a week to make up the money we're out since he's gone. It's good because I'm becoming more responsible with our money and secondly, it's making the days go by fast. I mean April is almost over and then I just have to get through May. Then he'll be home! I only talk to him on the weekends when I'm out at his grandparent's farm to work. I wish he could call my cell. Of course we only get 15 minutes, but it's better than nothing. Plus we write letters everyday. I love checking the mail and getting three or four letters from him! He's taking anger management classes and is lucky to have time to himself in the afternoon. He says that mostly everyone else goes to GED class, which he already has, and so he likes the quiet time. I know he's trying hard. But I really can't be that girl. That girl who has to learn more about the justice system than she ever really wanted to know. I hope this is the last time.

I'm glad you're sticking to it with him. I stuck with my husband through the whole thing, and we both agree that the separation, though it was short but seemed like forever, made our relationship that much stronger. It taught us that we can handle anything as long as we have each other.
The TVC is more of a schoo/rehab and the guys are considered "residents", so it makes it that much easier to deal with the idea that they are there. The classes they take and the programs they're in helps prepare them for redirection. My husband took a program called MRT (Moral Recognition Therapy) and he says that if not for that class, he would have gotten absolutely nothing out of his 62 days. Tell your guy to see if they'll let him in there.
I had to scour the DCC website to find information on the TVC because there is NOTHING out there to help as far as learning what kind of facility it is.
The website for DCC helped so much. If you go to this link: http://www.dcc.arkansas.gov/agency_policy.html and scroll down to "Offender Management and Programs" which is near the bottom of the page, you can read up on their TVC and the Moral Recognition Therapy. I spent HOURS upon HOURS on the DCC website. I hope this helps.

Have you started your countdown thread yet in the "Coming Home" Forum?

greyeyes929
04-22-2009, 08:46 AM
I know what you mean about the DCC website having nothing. I scanned and scanned and only got the basics. But from what I've read and what he's told me, I'm not too worried. I think it's something that he needs to change his ways. I think he is in the MRT class. He had to write a poem about love and/or forgiveness and he wrote about our love. It really was the most beautiful thing. I felt so much better. I miss him terribly, but we always said that if we could get through this jail thing, we could get through anything, and I believe that. This past year has been hard with him adjusting to life after prison. He started to hang out with the same people that helped get him into trouble and I became the back burner. So we split for a month until he came back and apologized and recommitted himself to us and to positivity. But I really think that we can survive this. We'll be fine.

greyeyes929
04-22-2009, 08:53 AM
Where's the "Coming Home" Forum?

tottles
04-22-2009, 09:10 AM
Where's the "Coming Home" Forum?

Go to the "For Offenders" forum on the main PTO webpage. From there, you'll see a subforum titled "Coming Home". Inside THAT forum is another called "The Countdown". You can begin your thread from there, and I will help you count down to the day he comes home to you. If you prefer, I can start your countdown for you in that forum. Just PM me and let me know.

I do think we need a countdown forum in the Arkansas part..

tottles
04-22-2009, 09:36 AM
I know what you mean about the DCC website having nothing. I scanned and scanned and only got the basics. But from what I've read and what he's told me, I'm not too worried. I think it's something that he needs to change his ways. I think he is in the MRT class. He had to write a poem about love and/or forgiveness and he wrote about our love. It really was the most beautiful thing. I felt so much better. I miss him terribly, but we always said that if we could get through this jail thing, we could get through anything, and I believe that. This past year has been hard with him adjusting to life after prison. He started to hang out with the same people that helped get him into trouble and I became the back burner. So we split for a month until he came back and apologized and recommitted himself to us and to positivity. But I really think that we can survive this. We'll be fine.

It helps to have a positive attitude about situations such as this. I mean, if not for the optimism that my husband and I maintained while we were separated, I think we both would have crashed and burned. I'm a firm believer that if two people are meant to be together, then they can weather any storm and still come out just as much in love with each other as they were before the storm clouds rolled in.

The Omega center, in my opinion, is a great substitute for returning to prison. The intensive courses and counseling they go through has to be the best idea to come along. I'm from Oklahoma, and there is no such thing as a technical violator center. If you mess up your parole or probation, you return to the prison system to finish out your original sentence, no matter what kind of overcrowding issues there are. If the prisons in Oklahoma are crowded, you're shipped to a state where there's a bed available. Even a minor infraction such as forgetting to send in your fee can get you violated in Oklahoma.

When I first came to this site, there was absolutely nothing about the TVC in this forum. I scoured the internet, searched the DCC website, asked my husband questions, and posted every little bit of knowledge I gained into this forum so no one else would be in the dark like I was. Now I feel a lot better in the knowledge that I can provide insight to those who are experiencing a loved one in the TVC and are just as spooked about it as I was when I sat night after night wondering if he was okay and what kind of facility he was in. From 360 miles away, there wasn't a whole lot I could do except wonder and worry, then leap for the phone each time it would ring.

I hope whatever information I've posted in the Arkansas forum has helped in some way to provide a sense of security in the knowledge that the TVC is basically an intense course filled correctional school which was created with the intention of keeping parole/probation violators out of the already overcrowded prisons.

greyeyes929
04-23-2009, 08:18 AM
It helps to have a positive attitude about situations such as this. I mean, if not for the optimism that my husband and I maintained while we were separated, I think we both would have crashed and burned. I'm a firm believer that if two people are meant to be together, then they can weather any storm and still come out just as much in love with each other as they were before the storm clouds rolled in.

The Omega center, in my opinion, is a great substitute for returning to prison. The intensive courses and counseling they go through has to be the best idea to come along. I'm from Oklahoma, and there is no such thing as a technical violator center. If you mess up your parole or probation, you return to the prison system to finish out your original sentence, no matter what kind of overcrowding issues there are. If the prisons in Oklahoma are crowded, you're shipped to a state where there's a bed available. Even a minor infraction such as forgetting to send in your fee can get you violated in Oklahoma.

When I first came to this site, there was absolutely nothing about the TVC in this forum. I scoured the internet, searched the DCC website, asked my husband questions, and posted every little bit of knowledge I gained into this forum so no one else would be in the dark like I was. Now I feel a lot better in the knowledge that I can provide insight to those who are experiencing a loved one in the TVC and are just as spooked about it as I was when I sat night after night wondering if he was okay and what kind of facility he was in. From 360 miles away, there wasn't a whole lot I could do except wonder and worry, then leap for the phone each time it would ring.

I hope whatever information I've posted in the Arkansas forum has helped in some way to provide a sense of security in the knowledge that the TVC is basically an intense course filled correctional school which was created with the intention of keeping parole/probation violators out of the already overcrowded prisons.

Yes, thank you for your help. A lot of the info I got was from your posts. I always felt better when I read that it was basically a correctional school. It's a really good idea, I think. He'll be home soon, though, and hopefully all of this can be put behind us.

tottles
04-23-2009, 08:50 AM
Yes, thank you for your help. A lot of the info I got was from your posts. I always felt better when I read that it was basically a correctional school. It's a really good idea, I think. He'll be home soon, though, and hopefully all of this can be put behind us.

It will all be over soon.. your countdown has been started for you, and I'll help you count down as best I can. The weekends are quite busy for me, but I will try to help during the week.

Don't forget to check the visiting at TVC post that I have around here. There are some things that I would recommend in addition to that post. One is to make sure you have a backup shirt just in case the one that you have when you go to visit isn't acceptable. I had a solid colored (maroon) t-shirt in my car, which I ended up having to put on in substitution for the gray hoodie I had on. I would also recommend sneakers in place of sandals, crocs, or flipflops. To be on the safe side, wear jeans or long pants of some kind instead of shorts or capris, or a dress. The object of the visit is to be let into the visiting room, so dress casual. You'll be able to go see him if you're approved for visitation during his last 2 weeks, and the visits begin at noon, but don't get there before 11:45 or you'll be sent away.

I hope you'll keep me informed as to how it is all going for you, and when you get to go visit, give us updates.. :) The visiting room when I went wasn't crowded at all. In fact, there were 4 people total in the room, including my husband and another guy. Watch for a female named "Adams" because she can be brutal. She has a lyrical way with 4 letter words, so if you guys have kids and you take them for the visit, be prepared to cover their ears ALOT.

Hope this helps ya!

greyeyes929
05-06-2009, 08:43 AM
Some days he's okay, some days he's not. It's always up in the air. He knows I'm nervous about him coming home, not that I dont' want him to, I'm just scared that he might get comfortable again and mess up. Again. i know I shouldn't think like that, but it's hard to control.

tottles
05-13-2009, 10:23 AM
Some days he's okay, some days he's not. It's always up in the air. He knows I'm nervous about him coming home, not that I dont' want him to, I'm just scared that he might get comfortable again and mess up. Again. i know I shouldn't think like that, but it's hard to control.

I know the feeling. Believe me. It's hard to keep from thinking in the back of your mind that there's a chance they may be taken away from you again, even though they seem as if they've made a real change. The best thing to do is stay strong and when he comes home, give him every day a reason to not mess up. My husband and I have been dealing with this for 6 months now, and he knows I'm scared that the slightest infraction scares me to death because it's hard to know whether or not they're going to violate you for going to walmart in a different county because the one in yours was out of something you needed.
I try not to nag him, but if we decide we want to spend a day in Hot Springs or take a trip to Oklahoma to see my dad, then I make sure that he has the clearance to do it. I know when his restitution is due each month and I make sure that the money order is in the mail. I know when his DCC fees are due and I'm ready with the money order a week before it's supposed to be in. This way at least I know that he's doing what he's supposed to do. I know when he has to report in with his PO, and I keep it marked in the calendar.
He stays true to his conditions because he knows that his place is with me, not behind the walls of a facility, locked away from family and friends. I don't have to pound it into his head, and he knows that everything I do where his release is concerned is for his best interests. I think one day he'll appreciate it and realize that the day his PO says he doesn't have to report anymore, it was all because he WANTED to stay clean, he WANTED to follow the rules, and because he knew that I wanted the exact same thing for him.

I hope this helps ya. :) They can change if we give them the motivation to do so. :) I've seen it with my husband.

cody'sbabygurl
01-21-2010, 03:23 PM
my husband is in the tvp unit he gets to come home march 15 anyone know how i can send him money and if i need his brieaks no. to write him

mz.tjenkins
01-21-2010, 08:33 PM
my husband is in the tvp unit he gets to come home march 15 anyone know how i can send him money and if i need his brieaks no. to write him my baby gets out march 15th too and u just send a us postal money order to the main address to send him money

cody'sbabygurl
01-22-2010, 12:45 AM
thank you and im glad to finaley meet someone who has a loved one in the malvern tvp unit

babblez
06-12-2012, 11:55 PM
New here..and not really sure what I am doing...
I had been loking my brother up in the Arkansas Correctional Inmate search and it kept saying 0..That they didn't have him but I knew he was here somewhere and so I just found out through searching that he is in omega technical violator center I don't understand what is the difference in this place being a technical center..or regular prison?..I am all confused and was just wondering if anyone knew? I had tried to find my brother to write and let him know that Mom had double bypass heart surgery..:hmm:

hali23
10-09-2012, 11:32 PM
does anyone know if you can send letters in a envalope with a regular stamp or do you have to go to the post office and get a prestamped envalope? also can i just put his name and his adc# on the envalope

officeremily
10-23-2012, 11:50 AM
does anyone know if you can send letters in a envalope with a regular stamp or do you have to go to the post office and get a prestamped envalope? also can i just put his name and his adc# on the envalope

Just use a regular stamp and envelope. And you will put his name and adc# followed by the facility address.