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Old 09-01-2014, 09:27 AM
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Default Need info n Coleman Women's Federal Prison Camp

Just wondering if anyone has an info on Coleman camp?

Still waiting on my ppwk but hoping for Coleman.

I have a ss date of 9/15 and any info is appreciated being a first timer.

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Old 09-01-2014, 05:30 PM
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Please anyone with info on the womens camp, my date is approaching & my family is a wreck.
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I wish I had some info you, but I'm not familiar with that facility. However, please try to keep busy. Do a few things with your family, take lots of pics that can sent to you at a later date.

Also, there are some things you should pay attention to before self surrendering....the following thread can help you with those:

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The fact that nobody seems to have info on The womens camp at Coleman is starting to scare me even more.

Thank you for the link, it is helpful info. Some stuff we have already done the rest I will be working on over the next 13 days.
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Many of the camps are probably similar in many respects as they are all BOP and I'm sure you'll be fine.
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Got my number on the BOP site but no other info. My atty is calling today to see where I am going.

As far as $$ going in what do you recommend? Do I bring MO with me or send to OK. We don't have much so I cannot afford for it to be done wrong & be stuck waiting.
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I'm not familiar with Federal, but if you'll scroll through some of the sub-forums here in the Federal forum you can probably find a lot of general info for self-surrendering....specifically the following thread:

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Send a US PO money order to the Iowa address that can be found at the BoP site about 3-4 days before you SS. $500.00 will get you phone time, email time and most of your necessities.

Prison is far more costly than new people think.
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Here is the bop inmate money page.
http://www.bop.gov/inmates/communications.jsp#money

If you take a MO with you (make sure it is a US Postal MO, all others are held for 15 days), it may or may not be posted quickly. Mine took about 3 weeks, but others have had a quicker turnaround. To be certain that you will have funds available when you need them, either use Western Union quick collect or mail a postal MO to the lockbox in Des Moines that will arrive as you do.

Check the commissary list when you know where you will self surrender, here's Coleman's, and figure out what you will need to purchase. You will probably need to buy a Walkman radio or an MP3 player in order to listen to the TV audio, which is broadcast on the FM band.
http://www.bop.gov/inmates/communications.jsp#money

The monthly spending limit is about $320.00 and yours will roll over to the next period on the same day every month. Any unused spending limit will be lost, not carried over. The same is true for the 300 monthly telephone minute limit. (6 cents/min for local calls; 23 cents/min for all others, so if you use them all, and they are "long distance, your phone will cost $69.00 a month). You will get an extra 100 phone minutes, and an additional $50.00 spending limit in Nov. & Dec. Anyway, your rollover date to the next period's limit will be the 5th number in your inmate ID#, xxxxX-xxx, times 3, plus one, so if your number is 3, your will receive new limits on the 10th of each month.
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I wish I had 500 but thats not possible, i will be lucky if I have half that.

My # is 9, someone suggested that my family get a cell# with the area code of where I end up going to avoid long distance charges??
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Well got the call from my atty. Coleman satellite camp it is. One prayer answered. Now just to make the best of it, get through this & start over.
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Yes a cell phone with a local number from the prison will cost you 6 cents/min for prepaid calls instead of 23 cents/min. It may not be easy to get a number with the correct area code and prefix since the prison is pretty remote. Other services that provide local calls are often considered by the bop to be call forwarding, which is forbidden and can easily result in the loss of phone privileges. If the number called is the only number assigned to that phone, it is OK, regardless of where the phone is physically located.
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Thought we would get the number on one of our cell phones changed & have that be the one I would call home too. Tmobile said we just have to pay to change the number.
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I have two separate pairs of glasses, both prescription.
One for reading the other for distance. Will I be allowed to bring both? We cannot afford a new pair right now my prescription is very expensive to get progressives.
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You can try, it will depend on the CO who is processing you into the prison system. You will also have to certify that the eyeglasses are worth less than $100.00, but then which used glasses are ever worth more than that ? If anything you bring with you, including your street clothes/shoes is rejected, you will have the option of mailing them home, so they won't be lost forever.

If you take any prescribed medications, I brought my prescription meds with me. They were taken and the CO said it was "illegal" to mail them home even though they had been received in the mail to begin with. The medical person who sees you right away for triage will set up new RX's from the bop's formulary, which usually means the least expensive medication available to treat your condition. Be sure to tell them about any RXs you take, because it will probably be awhile before you have a follow-up with a PA or with the doctor.
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How does one verify that about glasses? Mine are almost 2 years old?
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Not necessary, at least it wasn't for me. I checked a box saying the glasses were not worth more than $100.00, signed it, and that was it. There were some really pricey designer frames that somehow made it through too, so my opinion is they don't much care.
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Oh hell no mine are from walmart, its my lenses that are $$ I am literally blind without them.

what do you mean about street clothes being allowed could I possibly keep my own sneakers if they approve of them?
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Minimum security camps are less strict than higher security prisons, so allowing you to keep your athletic shoes may be possible, but much will depend on who is in charge of your intake. If not, you will have the choice to mail them home, or donate them. The only way you will know the answer is after you SS. I was only allowed to keep my glasses, and had to purchase everything else, athletic shoes, sweat clothes, toothpaste, etc. from the commissary.

You will have a commissary day once a week, but some prisons allow new prisoners to shop on the first day the store is open by writing "first time shopper" on the commissary slip. You'll need to ask if that is permitted there.
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Thank you for all the help. I was just speaking w my pretrial prob officer he said their is a chance I could be released to a HH any where from 4-6 months based on my sentence. What are your thoughts/opinion on this?

I have heard I should not go to one?
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The decision on the amount of community corrections time the bop will allow you will be up to your unit team, counselor, case manager & camp manager. The decision on if you should accept it, or not, is totally up to you now that the bop has stopped punishing inmates who decline community corrections. You will be better able to decide after you have been in the camp for awhile.

Some folks have posted that they should have stayed where they were. Some of that was because of the actual HWH they went to. The one in DC forced everyone to take taxicabs so they wouldn't be robbed going, or coming to the place. HWH can also turn into living at home on home confinement, so there are issues on both sides.

One thing for certain, you will be required to look for work, and then pay 25% of your gross pay to the HWH, but that means you get to keep most of the money yourself. As you get closer to that time, you will be better able to do what is best for you.
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The one near me is in a pretty good area & very close to home.
But you are right one thing at a time. I will have to see where things go. I am just looking ahead because when I do get out, hubby has to ss next sept & the more time I have to find a job before he actually goes in the better off I will be.
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