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Old 01-11-2020, 10:40 AM
ALLIGOT2 ALLIGOT2 is offline
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My son just went to statesville. I guess they stay there until they decide which prison is the best for him. I don't know anything about the system or process. I already have a SECURUS account. I just set up JPAY account. Should I also set up GTL? If anyone can help me get answers to those questions and the following ones, it's Greatly appreciated!
1. Can he use JPay funds while in statesville reception?
2. Anybody know ballpark cost of cost of TV, tablet, pillow, etc?
3. What are the items they are allowed to purchase? What all do they offer?
4. Can someone tell me how to send a letter (address)to statesville or are they allowed mail? Or-where can I find the address?
Please any help is appreciated more than words can Express !
He's my only child and only family member. Thank you in advance! (Hopefully I'm able to find my way back here, I'm not good with technology at all!)
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Old 01-11-2020, 01:02 PM
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Welcome to Prison Talk. Here's a link to the ILDOC web page of frequently asked questions.
https://www2.illinois.gov/idoc/aboutus/Pages/faq.aspx

The PTO Illinois prison forums.
http://www.prisontalk.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=106

and what prisonroster.com says about Stateville, and how to contact orientation inmates there.
https://prisonroster.com/prisons/ill...tional-center/
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Old 01-18-2020, 06:52 PM
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He stays in Stateville Reception for 30 days or more incommunicado until they decide what facility they will send him to. Sign up on the Vine Service to get email notification when and where they ship him or else go to "Inmate Search" on the IDOC website to check periodically. While he is at Stateville he is not eligible to use any outside services and you can't send him anything. There is NO use in signing up or paying for any services except Securus (for phone) in advance of knowing what facility he will go to. Each facility uses different services and service providers. When he gets to a facility he will still be incommunicado thru orientation (usually a couple of weeks) before he will contact you by phone or letter. Then he will tell you what services are available to him and which you should sign up for. TV generally $229, Tablet generally $129 but it varies per facility. Meantime, do your research! Go to the IL Dept of Corrections website and read up on the various facilities and their visitation rules. Read in this forum in the IL section about mail requirements, books, and contraband. IDOC is very strict so abide by all rules!
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