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Old 09-22-2006, 12:38 AM
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my mother in law wanted me to ask if anyone has had problems getting approved...she was told to write a letter to the warden...has anyone ever done this? and if so what was the outcome...her son(my fiance) has 3 years left and she's a wreck not being able to see him...if anyone has any suggestions about what to write to warden please let me know...
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What was the reason given for the denial? If it's because she's currently under supervision for a felony matter, she can try, but it's probably not happening... If it has to do with restraining orders, she'll need to petition the issuing court to have those orders vacated before she writes the warden... if it's because they feel she did not complete the form candidly, she needs to get all the information she can, order up her DOJ file, get the court minutes from any cases she's had, proof from the probation department that she completed any probation or community service, etc.

The letter should be neat, grammatically correct and worded in a rational, respectful way... Along the lines of "I realize that the policies are in place for a reason but this is why an exception should be made for me." not "This is unfair, you're mean" . I have not had to contact any wardens about my visiting status but I have written the warden over other matters and, every time, the person who responded commented on the thoughtful, reasonable manner in which I approached the problem.

Close the letter by thanking them for their time and attention, saying that you look forward to a reply and to resolving this matter, providing a mailing address, an e-mail address and a phone number. Make it easy to reply. A Lieutenant at San Quentin told me once that he was frustrated and surprised by the number of people who write to whom he CAN'T respond because they did not provide contact information in their letter and the return address on the envelope was illegible, damaged or the envelope itself was missing.

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thank you for the information...
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