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Old 12-26-2012, 03:31 PM
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Is anyone else having difficulty with the phone appointments that our men have to set up? It is never a fifteen minute phone call, if my Honey is signed up for on the hour till fifteen past he has to hang up before the fifteen minutes are up , so the next guy could go on because that guy is signed up for the fifteen past the hour ect. If they dont release them out to the day room on time and he signed up for the time it is too bad, if he is at school or visiting or at an appointment he misses the time for sign ups, and more than half the time I dont even know when his phone call appointments are. I dont want to just vent I want to know who I can take this up with.

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Is anyone else having difficulty with the phone appointments that our men have to set up? It is never a fifteen minute phone call, if my Honey is signed up for on the hour till fifteen past he has to hang up before the fifteen minutes are up , so the next guy could go on because that guy is signed up for the fifteen past the hour ect. If they dont release them out to the day room on time and he signed up for the time it is too bad, if he is at school or visiting or at an appointment he misses the time for sign ups, and more than half the time I dont even know when his phone call appointments are. I dont want to just vent I want to know who I can take this up with.
This is on the IFC agenda because we have received numerous complaints. You seem to hit all the problems!! Please let me know what yard your Loved One is on. We are trying to find out how widespread the problem is. If others are having the same problems, please let an IFC member know or send an email through the website at www.vsp-ifc.com.
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:02 AM
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This is on the IFC agenda because we have received numerous complaints. You seem to hit all the problems!! Please let me know what yard your Loved One is on. We are trying to find out how widespread the problem is. If others are having the same problems, please let an IFC member know or send an email through the website at www.vsp-ifc.com.
He recently moved from c to D yard and it is still the same. I cant figure out when he is going to call.
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My husband s n B yard n we have the same problem !!!
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My husband is on C yard also and this is a huge problem. He wasn't able to call me at all today. I am sure due to this phone sign up mess.
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My husband is on C yard also and this is a huge problem. He wasn't able to call me at all today. I am sure due to this phone sign up mess.
I haven't noticed any sign up mess or break in his calls. Mine is also on c yard and tends to call anywhere from 4 to 10 times a day. He has the normal times he calls usually around 3 and then again after 7. On the weekends he always calls more than that though. I know he has complained a few times that he only gets like 1 or two calls a day but normally during certain times he seems to be able to call alot. No matter what prison he has been in, he really hasn't ever had a problem with calls.
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Unfortunately it depends on who is on duty. Some of the CO's go strictly by the phone list. They do get to sign up for 2 calls a day but if someone easygoing is in the booth they are able jump on the phone if they are open.
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Well, wait and wait for that special phone call from our loved one, as all of us do. But Just a quick reminder to listen to who is calling before accepting the call. My daughter in law always rushes to the phone and Tuesday she picked it up and it was either a prank call or who knows what??!! From global tel deducted from her account. Jerry is in Valley, but she thought the recording said North Facility??!! Anyway this caller called 2 times, then at 1:30 in the morning using a inmate line, with a recording?! The call was referring to someone needing help and that it was her son. It upset her for 2 days! Then Jerry called. He said everything was fine and didn't know what it could have been. Just wanted to put this out to everyone.
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Is anybody else having problems with the phone today? This morning while I was talking to my husband the line went silent. The call didn't disconnect until I hung up, and he still hasn't called back. Does anybody know anything???
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The phones are working again, for some reason they shut off. But now it seems like the phones are extra sensitive or something. One of the things that my husband and I enjoy doing is listening to music while we're talking, and today while we were listening to a song, "3 way detected" alert came on. Was very frustrating.
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Has everyone been receiving calls from C-yard? Specifically C3?
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Has everyone been receiving calls from C-yard? Specifically C3?
I spoke with my LO and he is on C3.

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My boyfriend is in a California prison in chowchilla California. For the past 6 months we have talked everyday, 2-3 times a day never missing a day. All of a sudden I haven't heard from him in a week. I'm scared something is wrong. How do I find out? Other than writing and waiting weeks.
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Call the unit. They probably wont tell you how he is, but ask if there is a lockdown or if the phones are working.
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You must be worried sick... I'm very sorry to hear that. Have you checked the PTO forum dedicated to the prison system in California (I'm assuming that your boyfriend is in state prison)? It can be due to a lockdown or other unforeseen reasons. Also, do you know how to get in touch with his family? They might know. I usually don't encourage anyone to call the facility because I've personally never been able to get the staff to tell me anything. It seems that there're certain ways of asking a question, but I haven't mastered that skill yet, lol. I might give them a call, if I were you. I hope that everything is okay with your boyfriend...
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Phone account has money, yes he is in a state prison, I have talked to several of his family members and they haven't heard from him either. It's frustrating cause I'm so used to talking to him everyday. He's at valley state in chowchilla ca. I don't believe it's on lockdown....going bananas
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Hi , I know its hard not hearing from a loved one, I feel for you. Is it possible he could be in the hole, bearing in mind they don't necessarily have to have done anything wrong to be in there? Maybe the phones aren't working and at this time of year the mail can be very slow . Stay strong I am sure he will be in contact soon.
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You can call the prison records on Monday and ask for his current housing, if it's different then what it was I would ask the person you're talking to if that is their Ad-Seg unit. That could answer any lingering questions as to why you haven't heard from him. If he's in Ad-seg he isn't allowed phone calls and when they get sent to the hole they take all of their property. I don't know how long it takes before they're given their stuff but I know they aren't allowed to have a whole lot. So if he's in Ad-Seg he may or may not have writing supplies in which case send him some just in case.

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You can call the prison records on Monday and ask for his current housing, if it's different then what it was I would ask the person you're talking to if that is their Ad-Seg unit. That could answer any lingering questions as to why you haven't heard from him. If he's in Ad-seg he isn't allowed phone calls and when they get sent to the hole they take all of their property. I don't know how long it takes before they're given their stuff but I know they aren't allowed to have a whole lot. So if he's in Ad-Seg he may or may not have writing supplies in which case send him some just in case.

Just a thought and hope you either hear from him soon or you find out what's going on. Best of luck.
When they are in the whole and if they are indigent they have to give them some postage and materials to write. I forget how much postage but a leas enough for a couple letters a week.
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Thanks for the posts. I hadn't received calls in few weeks too. Now I know there is some sort of lock down. Someone please post when they get a call. Thanx happy holidays to All
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