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Old 05-22-2016, 04:24 PM
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Hi, my boyfriend just got to Attica about a week and a half ago and he said he heard there was a festival coming up. I would love to go but he can't remember the date (bad memory). I'll be out of town in early July so I was wondering if anyone on here knew that date so I could let him know if he should but tickets or not. Thanks for the help!
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They post them, and the tickets need to purchased on commissary the month prior, or up to a certain date leading up to it. I am attending one in July at a different facility and the weekend is July 9th (and my ticket has already been ordered). He should be able to look on his commissary order list and know the date from that.The info is definitely available to him. They hold them in June, July and August.

Also, you will probably need to get at least 2 visits in to him prior to attending. He has to put you on a list as the visitor, and they have to approve it. No packages that day, either.

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Thanks for the info! I definitely have two visits in...I've been visiting every chance I get since he was transferred to state. I read though that only actual family can go unless he's had no other visitors in the past 60 days. So far I'm his only visitor besides his daughter once back in early May. She may come with me this weekend but is unsure if she can go in July for the festival...does anyone know if I'd still be able to attend or would they stop me from going because I'm not family?
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Thanks for the info! I definitely have two visits in...I've been visiting every chance I get since he was transferred to state. I read though that only actual family can go unless he's had no other visitors in the past 60 days. So far I'm his only visitor besides his daughter once back in early May. She may come with me this weekend but is unsure if she can go in July for the festival...does anyone know if I'd still be able to attend or would they stop me from going because I'm not family?
Is his daughter an adult? I mean, if she's underage, did you bring her to a visit? Otherwise, yes, they can deny a "friend" if family visited within 60 days.They are "family events". Not that you are any less important in his life, but it's by directives.
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Is his daughter an adult? I mean, if she's underage, did you bring her to a visit? Otherwise, yes, they can deny a "friend" if family visited within 60 days.They are "family events". Not that you are any less important in his life, but it's by directives.
His daughter just turned 17. I brought her the last time and I am really the only one who would (and/or could) bring her any other time as well.
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His daughter just turned 17. I brought her the last time and I am really the only one who would (and/or could) bring her any other time as well.
Then yours is a "special situation" they have to look at differently. He needs to talk to staff advisor of the event to discuss.
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My LO had to have me reviewed as well. No other family has, or will visit so I am allowed. He's had one other visit besides me, and that was from a male friend. He had to put in a special request for me to attend, and this is at Groveland. Make sure he's on top of it. Mine had a slip given to him to justify the special circumstances and he had to turn it in last week - he said there were a ton of them.

I have attended 2 festivals in Gouverneur (for the same inmate, 2 years in a row) - as a friend who also had limited family visits. He probably just told them I was his girlfriend, lol, but whatever. They weren't too crazy about it, but other facilities enforce more strictly I guess.

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Just curious what goes on at the Festival and which prisons have them? thanks....
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My fiance is in Livingston and he has a festival coming up in August as well and I am the mother of his 2 daughters ages 4 and 3 mos. Would I need special permission to attend or am I considered family because I am mother of his children. He doesnt have any family in the area to bring his daughters to the event.
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My LO had to have me reviewed as well. No other family has, or will visit so I am allowed. He's had one other visit besides me, and that was from a male friend. He had to put in a special request for me to attend, and this is at Groveland. Make sure he's on top of it. Mine had a slip given to him to justify the special circumstances and he had to turn it in last week - he said there were a ton of them.

I have attended 2 festivals in Gouverneur (for the same inmate, 2 years in a row) - as a friend who also had limited family visits. He probably just told them I was his girlfriend, lol, but whatever. They weren't too crazy about it, but other facilities enforce more strictly I guess.

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Thanks for the info... I will let him know tonight about the special request slip! Hopefully it works out and I can go.
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My fiance is in Livingston and he has a festival coming up in August as well and I am the mother of his 2 daughters ages 4 and 3 mos. Would I need special permission to attend or am I considered family because I am mother of his children. He doesnt have any family in the area to bring his daughters to the event.
Hi - he would need to pay in advance for yours, the kids and his tickets (maybe the kids are free? I am not sure)... They purchase them on commissary the month before, so pretty soon, he should see the August festival on his order sheet and be able to do it. The sooner the better, because tickets can run out.

If they (DOCCS) question the nature of your relationship, they will have him justify it on the special request form - the important thing is that you have been there at least twice to visit him. And if you have been his only visitor AND are bringing his children, then you should be fine. BUT he needs to order the tickets. ID would be the same as a visit - birth certs. for the babies to prove they are his.

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Just curious what goes on at the Festival and which prisons have them? thanks....
It is my understanding that all facilities hold them. It seems that they are June, July and August each year, and the inmate gets the information - it is not released by the facilities to the public. If you were to call, they would likely say to you "ask the inmate". I would imagine this is for privacy of the inmates since it is by invite only at the discretion of the inmate.

It is like a visit, but much nicer. Of course, each facility is different, and I have been to two of them at one facility (Governeur, which is a medium) and I will attend my first at Groveland next month.

Basically, it goes like this:

You arrive as you would a visit, however, you need to show up at the "start time" - not an open visit day all day long like regular visits. So, arrive as though you wanted to be first on the visit list on a normal day LOL. Might want to call the facility once you know you are on the list, and ask for the suggested arrival time.

You are checked in separately than regular visits, which are happening at the same time, and you are processed apart from them. The process is similar to a regular visit, but again, you are grouped with the other festival people.

No packages or money can be left for an inmate - this is because you are not going through the regular process, you are in some ways, bypassing it. You will still go through metal detector (though we were wanded because we entered at a different point in the facility).

Once through the processing, you are escorted to an area that is designated for the festival. At Governeur, we were in the middle of the prison grounds, in a caged in picnic area with a pavilion, picnic tables and a volleyball net. I hear Groveland that we will be in the "old gym"... I have no idea LOL.

You stay the whole day - there are no terminations, you're guaranteed the entire visit (unless of course, you are terminated for misconduct... that rule still applies). There are usually snacks early in the day (little donuts, water etc), and then they have lunch. In Governeur, it was chicken (the "Sunday chicken" that they guys get) or fish. I hear at Groveland this year, its hot dog and hamburgers.

You have freedom to move around - seating is not assigned and the inmate can move freely. Sometimes they have music playing. It's ALMOST like you're not in a prison *until they call count*.

At the end of the event, time is up and visitors are escorted out.

Dress for any weather condition. I was freezing one year and got a sunburn the next year. Both in August LOL. Even on a windy day, you can get sunburn and if everyone has taken up a spot in the shade, you should be prepared to sit in the sun.

After next month, I will know better what Groveland is like, and I can compare to see if it differs much from the other ones I've been to.

I hope this helps
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My LO had to have me reviewed as well. No other family has, or will visit so I am allowed. He's had one other visit besides me, and that was from a male friend. He had to put in a special request for me to attend, and this is at Groveland. Make sure he's on top of it. Mine had a slip given to him to justify the special circumstances and he had to turn it in last week - he said there were a ton of them.

I have attended 2 festivals in Gouverneur (for the same inmate, 2 years in a row) - as a friend who also had limited family visits. He probably just told them I was his girlfriend, lol, but whatever. They weren't too crazy about it, but other facilities enforce more strictly I guess.

Good luck
Is there usually more than one festival a month at these facilities. I see that you mentioned that you're going to Groveland's festival on July 9th?
My LO told me the festival was 7/23 I know he slow about keeping on top of things. I hope his date isn't wrong bc I already booked my tickets...
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I've been told (and questioned a hundred times) that it is the 9th. In my experience they the to be in the early to middle of the month, as I remember the one I went to last year in August was the 15th. Now you have me freaked out lol. I'm going to ask him again to make sure. Uggg. Lol
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