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Old 05-29-2019, 06:52 PM
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Does anyone know how GTL messaging kiosks work as far as times they’re open for messaging, or does the inmate have to stand in line or do they sign up on a list?

I know the facility my friend is at has 2 kiosks for 140 guys and they only get 15 minutes each to view and reply, but I’m not sure of how it works turn wise. I’d ask but snail mail takes forever and I don’t want to waste messaging time with my bs.
My brother has been down for 8 years. in that time 3 prisons so far. (not counting county jail prior to sentencing.)

He is almost always in places with one or two phones available to at least 100 or 200 other inmates. I pay $40.00 a month for him to call 2 times a week, 25 minutes each time. It is convenient is that i try to remember days and times that he is in some class or other or attending church. i also read the cdcr in my daily emails.

Last, I am a disabled veteran who works on my hobbies most days. We rarely miss each other.

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You're so lucky... mine STILL haven't gone through I want to email again, but like... I've already sent 5 since Saturday so.. idk what's taking Dixon so long.

My husband is also in Dixon. I sent him an email a few days ago and he still hasn’t received it.
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My husband is also in Dixon. I sent him an email a few days ago and he still hasn’t received it.
Have any emails come in FROM him to you? I got one last night that my guy sent Sunday, but nothing else. Hopefully today the emails from us here in the free world will be pushed through.

Nice to meet a fellow Dixon’er!

@JG - yeah you’re right. I should’ve chosen a better word. GTL gets me so frustrated sometimes. It’s a blessing and a curse.
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Have any emails come in FROM him to you? I got one last night that my guy sent Sunday, but nothing else. Hopefully today the emails from us here in the free world will be pushed through.

Nice to meet a fellow Dixon’er!

@JG - yeah you’re right. I should’ve chosen a better word. GTL gets me so frustrated sometimes. It’s a blessing and a curse.
I had hoped for Dixon when J got violated but no such luck got stuck at “Pettyville” instead I swear that place is ridiculous!
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I had hoped for Dixon when J got violated but no such luck got stuck at “Pettyville” instead I swear that place is ridiculous!

Your guy was at Dixon at one time though, right?


Why does Pettyville suck? (all I've ever known was Dixon though mine was at Menard and Hill I think over his 16 years in prison)
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Your guy was at Dixon at one time though, right?


Why does Pettyville suck? (all I've ever known was Dixon though mine was at Menard and Hill I think over his 16 years in prison)
He was a long time ago, this isn’t his first rodeo. Oh they’re horrible. They cut dayroom constantly back to 40 minutes, they shut off the phones mid day room to mess with them (becuz phone fights aren’t already bad enough right-8 phones times 135 inmates with one hour out), they lockdown for days for the stupidest shit, they gave him a red id so he can only go in one quadrant of yard and isn’t allowed out to night yard becuz of it. if his hour out falls on Thursday morning and not at 1pm that whole sections dayroom is canceled becuz of commissary. So that’s every third week. They hold amazon delivered books for 4 weeks, but if I mail a used book he gets it within a week, they do not provide them a pillow or mattress they must purchase it. What about those poor souls who don’t have outside help?! It seems like a basic necessity to me. They have his outdate wrong and I have literally spoken to like 15 different people they all just pass you around. And it’s SO FAR! Maybe cuz it’s a level 2, idk? The positive?! They give extended visits pretty easily so good for that! He’s just stuck in his cell 22 hours a day, the 2 hours out should be given regardless of how a CO is feeling or commissary. He barely moves. Maybe I’m just not used to this level of security, but he calls it pettyville
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Old 05-30-2019, 08:19 AM
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He was a long time ago, this isn’t his first rodeo. Oh they’re horrible. They cut dayroom constantly back to 40 minutes, they shut off the phones mid day room to mess with them (becuz phone fights aren’t already bad enough right-8 phones times 135 inmates with one hour out), they lockdown for days for the stupidest shit, they gave him a red id so he can only go in one quadrant of yard and isn’t allowed out to night yard becuz of it. if his hour out falls on Thursday morning and not at 1pm that whole sections dayroom is canceled becuz of commissary. So that’s every third week. They hold amazon delivered books for 4 weeks, but if I mail a used book he gets it within a week, they do not provide them a pillow or mattress they must purchase it. What about those poor souls who don’t have outside help?! It seems like a basic necessity to me. They have his outdate wrong and I have literally spoken to like 15 different people they all just pass you around. And it’s SO FAR! Maybe cuz it’s a level 2, idk? The positive?! They give extended visits pretty easily so good for that! He’s just stuck in his cell 22 hours a day, the 2 hours out should be given regardless of how a CO is feeling or commissary. He barely moves. Maybe I’m just not used to this level of security, but he calls it pettyville

All of that sounds so terrible I've heard in Illinois you can petition to transfer once every 6 months or so? Will he be able to do that?
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I just got another one from him today that was sent early Monday morning... but none of mine have been pushed through.
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This email shit sucks! I received a response saying that my email that I sent was approved. Nothing received from him yet.
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This email shit sucks! I received a response saying that my email that I sent was approved. Nothing received from him yet.

I just had 3 of 6 approved (they were sent Saturday/Sunday).


It's really a curse and a blessing isn't it?? I hope you get an email from him today!!!!
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All of that sounds so terrible I've heard in Illinois you can petition to transfer once every 6 months or so? Will he be able to do that?
He can if he can get the red id resolved but it’s not looking so good right now becuz of his background. High escape risk I guess but clearly he’s not going anywhere it would be impossible and stupid af. No one gets away... lol.
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Anyone have any issues with the network loading? Have to keep refreshing, then kicks you back out? How about, them stealing your credits for emails? I literally purchased 20 credits, have only sent 4 and it’s already telling me I have no credits. Stupid shit kept freezing up on me as I was sending the email, had to refresh and start all over. I wonder if they charged me for that.
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Anyone have any issues with the network loading? Have to keep refreshing, then kicks you back out? How about, them stealing your credits for emails? I literally purchased 20 credits, have only sent 4 and it’s already telling me I have no credits. Stupid shit kept freezing up on me as I was sending the email, had to refresh and start all over. I wonder if they charged me for that.
Are you sure your LO hasn’t used my for someone else?
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Anyone have any issues with the network loading? Have to keep refreshing, then kicks you back out? How about, them stealing your credits for emails? I literally purchased 20 credits, have only sent 4 and it’s already telling me I have no credits. Stupid shit kept freezing up on me as I was sending the email, had to refresh and start all over. I wonder if they charged me for that.

I come across the occasional glitch where it'll say I have no credits, and when I try to buy credits the card is declined. But within an hour or so, everything is normal again.


Has yours returned to normal?
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