Loved One Incarcerated? Here’s How to Keep in Touch With Someone in Prison

Did you know that 45% of people have a loved one that is in prison? That’s almost half of the population who knows someone they want to contact, but may not necessarily know how.

If that applies to you, you may want to keep in touch with them. But how can you do that? What does reaching out to someone in prison look like?

Keep reading to find out how to keep in touch with the person you love!

Phone Calls

If you are thinking about keeping in touch via phone calls, it’s important to know that you will not be able to call the person in prison. Instead, they have to call you in their allotted phone call time.

There are regulations in prison with phones which is part of the reason they cannot call you. Because of this, it’s important to know what is allowed when contacting someone in prison.

Visit to Keep in Touch

Another way to keep in touch with someone in prison is to visit them on visitation day.

There is usually a visiting schedule on the prison website so that you know when you can visit. Visitation also has to be approved before you go to see them.

Once there, you will have to be checked for what you are bringing in. Because of this, be sure to check the website for what is and what isn’t allowed in the prison during visitation hours.

Write a Letter

If you can’t make it for a visit, but want to be a bit more personal than a phone call, you can write a letter to an inmate.

If you are on their approved list, you can write a letter to them, and they will be able to receive the mail from you. Before sending a letter, be sure that you check with the prison website to know what you can and cannot send in the mail.

For instance, if you send a letter, you usually cannot send money or treats with it. The letter will most likely go through inspection before it reaches your loved one as well.

Virtual Visits

Another way you can keep in touch with someone you love in prison is through virtual visits. Although not all prisons are doing this, it is becoming more popular among the prison system.

It is less time consuming and easier for prison staff to manage virtual visits.

How to Keep in Touch With a Loved One in Prison

Although it may not be the easiest thing to do, keeping in touch with someone in prison will not only mean a lot to them, but also to you.

Whether you choose to write a letter, make a phone call, or visit the prison to keep in touch, there are multiple options to choose from.

Did you find this article helpful? Check out more articles on our blog!