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Preparation Prison Life After

01. Overview Of The Federal Bureau Of Prisons

The Bureau Of Prisons (BOP) has a long history in the United States and its mission is to safely house, care for and return inmates back to society.  This section gives some information on the BOP and its challenges.

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02. Reporting To Prison

There is more to surrendering to federal prison than just showing up at the end of a one way trip from home.  This sections presents information about getting there and what to expect when you walk into prison.

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03. First Day In Prison

After going through the intake process, you will be placed directly into the general population of inmates.  The transition is sudden into a new environment of strangers.  This section tells you what to expect and how to adjust quickly.

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04. Unit Team

Each inmate is monitored in prison by a Unit Team who acts as counselor, advisor and administrator.  Meetings with this group are scheduled throughout the prison term.  This section explains what to expect and the importance of those meetings on prison life.

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05. Living Conditions

Most inmates housed in the federal prison system are in Low or Minimum (Camp) Security levels.  This section provides information on day-to-day prison life for inmates in those facilities.

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06. Residential Drug And Alcohol Program (RDAP)

The BOP offers the Residential Drug Abuse and Alcohol Program (RDAP) to inmates who qualify.  This section tells you about RDAP, how participation in the program can reduce a prison term and the benefits / disadvantages of the program.

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07. Activities

With low staff to inmate ratios, lower level security prisons offer a number of activities to keep inmates preoccupied. While it is not home-life, there are plenty of opportunities to keep busy in prison.  This section presents the various activities that are available to inmates.

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08. Medical Care

The level of care for inmates in federal prison is supposed to meet the same standards as that available in the community.  However, procedures and rules make medical care much different than what most are accustomed to receiving.  This section explains the care and the rules associated with medical care.

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09. Communication & Visitation

Maintaining relationships are important for those incarcerated and for those waiting at home.  Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to keep the conversation going while in prison.  This section presents the different ways of communication, their costs and the rules associated with them.

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10. Women's Issues

The overall prison experience for both men and women is based off of the same BOP rules and policies.  As such, there are few differences between the those types of institutions.  However, women have unique issues that we address here.

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