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 on: September 01, 2014, 08:43:42 PM 
Started by naturallyapril - Last post by Forevermah
Welcome to IPT!

Best thing to do is call CC and ask them, we don't have all the LD information here on IPT for CC.

 on: September 01, 2014, 08:24:05 PM 
Started by naturallyapril - Last post by naturallyapril
Havent heard from my bf all weekend since I visited him Sat. And that's extremely rare since he calls me sometimes 3 times a day. I am concerned.

 on: September 01, 2014, 12:01:44 PM 
Started by jaf - Last post by jaf
SPRINGFIELD – A power outage at a prison earlier this month put a spotlight on whether state correctional facilities are fully prepared to deal with emergencies.

Illinois Department of Corrections officials say they are still investigating the circumstances of a 92-minute, storm-caused blackout at the minimum-security Vandalia Correctional Center on Aug. 20 that led to an inmate attacking a guard after other prisoners began getting "rowdy" in the darkness.

The events leading to the altercation are similar to two other power outages that affected prisons in other parts of the state.

In January, guards had to deal with unruly inmates after the power went out at the Vienna Correctional Center, leaving parts of the prison without heat and light during one of the coldest winters in memory. In 2012, an incident described by guards at the East Moline Correction Center as a "near riot" occurred after the main power went out because of a construction mishap.

In all three cases, backup power systems were inadequate in keeping the facilities properly illuminated.

According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, all but two prison facilities, Vandalia and a halfway house in Peoria, have backup generators on site.

At the two facilities without backup generators, Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer said officials typically haul in portable generators if outages appear to be lengthy.

In addition, he said, "Flashlights, lanterns and extra staff are put in place in the short term until portable generators are up and running."

Prison officials also have the option of locking down the prison to restrict inmate movement.

At Vandalia, the lack of a generator was highlighted when some battery-operated emergency lighting fixtures failed to work. Not only are officials reviewing the system at the Fayette County lockup, but they have asked prison officials at facilities across the state to test their emergency lighting.

In the past month, Shaer said only one generator in the agency's fleet of facilities wasn't working. But, he said the broken unit at the Sheridan Correctional Center is one of seven on the grounds.

The agency also is in the process of seeking bids for a contractor to do repairs and maintenance on an emergency generator at the maximum-security Menard Correctional Center in Chester.

By November, Vandalia will have its own backup generator. Shaer said it was ordered months ago and is being customized at the factory.

Eddie Caumiant, spokesman for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union, said the lighting failures are just one example of the lack of funding that has left many state facilities needing repairs and other upgrades.

"They've been managing by crisis for the past decade, at least," Caumiant said. "Entropy finds a way to expose the weakest link."

He credited Corrections brass for taking the East Moline and Vienna problems and using them to improve their response at Vienna.

"They listened to front line staff," Caumiant said.

 on: September 01, 2014, 12:49:20 AM 
Started by cdanita87 - Last post by cdanita87
My fiancé was transferred to Vienna on 08/11/2014 and he was finally able to call on 08/26/14. I was relieved but still no word on the visiting list. He said that when he first got there he placed me and our 1 year old son on the list. He has been away since June 2013 and has never saw (only pictures) or held our baby so I wanted to know would the guards have a problem with him holding our son for the duration of the visit or would he only be able to hug the baby at the beginning and end of the visits....also other than the birth certificate for the baby do I need to bring any other documentation for him? I know that I need 2 forms of id though.  I know this was a bit much I am still adjusting to this whole thing. No amount of time can prepare you for this. Thanks in advance for all help/advice given! wc38

 on: August 31, 2014, 11:04:59 PM 
Started by Forevermah - Last post by Melly0309
Just spoke to my LO like a hour ago he is in East house, I asked him who is on LD he said West house is on LD

 on: August 31, 2014, 06:22:44 PM 
Started by Forevermah - Last post by JustaNJgirl
My LO called about 2 hours ago from gym.  I answered the phone "why are you calling me, I heard you are locked down". "I think it's one of the houses in the back, either East or West". So not all houses are on LD.

 on: August 31, 2014, 09:41:57 AM 
Started by Khamp - Last post by Forevermah

Anyone interested in sending Money Orders through Jpay, here is the link to the form for that:

and our topic here on IPT:

 on: August 31, 2014, 09:32:47 AM 
Started by Khamp - Last post by jaf
I've used JPAY auto payment and don't have issues with it.

Can I ask what is beneficial by using money orders?  Cheaper charge?

The only cost is the cost of purchasing the money order and your postage to mail it to JPAY, so it's quite a bit cheaper in the long run. 

 on: August 31, 2014, 09:08:01 AM 
Started by Khamp - Last post by Forevermah
I've used JPAY auto payment and don't have issues with it.

Can I ask what is beneficial by using money orders?  Cheaper charge?

Money orders from the Post Office or anywhere else, are no longer allowed in IDOC mailing them directly, it all has to go through Jpay ...  if you want to send and anyone sending just has to plan ahead because it may take a bit longer to reach the inmates trust account.

 on: August 31, 2014, 09:03:29 AM 
Started by Khamp - Last post by trauma4us
I've used JPAY auto payment and don't have issues with it.

Can I ask what is beneficial by using money orders?  Cheaper charge?

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