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SENDING MAIL, BOOKS, MUSIC, PHOTOS TO ILLINOIS INMATES / Re: Email accounts
« Last post by trauma4us on January 30, 2019, 06:06:59 PM »
I gotta say I love the emails!

My 12 y/o grandson can now talk directly to his Dad - its great! Where my son is, we can send an email early in the am and as long as its during the week, its approved by 9am, then he responds on his lunch and we get it back by 4.

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SENDING MAIL, BOOKS, MUSIC, PHOTOS TO ILLINOIS INMATES / Re: Email accounts
« Last post by kristyski1 on January 30, 2019, 05:48:58 PM »
You have the option to do video visits through GTL. The website to sign up for that is ildoc.gtlvisitme.com.  You sign up for an account, get approved and then you can set up video visits that work kind of like Skype. Video visits have very strict rules. No food or drink, one person on screen at a time, and the dress code still applies. You canít show any electronics, and no one in the background. Also, any inappropriate comments will get your video visit terminated. Email is through GTL as well. You sign up for that at connectnetwork.com. Emails are nice. You have to buy credits, kind of like stamps when you mail a letter. 20 credits are $4.00. I know it depends on where you are, but emails are not instant. It takes anywhere from 3 hours to 3 days for my LO to receive my emails and for me to receive theirs.  Itís still faster than written letters.  If they have a tablet, emails will come to their tablet. If not, there are kiosks. Iím not sure every facility has email yet.
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SENDING MAIL, BOOKS, MUSIC, PHOTOS TO ILLINOIS INMATES / Re: Email accounts
« Last post by pt1318 on January 30, 2019, 05:21:31 PM »
Inmates don't have access to the internet at all.
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SENDING MAIL, BOOKS, MUSIC, PHOTOS TO ILLINOIS INMATES / Email accounts
« Last post by cem31 on January 30, 2019, 04:18:40 PM »
I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this but does anyone know if/how inmates are able to use facebook from the inside, what company they use?
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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS / Re: VISITING EAST MOLINE
« Last post by kristyski1 on January 28, 2019, 03:24:28 PM »
Theyíre really uncomfortable.
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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS / Re: VISITING EAST MOLINE
« Last post by QueenC2013 on January 28, 2019, 03:18:25 PM »
Well, that sounds uncomfortable  :wc5: :wc96:
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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS / Re: VISITING EAST MOLINE
« Last post by kristyski1 on January 28, 2019, 03:16:19 PM »
The same. They sit on a high seat on one side and there are four stools lower on the other side. I forgot to mention, there is no play area for children either.
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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS / Re: VISITING EAST MOLINE
« Last post by QueenC2013 on January 28, 2019, 03:00:15 PM »
Thank you for responding. I have an infant so I pray we will not have to wait outside very long.
We had tables where he sits up high & the seats where the vistors sit are lower & they were very uncomfortable & people were actually falling because they were unsafe. I was wondering how the tables were in East Moline?
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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS / Re: VISITING EAST MOLINE
« Last post by kristyski1 on January 28, 2019, 02:47:24 PM »
As far as waiting outside, thereís a heated ďbus stopĒ to wait in, but the intercom system doesnít work. So, they canít see you and wonít know youíre there unless someone waits outside until youíre seen. Weíve waited anywhere between 5 and 45 minutes to an hour to get in.
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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS / Re: VISITING EAST MOLINE
« Last post by kristyski1 on January 28, 2019, 02:44:12 PM »
The visiting room is an uphill walk from the gate. Itís a good 1/2 a block. They do have handicap accessible tables. If you bring a wheel chair, it is a major haul to push uphill.  The hill is steep. You can get a handicap van for the person in the wheelchair only to ride up, but you will need a doctor order. In the summer itís freezing cold in the visiting room. Itís been ok this winter. You are allowed 7 visits a month, but only 2 can be on weekends. They are very strict with the dress code. They are very strict about kissing, hugging, holding hands. You can kiss them and hug them once when they come in and when they leave. You can hold hands, but we were reprimanded once because he was rubbing his thumb on the back of my hand. Be prepared for your visit to be cut to 2 hours if you go on a weekend. It happens almost every time I go on the weekend. Most of the staff are friendly and helpful. Some of them, not so much. There doesnít seem to be an in-between.
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