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Offline maddie

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Donations for Female Inmates
« on: August 21, 2008, 09:17:19 PM »
Not sure what to do- Donate!!
Debbie Denning has asked us to fill her wish list for women inmates.
This is a way to directly help the women inmates.
Please donate!
Individuals or Organizations may donate the following items:
Plastic fans
Gloves
Art material..ie…..yarn
Greeting Cards
Long underwear (various sizes)
Gently worn clothing for boutiques
Jigsaw Puzzles
Decks of Cards

If you would let me know what you wish to donate, I will coordinate, where and how.
If you would like to volunteer to help, PLEASE LET ME KNOW
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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2008, 11:18:18 AM »
Maybe you can explain what these donations are for and where they are going?  These would go directly to inmates in our women's prisons?  They allow donations from the outside?
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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2008, 04:29:12 PM »
Somehow she mailed this to me, but this is maddie's reply:

Yes, they will go directly to the women in prison.

I wasn't aware of donations that can go directly to the women, but you know, they have it so much different than the men.
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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2008, 04:51:07 PM »
Well, I'd be interested in knowing how these donations get there and a little more information....I'm sure we could gather some items for the women, especially clothing.
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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2008, 05:50:52 PM »
I had heard that before, I think last year Aviva did a clothing drive.  Last year or the year before that.  I think it's great that donations can be made, but IMHO I think it's terrible the guys don't get this same type of treatment.  There are programs and classes for women, including those serving in a max, not for the guys.
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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2008, 09:48:44 PM »
Will check with Dening tomorrow. as for men agree, so will contact and see what I can do.
I think we should be able to give something more than cash to buy items, am happy to see the support.
Know that things to occupy mind are as important as others.
any ideas??

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« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2008, 10:08:28 PM »
maddie, do the jigsaw puzzles need to be new or can used ones be donated?  My father does them constantly and I have boxes of puzzles.
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« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2008, 10:38:05 PM »
You can handle or I will making sure they get to recipients. Understand your concern and agree that there is a problem, but denning assures me they will get to women. You must trust someone and would rather take chance than know they will do without.

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« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2008, 11:30:13 PM »
I think the 'clothing for boutique' means the women have to pay for the stuff.

That sux.

I have a lot of clothing I will give. Let me know what to do with it.
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« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2008, 11:48:16 PM »
They do NOT pay for the clothing they get to pick as they leave.
As for puzzles as long as they have all there pieces used is fine, same with any other donations!! will give tax receipt also. let's take care of this need  the state won't and I know from personal experience that anything is appreciated. We can make a difference! and show we care.
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« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2008, 12:09:58 AM »
Good. I'm glad they don't have to pay for the clothes. Please let me know what to do with them, and when you'd like them. It will take me a day or two to get them together.
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« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2008, 12:16:18 AM »
Will check with Denning on Monday and let you know

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« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2008, 10:40:43 AM »
I was released about 3 weeks ago...so here are some of the scoops!!  The clothing will go to "The Closet"..where female inmates can choose up to 2 "outfits" to wear when they leave.  They do not pay for these.  (Shoes & Purses also!)  The puzzles will probably go to the LTS Dept where they can be "checked out" (kinda like the library) or donated directly to the dayroom on the units.  Arts & Crafty things were used to make the calenders (at least at KMSU that is what they did with them)..to post inmates birthdays and outdates, etc...

Anything that they will allow to be donated would truly be appreciated by the inmates....

Thanks for letting us know we can do this!
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« Reply #13 on: October 14, 2008, 11:34:16 AM »
Maddie, I apologize for not noticing this thread for the women inmates......are you still taking donations ? What about books and magazines, can those be donated as well? As for gloves, is there a certain type that has to be donated, such as the Magic gloves one size fits all ????? Please let me know!
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« Reply #14 on: October 14, 2008, 12:13:47 PM »
Gloves any type yes still want donations especially books and magsazines, I have many requests for black authors. worked at prison library and  found black and hispanic authors were rare, yet requested often

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« Reply #15 on: October 14, 2008, 02:46:42 PM »
amazing the difference in women's and men's CC's here.......thanks maddie for the info, let me know where to send please ?
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« Reply #16 on: October 14, 2008, 02:48:22 PM »
Does CORE have a local address to send this stuff to ? Or do we send it to you ?
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« Reply #17 on: October 14, 2008, 05:22:54 PM »
They can be either sent to me:
Madeleine Ward
4904 S. Drexel Blvd.
chicago, IL

or if you would prefer will get you a direct address.
If you could tell me the nature of donations I could let you know where they are going. CURE IL will give you a receipt for income tax

Also if anyone would like to 'adopt' a particular inmate have along list that would appreciate both the mail and the thought.

Please let me know
Thank you for your kindness and reach out!!!

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« Reply #18 on: October 14, 2008, 07:33:31 PM »
Gracielady thank you for giving some insight from someone that has recently been released.

I am glad to know that at least the women's prisons are open to helping women with benefits like the store mentioned and being able to accept donations. It is heartwarming to know that at least there is an embrace of women - especially mothers in prison with a hand up type of help.

I think there may be more empathy or sympathy in the public eye for a female inmate than a male inmate. In our society, males are considered naturally aggressive, but when a female is aggressive - she snapped or had to make a bad decision to justify taking care of herself and/or her family and therefore she can be rehabilitated and go back to being a productive part of society. [not all female inmates]

My father was robbed by a female that was a crack addict - well known by police, and had been in and out of prison. He had a heart attack and died, but there was no justice - although she was caught with his checks and it was proven that she used them. I had described the woman I had seen running out of his house a few days before this happened. I had asked my Dad who that lady was and he said she was going to help him clean his house. (she cleaned house alright) I thought it was odd that she was running so that's why I had questioned - if I would have known about her I would have tackled the chick myself. The courts took sympathy on her because she had children and a drug habit. We don't know if he had a heart attack in the process of being robbed but his wallet was cut out of his pocket - my father would have never let that wallet go - number one because I bought for him as a gift and number two he wouldn't hand anyone his money. The police wouldn't give me her name, but I found her name. Yet, I had to get through my own grieving and get beyond the situation because I will not ever know what exactly happened. Some things you have to let go and let God.

Anyway, back to my point (didn't mean to get off topic) I think that in the public eye, there is more acceptance of helping a female that has made bad choices because there is usually a justification of her actions, but for a male, he wasn't acting out of his expected norm of aggression or being involved in some risky behavior. Plus, the female is looked upon as the one that bonds with her child or children so there is more empathy or sympathy for that.

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Re: Donations for Female Inmates
« Reply #19 on: October 14, 2008, 08:07:07 PM »
Met many women at Dwight and some belong there, but others do not. In your case if she had received help this might not have happened and agree the crime was grievous. but would you rather her back on the street WITHOUT having received help or only after she had received rehabilitation and no longer a threat to society.
My argument is if we are going to punish for crime and not offer an alternative lifestyle to those incarcerated all we are doing is sending them away to graduate school of crime; and by extension increasing the crime rate.
My other argument is if we take responsibility for another human being we owe them a modicum of care.

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« Reply #20 on: October 14, 2008, 08:21:14 PM »
 :bat:   Maddie & jlnjy,

I agree with both of you...I like you Maddie never thought I would be in prison...I decided when I was in to learn and pay attention to all I could.  The only thing I learned was how to be a better criminal if I wanted to....that's a shame....Even when I tried to help others, they made it almost impossible...A simple thing, a few other inmates wanted to read a book I had named The Travelers Gift and it was not permitted.  This book is an inspiring fictional story to which everyone of us could relate.  I think the "ugly" breeds easy in the system...it takes to much to fight back...BUT...now that I am out, I like you often send books to inmates (I use a different name of course!) but I feel I am giving a bit, even on this website when I can help out....

How long do you intend to continue accepting donations?

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« Reply #21 on: October 14, 2008, 08:31:31 PM »
Will accept donations for as long as it is allowed.
also Dwight in particular needs games, puzzles and crafts that do not require scissors or needles IE origami?

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« Reply #22 on: October 15, 2008, 08:46:28 PM »
When my daughter was in, I could not send her books. They had to come from the seller directly.

Can someone please post Core's address once more? I have not been on lately, thanks.
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« Reply #23 on: October 15, 2008, 09:06:20 PM »
Maddie

If that was a response to me, let me clarify, I'm not complaining about help for women, I'm saying that its a good thing that there is help. Someone else had commented about how the same types of help are not offered for men and my point was the view of women versus men in our society.

In the case of the woman that robbed my father, she had been in and out of rehab numerous times and had a very lengthy retail theft history, she has stolen other people's checks and wrote them out for cash at places - its insane.

There are two areas that are truly underfunded and that is drug/alcohol rehab and mental health. To see the coverage of public or private insurance for both of these are ridiculous. I don't know if insurance companies realize, if someone isn't in their right mind, they can likely wreck havoc on others - not just their own personal life.


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« Reply #24 on: October 15, 2008, 09:32:42 PM »
You are right about mental health and rehab, but do you know that even if you have a drug problem, as an inmate, at least at Dwight if you want to attend a NA meeting you wait 3 months and must have a pass? Also if you wish to attend a religious service your BADGE must read the right religion? Catholics are not Christians and Protestans must be specific about religion, and changing is not easy. By the way your number , name and religion are the only things on your badge which can cause problems with some zealots.