So just a brief description about my case and pending deal. I am in court right now on 3 separate counts. 2 deliveries and 1 possession with intent. My charges are NON -PROBATIONAL. My attorney is telling me that best case is I get a 4 year sentence.
He says I will only have to do 2. Yes, 2 years, minus any time you may receive off for program/schooling, IF you can get in, because of the overcrowding, it's harder to get into programs/schooling. You could earn up to 90 days additional off your time, if you qualify.
He says I will be sent to a minimum security prison. Normally on a two year sentence you would go to a minimum, but since IDOC is overcrowded it all depends on where they want to send you and where a bed opens up first.
I already know that I have to go to a processing center before I can be taken to my prison.
Who decides what prison I will be sent to? IDOC/ Counselors
Is my lawyer right that I will only serve 2 years? Can I request to go to a place with a culinary arts program? Yes, but not sure if they will accommodate because of the overcrowding.
I currently work in the culinary arts field.
What happens when I am set for release? How long will I be on parole? Two years parole and if you do everything you have to, maybe they will cut that in 1/2.
Does everyone go on parole? Yes, no getting away from that.
What is life like in Minimum security prisons? I am not gang affiliated so I am thinking taylorville might be best for me. You can request Taylorville, don't know if you will be sent there.
I have never been an inmate in IDOC. I did have felony probation about 5 years ago which I successfully completed without incident. I am looking for any and all advice as like I said I have never had to go through something like this before and I don't really know anyone who has.
What items can be sent to me? Books, magazines and $$$ can be added to your inmate trust account by family/friends, so that you can shop at commissary for the things you want.
How much money will I need on a monthly basis? $50 to $100 depending on how much you buy at commissary.
I am not planning on setting up a telephone account as it is an unneeded expense that my friends should not have to bear. I will do all communicating through the united states postal system. Thanks in advance for all answers from any of you out there that can help me.
Please go to this link and it will answer more of your questions. It is our TEN STEPS TO UNDERSTANDING IDOC PROCEDURES:http://www.illinoisprisontalk.org/index.php/topic,1513.0.html
Welcome to IPT, sorry you are having to enter IDOC soon, but you found the right place to answer all your questions before you go.