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Offline mberlin

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Re: Peoria ATC
« Reply #40 on: March 13, 2010, 01:03:40 AM »
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Hi JimJam,
Yep.You can bring his street clothes almost as soon as he arrives there. They do intake usually on Tuesday-Thursday so you may be able to see him and bring him clothes like that Friday. Like 4pr pants, 5 shirts, 10pr socks, boxers/briefs. A dress outfit slacks/shirt and tie for option to go to church or interviews for work. Street shoes/boots and dress shoes a set of white sheets/pillow case. I got mine at a thrift store and bleached them-twin (& didn't have twin beds at home)&pillow. All of his toiletries such as shaving cream (non aerosole), shampoo, soap etc. No glass bottles, razor/blades, toothbrush..all the normal stuff he uses. Put it all in a big plastic bag because they will go thru it and give back whatever they don't want him to have. He can have a regular alarm clock-no radio on it, surge strip electric outlet to plug multiple stuff in, wrist watch, cd player and up to 10 cds but no "heavy stuff" and has to be regular cds, no burned. He can even get a bike and have it there with a lock. Normal transportation is a bus pass.
When you visit the first time..if you want to buy him a Walmart gift card, you can give it to him when you are visiting. That is how they get their toiletries and supplies after. No more commissary to order. Also, if you buy a phone card- just give him the numbers to use and not the actual card cause they can't have phone cards but if he goes to Walmart he can use the payphone. Until then you can still deal with the phone account thru Consolidated (I HATED THAT!!!). You can slip him a few bucks when visiting too so he will have for vending machines. Hope this helps more. M!
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Re: Peoria ATC
« Reply #41 on: March 15, 2010, 09:49:43 AM »
THANKS FOR THE UPDATE!! He will be transferred this Wed so hopefully I will be able to get him some things and see him this weekend!!

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Re: Peoria ATC
« Reply #42 on: March 18, 2010, 09:22:45 AM »
Ok my LO was transferred yesterday I dropped all of his stuff off last night to him. I have a question and comment about the job situation. I had a job lined up for him in Bloomington and I was going to pick him up everyday and take him back. When he talked to the people yesterday they said the only way they would allow him to work in Bloomington is if the job PAID GOOD??? What do you think a good paying job is I would think they would be happy that he has a job and its something he can do when he gets out and in the town he lives in!! Also they said that if he were to work in Bloomington that he would have to go to school at night and that he would not get any good time for the schooling doesn't make much since to me!! FYI the work release building is in Peoria and is straight downtown across from all the bars nothing but a tease to all of those guys trying to better themselves and it might explain why so many people are going to the work release in Peoria right now. Has anyone heard about people getting kicked out and sent back lately?

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Re: Peoria ATC
« Reply #43 on: October 10, 2010, 02:57:59 AM »
Hi! My fiance's birthday is coming up~he's at Peoria's ATC - second floor I believe...I need to know what things I can and can't send to him for a gift.  And if I CAN send things i.e. candy, various gifts etc. will he be able to keep it in his room or how does that even work? Does anyone know what the inmates rooms look like?!  Oh, and any gift ideas would be great too lol....I don't know what someone in "jail" would really want or benefit from...  Thanks in advance for your help! I really want to make his birthday as special as I can considering the circumstances :\

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Re: Peoria ATC
« Reply #44 on: October 10, 2010, 02:44:55 PM »
I don't think you will be able to send candy or any type of food for a birthday gift. My lo can only buy coffee and creamer to take in there. I'm assuming by your post that your not close enough to see him in Peoria and go buy him some things. I'm in bloomington so I can just buy him clothes, shoes items like that and just take them up there or when he's home on a pass he can just take them back there. I think you can send him books, magazines things like that in the mail.

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Re: Peoria ATC
« Reply #45 on: October 12, 2010, 11:06:16 PM »
Hi there,
I can make a few suggestions as for birthday present. A portable cd player with original cds and the batteries to go with. I did that for my fiancee last year. They CAN NOT have burnt cds, has to be originals and no more than 10 I believe. They are really cracking down on the "sweets" upstairs and use to let them have creamer and koolaid and mine even brought that home! Another suggestion would be a Walmart gift card, I know that is boring but will help him for outings to eat with, but his toiletries, or essentials he needs. I gave mine a post it brand stick up hook that can be removed to put in his locker for organization also. My fiancee recently brought home extra clothes because they threatened tickets with excessive stuff over the limit in their areas. A book that would keep his interest is a great idea too. My fiancee is on 3rd floor, ..if you wanna tell yours. He's been there a year now so if he can catch him in there between workin and home on weekends..he'll talk with him. You two will eventually have to see chappy for marriage counseling too if you want him coming to your place on home visits. Ask away and I will try and answer..
Just remembering and keep telling myself, "this to shall pass".
M~

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Re: Peoria ATC
« Reply #46 on: October 13, 2010, 06:51:12 PM »
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I'm sorry I couldn't answer your questions sooner but as you said, Christmas is around the corner so the gift ideas will come in handy as holiday or otherwise surprises. Wisconsin huh? yep..you are a little ways away for a home visit. For starters..my name is Mindy and my fiancee's name is Mark. He has a few DUIs in his background which led to driving illegally but his sentence was for meth manufacturing. Sadly, he was in the judicial system for a year and got clean before entering prison so I guess he got a running start at a sober life. We have been together for 4 years off and on. I left him when the drugs got bad but have been by his side since initial arrest and almost 2 years in prisons. He is illegable for parole in Feb11, and if Illinois legislation would pass earlier release in Dec on a home monitored electrical device. This is my first and last time dealing with this too and you have come to the right place for support. We are all loved ones of those serving time for all sorts of crimes. I have had the opportunity to "pay it forward" in helping give information about the prisons Mark has been transferred to during his sentence and have been on the receiving end of getting advice and information before he got there which helps the nerves alot. Your fiancee is in a REALLY good place. All the convicts are non gang affiliated or should be..doing less than 5 years and non violent crimes. The "center" is in downtown Peoria with the Library across the street which has been under construction for a year!! The federal courthouse is also across the street. The center is 3 stories, housing for inmates on 2nd and 3rd floor. The chow hall and security check in and meeting room on the first floor. Atleast in Mark's room there are 12 guys sharing bunk style beds. Yes they have lockers and some storage and some of the areas lock. They are searched both on them and the rooms for contraband. Big thing is no smoking!! Guys try to get away with it then get "tickets" which prohibits them from getting priveleges. Mark got 1 right after he arrived there. They get to go to a job center daily or every other until they find a job which they walk to..couple blocks i think. All of them are smoking on the walk!! They buy and hide cigs along the route they walk so they can smoke. He can also sign up for church and a van takes them to it. My Mark actually was babtized at one of the Peoria churches.They can also attend Peoria area AA meetings within walking distance. Eventually he will earn the privilege of walking alone to the local Walmart and he can call you from a payphone there. You might look into a phone card for him to use....cheaper. If you wanna chat let me know and I can email my number...gotta go for now. Best Wishes to all
Just remembering and keep telling myself, "this to shall pass".
M~

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Re: Peoria ATC
« Reply #47 on: February 23, 2011, 11:19:38 AM »
My l/o got approved for work release in Peoria in December and hopefully will be going before this month is up.  I've read all of the posts about work release on here but I still have some questions, if anyone can help with them.

Are they allowed to have hats?
Mp3 player?
A Belt?
Contacts or glasses from home?

Also, has anyone had to take counseling classes with the chaplain?  My l/o and I are not married and will have to take classes before he can parole here.  I just wanted to know what they are like.  Thanks.

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Re: Peoria ATC
« Reply #48 on: February 23, 2011, 02:00:57 PM »
My Lo is currently in Peoria has been there since March of 10, yes they can have hats, a belt and contact-glasses. No they can't have MP3 Players. My Lo has headphones and a portable CD player. We are not married but have a child together and still have to see the Chaplin once a month. The visits with the Chaplin are usually no longer than 20-30 mins long. I know there are a few of us on here that our Lo's are in the Peoria ATC so please let us know if you have any other questions.

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Re: Peoria ATC
« Reply #49 on: February 23, 2011, 02:21:18 PM »
Sissy:  Why do you guys see the chaplain? and what do you do during your meetings?

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Re: Peoria ATC
« Reply #50 on: February 23, 2011, 04:45:54 PM »
I guess since we are not married they want to make sure we are in a relationship and will be getting married. You have to sign a paper when you 1st meet with him stating when you will get married LOL!!! Pretty much the visits are a waste 20-30 mins if we are lucky and the Chaplin talks about him and his wife pretty much the entire time.

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Re: Peoria ATC
« Reply #51 on: February 23, 2011, 07:52:40 PM »
Thanks very much for the information Sissy!!!!

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Re: Peoria ATC
« Reply #52 on: February 23, 2011, 08:20:02 PM »
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Hope all is well for those loved ones with concerns and questions:

I have 3 more nights alone and then WE ARE DONE!! PAROLLING AS ON MONDAY, FEB.28TH,2011. 22 months and we made it!! Thanks again to this site especially in the beginning months, I hope I "paid it forward" to give info to others. Things are changing and have changed at PATC so if you are reading my posts for the first time, be advised its best to check with the center as there are new people in charge, new counselors, etc.  If you are counseling with chappy, he is a good listener and very nice man..as we aren't married, we did 13 mths. (once per mth.) sessions. I'm hoping my fiancee qualifies for 90 day paroll or we will be opening a new chapter in judicially controlled life. Best of luck to all those in the system with the budget in crisis and the system being overwhelmed.
Peace and best wishes sisters
Just remembering and keep telling myself, "this to shall pass".
M~

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Re: Peoria ATC
« Reply #53 on: February 23, 2011, 08:24:27 PM »
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YAHOO FOR YOU BOTH!!!
Best of luck to you

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Re: Peoria ATC
« Reply #54 on: February 23, 2011, 09:05:50 PM »
Congrats to you and your LO!!! Hopefully he will get the 90 days parole we are hoping for the same thing his out date is 6-27-11. Best of luck to you!!

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Re: Peoria ATC
« Reply #55 on: February 25, 2011, 05:48:34 AM »
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Thank you and best of luck to you..I will still have my email attached so since we are just a few months ahead of you on getting out, let me know if we can help!!
Onward to a better life and putting this behind us <3
Just remembering and keep telling myself, "this to shall pass".
M~

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Re: Peoria ATC
« Reply #56 on: March 22, 2011, 11:53:29 PM »
What are the "levels" the guys have to progress through?  For each level, what requirements must be met before advancing to the next level?  How long must they spend on each level?  What are the privileges earned for each level.  How long will it take for him to get weekend passes to come home; from the time he gets to Peoria?

Not being married we have to talk to the Chaplain? What is suppose to occur (topic discussed) during the meetings with the Chaplain?

I have no idea what other important info I should be aware of; so please feel free to including other information.

Thanks.

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Re: Peoria ATC
« Reply #57 on: March 23, 2011, 08:20:50 AM »
There are 4 levels - 1: is orientation and lasts 30 days. During that time no unescorted movement (bank, Walmart) expect for approved job searches. In-house porter assignments are common. Level 2: lasts 60 day and is an automatic "promotion" based simply on time at the center. During this level bank runs are unescorted (30 minutes to the bank downtown, 2 per month when checks are issued) and the resident gets 2 unescorted trips to the East Peoria Walmart per month. (They are for 2 hours. They can take the bus or make the 25 minute each way walk, or get a ride if someone lives close enough to provide that.) Approved job searches (usually 2 hours) are also unescorted and there are several opportunities for these residents to accept various volunteer work approved by the center. Then comes Level 3: (after 90 days at the center) At this level the center is expecting the resident to have secured a job. If not, they can be put on "red card" (building restriction) or kept in Level 2 until they find a job. But once employed and in Level 3 the resident can receive 24 hours of IRT (inmate rec time) which allows for unescorted movement to shop and eat and pre-approved locations in and around Peoria. They submit their request form when they wish to leave and can be signed out for the appropriate amount of time (ie. 30 minute travel to and 30 minutes back from destination; 1 hour to shop; 1 to 1 1/2 hours to eat at a restaurant) up to a max. of 6 hours for movement that includes a movie. These residents also get one, 48 hour, CCL pass to go "home" (or approved host site) during their 30 days in Level 3. Level 3 lasts 30 days. The final Level is 4: which provides for 48 hours of IRT a month and four, 48-hour CCL (home) passes per month.

As far a not being married goes - if you want your LO to CCL (Home pass) to your address and are not blood related or married, then you must set-up and attend marriage counseling with the Chaplin Anderson. Those classes are 1 hour long and you must continue them as long as your LO uses your address for 48 hour passes - or until you get marred. He does not perform marriage services at the center. He will discuss and urge you to move toward marriage during those sessions and relate the Biblical reasons for such.

If your LO has recently arrived it could take a while for him to get a job, right now they seem to be hard to come by. Just remember that promotion from Level 1 to 2 is pretty much automatic. Promotion to Levels 3 and 4 are only granted once employment is secured (full or part-time) and no tickets have been issued against him. I hope this helps.

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Re: Peoria ATC
« Reply #58 on: March 23, 2011, 09:24:39 AM »
Doc pretty much broke all the levels down for you. I will say I've been doing the Chaplin visits since March of last year and I drive from Bloomington and our visits are usually no longer than 30 mins. I will add that if your Lo is in the center that he goes by the rules when he does get movement, they have been sending alot of guys back for not being where they are suppose to be such as job searches and going to walmart or to go eat. If your Lo is having problems finding a job the center will help if they know of anyone that is hiring or he needs to ask some of the other guys that are there if there jobs are hiring. It took my Lo about 3 weeks to find a job and he is currently working 2 jobs. If you read all the other posts it may answer any other questions you might have about the center they are pretty current.

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« Reply #59 on: March 24, 2011, 10:44:38 PM »
I talked to my Lo tonight and I guess they have made a new policy or they are just now enforcing this. The guys Id's have to have the centers address on them for them to go on IRT's or there 48 hour passes. They have told the guys that they are giving them 7 days to get there Id's updated or they will be put on red card and can't go anywhere. I just wanted to post this for anyone's Lo's that will be going there anytime soon or are currently in there.