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Hello! 

I checked visitation and today my son is not eligible for visit, but has been in the transfer facilty 60 days; he said he thinks he ready for chain when I saw him yesterday.

How long does it take for him to be eligible for visitation and outgoing phone calls when he is assigned to a permanent Unit?

Thank you!!!!!   :)
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Visitation / Re: What not to wear
« Last post by CharliesMomma on June 05, 2016, 07:10:47 pm »
I got a lesson in what not to wear!  My son was already called and we were checked in to visit when someone realized I had on leggings although my shirt was mid-thigh--I am very self conscience about what I wear.  I would never embarrass myself or family!  Although it was tasteful and appropriately covering to mid thigh, because it was leggings I was not allowed in.  but my son did get an extra hour sitting out of his seg cell while we went to town and bought another set of clothes! 

They do have a hospitality house that provides clothes if you are dressed inappropriately; but rather get my own.  It is crazy; If my shirt was short and revealing.....so no leggings!  Sandals were permissible!

I understand why they have the regulations, but what you think will be appropriate, it may not be!
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Intake and Orientation / Re: How long does the intake process last?
« Last post by sunrayswench on May 26, 2016, 12:05:16 am »
It depends on a variety of things, but TDCJ aim to have the process completed within 60 days. It's not just the inmate that is assessed; they have to find a suitable ID unit with a suitable cellie based on both of the inmates' circumstances (things like age, weight, height, religious leaning etc are all taken into account, plus crime and length of sentence as well as pervious convictions).
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Intake and Orientation / How long does the intake process last?
« Last post by CharliesMomma on May 25, 2016, 02:02:40 pm »
Good afternoon!

How long does it take to process intake?  I have watched others and it ranges 30-60 days.  My son is approaching 60.  He's not hard to get along with or belligerent.

I am just ready yo see him! ???
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TDCJ Inmate Telephone System / Re: cell phones
« Last post by CharliesMomma on May 22, 2016, 12:17:22 pm »
It breaks my heart for him to be in seg facing this all alone; but I check every day to see when visits can start!  THANK YOU for the help!
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TDCJ Inmate Telephone System / Re: cell phones
« Last post by sunrayswench on May 22, 2016, 12:47:37 am »
Great! :) Seg inmates don't get phone calls though, so I'd wait until he reaches his ID unit and you know what his security status is before you invest in a land phone!
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TDCJ Inmate Telephone System / Re: cell phones
« Last post by CharliesMomma on May 21, 2016, 03:58:32 pm »
Thank you for the info! 

We are locked into a long term contract with T-Mobile so i assumed it was  acceptable.  I was talking to  my husband and we do have a land line, but do not use it!  We have it as a bundle with internet!  We just need to go buy a phone plug it in; call  a cell phone and get the number! 

I have not used a land line for years!!!

I will be glad when he is on a Unit, and out of Intake, and seg at that.

I hope you and your loved one are well.
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TDCJ Inmate Telephone System / Re: cell phones
« Last post by sunrayswench on May 20, 2016, 11:54:30 pm »
Hi CharliesMomma

Cell phones are either 'pay-as-you-go' with no contract (basically you have a hone that is yours and you just top up your access regularly), or 'contract' where you pay for the phone and the access usually on a monthly basis to the provider. Most service providers offer both types of access.

The TDCJ phone system requires users to have a contract cell phone, and if they do not, then you would need to have a landline to register. They will not register phones that are pay-as-you-go. You should check with T-Mobile as to exactly which service you have.

County jails operate outside of TDCJ regulations, and have very different rules. Your arrangement with the county jail will not carry forward into the TDCJ system, even if it was with the same phone company.

TDCJ inmates do not have phone access while they are in Intake, usually for the first 90 days in TDCJ. He would also need to record his voice for him to use the TDCJ phone system, and they don't have the ability to do that more than once a month at some units.
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TDCJ Inmate Telephone System / Re: cell phones
« Last post by CharliesMomma on May 20, 2016, 10:10:20 pm »
Hello,  I am so confused on the phone.  When I went to TDJC to sign up for phone service; the site said you had to have a phone service that is not a pay as you go; I have T-Mobile.  When I tried to set it up they told me I had to have a land line!

I use Securus when he was in county without a problem.  Will he be able to use the Securus line to call out when he can?  He is still in intake with no visitation since April 7th now.  Getting anxious.
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Correspondence / TDCJ inmates now prohibited from social media presence
« Last post by sunrayswench on April 14, 2016, 12:03:12 pm »
Even when it's not them with the accounts. TDCJ recently updated the offender handbook to say that inmates are not permitted to have a social media presence even if that account or presence is maintained by someone in the free world. Stand by for a raft of litigation, particularly from those who assist DR inmates.....

More at: http://gritsforbreakfast.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/ban-on-surrogate-social-media-for.html
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