The Prison Law Office recently updated the manual designed for noncitizen prisoners in the custody of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

Information covered includes immigration detainers, grounds and relief for deportation, deportation proceedings, removal orders, and resources available.

You can view the manual here. Inmates can access the manual in their prison’s law library.


How California is cracking down on contraband in state prisons

Contraband: (n)  1. illegal or prohibited traffic in goods (smuggling) 2. goods or merchandise whose importation, exportation, or possession is forbidden

$5000. 6 months. A misdemeanor/felony charge. Three of the more obvious consequences for those who choose to bring contraband into a correctional facility. But what about the chain reaction effects…Children who watch their caregiver’s arrest, more familial impact, denial of future visits. 

If you’ve visited a correctional facility, you’ve likely seen the large signs at the gate entrance about illegal items. Bringing contraband to a correctional facility is an illegal activity with many consequences to the person who brings it, the inmate who is caught with it, and other staff, inmates, and visitors, including children who are with the person bringing in the contraband.

For the person who bring contraband in: A fine, jail time, loss of future visits, and a misdemeanor/felony charge

For inmates caught with contraband: Days lost of good time credit and loss of privileges

For other inmates, officers, visitors, and children: Disruption of their visit, the trauma of seeing their caregiver arrested, and safety concerns. Children may be taken into CPS custody if their caregivers are arrested.

In Fall 2011, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 26 (SB26), which makes it a misdemeanor to those try to take a cell phone into a prison or own an unauthorized cell phone in prison.

If you want more information about SB 26 and illegal cell phone usage in prison, check out the video above or click here. If you would like more information on receiving phone calls from inmates, check out the bilingual information sheets here.

The Visiting a Friend or Loved One in Prison guide lists all items allowed in the visiting room along with other visiting regulations.  Visitor Centers can help clarify any questions you have about approved items. If you would like to send money to an inmate, you can find more information here. Information on approved inmate package vendors can be found here.

Lastly, if you feel threatened or intimidated by the person you visit to bring contraband, resources are available here or by calling 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

Unapproved items…Contraband…are a safety and security risk. Let’s keep our loved ones inside and out of prison safe by keeping unapproved items out.

Return of Family Liaison Services in the State Prisons!

Great news, everyone! Family Liaison Services, formerly known as the Case Management Program, has returned!

Family Liaison Services Specialists(FLSS) will provide the following services in 16 California State Prisons:

Pre-Release Planning: FLSS work with those incarcerated to create a release plan which addresses needs such as employment, health care, housing, education, and other community connections.

Communication with Support Systems: Research shows that strong support systems and a stable relationship with family and friends reduces the likelyhood that a person will re-offend. FLSS facilitate communications with family and friends to help strengthen bonds and plan for a return to the community.

Parenting Classes: Incarcerated parents and others who are in a parent or caregiver role learn child development, health and safety, nutrition, and techniques of parent-child communication. Participants are shown ways to provide positive guidance discipline that encourages good behavior in place of punishment. Family relationship skills are taught and practiced.

Anger Management Classes: Anger Management Skills Training is based upon the evidence-based Anderson and Anderson model of anger management, the world’s most effective and widely recognized anger management curriculum.  The program focuses on enhanced emotional intelligence and assertive communication while introducing behavioral strategies to identify and manage anger and stress.

Creative Conflict Resolution: Following the successful Alternatives to Violence Quaker model, CCR is a strength-based, intensive, interactive group experience which addresses the special treatment needs of people with anger issues.

Resource and Referral: FLSS refer families to social supports within their communities to cope with and manage a variety of emergencies.

Also, we want to welcome Erika Stroh, Southern Regional Director for the FLS program. Erika was a Case Manager for two years previously for Friends Outside. She is very excited to be back!

Look for services to begin soon at High Desert State Prison, California Correctional Center, Pelican Bay State Prison, California Men’s Colony, California Training Facility, Salinas Valley State Prison, San Quentin, Lancaster, Centinela, California Institution for Men, California Institution for Women, California Rehabilitation Center, Chuckawalla Valley, Ironwood, RJ Donovan, and Calpatria!