Sunday, January 27, 2019

What to expect when you're expecting a prison term

Do you have clients who are headed to prison?

Don't let them go unprepared.

On February 21, 2019, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kansas City, Kansas, courthouse, US Probation will be holding its quarterly orientation program for people facing federal prison time. Family, counsel, and staff members are encouraged to attend. Participants may join by videoconference from the federal courthouses in Wichita, Topeka, and the Western District of Missouri.

Among other things, attendees will learn (or be reminded of):

  • What personal business to take care of before going to prison (utility bills, child support, student loans, pending charges & detainers);
  • How to self surrender;
  • What to take (and what not to take) to prison;
  • What programs are available in prison (educational, vocational, religious, mental health, medical);
  • What to expect with respect to visitation, phone calls, email, etc.; and
  • How federal prisons help prepare clients for release.

At one previous program, a young professional couple who met in a halfway house after each had spent many years in prison spoke about their experiences in an effort to allay the fears of incoming clients and their families. Their stories were encouraging, and their light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel message was punctuated by the fact that they were celebrating the recent purchase of their first home.

The orientation will also be offered on May 9, 2019, August 8, 2019, and November 7, 2019 (same time & place).

Clients who are currently in custody and unable to attend may be able to attend a similar program at CCA while awaiting sentencing/designation.

Questions? Call Senior US Probation Officer Sara Valdez Hoffer at 913-735-2402.

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