What do I need to know about serving time in prison?

That’s a big question. It’s like asking: “What do I need to know about living in China?” There are so many variables and so much to learn that the information could overwhelm anyone. Someone asking about China may want to learn about language, about diet, about customs, about business opportunities, about housing, about medical care, or about an infinite number of other issues.

Understandably, those who anticipate that they may spend time in prison want to know as much as possible. Fortunately, Etika can help.

At Etika we endeavor to educate our clients. When they surrender to prison, we want them to walk in with their eyes wide open. In many ways, we’re guides for those who are about to embark upon unfamiliar territory that can be frightening, or anxiety provoking. Experience has taught us that our clients restore a sense of confidence as they learn more about the challenges ahead.

For generations, wise men have said that the greatest fear is the fear of the unknown. Our program on prison preparations sheds light into the obscure world that follows for those who are about to serve time on the inside. The more we teach, the more we empower our clients to navigate challenges that derail those who fail to prepare.

Through this Etika course, we’ll provide insight into a variety of subjects that will provide our clients with a solid understanding of federal prison. Our coaching, webinars, and members only page replete with videos and lesson plans will cover the following prison topics:

  • Custody and Classification
  • First day in prison
  • First weeks in prison
  • Disciplinary Infractions
  • Security Levels
    • Minimum-security Federal Prison Camp or Satellite Camp (FPC or SCP)
    • Low-security Federal Correctional Institution (FCI)
    • Medium-security Federal Correctional Institution (FCI)
    • High-security United States Penitentiary (USP)
    • Administrative Maximum Security (ADX)
    • Administrative facilities (FMC, FTC, FDC)
  • Living Conditions
  • Second Chance Act
  • Residential Drug Abuse Program
  • Typical Day
  • Culture in prison
  • Jobs and Meals in prison
  • Educational, training, and leisure time
  • Commissary
  • Medical care
  • Maintaining community ties
    • Written correspondence/Receiving mail
    • Telephone
    • Visits
    • Email (Corrlinks)
  • Compassionate release procedures
  • Prison Staff
  • Good conduct time
  • Parenting from prison
  • Furloughs
  • Financial Responsibility Program
  • Program review (“Team Meetings”)
  • Writing manuscripts, publishing or blogging
  • Progress Reports
  • Prison breaks
  • Psychology and counseling programs
  • Staff searches of living area or persons
  • Sentence computation
  • Sex offenders
  • Special Housing Units
  • Special Management Units
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Transfers
  • Unit Management
  • Last days in prison


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