Saturday, May 20, 2017

If you do prison ministry, you can order these free Bible Study
enrollment forms to hand out to the prisoners you serve. Or if you have
a loved one serving time, give them the address and they can enroll in the program. The program is very good, there are several courses each with various
lessons that go up to college level. Plus they will assign a volunteer to write to the inmate to help assist them as they progress in the studies.
Thanks to Crossroads Prison Ministies for their quality program for prisoners

Friday, May 12, 2017

New Prison Cosmetology School Program

Everyone is excited about the new prison Cosmetology School program at
Mabel Bassett Correctional Center in Oklahoma. This school is already
changing lives and will continue to do so, giving women a new life skill for a
career on the outside upon release as well as continuing to up skills of the
women who are already skilled in this area. This is a major win-win situation
thank you Oklahoma Dept. of Corrections for approving this.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Oklahoma Reviews Death Penalty

An Oklahoma commission recommended a continuation of a moratorium on the death penalty in that state.
The Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission recommended the continuation of a moratorium on the death penalty "until significant reforms are accomplished," Brad Henry, commission co-chairman and former Oklahoma governor, said Tuesday. The current halt on executions was put in place in October 2015.
This is the overarching recommendation of more than 40 announced by the bipartisan group, which has spent more than a year and a half reviewing every part of the capital punishment process, from arrest to execution. The recommendations are detailed in a 294-page report published in an effort to "ensure a fair and impartial process."
    The report addresses "systemic problems in key areas such as forensics, innocence protection, the execution process and the roles of the prosecution, the defense council, the jury and the judiciary," Henry said, adding that the commission members were "all disturbed by the volume and seriousness of the flaws involved in Oklahoma's capital punishment system."
    That includes his belief "that it's very likely that at some point, Oklahoma has executed an innocent person. I don't know that to be true, and I don't think we'll ever know."
    Commissioner Robert Alexander Jr., a trial lawyer, agreed, saying there are systemic flaws that could allow for it.
    Alexander said he was shocked to learn that eyewitness identification and forensic procedures are not reliable, based on the facts uncovered by the commission's investigation.
    "Two of the methods of conviction, or tools used in conviction that would intuitively be the most reliable, we found to be the most unreliable," Alexander said. The report recommends implementing forensic reforms that were adopted in 2013 but have not been put into practice. In addition, it calls for a strengthening of the qualification process for forensic experts.

    'Most humane and effective method'

    The commission also recommended the use of a single lethal barbituate protocol, rather than a combination of two or three drugs, saying this is the "most humane and effective method of execution possible." It did not identify which single drug should be used.
    Although the report did not focus on a single execution, the review of the process began in the wake of the 2014 botched execution of Clayton Lockett. Having been sentenced to death for the 1999 shooting of Stephanie Nieman, Lockett was scheduled to die by a three-drug lethal injection cocktail on April 29, 2014, at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. Thirty-three minutes after the administration of the first drug began, the execution was halted.
    "The doctor checked the IV and reported the blood vein had collapsed, and the drugs had either absorbed into tissue, leaked out or both," according to a previously released timeline. Lockett died of a heart attack 43 minutes after the execution began.
    In calling for reforms to the system, Henry said that more resources are needed to make sure the decision to give someone the death penalty is truly fair and impartial. "If you want to do this, it must be done right. Here are ways to do this," he said, referring to the more than 40 recommendations.
    The moratorium recommendation comes one day after Arkansas executed two men on the same night. That state's plans to execute eight death row inmates in 11 days using lethal injection have stirred debate over the death penalty.

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    How To Prepare To Visit Your Loved One In Prison



    It’s really difficult to prepare for visiting your loved one in prison because each time could be a little different depending on the facility rules and interpretation by the guards.  What will help you prepare is to be ready to expect anything.
    When you arrive at the facility you may need to wait in line to be processed in. When you visit your loved one, the facility may require sign in, fingerprint recognition, walking through a metal detector, and/or but not limited to body search. You are subject to searches both prior to and after you visit your loved one.
    The facility staff will let you know what you can bring into the visiting area. There may be a locker assigned to you to store your personal items or you may be asked to lock it in your car. It is a good idea to bring a clear container (purse or bag) for the items you can bring into the visiting area.
    If you have doctor prescribed medications you should let the guard know that you are storing them in the locker and what time you need to take them.  Only bring in what you will need.


    Know the rules for the facility that you are visiting when it comes to how close you can be to your loved one. Some facilities allow a hug and kiss, others will allow you to hold hands, others do not allow any physical contact. Also know that different facility staff may interpret the rules differently so if you are warned once not to have so much contact such as hugging too long, listen to them because it could be cause for you to lose your visitation rights (along with apparent reasons like contraband).
    There is also the possibility that there will be assigned seating or that you need to sit on a specific side of the visiting table.  This would typically be so that the inmate would sit on the side of the table that can be monitored by the guards or cameras.


    There is typically a limit to the amount of money you can bring into the visiting area, and whether you can bring bills and/or change. There may be a commissary and/or vending machines to purchase food and drink.  It’s best to bring smaller bills and change (whichever is allowed). Eating together is a great activity to share when you visit your loved one and it gives them an opportunity to have foods they may not have access too otherwise.


    Minors must be accompanied by an adult for visitation.  You may be required to bring the minor’s birth certificate, depending on his/her age.  Minors must be under control of the adults. There are typically cards or some type of games for children and adults that may be in a central area, or need to be checked out. It is advisable to select games for your visit as soon as you arrive.
    Check with the facility that you are visiting for requirements on documentation for the minor(s) that you are bringing with you.


    If you are traveling long distances to visit, check with the facility, typically the warden, if you would like extended visitation, e.g. dates or times other than typical visitation dates.  If possible, contact the prison prior to starting your travel to ensure that your loved one is still at the prison and confirm they are not currently in lock down.  Keep in mind they may not be able to tell you if your loved one is being transported (for security reasons).  In addition, the facility may not be in lock down when you call, however be prepared that something could of occurred while you were traveling to cause the facility to require lock down.  All this being said, it’s still good to check before you begin your journey.
    Some prisons are located in very rural areas and you may not have a large selection of hotels.  It may seem awkward, but try calling the local Department of Corrections or the facility inquiring about local accommodations while visiting your loved one.  They may also know of transportation available that will make it easier for your visit.  Sometimes it’s really difficult to drive after a visit.
    For information on what to wear when visiting your loved one in prison go to: