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« Reply #20 on: March 25, 2008, 05:01:26 PM »

Thank you iqyou for the information that they may offer (upon request) a plastic chair with a back to it for someone physically impaired.
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« Reply #21 on: March 26, 2008, 09:37:54 AM »

       JLNJY,
             

The stools are connected to the tables, the one with the I on it is the inmates, they are not real comfortable but

Hey as long as you get to see your loved one, you learn to make do, have a great visit and enjoy time they are fairly decent there, don't bother you as long as you abide.
             
           
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« Reply #22 on: March 26, 2008, 02:34:27 PM »

Thanks RobertaMarie

That's how the tables are where he is now....one of the CO's where he is now actually offered me a chair because she seen me having a hard time sitting and when I went to the bathroom I had mentioned the back surgery I had combined with the full bladder made for an uncomforable time -- she offered me HER chair. I tried to not take it but both my guy and his Dad said - take it, take it.

Haven't seen that CO in a while ...she was probably written up for being human.
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« Reply #23 on: May 14, 2008, 12:20:43 PM »

Anyone have a commisary list for Big Muddy?
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« Reply #24 on: May 14, 2008, 12:27:16 PM »

no I dont have the list but I can tell you the prices of a few of the items on it if that helps any
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« Reply #25 on: May 17, 2008, 02:23:39 PM »

well, hes not there yet, hoping soon though (August or Septemeber) but he heard it is more expensive than Lawrence. So was just wanting to know so he could get some stuff before he gets there.
How much is awalkman? the shoes? the noodles? and do they have hot plates? if so how much are they?
thanks...the rest of the stuff, who cares!! LOL he can be dirty! JK But those are the big items he needs and the hot plate he cant get where he is.
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« Reply #26 on: August 06, 2008, 09:47:10 AM »

Does anyone know how far the mail is behind at big muddy . It was 16 days behind about a week ago and I was wondering if it improved
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« Reply #27 on: August 06, 2008, 01:13:34 PM »

My guy is averaging about 10 calendar days in getting his mail from the date I mail it...this has been recently but prior to that definitely 14 days or more.
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« Reply #28 on: August 06, 2008, 11:55:42 PM »

The mail is absolutely horrible my babes was sad because he thought I stopped writing him cuz the mail is so slow. He just got letters yesterday that I mailed about two weeks ago. I don't understand it. wc13
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« Reply #29 on: August 07, 2008, 08:55:29 AM »

I guess there is so much give and take between institutions. At the last facility my guy was at he got my letters within a few days, he was working regularly, and it was an ok institution -- just a very long drive for us so we couldn't visit as often. So he transferred to Muddy to be closer to us (still a drive but half the time) but with the gas prices I don't see him any more often than I did at the other facility, he started working but then the supervisor for the job had to be off work for some time so that means he can't work, and he gets his mail late. So, I increased my writing so he can have more letters....but now I have to wonder...does he get them all at once or not?

foreverurs07...did you send several letters in one day or were they sent at different times and he received them all in one day?
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« Reply #30 on: August 07, 2008, 01:03:04 PM »

I sent him two envelopes full of letters that were mailed all in one day and he received them at different times. He got each envelope two weeks a part.
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« Reply #31 on: January 08, 2009, 04:58:01 PM »

my husband just got transferred there yesterday. does anyone know how long it is taking them to approve visiting lists? does anyone have a commisary list or at least some of the prices of items there? are they allowed to have hardback books? how long can you visit at one time? is there a building that is different that the main door we go into? i have lots of questions sorry but i am new to this and i need answers. thanks becca
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« Reply #32 on: January 08, 2009, 06:19:11 PM »

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When my guy got transferred there his list transferred with him. If this is your husband's first transfer then it may take longer - up to 30 days (I doubt it will take that long) - you should be able to check in with his counselor to see if the list is approved. I'd double check with the front gate also. [always get names of who you talk to]

A member here "redvoodoo" posted a commissary list for Big Muddy as of 11/28. I don't think it was a complete list...but I could be wrong. I have it printed out...my daughter used it for a class to show the cost of prisoners for her speech / presentation of life in prison. Look under Illinois Prison Phone System, Mailing Regulations, Inmate Trust Accounts, Transportation and Lodging Services, Vine Notification -- subcategory Commissary - lists, other topics

I do believe they can have hardback books, seems like I asked but all the books I've left have been paperback - so double check with the gate about that.

The way visiting works is you check in and wait at one place - this is also the place you will get your debit card to use on the vending machines in the visiting room, after they pat you down you walk yourself (sometimes you're escorted) to the next building (its a short walkway) - you will bring your locker key, vending machine debit card (if you purchased one) and your photo id with you. Once in the next building you will see ahead of you a gate - its another short distance walk to it. The officer behind the glass between the gate corridor will open the gate for you. You will walk down to the end of the corridor and to your left the officer will be behind the glass looking for you to show your id and your hand stamp (they don't always stamp females - it changes) then the officer will open that gate for you. You will walk a few feet until the hallway ends and turn left to walk into the visiting room. Once in the visiting room, approach the desk officer and explain you are here for the "last name" visit. The officer will either ask where you want to sit or tell you which table to sit at.

I'll try to find that direct link for you for the commissary list....but I have to run some errands right now....


~~~Updated~~~ http://www.illinoisprisontalk.org/index.php/topic,14237.0.html
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« Reply #33 on: January 09, 2009, 10:42:18 AM »

well i just called and spoke with the chaplin there.he told me that i could have engraving on the inside of his wedding band. he told me it would be nice could it could be identified alot easier than if it was not. i also spoke to them and asked about hardback books and they told me that it was ok for them to have hardback books which is good. they told me he is in like a receiving area until they get a bed for him. since he is a so i am going to tell him to request to be in the program so he can be in this like dorm area where they stay. that is what his counselor told me. i am sure i will come up with a thousand more questions but at least he has been moved and i can go and see him soon!!!


god now i am depressed again.. i just checked his profile on idoc and they took the good time away that they gave him now we are back to square one. so check out the new ticker lol
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« Reply #34 on: July 28, 2009, 08:50:57 AM »

Well I thought the problem was fixed with the mail at big Muddy, but I guess not.  I got a letter yesterday from my l/o that he wrote a week ago (I usually get letters within three days), and in the letter he said that that day he had received 8 letters from me, most dated over the last two weeks, and one that was a month old.  So for anyone else waiting on a letter from Big Muddy, all I can say is be patient...
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« Reply #35 on: July 28, 2009, 10:56:17 AM »

Kate...I visited my guy on Friday and he asked me when I wanted him to call - Saturday or Sunday and he didn't call either day - now I'm worried. I don't know if he wrote a letter or not. I'm planning to surprise him with a visit this week to let him know I'm concerned about him.

If I get a letter before that, I'll check the postmark.

At least our guys are finally receiving our letters. As much as we want mail - imagine that many days there, that is the one thing they look forward to.
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« Reply #36 on: August 20, 2009, 02:53:14 PM »

I am surprised no one else has complained on here about the mail at Big Muddy.  Is it only my mail that's taking so long to get to him? lol  Seriously, Paul still hasn't gotten letters that I sent a month ago.  It's not that he's missing some of my letters, he hasn't gotten ANYTHING from me in a month.  What could be going on? I write him every other day.  He called me today, but hung up before I could accept the call (He does that sometimes, just to make sure I'm okay, but doesn't want me to have to pay for the call.  I would have gladly accepted though...)  I feel so bad for him, and just don't know what could possible be taking so long.  Like I said before, I don't know what house he is in (I asked that in a letter about a week ago, but of course he hasn't seen it yet) Do you think it is because the letters are in spanish?  We have always written each other in spanish, but I've never seen the mail take this long.  That was the only thing I could think of (maybe they don't have anyone to translate? Although, spanish is a very common language, and 2 of the envelopes that I sent just had pictures in them, so he should have at least gotten those, and he hasn't)  Has anyone else experienced this before??   wc23
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« Reply #37 on: August 20, 2009, 05:06:34 PM »

kate, if I were you I would call the prison and either talk to a counselor or be connected to the warden's or assistant warden's office and find out if there is some extraordinary mail slowdown.  I remember I called Dixon one time because the mail was so slow, it wasn't 30 days slow though !

Are you getting his mail ?
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« Reply #38 on: August 20, 2009, 05:16:09 PM »

Hmm, it does seem to me that correspondence in a foreign language is not allowed.  I can't imagine that Spanish would be prohibited but you might want to call and ask the mailroom.  There must be some reason he's not getting your mail...or it's sitting on a translator's desk waiting to be scanned...
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« Reply #39 on: August 20, 2009, 05:20:44 PM »

Kate there have been some issues at some institutions because of the language but if that was the problem, I would think they would have mailed it back to you with a notice or something - I could be wrong - definitely a reason to call Big Muddy

There have been issues with the mail - I guess its become commonplace plus there may be more information in the thread Individual Prison Chat Boards

Regarding pictures - whatever was in that envelope with them or if they were the only thing in the envelope - he would get it all at once or none at all.

Definitely do follow up with a call to BMCC and let us know what you find out. Best wishes to you.
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