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    One of my friends is serving time in the ''Crain''-unit, TX DOC.
    Her letter was sent from Reception R-dorm. Anybody more info?
    She has not answered my last letter.

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    There could be many reasons why your last letter was not answered. From lack of supplies, lack of funds to purchase supplies, lockdown, busy with work, stress on the unit, personal stress, the list goes on.

    If you are on the visiting list you can call the unit and inquire about her, they will at least tell you if she is okay. You can try to call w/out being on the list, but chances are they won't tell you anything.

    The best way to let her know you are still out there is to send a card, or a simple post card to say Hi.

    Good luck.

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    If she is still in reception she will not have made store yet . It usually takes a few weeks for them to get processed and then assigned to a Unit . Usually you cannot make store even if you have money on your books in reception . The Warden might or might not allow them to have a limited amount of writing suppiles after they have gone though diagnostics . Once she is assigned unit she will eventually be able to make store . In TDCJ they go twice a month on a assigned day . Usually by wing dorm or pod sometimes building on some units depending on size . It might or might not be Crain AKA Gatesville Unit . TDCJ has five prison units for women and 2 state jails along with a small coed state jail and two private facilities. All women in TDCJ are go through reception at Crain or now Woodman state jail due to over crowding . . In Diagnostics and reception you cannot have visits and will not be able ot make phone calls if that unit now has phones

    I hope she is assigned to Crain it is probably the "best " unit for women to to time on as far as doing time on a TDCJ Unit . It is a huge unit in population About 2,000 and in size it covers many acres . Unlike most prison units in TDCJ Crain is made up of 6 "satellite " units including the trusty camp that serve different functions and differnt types of offenders . In TDCJ slang it is a Cadillac unit . If she stays at Crain she will probably start out at either Riverside or Terrace The address is the same 1401 state school RD Gatesville TX . If you have Google Earth just type in the address and take a look .

    As Skye said send card . If she has moved to a new unit her mail will follow her eventually .
    You can also go to the TDCJ Site and use the offender locater . To do this you have to turn off your pop up Blocker

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    The online locator is lnked at the top of the page . just type in her offender number where it asks you and wait .
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    morning US time before 7 AM it tends to slow down becuse a lot of people are searching for their friend or loved one. On occasion TDCJ likes to move some offenders around a lot mostly those who are troublemakers or have gang tines or are confirmed gang members .they go from seg on one unit it seg on another if the act up they go to a stricter unit . You can sometimes alos get moved if you have skills that are needed on another unit or have behaved well enough to go to a less restrictive unit .
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    She is not new. She has been in yet some years. She seems not have any long-time place inside Gatesville/Crain and she is moved at least between Terrace unit and Reception unit.

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    Crain/ Gatevllie unit routinely moves the women around the satellites . This can be for behavioral reasons, they have changed jobs TDCJ also does this do it to break up the cliques women tend to form . She might not hav made store adn does not have enough stamps TDCJ almost always under orders new stamps and on occasion they sell all of them before some offenders get to store . Some bosses like to go to store and buy stamps and other popular items just to make things tough on prisoner though this is not as common at the womens units it does happen. This BS the bosses do is more likely at Murray or Hobby The price of stamps now is 43 cents , since may 11 . So she might have to wait until she makes store again if thy ran out and get the new 43 ct stamps I am not sure if they sell the forever stamps . just went up and they are using 2 cent stamps as well as what ever they had before . it would depened on when she made store .

    She might have caught a case and be on commisary restriction .That is a common punishment as store is important to them . Though she coiuld find ways to get waht she needstowrite you .

    It is kind of strange thy have her in Reception . Terrace is a minimum security satellite that houses about 360 women and has a cellblock . Riverside has a bit of everything a small seg section medium and minimum dorms it house about 500 women

    Sycamore houses 250 and is as close to a trusty camp as you can get with out being in one . Valley is a for Mentally retarded a prisoners with psych promlesnm that they can deal with there .

    Hackberry is the SAFP a superposed drug treatment satellite .

    Reception also has a seg section not as large other units . I believe reception hold 500 or so

    There is a number of reasons why she has not written .

    Like Skye said a little note saying hi and you are thinking if her wont hurt . Sometimes they get depressed it is hard to write when you are both depressed and doing time. A colorful card will encourage her a bit if that is the case .
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    I was reading this entire thread, but I've learned to pay particular attention to your comments. Especially with regard to issues in the Texas prison system. You appear to be quite knowlegeable about how things work there. I am from upstate New York and write a female offender who is in the Sycamore satellite of Crain. She and I have written regularly for four months (at least a letter a week) and I have learned more from you about TDCJ than I have from both my pp and the TDCJ website. Thanks for your insight. Your comments help a lot.

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    Sorry. I don't mean to double post, but the reply I just posted was meant for ASE.

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    Thank you ! I did a long bid on Ellis and Polunsky I worked on Death Row for my prison job on Polunsky . I have close friends on the Gatesville units . I am trying to help them. It has been a up hill battle no thanks to the The damn nut case groupies on another forum are making it very difficult . If you need any info about TDCJ or the Gatesville units just post or PM OK .
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    Thanks ASE. My initial attraction to Write A Prisoner was that Many years ago I did a 15 year bid in San Quentin. I know what it's like to be on the other side, with no mail, etc. My pp and I have gotten along quite well. Only been 4 months but we average about a letter a week. I'd like to go visit her sometime but New York to Gatesville is a long and expensive haul.
    I'm new to the forum and don't know how to PM so I thought I'd post this. Thanks again for your insight.

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