I’m going to jail, what do I need to do?
Preparing for Imprisonment
The reality for many people charged with any offence is that if found guilty they will go to jail. There are a number of things you should do to prepare yourself and your family:
- Get your affairs in order. Make sure arrangements are made to pay the mortgage or rent before you go in to custody. This may be achieved by discussing your situation with your bank and requesting a period of time where your mortgage is frozen and you are released from any repayments or ensuring there is enough money in the account when payments are due.
- If you have school aged children who are being made aware of your situation, speak with the school counsellor or someone in a similar role to ensure appropriate arrangements are made.
- Sort out your pets. It is not nice to lose your liberty only to discover your pets are home alone or at the pound. Make sure you make arrangements for their care or rehoming.
- Ensure you have spoken with a family member or friend who is willing to be responsible for depositing funds each month into your prison phone and spend account. You are a captive market in custody and the cost of everything is inflated.
- Obtain a detailed letter from your general practitioner confirming any medical issues you have and what medications you have been taking. While you may not be able to have the same medications in the prison, the report from your GP will assist you in being prescribed the most appropriate medication without undue delay.
- Obtain full details of any person you would like to have on your prison phone list. You will need their full name, address, date of birth and phone numbers.
- Consider appointing a limited power of attorney who can attend to your affairs while you are in custody.