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Friday, February 14, 2014
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I'm hoping somebody can answer my questions cause I have many of them.

Rumor has it (in last week) that any new prisoner coming from Edmonton remand will be going to Drumheller for their 60 to 90 day assessment and then they can request to transfer out to different facility. Does anybody know if there's truth behind this?

Also contact with them when they get transferred to federal prison, is it true they have to wait for their assessment (60-90days), To be over before they can contact us? Or Can they call us collect without money in their accounts because it takes about 30 days for their money to gets into their accounts.

How long do you have to wait to be approved for conjugal/family visits? Could someone give me a description of how the process goes and what the facility looks like where we will be staying?

Also has anyone figured out the cheapest way to make phone calls happen so doesn't cost an arm and a leg with long distance fees?

Thank you anyone or everyone who answers my questions. wrote on Friday, February 14, 2014

    One more question, do we have to wait for their assessment to be complete before we can have an in-house visit?
mikiesma wrote on Thursday, February 27, 2014

    Hi. first of all . someone is giving bad advice at Edmonton Remand. You can visit while they are in assessment but need to get a clerance first. Fill out visiting forms asap and mail them in. they say it could take 4 to 6 weeks. but usually just over 14 days. He will only be allowed booth visits until intake done. He must apply for open visits once intake done. It doesnt happen automatically. no one tells you nothing. I knew more on the outside than my family member.

He can have phonecalls once he has phone numbers

approved to call. His canteen takes awhile to transfer so landlines will be the quickest as he can call collect.
wrote on Tuesday, March 11, 2014

    It costs about 0 cents a minute to call from Bowden to Edmonton. Not clear on the cost from Drumheller. Have been waiting forever to get approval for some family members. Be aware that the pen pac for Drumheller is a little different than the one on the website. Call and ask questions to the admission and discharge re the pen pac. Also contact visits and correspondence in regards to the visits and calls. For sure Drum is much different than Bowden. kinda sad but .... just the way it is..

wrote on Tuesday, March 11, 2014

    oops meant 10 cents a minute
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Thursday, January 30, 2014

A friend of ours just got sentenced to 26 months in drumheller,it's been 3 weeks and still haven't heard from him. His young 19 and his first time in any trouble. I'm scared for him with all the gangs and shit that goes on in there. Still not sure why he can't make any calls. Is there some sort of waiting period to get adjusted to being owned by the government ??? Not even sure how you put money in for him to make calls and don't really want to call and ask..
Mn wrote on Thursday, January 30, 2014

    Hi sorry to hear about your friends luck. my son is in there well be released in March. answer to your question it takes about a month before you well hear from him he well put a calling list together and someone well be calling you to confirm it . If you have a land line it well be easier for him other wise you have to send a money order or draft to Drumheller . They put it in his account and he can reach you . But contact Drumheller ask for information there pretty good always been pretty helpful for me .
wrote on Friday, January 31, 2014

    Thanks a bunch!!!
Laureen wrote on Saturday, February 15, 2014

    Still have not heard from him.. It's now been 50 since he was transferred from the remand to drumheller .
laureen wrote on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

    finally the prison called, but said it would be 2 more weeks before he would be able to make calls. At least he is still alive .
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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Hello, my significant other has just been transferred to drumHeller. I'm trying to find the list for his care package, but I dont know where to go.

Any help?

Cn wrote on Saturday, January 25, 2014

    Hi did you manage to get the list from him yet

If you scroll down there is a partial list bellow

Also on the list other than clothes

Music cd's

Head phones

Stereo no more than a 100 watts

Rechargeable batteries

Old school game system with games

Small up to 14" TV

Flip flops for shower

Small Non pointed scissors


Toe nail clippers

Lots of socks

Magazines, books

Shaving kit

Up to 5 pairs of pants no button fly

Sweat shirts no hoodys

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Drumheller Institute is one of the most corrupt in Alberta. Some staff are decent but most are arrogant and enjoy treating inmates and visitors like we're all sub-human. When a riot breaks out there its for a reason and wouldn't be surprised if there's another one soon. The food sucks too.
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Sunday, December 01, 2013

My fiance is at Edmonton Remand and on his way to Drum "we think". I last spoke to him on Wednesday 27 November. He was fairly sure he would be transferred the next day. I knew I would be out of contact for up to 2 weeks but it is much harder than I thought it would be not knowing where he is or if he is safe. He did 2 years in Grande Cache, not sure how Drum is compared to GC. If anyone knows could you please post.
caroln wrote on Saturday, December 07, 2013

    hi sandy you've probably have spoken with your boyfriend by now. I hope anyway well I have a son in there as we speak . At first it seemed like it was going to be a pretty scary place but to tell you the truth as long as he respects and follows the rules everything should be just fine. theres a lot of drugs floating around in there and causes a lot of problems .. heard the food in there really isn't to bad either . it might be a good idea to start getting a care package together if possible for they only give you 30 days to have it ready and to there door . my son has three months left and hes out. his first offence and cross my fingers the last .. good luck
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Monday, February 04, 2013
September Mehler

"My hubby is currently in Drum and I'm so frightened to go and visit him. I know that I need/want to go visit, but wondering if I'd be better off just waiting for his release date, which is in Feb of next year. Is anyone else having these same feelings?""My hubby is currently in Drum and I'm so frightened to go and visit him. I know that I need/want to go visit, but wondering if I'd be better off just waiting for his release date, which is in Feb of next year. Is anyone else having these same feelings?"
mom wrote on Sunday, January 12, 2014

    I believe what you're feeling is normal. Your visiting would probably do both you and him a world of good. Please note though that even if you don't do drugs, you can come into contact with it via currency or something as simple as touching a door knob that someone previous to you had been in direct contact with. On that basis, I would highly recommend you use rubbing alcohol and clean your I.D. with. As you are allowed to bring in $10 in change for vending machines, clean those as well. Seems odd but will lessen the chance of you hitting on the machine. Good luck on your visit :)
Cori wrote on Thursday, January 30, 2014

    If your husband is who I think he is "ray" he was a friend of mine while I was in drumheller and I know he would love it if visited him. There's nothing to be afraid of.
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Monday, July 01, 2013

My husband is going to Drum and I need to know what I can put in a pen package for him? HELP!
KK wrote on Wednesday, November 06, 2013

    small 14" tv

playstation 1 (only the first generation is allowed)

socks 8 pair

underwear 8 pair

4 jeans

3 sweats

2 shorts

Non with logo or strings

6 Shirts No logos

4 long sleeve

sandles (slip on)

2 picture frames (remove glass)

disposable razors

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

"been to drum in 2001, i really want to see 1 gang member on the streets, fuckin tune the skinny punk in. other than that drum was no prob."
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Monday, October 15, 2012
jim emsley

" i spent many years in drum and sharps farm in the early 80,s. As they say, the place is infested wiyh little gang bangers. in my time when you had a beef you delt with it one on one. Now ten little goofs jump in and not one of them is solid at all. Now a guy gets bounced from one range and he is solid in the next and starts fresh. I havent been in the pen after i finished my 8 in the max back in 89 but have a breef stay in an ontario remand and you want to talk about a water head warehouse. the only thing i will say is it has cured me. be safe brothers."
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Monday, April 09, 2012
Robert smith

"I spent many years in Drumheller Prison in the early 1980s and it is not a good system anymore, we all need to learn a trade and that creates self worth. The drug world happens inside or out so why not learn to work for money. To this date I have been out for 8 yrs, spent time in a pennsylvania prison during 9/11 and those Americans need to be trained to work and less sentencing. A Native kid had 2 grams of Down and got a sentence 18 to 63 yrs, life would have been easier if this person was treated fairly. "
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