How To Help A Family Member That’s In Prison

You just got a devastating call from your only brother. Your brother was arrested and he needs your help. You can hear the fear in his voice. When you hung up the phone you felt terrible. Your heart felt like it broke into a million pieces, you felt so helpless. How could something this horrible happen in your family? The first thing you need to do is relax, take a deep breath. You aren’t helpless because you have options to help your brother.

Vital Sympathetic Approach

The best thing you can do is support your brother. Help him understand that you care, and you want to be there for him. It’s an emotional experience for you, but you must stay strong. The family depends on you for strength. What emotional support can I offer him? Well, you can let him know that no matter what happens you will support him. Let him know how much you love, care, and support him. You can find all the information you can about his court case. You can research what he was arrested for, also get details on how to appeal the case. Your brother could have been arrested for no reason. Ultimately, the choice is yours on how much emotional support you want to provide.

The Painful Step Forward

You feel like an emotional wreck, but you’re determined to help your brother. First, you need to think about how you can move the process along faster. There are some important steps you need to take. You can visit your brother in prison and find out who his lawyer is. The lawyer can keep you up to date with information on him being released early from prison. Make sure you visit your brother and keep in contact with him. He will need you to take care of his personal business while he is in prison. Remember, you can send your brother money, so he can buy what he needs. Talk to your brother about his needs. He might need some extra clothes, books, or games. Some people will write letters to their family members. Keep in mind; he needs emotional support, plus physical support.

Bail Bonds: The Ultimate Price of Love

It’s 2 am in the morning, your eyes are blood shot red, but it’s impossible to sleep. Relax, it’s ok to be worried, sleepless, and scared. Many people can’t deal with the emotional stress. It’s painful seeing their family member locked up in prison. The bail has been set at $50,000, should you try to pay it? The financial hardship is too much to take because you are already in debt. How do you know he will pay you back? You don’t want your brother to suffer because you love him. Bail bond companies will require you to sign a legal bonding contract. The contract requires the money to be paid back by a set time. There are other guidelines you want to think about before making a decision. Remember, you must decide how far you are willing to go to help your brother. Truthfully, this is a very hard decision, but one you must make.

Melanie Green has a masters degree in psychology. She used; when she had problems with her son.