To make your time inside more comfortable and feel somewhat more normal you will need money. Inmates in prison are provided with the basics. Inmates get fed, clothed, and given a dry place to sleep. There are no luxuries provided by the BOP or any state prison system. In prison a tube of toothpaste is considered a luxury that you will have to buy yourself. You will be issued a welcome kit which contains such items as a comb (no shampoo), a motel size bar of soap (no deodorant), a cheap plastic razor (no shaving cream), a thumb sized toothbrush, and if you are lucky, a bag of powder toothpaste which looks like bacon soda. The bar of soap is also used for deodorant, shampoo and shaving cream. These items are fine for a few days but you will want to buy better supplies from the institution’s commissary as soon as you are allowed to shop.
The BOP will pay inmates for work performed during their stay (see the Inmate's Jobs chapter in my guidebook). But, unfortunately it will be barely enough to buy the most basic items. Buying a Coke or Pepsi will feel like luxury items after a few months. So in order to have money in your commissary account, without burdening family and friends on the outside, I would recommend starting an online business before you begin your sentence. One that automatically pays you every month. I did this very thing before I reported to federal prison and my online business paid for my commissary every month of my sentence. You simply need a trusted someone to take your earnings and make deposits into your commissary account.
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