Providing supporting for the needs of prisoners may include the following:
- Arranging legal defence and raising money
- Calling a prisoner’s family, friends, job, school, etc.
- Feeding cats, walking dogs, caring for children
- Paying overdue bills, etc.
- Arranging for visits by chaplains or for religious services. (In jail even the most hard-core atheist will welcome these as a diversion!)
- If prisoners are in for a long time, supporters may visit, write letters or post money in prisoners’ jail accounts so they can buy supplies at the commissary as the situation allows.
- Being there to pick them up, greet them, feed them and provide comfort when they get out.
- Arranging medical care if needed.
- Providing emotional support, counselling, and help in debriefing afterwards.
- Remembering to support people who have been unexpectedly arrested.
This section has been reprinted with permission from the author and adapted to the Australian context.