Arrests are scary. Experiencing an arrest means you’re subjected to the full extent of state violence and cruelty. Getting arrested and thrown into county jail can be disorienting, stressful, and traumatizing, for both the person arrested and loved ones.
While there is no true way of eliminating the stress and violence of an arrest (except, you know, abolishing them outright), making a plan in anticipation of one can help reduce the stress of the first few days after an arrest and assist those closest to you in providing support.
Are you at risk of arrest? This ARREST PLAN worksheet can be used to communicate important emergency contact information, phone tree, bail fund information, social media communications, and other information that you would not want overheard and recorded by law enforcement. After filling out this worksheet, keep a copy of this document with your in-case-of-arrest point person and memorize their phone number or write them on your arm (cops won’t let you use your cellphone in jail!)
Have suggestions on how to make the worksheet better? Have questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
(This worksheet was modified from one found on In Case of My Arrest’s website.)