About Us

Prison Rideshare Network (PRN) is a non-profit organization founded by Renee Patterson. During the holiday season of 2010, she was planning three prison visit trips to three different CDCR facilities at the time to see:

  • Her mother in California Institution for Women in Corona, CA (CIW)
  • Her brother and 1st cousin in Calipatria State Prison (CAL)
  • Her best friend who quickly became her fiance in Avenal State Prison (ASP)

Prison Rideshare Network Visit Photo: Cousins Dajuan and Ameera Prison Visit to Calipatria (CSP)

As she started making travel plans to get to the last two, she realized just how far they were from Lynwood, CA. That’s when she found and joined prisontalk.com, a prison information and inmate support community, and forum for prison loved ones.

There, the prison daughter, sister, cousin and fiance, connected with numerous awesome ladies near Lynwood, going to the same prisons she visited. That’s when the idea of creating a network for prison loved ones looking for carpool partners to visit various facilities was invented.

Today, PRN is a non-profit organization that connects prison loved ones with prison visit transportation companies, carpool partners and ride share programs to get to the facilities. We want to help them continue to build those very important bonds with the incarcerated loved ones in their lives.

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Our Mission

Our ultimate mission is to someday ensure that all prison kids in the US have access to rides to prisons to visit their incarcerated parents at least once per month… FREE of charge.

This is done through a network of:

  • Companies that provide rides to prisons
  • People in your local area going to your loved one’s prison
  • Online community of people who visit prisons in the US
  • Coming Soon: The PrisonLifts app will soon automate the process of quickly finding prison rides

One of the best ways to create, build and nurture long-lasting relationships with prisoners is with prison visits. We help you find prison rides to support your incarcerated inmate through carpool partners, prison visitor transportation services and a network of resources.

Helping You Find Rides to Prisons

At the end of 2014, there were 1,561,500 prisoners being held in state and federal correctional facilities in the US. You can only imagine how many “outsiders” are affected as prison loved ones in 2017.

Many of these prison loved ones are looking for prison visitor transportation services, prison ride companies and prison carpool partners to help them get rides to prisons.

Others would like to network with prison carpool partners to help make their prison visits more affordable, and possibly more enjoyable. We help you find rides to prisons and carpool partners to ride with you.

Prison Rideshare Network Visit Photo: Me with My Family on a Prison Visit Trip to Calipatria State Prison
Prison Rideshare Network Visit Photo: Me with My Family on a Prison Visit Trip to Calipatria State Prison

Timely Prison Loved Ones News

The Prison Rideshare Network online community provides you with timely news written to, for and about prison loved ones. Our prison news is dedicated to improving the lives of:

  • Prison wives, fiancés and girlfriends
  • Prison husbands and boyfriends
  • Prison mothers, fathers and grandparents
  • Prison daughters and sons
  • Prison aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins
  • Other prison family, friends and loved ones

What Prison Loved Ones News Do We Report?

All of our news categories cater to the needs of prison loved ones throughout the US. These are some of the news categories on our site:

Prison Rideshare Network News Team

We are always looking for new reporters to help publish unique content on our site. All of our content is created to bring value to the lives of prison loved ones.

  • Content Editor: Kiesha Joseph
  • SEO Editor: Heidi Smith
  • Virtual Assistant: Latoya Taffe-Taylor
  • Virtual Assistant: Olokodana Bukhari

Editors & News Reporters

These are the editors and writers who currently report timely prison loved ones news for the Prison Rideshare Network online community:

Charles Omedo

Charles Omedo has a degree in Mass Communication and a PGD in Digital Communication. He worked as a newspaper/magazine reporter and editor for many years. Now, he writes daily news articles for private clients. Charles has written for US/UK/Canadian/Indian clients on various niches. He currently writes prison news for loved ones of inmates on the Prison Rideshare Network.



Daniel Peterson

Daniel Peterson is a young professional with diverse experience in content writing and content management. He has a strong blog writing background, and runs his own e-commerce partnership business. Daniel currently writes news articles for prison loved ones on the Prison Rideshare Network.



Kiesha Joseph

Kiesha Joseph is the owner of Content Marketing Geek Corporation. Her company provides white hat, inbound marketing services for small businesses, entrepreneurs, real estate professionals, bloggers and authors. Ms. Joseph enjoys swimming, cooking, eating, dancing, and of course writing. Kiesha is currently the managing content editor for Prison Rideshare Network news for inmates’ loved ones.



Melissa Knight

Melissa has been a freelance writer for 10 years. In that time, she has covered a plethora of topics. Her focus, though, tends to remain on addiction, natural health, health and nutrition, fitness, the paranormal, finances and more. In addition to her personal blogs, she is also a published author and editor of a rehab placement website.



Renee Patterson Writes

Renee Patterson writes prison stories, prison news and famous prisoners’ bios. She’s a prison daughter, prison sister and prison cousin. Renee has published eBooks about prison wives, prison fiances, prison husbands, prison kids, prison parents and other prison loved ones. She currently writes news for the Prison Rideshare Network related to the injustices within the CDCR prison system.



Melanie Macinas

Melanie Macinas holds a BS degree in Computer Science. She found her passion for writing when she took a content writing position for a BPO company. In 2011, she started her freelancing career as a writer and since then has successfully completed several writing projects for US/UK clients. She now writes news stories for prison loved ones on the Prison Rideshare Network.



Tina Karen

Tina Karen has been a lifestyle blogger for a while now. As she writes her my blog posts, she makes sure to highlight all the major points rather than only emphasizing the areas she finds preferable. Tina possess a soft voice that comes in handy and enables her to do voice overs. She currently writes news article for prison loved ones on the Prison Rideshare Network.



Mirza Gil

Mirza Gil is a full-time writer interested in everything social and controversial. She loves to drink coffee and watch documentaries about people of the world. Ms. Gil is a driven young professional with a passion for writing. She has collaborated with translating houses for Spanish, French, English and Portuguese. Mirza currently writes prison loved ones news for Prison Rideshare Network.



Heidi Smith

Heidi Smith is an avid writer that boasts an array of credits in authoring blogs, articles, and books. She has an extensive experience in online writing and a myriad of expertise in online web development and inbound marketing. Heidi prides herself on delivering well-written content that engages, enlightens, and entertains readers. She currently writes prison news stories for Prison Rideshare Network.



Emmanuel Oluwapelumi

Emmanuel considers himself more of an artist than a writer. He loves reading and writing poetry and fiction, but on other days, he makes music. Emmanuel has written on diverse topics for many websites and is the author of three books. Currently, he’s a news reporter for loved ones of incarcerated people for Prison Rideshare Network.



Colvin

Colvin Nyakundi is a freelance writer and blogger with interest in current affairs, travelling, real estate, health, technology, lifestyle and anything that makes life easier, better and more enjoyable. He holds a BSc Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and has co-authored several books. He is passionate about writing and has successfully completed several projects since he started professional writing in 2012. He currently writes news reports for Prison Rideshare Network.




Austin Wolfe

Austin Wolfe writes both professionally and creatively. He holds a BA degree in Professional Writing from York College of Pennsylvania. Mr. Wolfe currently lives in Glen Rock, PA who takes pride in being a self-proclaimed serial mumbler. trash poet. His motto? “Buy the ticket: take the ride.” Austin now writes news reports for prison loved ones on the Prison Rideshare Network.



Sasha Mela

Sasha Mela is an Aerospace Engineering student at the Illinois Institute of Technology with minor in Political Science. She’s been writing content professionally since high school. Sasha enjoys writing about topics she’s passionate about, including fashion, travel, arts, crafts, makeup, health, jewelry, dieting and more. She currently writes news reports for prison loved ones on Prison Rideshare Network.



Abigael Shem

Abigael Shem has eight years of experience in academic, content, research and creative writing, editing and proofreading. developing any type of content is now an easy task for me. When she’s not writing, she enjoys singing, dancing, hiking, traveling and sports, especially football and basketball. Abigael currently writes news for prison loved ones on Prison Rideshare Network.





Team Members

These are the awesome members of our behind-the-scenes team that help keep things running smoothly for our entire network:

Prison Rideshare Network

Prison Rideshare Network which helps prison loved ones find rides to visit incarcerated family and friends in the US. PRN also reports timely prison loved ones news to keep you informed on what’s happening now as it relates to those supporting them on the outside. Download our new PrisonLifts app for a directory of prison visit transportation companies, carpool partners and ride share programs for facility visitors.



VA - Olokodana Bukhari

Olokodana Toyosi is a divergent who tends to divert from the norm while developing in various directions. In mathematics terms, his series of thought increase indefinitely as new ideas are created in his mind. Known to the Prison Rideshare Network team as Toyo, he provides Virtual Assistant services that help keep the news rolling in a timely fashion. When he’s not working, Toyo enjoys conforming to absolutely nothing.



VA - Latoya Taffe-Taylor

Latoya Taffe-Taylor is an Administrative Professional with over five years of experience in general administration and Human Resource Management. She holds a B.Sc. from the University of the West Indies, Mona in Human Resource Management, and has provided support to several senior and executive managers. Currently providing administrative support for Prison Rideshare Network, Latoya helps to hold down the fort and keep the community afloat.


When she’s not managing projects, Latoya enjoys spending quality time with her family.



Sunny Sharma

Meet Sunny Sharma, Moodle Course Designer for Prison Rideshare Network.




Tony Black

Meet Tony Black, Web & Mobile App Designer for Prison Rideshare Network’s PrisonLifts app (coming soon).



Founder Renee Patterson Writes…

Prison Rideshare Network was founded by Renee Patterson, with the marketing team of Content Marketing Geek behind it. As a prison loved one herself, Ms. Patterson writes biographies about famous prisoners and fictional short stores related to the lives and struggles of prison loved ones.

Renee considers herself to be an advocate for prison loved ones… not the prisoners themselves.

When asked why she decided the world needed a network for loved ones looking for rides to prisons to visit incarcerated loved ones, Renee Patterson writes:

“When PRN was launched more than five years ago, the goal was simply to create a network for myself to visit my own loved ones in two CDCR prisons: CIW and ASP. Once I realized that very few such resources existed, I started my own network. And, that’s when the Prison Rideshare Network was born.

In the beginning, I’d rent a car or a multi-passenger van to transport those who purchased tickets to CIW or ASP. After a while, that became too overwhelming for me. So, I just started a Prison Rideshare Network Facebook Page and allowed people to hook up with each other there.

But, the dream of creating a website where prison visitors can network more efficiently to find carpool partners, ride share programs, transportation services and other rides to prisons never left my thoughts.”

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