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.

In February 2014, Shadae 'Dae Dae' Schmidt had a stroke, but was still returned to isolation. She was found hanging in her isolation cell at CIW.
Prison Suicides & DeathsWomen's Prisons

CIW Audit Report: Why Women Are Committing Suicide in CDCR Prisons

A recent audit conducted at four California state prisons (CDCR) has caused lawmakers to call for reform. The audit revealed that inmates, especially women, are committing suicide in CDCR prisons at alarming rates. State lawmakers requested the audit after years of rising prison suicide numbers among California’s female inmate population. Conclusions from the report found […]

Shaylene "Light Blue" Graves added to the state's high suicide rates when she took her own life in a CIW prison in 2016.
Prison Suicides & DeathsPrison System IssuesWomen's Prisons

Staff Neglect Leads to State’s High Suicide Rates in California Prisons

An audit reveals that the suicide epidemic in California’s state prisons are caused by faulty leadership and oversight practices. This is leading to the state’s high suicide rates. Scott Kernan, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Secretary, defended the CDCR.  Kernan claimed programs such substance abuse and domestic violence counseling, were developed to lower […]