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.

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The Manson Family Victims: Let’s Never Forget Their Names

With recent death of cult leader Charles Manson, it’s time to take remember his “family’s” victims. Today is a good day to do our part to keep his victims’ names alive. Manson Family Victims: The Ones You Don’t Know About In 1969, Manson directed his group, also known as The Manson Family, to start a […]

Hiland Mountain Correctional Center inmate Marchela Fast holds her daughter Alaziah Fast-Detroy before Fast performs her lullaby at the prison in Eagle River on Saturday. (Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News)
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Alaska Program Uses Music to Help Mothers Behind Bars Stay Connected with Their Prison Kids

One Alaska program is helping incarcerated mothers stay connected with their children even while behind bars. It encourages better parenting through music. At the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center, the prison hosted it’s 2nd annual Project Lullaby Concert. It’s a program that encourages moms in prisons to be good, loving mothers to their children with the […]

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Program Helps Incarcerated Women Maintain Connections with Their Prison Kids

Children need their mothers, and just because women prisoners are mothers and their kids are separated by prison walls, doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be able to play an integral role in their lives of their little ones. In one prison, efforts are being made to help keep moms and their kids connected despite time […]

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Florida’s Cancelled Prison Visits May Finally Be Explained

For one weekend in August, the Florida Department of Corrections surprisingly canceled visits for inmates of all major prisons from friends and family members. They said that it was due to a planned march in Washington D.C. for inmates’ rights. Authorities also said that some prisoners might have been prompted to create problems. Why Did […]

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Mothers in Prisons: The Forgotten Victims of Their Crimes Struggle the Most

When it comes to women and their children, the bond is something that seems unbreakable, until prison walls come between what should always be a solid connection. And, that’s why these prison kids are known as the Forgotten Victims of Crime. Incarcerated Mom Doesn’t Always Equal Bad Mom Sometimes, good moms find themselves in situations […]

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One Reporter Notes: Children of Inmates Suffer More than Their Parents

We always try to cherish and protect women and children – until the women are in prison, then this isn’t the case. It’s important to note that Diane Dimond isn’t soft on women that have committed crimes, but she says that there is a serious issue with “generational incarceration.” As a society, she says, we […]

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U.S. Senator Todd Young Tours Federal Corrections Complex

U.S. Senator Todd Young of Indiana toured the federal corrections complex in Terre Haute while there on other matters. While he didn’t offer any solid plans to expand the federal prison, he did let on that there might be some changes that have an impact on the facility. Todd Young Interested in Community As an […]

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Prisons & Jails Get Up to 60% of What Inmates Pay to Make Phone Calls

Ask anyone who’s ever had to help an incarcerated loved one pay for phone calls if they cost too much. You’ll hear a resounding “Yes.” But, many of the attempts by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to stop the prices of calls from rising have actually been blocked when they go to court. Why Are […]

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Mentally Ill, Female Inmates Facing the Worst of the Post-Harvey Justice-System Delays

Female inmates have it bad, but for one woman in the Harris County Criminal Justice Center, the three month wait she had already undergone for pleading guilty to the felony charge of stealing a couple cases of beer was made longer due to Hurricane Harvey. When floodwaters soaked the facility and courthouse, everything was shut […]

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Release Set for Documentary on the Old Iowa State Penitentiary

It used to be the oldest prison west of the Mississippi River, and now the Old Iowa State Penitentiary is being featured in a documentary that is scheduled to be released on DVD next week. In an hour-long film, the old Iowa State Penitentiary is explored. The dirty details, as well as some of the stories […]