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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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 […]

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Congress Close to Reauthorizing the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency & Prevention Act

Recently, both the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation that is closer than it’s been in over a decade to reauthorizing the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency & Prevention Act. This is a bill that will help to ensure the safe and fair treatment of almost 1 million kids who are in the juvenile justice system […]

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"After Release" ProgramsPrison Suicides & Deaths

SCI Camp Hill Inmate Found Dead Sunday Morning from Apparent Medical Condition

Officials with the Vermont Department of Corrections say that an inmate at SCI Camp Hill prison facility in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, was found dead early Sunday morning from a medical condition. Roger Brown, 68, appears to have died as a result of an ongoing medical condition, but officials would not comment on what that condition […]

Face to face prison visitations in Denver may becoming back.
Prison Visits & Issues

Denver Jails Considering Reinstating Face to Face Visitations

The Denver Sheriff Department is getting ready to launch a new way for inmates and family and friends to communicate, the watchdog for the city’s police is asking whether it’s better to reinstate face-to-face visitations in these jails. According to Nick Mitchell of the independent monitor in his 2017 semi-annual report, the ability to visit […]

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Prison Visits & Issues

Philadelphia Federal Jail Stopping Some Inmates From Seeing their Kids

In the nearly year and a half that Allen Woods has been awaiting trial in the Philadelphia federal jail, he’s only been able to see his son, who is six, one time. It’s been a tough road for both of them, as they used to see each other almost every single day. This is the […]

School to Prison Pipeline

Oregon Youth Authority Working to Ensure Juveniles Complete Education While in the System

At MacLaren Juvenile Detention Facility in Woodburn, Oregon, the boys who are placed there spend each school day where they should be – at school. They sleep in prison beds, but during the day, they attend a regular school and get the usual teachings – from math to science, and English. State educators and justice […]

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Community Programs for Prisoners

Parnell Correctional Facility Vocational Village Gives Parolees a Chance at Good Jobs

In Michigan, Parnell Correctional Facility parolees are getting new chances at healthy, productive lives thanks to a new program that helps to give them skilled trade certifications and jobs. The program, called Vocational Village, is at Parnell Correctional Facility in Jackson, and it’s the second prison in the state to offer a training program for […]

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Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia not Allowing Inmates to See their Kids

The Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia is not allowing their inmates to visit with their children. According to a class-action lawsuit that was recently filed, that’s what happened to Allen Woods when he couldn’t see his son on his sixth birthday. Instead of well wishes and hugs, Woods had to be satisfied with sending a […]

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Parenting from Behind Bars

AIM: Incarcerated Mothers and Their Families get Much-Needed Help in Alabama

In Montgomery, Alabama, one group is helping incarcerated mothers. It’s called Aid to Inmate Mothers, or AIM, and it has many programs that are helping women who are in the prison system to grow personally and become stronger mothers to their children while they are in jail. This is AIM’s 30th anniverFederal Detention Center in […]

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Prison System Issues

Colorado DOC Could Be Changing the “Secret Prison System”

Some of Colorado prison’s most violent and notorious criminals’ locations are kept from the victims of their crimes, but now the Department of Corrections is considering changing this policy on the secret priron system. DOC’s Executive Director Rick Raemisch recently said in an interview that if he is given the task of keeping someone alive, […]