Staying in touch with your loved ones in prison is not always easy. Here are stories, tips and news related to ways to communicate with incarcerated family, friends and imprisoned pen pals.

Inmate Mingle helps prisoners find people to date on the outside.
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Inmate Mingle: New Free Mobile Prison Dating App Hits the Scene (Video)

Who would believe there’d be a mobile prison dating app for meeting incarcerated offenders? It’s called Inmate Mingle. And, it’s very popular these days. New Free Mobile Prison Dating App: Inmate Mingle Hits the Scene Inmate Mingle allows incarcerated offenders to chat and possibly date people on the outside for free. Many people love developing […]

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Will Charles Manson’s Body Ever Get to See a Real Grave?

Notorious cult leader Charles Manson in a recent note wrote “I’m not in the best spot to rest in peace.” He signed the handwritten note with his signature. It seems the recently deceased 83-year-old may not rest in peace after all. This is because his body remains unclaimed at the coroner’s office in Kern County, […]

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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Inmates in Northern Illinois County Jail to have Access to Tablets

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Prisoners housed at the Northern Illinois jail will get tablets that will function as a phone and for permitted classes. According to reports from the Rockford Register Star, the tablets will be completely functional on Tuesday at the Winnebago County Jail. The tablets won’t have internet browsing features, social media platforms, […]

Beaumont, Texas was underwater during Hurricane Harvey. Its federal prison was underwater too!
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Hurricane Harvey: Texas Prison Inmate Describes Overflowing Toilets & Lack of Water

Hurricane Harvey descended heavily on southeast Texas in late August. The heavy storms prompted thousands of people to evacuate to safer sites. Prison inmates in many facilities were moved to better facilities in other parts of the state. But some prisoners were unlucky enough to be kept inside their cells as the catastrophic flooding raged. […]

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Death Row Inmate Scott Peterson Dedicates Prison Shrine to Murdered Wife Lacy

Death row inmate Scott Peterson currently maintains a prison shrine to his murdered wife, Laci. He is also reported to keep and constantly smooch the photograph of his late wife. Peterson has never admitted to killing his pregnant wife. And, he continues to write prison penpals to maintain his supposed innocence. Peterson, 45, is currently […]

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John Lennon’s Killer, Mark Chapman, Admits to Meeting Jesus in Prison

Mark Chapman shot and killed Beatles rockstar John Lennon on December 8, 1980. He was sentenced to 20 years-to-life in prison. Chapman wrote a prison letter to a penpal confessing that he met Jesus Christ in prison. He said he also wrote a book explaining his motivations for the killing. In Chapman’s letter to a […]

Kelly Cappello must spend enormous costs for video visits with her son in McHenry County Jail because in-person visits are permanently banned.
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McHenry County Jail’s High Video Visit Fees Prevents Families from Engaging with Loved Ones

Kelly Cappello, whose son is an inmate at the McHenry County Jail, wishes there was any way she can visit with her son face-to-face. Unfortunately, there isn’t. In-prison visits have long been a thing of the past. Several years have elapsed since the McHenry County Jail opted out of in-person visits. Instead, it has required […]