There are issues within the US prison system that directly affect the lives of their loved ones on the outside. We are not advocates for prisoners. We are advocates for their loved ones. We report on the issues that cause stress and excitement in the lives of the family and friends of inmates.

Prison Family Report: DajuanFirstClass and his niece Ameera on a well deserved prison visit.
Prison Families & Loved OnesPrison Visits & IssuesRecidivism in the US

Open Your Home to a Prison Family… It Helps in So Many Ways

Being kind to a prison family is helpful in numerous ways. Research has shown over the years, that the presence of families during prison visits helps the inmates’ condition, psychologically and behavioral. Prison Visits Help Recidivism Being connected to their prison families improves inmate performance, inside the prison and eventually when they get released. One […]

Lancaster County Prison's Warden Cheryl Steberger announcing changes in visitation policies.
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Lancaster County Prison’s Drug Counteracting Measures Negatively Impact Prison Visits (Video)

On Tuesday, Lancaster County Prison in Pennsylvania announced upcoming changes due to a number of drug related incidents. The number of drug cases they have handled for the first half of 2017 (13 incidents) is more than half of what they handled in the whole year of 2016 (15 incidents). About 80% to 90% of the […]

Bristol County Jail Bans In-Person Prison Visits
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The Cruel, Profitable Policy of Banning In-Person Prison Visits for Inmates (Video)

The first correctional facility in the U.S. to ban in-person prison visits was Bristol County Jail and House of Correction in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts. In-person visits were banned, requiring visitors to pay for video calls instead. Rates and time available to make the calls vary around the country. For example, at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility, […]

J. Cole visited San Quentin State Prison to discuss mass incarceration, which he addresses in his album 4 Your Eyez Only.
Celebrity Prison Visits & CausesMass Incarceration

Mass Incarceration: San Quentin Inmates Get Prison Visit from Rapper J. Cole

J. Cole is doing to make a powerful statement when it comes to mass incarceration. He addresses the topic repeatedly on his platinum album 4 Your Eyez Only. It was obvious that this subject is near and dear to his heart by the way he kicked off the arena leg of his tour. The Hip […]

Olivia Francis of St. Elizabeth Shows Letters Made by Her Team for Restorative Justice Program. (Photos by Julio Escobar)
Recidivism in the US

Restorative Justice: Catholic Teens Send Cards to Prisoners

Restorative justice is a big issue in America these days. It’s an important factor that could help stop the Revolving Door to Prison crisis. And, if done correctly, it could also help bring healing to victims of crime, while helping them reintegrate with society. That’s why 80 Catholic high school students from Oregon, Nevada and […]

In 2013, the state of Pennsylvania made the decision to close multiple schools, but continued investing in state prisons.
Mass IncarcerationPrison System IssuesSchool to Prison Pipeline

Does Your State Spend More Money to Incarcerate Than to Educate?

According to a new Department of Education report, released earlier this month, local and state jail and prison spending has increased over three times quicker since 1990 than school spending. Some states have spent more on building prisons and maintaining prisons than others. But, the amount of states turning a blind eye to the long-term […]

Inmate Robert Daidone committed suicide at the Maury Correctional Institution in North Carolina while in solitary confinement.
Prison Suicides & DeathsPrison System IssuesWomen's Prisons

North Carolina & California Prisons Hard Hit with Suicides in 2016

Robert Daidone, a prisoner at Maury Correctional Institution in North Carolina was found dead in his cell last Tuesday. The 28-year old makes the state’s 5th prison suicide this year alone. According to The Charlotte Observer, prison authorities are currently investigating Daidone’s death. Daidone was serving time in the Eastern NC DPS facility for various […]

Shane Bauer, Mother Jones reporter, gets a job at private prison, Winn Correctional Center in Winnfield, Louisiana. This is what he reported from the inside.
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Journalist Gets Inside Look as a Prison Guard for 4 Months

It’s almost unthinkable for a reporter to get an inside look at a prison. And, it’s almost just as impossible for most people to ever truly know what life is like in prison for guards and inmates. But, one journalist defied the unthinkable. He got a job on the inside as a prison guard, cracking […]

Advocates are trying to get legislation passed that limits the amount of time an inmate can spend in solitary confinement. Wisconsin Department of Corrections solitary confinement cell.
Prison System IssuesWomen's Prisons

Activists Take 150-Mile Walk to End Solitary Confinement

On Saturday, dozens of peace activists ended a 150-mile walk to a Northwestern Illinois federal prison. They were protesting solitary confinement, according to the WQAD article: Activists walk 150 miles to protest at Thomson Prison The Walk included about 50 protesters from Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a Chicago-based group. It began on Saturday, May 28th, continued […]

Shaylene "Blue" Graves committed suicide at CIW just six days before her scheduled release.
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Another Inmate Commits Suicide at CIW… Just 6 Weeks before Her Release Date

Erika Rocha and Shaylene “Blue” Graves both committed suicide at CIW this year. Why are there so many suicides at CIW, and what can be done about it? CORONA, Calif. – June 8, 2016 – PRLog — There has been yet another suicide reported at the Correctional Institute for Women in Corona, CA, otherwise known […]