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.

Parenting from Behind BarsPrison Families & Loved OnesPrison KidsPrison System Issues

Program Helps Women Prisoners Stay Connected to Prison Kids & Families

Mother’s Day is one of the most challenging days for women prisoners at Grand Valley Institution. Many of the up to 215 inmates are also mothers missing their kids. More than 75% of those incarcerated in the facility are mothers. And more than 50% of were the primary supporters and caregivers to their children upon […]

Mark Zuckerberg is doing his part to push prison reform that fights recidivism.
Recidivism in the USSchool to Prison Pipeline

Mark Zuckerberg Supports Ex-Prisoners; Lobbing for Extensive Prison Reforms

Facebook CEO and founder, Mark Zuckerberg, is supporting ex-prisoners to push for extensive prison reforms across the United States. The social media billionaire is doing this under the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (ZKI), a non-profit set up with his wife. The conservative ex-prisoners are lobbying the Congress to initiate reforms across federal prisons. Prison laws have […]

Prison Guards Blasting Inmates with Tear Gas at Wellington Jail.
Prison Families & Loved OnesPrison System Issues

Questions Asked: Loved Ones Protest After Prison Authorities Deploy Tear Gas to Break Up Fight

Lots of questions are being asked following a prison fight which broke out at the Evans Correctional Institution in Bennettsville, South Carolina. Loved ones want to know why authorities used tear gas. And the questions are being answered too. A video of the incident reportedly showed correctional officers using tear gas to disperse the inmates […]

Prison Suicides & Deaths

Prison Litigation Seeks $100,000 Damages for Wrongful Death of Inmate at Luzerne County Jail

The Luzerne County Council is gearing up to cough up over $100,000 in settlement for a suicide in its jail. Catherine Marie Jones Miller brought the suit against the county for the December 2012 death of her son Gary Allen Jones. This is one out of the many litigations brought against the county of which […]

Inmates wait to enter their dormatory at The Marlin Orientation and Assessment Unit, a Texas Youth Commission facility in Marlin, Texas.
School to Prison Pipeline

Report Suggests: Close Down Youth Prisons & Replace with Community Programs

A 2016 report published by Harvard Kennedy School and the National Institute of Justice details organized violence in US youth prisons. This has necessitated calls from all quarters for the closure of youth prisons across the country, Washington Post reports. These youth prisons will be replaced with community programs and rehabilitation centers. This recommendation became […]

Beaumont, Texas was underwater during Hurricane Harvey. Its federal prison was underwater too!
Prison Pen PalsPrison System Issues

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. […]

Kevin is nervous about taking his first flight since his release from San Quentin State Prison. (OWN)
"After Release" ProgramsRecidivism in the US

Formerly Incarcerated People Face Serious Challenges Trying to Create Better Lives

Getting out of jail is, for most, a clean slate. It’s chance to start over, to do good, to become someone who makes a mark on society. But, formerly incarcerated people face some serious challenges starting new lives outside the prison gates. What they don’t know is while they are ready to move on in life, […]

Nebraska Prisoner Alyssa Mayer and DeVanté
Parenting from Behind BarsPrison Families & Loved OnesPrison Kids

The Toll Parents Behind Bars Has on Nebraska’s Prison Kids

Children of imprisoned mothers and fathers are often described as the forgotten victims of incarceration. When a parent goes to jail, children are affected, usually in negative ways. However, these effects are rarely considered in criminal justice processes, during which – instead – attention is focused on determining the guilt or innocence of a person […]

School to Prison Pipeline

Severe School Punishments Funnel Students of color to Prison

Students of color who have come in contact with the law enforcement and criminal justice system due to their in-school behaviors are more likely to embark on a path to prison; This increasing trend is dubbed “school-to-prison lifeline.” Statistics Show Punishment Largely Involves Students of Color and with Disability Severe school punishments, which include suspensions, […]

Teens will dress and work as prison guards during the Art 180 virtual jail cell tour.
Prison ToursSchool to Prison Pipeline

Art 180’s Exhibit Offers Virtual Jail Cell Experience to Teens

Art 180’s Atlas Gallery has collaborated with 10 teens who were previously incarcerated at the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center to present the “My Reality” virtual jail cell exhibit. With its virtual reality element, the exhibit takes visitors to a virtual jail cell experience and lets them see incarceration through the eyes of jailed teens. Art […]