Learn about the various issues prison loved ones face when trying to visit various facilities in the US. We also report on stories about prison visits that you’d love to read about on the Prison Rideshare Network.

Does this visiting room filled with video visitation phones look kid-friendly to you?
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Douglas County Jail Uses Art & Activities To Be More Kid-Friendly & Less Scary

Two Douglas County Jail employees had the same vision: Transform the visiting area into a child-friendly environment. Jackie Notch and Connie Fields worked to make the vision come true. One of the essences of allowing prison kids to visit their incarcerated parents is to comfort them with the parental love they have innocently been deprived of […]

A woman visits with a Denver County Jail inmate over video-chat.
Prison Visits & Issues

Officials React: Denver Watchdog Petitions Against Video-Only Prison Visitation

The city and county jails in Denver only allow visitors to speak to their incarcerated loved ones via a video console. Families are not allowed to have physical contact with inmates. Visits are video-only. Watchdog Explains Unfairness of Video-Only Prison Visits in Denver One of the Denver jails was intentionally designed that way to make […]

Better parent-child interaction within the prison systems is the LR198 study.
Prison Visits & Issues

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 […]

One prison inmate writes that letters are always something prisoners appreciate from their loved ones on the outside.
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Contacting Your Incarcerated Family and Friends This Holiday Season (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of a 2-part series. Click here to Read Part 1. 3. Actual Gifts You Can Send to Prisoners for Christmas Renee Patterson Writes eBooks to, for and about prison loved ones. She’s been sending Christmas gifts to her mom in prison, who entered the CDCR system in 2007, since the beginning. […]

It's time to get you and your family prepared for a prison visit this holiday season to let them know you care.
Prison Visits & Issues

Preparing for a Prison Visit This Holiday Season

Your incarcerated loved ones should expect something special from you this holiday season. They should look forward to spending Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year with you. But, not in the usual way. You need to make sure your loved one gets a prison visit this holiday season from you. This is the holiday gift of […]

Teens will dress and work as prison guards during the Art 180 virtual jail cell tour.
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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 […]

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 […]

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The Reason Behind Oprah Winfrey Prison Story Pitch on 60 Minutes (Video)

Oprah Winfrey believes the use of solitary confinement deserves scrutiny, which is why she pitched a story about the topic for this week’s 60 Minutes broadcast. As a Special Contributor, Winfrey details how she ended up in a prison cell at the most notorious state penitentiary in America: Pelican Bay State Prison in California (PBSP). Oprah Winfrey’s Day in […]

Old Iowa state prison
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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 […]

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 […]