the last mile
Women's Prisons

Last Mile Computer Coding Program for Female Inmates at CIW Provides Paid Jobs

A Last Mile computer coding program introduced to female inmates at the California Institution for Women (CIW) in Chino has proven very helpful. The computer skills acquisition program has proven to provide trained inmates with paid jobs after release from prison. It has also helped to keep released prisoners away from crimes and recidivism. The Read More…

Prison calls
Prison Phone Calls

Inmate Calling System Needs a Reform

The criminal justice reform in the United States has clear goals: decrease the prison population in the country, reduce prison sentences and eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenders. While the reform is to be lauded, it seems that the overhaul has neglected one aspect: the broken market for inmate calling services. Inmate calling Read More…

College-in-Prison Program for Women Inmates of Cuomo
Recidivism in the US

Education Justice Program Gets $1 Million Grant to Expand College-in-Prison Program

The Education Justice Program (EJP) at the University of Illinois will expand its academic programs for incarcerated people thanks to a three-year, $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It’s to establish a College-in-Prison program. What is the College-in-Prison Program? EJP provides a comprehensive college-in-prison program to those incarcerated at the Danville Correctional Center. Read More…

Mark Chapman & Barbara Walters in Prison
Famous Prisoners Series Prison Pen Pals

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 Read More…

Mom's in Prison
After Release Programs Parenting from Behind Bars Prison Families & Loved Ones Prison Kids Prison System Issues

Mothers in Prisons: The Forgotten Victims of Their Crimes Struggle the Most

When it comes to women and their children, the bond is something that seems unbreakable, until prison walls come between what should always be a solid connection. And, that’s why these prison kids are known as the Forgotten Victims of Crime. Incarcerated Mom Doesn’t Always Equal Bad Mom Sometimes, good moms find themselves in situations Read More…

Kids with parents in prisons
Parenting from Behind Bars Prison Kids

One Reporter Notes: Children of Inmates Suffer More than Their Parents

We always try to cherish and protect women and children – until the women are in prison, then this isn’t the case. It’s important to note that Diane Dimond isn’t soft on women that have committed crimes, but she says that there is a serious issue with “generational incarceration.” As a society, she says, we Read More…

Kelly Cappello must spend enormous costs for video visits with her son in McHenry County Jail because in-person visits are permanently banned.
Keeping in Touch Prison Visits & Issues

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 Read More…

Oprah's Prison Visit
Celebrity Prison Visits & Causes Videos & Audios

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 Read More…

Keeping in Touch Prison Phone Calls

Prisons & Jails Get Up to 60% of What Inmates Pay to Make Phone Calls

Ask anyone who’s ever had to help an incarcerated loved one pay for phone calls if they cost too much. You’ll hear a resounding “Yes.” But, many of the attempts by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to stop the prices of calls from rising have actually been blocked when they go to court. Why Are Read More…