Melissa Knight has been a freelance writer for over a decade now. In that time, she has covered a plethora of topics. Her focus, though, tends to remain on addiction, natural health, health and nutrition, fitness, the paranormal, demons, finances and more. In addition to her personal blogs, she is also a published author and editor of a rehab placement website. Melissa currently writes news for the Prison Rideshare Network.
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…

Mass Incarceration Prison System Issues

Mentally Ill, Female Inmates Facing the Worst of the Post-Harvey Justice-System Delays

Female inmates have it bad, but for one woman in the Harris County Criminal Justice Center, the three month wait she had already undergone for pleading guilty to the felony charge of stealing a couple cases of beer was made longer due to Hurricane Harvey. When floodwaters soaked the facility and courthouse, everything was shut Read More…

Old Iowa state prison
Prison Tours Prison TV, Series, Movies, Games

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 Read More…

Prison Kids US Federal Prison System

Congress Close to Reauthorizing the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency & Prevention Act

Recently, both the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation that is closer than it’s been in over a decade to reauthorizing the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency & Prevention Act. This is a bill that will help to ensure the safe and fair treatment of almost 1 million kids who are in the juvenile justice system Read More…

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After Release Programs Prison Suicides & Deaths

SCI Camp Hill Inmate Found Dead Sunday Morning from Apparent Medical Condition

Officials with the Vermont Department of Corrections say that an inmate at SCI Camp Hill prison facility in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, was found dead early Sunday morning from a medical condition. Roger Brown, 68, appears to have died as a result of an ongoing medical condition, but officials would not comment on what that condition Read More…

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 Read More…

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School to Prison Pipeline

Oregon Youth Authority Working to Ensure Juveniles Complete Education While in the System

At MacLaren Juvenile Detention Facility in Woodburn, Oregon, the boys who are placed there spend each school day where they should be – at school. They sleep in prison beds, but during the day, they attend a regular school and get the usual teachings – from math to science, and English. State educators and justice Read More…

vocational village
Community Programs for Prisoners

Parnell Correctional Facility Vocational Village Gives Parolees a Chance at Good Jobs

In Michigan, Parnell Correctional Facility parolees are getting new chances at healthy, productive lives thanks to a new program that helps to give them skilled trade certifications and jobs. The program, called Vocational Village, is at Parnell Correctional Facility in Jackson, and it’s the second prison in the state to offer a training program for Read More…

Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia
Prison Kids Prison Visits & Issues

Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia not Allowing Inmates to See their Kids

The Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia is not allowing their inmates to visit with their children. According to a class-action lawsuit that was recently filed, that’s what happened to Allen Woods when he couldn’t see his son on his sixth birthday. Instead of well wishes and hugs, Woods had to be satisfied with sending a Read More…