Riley Wharton is a freelance writer who enjoys penning about a variety of topics. She likes writing for blogs and news outlets about issues of social justice and advocacy. Riley also enjoys writing about pop culture. The freelancer received both her Bachelor's and Master's from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She loves the mission of Prison Rideshare Network and wants others to be inspired by her prison news and blog writing.
Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steven Hammond report to San Pedro Prison to serve time for arson.
Trump's Pardons Wrongful Convictions

The People Behind President Trump’s Pardons – Where Are They Now?

Within just a year-and-a-half in office, President Donald Trump has offered pardons and commutations to nine people. The convictions range in severity, with several having to do with fraud and his highly conservative agenda. Where are they now? Pardons Made by President Trump So Far Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steven Hammond This father-son farming duo Read More…

Prisoners preparing food cooked by their own hands to for other prisoners.
Prison Reforms

President Trump’s ‘First Step’ Towards Changes in Prison Reform

President Trump take steps towards prison reform. The First Step Act is sent to the Senate for approval. It provides necessary changes for inmates. What do the following people and organizations have in common?  President Donald Trump White House advisor Jared Kushner Equal Justice Initiative Freedom Works Faith & Freedom Coalition Urban League Koch Brothers Van Read More…

The illinois Women’s Task Force Initiative seeks to decrease the number of women in the state's prisons.
Mass Incarceration Women's Prisons

Illinois Task Force Established to Reduce Women’s Prison Population

Illinois Department of Corrections has implemented the Women’s Task Force Initiative. The main purpose of the all women-led group is to help reduce the state’s population of women of IDOC prisons. The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the entire world. According to the chart below from Statista, the number of US prisoners Read More…