Melanie Macinas holds a BS degree in Computer Science. She found her passion for writing when she took a content writing position for a BPO company. In 2011, she started her freelancing career as a writer and since then has successfully completed several writing projects for US/UK clients. She now writes news stories for prison loved ones on the Prison Rideshare Network.
Hamilton County’s TOWER Program Job Fair for Inmates
After Release Programs

Hamilton County’s TOWER Program Helps Reduce Recidivism

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office takes pride in its newest initiative aimed at reducing recidivism rates—the Transitioning Opportunities for Work, Education and Reality Program (TOWER).   TOWER is a five-week program that connects inmates with job training and employment opportunities. It provides inmates who are to be released within 180 days with opportunities for practical job Read More…

Famous Prisoners Series

Americans Spent Over $1.7 million for Incarceration of Charles Manson

Mass murderer and cult leader Charles Manson stayed in prison for almost five decades until his natural death on November 19. His 46 years of imprisonment cost American taxpayers approximately $1 million to $1.7 million, said Lucinda Shen, a journalist with Fortune. Citing official data from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Shen Read More…

Stats on crimes African Americans
Mass Incarceration

USSC Report: African Americans Have Highest Incarceration Rates in US

The United States Sentencing Commission (USSC) has released its fifth statistical data on prison incarceration rates in the country. Once again, African Americans have the highest incarceration rates among all races, the report shows. The study gathers national data on sentencing for offenders between October 2011 and October 2016. The independent agency started with the Read More…

Famous Prisoners Series

#FreeMeekMill Rally Demands Rapper’s Release to Push Criminal Justice Reform

On November 6, Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill was sentenced to two to four years of state imprisonment for probation violation and now a campaign is reaching far and wide #FREEMEEKMILL. The 30-year old rapper had been on probation for almost a decade for drug and gun charges. Days after his prison sentence, #FreeMeekMill has become Read More…

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, Read More…

Teens will dress and work as prison guards during the Art 180 virtual jail cell tour.
Prison Tours School 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 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…

rie county prison PA
Prison Suicides & Deaths

Financial Settlement Reached in Erie County Prison Inmate Suicide Case

The federal civil rights lawsuit concerning the 2014 suicide of an inmate at Erie County Prison, Pennsylvania has made some strides. The county and Wexford Health Sources Inc, the medical contractor of the prison, have agreed to a financial settlement with Mason Murzynski’s family. Erie County Prison Inmate’s Family Settles with County and Wexford Health Sources Read More…

Fite Film
School to Prison Pipeline

FITE Film Features Prison to University Success Stories

“Inmates can rise above their criminal records.” This is the beautiful message of FITE film, which premiered at the University of California, Berkeley on October 12. FITE (From Incarceration to Education) is a documentary that narrates the way to success in higher education of four previously incarcerated UC Berkeley students. FITE FILM: Success Stories of Read More…