The prison system in the United States is broken and we feel that one of the main reasons for this is the lack of transparency offered by correctional facilities. When someone becomes incarcerated, they and their loved ones are at the complete mercy of the institution in which they are placed. Information to stay in touch with their loved one is usually scarce and many things happen behind closed doors that no one ever hears about and there has never been a community where people could work together to expose these injustices collectively and lobby for change.
Our mission is to become that community.
First, we're working to make correctional facilities easier to navigate for the loved ones of those who are incarcerated. Our research has shown that many correctional facilities don't have easily accessible information regarding visiting hours/rules, physical addresses, phone numbers , email addresses, how to mail something, call, or send money to an inmate, and rehabilitation programs that the correctional facility has to offer. We're researching and writing to provide that information for every single federal and state prison (and jail) across the country.
Second, we're working to hold prisons accountable for the treatment of current, former, and future inmates. We do this by collecting data from our website visitors in the form of ratings and personal experiences. Our website gives former inmates and their families a chance to be heard and tell their story. We hope that collectively, this data will be used by media outlets to pressure these institutions and create change.
Third, we're working to make this a place to prepare people for prison. When someone is sentenced to prison, they're frightened and nervous about what the future holds. Our writers have actually been to prison and understand exactly what to expect while serving your sentence.
Founder and Managing Editor - Prof. Ron Stefanski MBA (Linkedin)
After earning his MBA from Benedictine University, Ron was looking for a new challenge and stumbled on the idea of helping the formerly incarcerated. After researching to assist a family member with finding work, Ron realized that the information he required wasn't reliable. Noticing a need in the market, Ron created JobsForFelonsHub.com which has become the #1 website on the internet to help felons find employment after release. As successful as that website has been, the biggest problem is that it wasn't very helpful to the families of those who are currently incarcerated, so PrisonInsight.com was created.
Lead Writer - Natalie
Natalie earned her Bachelors degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas, and has worked in television and radio during her career. When she was a 19-year-old sophomore at KU, she got her first on-air job as a sports reporter for a CBS-TV affiliate. In 2013, she was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the possession and production of marijuana. She was released in 2017. We've kept her last name off of our website so that she does not experience any professional hardship for her contributions. We've kept her full name off of our website so that she does not experience any professional hardship for her contributions.