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.
Who Can Our Website Help?
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.
Meet Our Team
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.