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  • Restoring Pell Grants—And Possibilities—for Prisoners

    March 11, 2021 By Clint Smith - Staff writer at The Atlantic During the winter months, the small classroom smelled of wood and heat. Three rows of desks faced the door, and before class began I would rearrange some of them into a circle. Different shades of fores...

  • San Diego County to make inmate phone calls free

    The county jails had been charging up to 33 cents a minute for local calls and $2 for voicemail By Kelly Davis March 2, 2021 The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to make phone calls in county-run jails and juvenile detention faciliti...

  • CDCR reduces cost of telephone calls for inmates

    California Signs Six-Year Telecom Contract  May 1, 2021 The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced Monday that it has reduced the cost of phone calls for inmates after signing a new, six-year telephone service contract. The contract with...

  • The Cost of Calling My Mom From Prison

    OPINION - For incarcerated people like me, access to communications comes at a steep price. By John J. Lennon - John J. Lennon is a contributing writer for The Marshall Project and a contributing editor for Esquire. He’s currently incarcerated in Sullivan Correctional Facility. &#...

  • When a Student Couldn’t Pay Tuition Fees, Prison Inmates Rallied to Rais...

    Palma School By Judy Cole  - Jan 20, 2021 In the prison system, crime and punishment go hand in hand. Rehabilitation—while often cited as a goal of correctional facilities—is usually more elusive. But, maybe if you add a book club to the mi Not long ag...

  • Manhunt underway for 6 inmates who escaped from a California jail using ...

    Deputies are searching for six men who escaped from a California jail on January 10, 2021. January 11, 2021 By Hollie Silverman (CNN) A manhunt is underway for six inmates who escaped from the Merced County Downtown Jail in Northern California, a...

  • A high school student needed help with tuition, so an unlikely group ste...

    Sy Newson Green, center, attended a book club at California's Soledad State Prison while he was a student at nearby Palma School. Jason Bryant, right, is one of the inmates who led the fundraising for Newson Green's tuition at the Catholic school. (CNN) By Kellie B. Gormly&...

  • Prison inmate running contraband operation sentenced

    Inmate: Cody Robert Whitten #149298 An inmate at the state prison in Calico Rock caught smuggling contraband obtained on work details in Mountain Home into the facility has pled guilty to the charges against him. The plea came during a session of Baxter County Circuit Court...

  • 'Survivors of solitary confinement'

    As many Americans experience the holidays alone for the first time, formerly incarcerated share how they got through isolation December 20, 2020 By Johnny Perez, Jack Morris, Pamela Winn - USA Today Opinion contributors Introduction by Johnny Perez Ther...