Melissa Schmitt

Shining a light on the War on Drugs

Shining a light on the War on Drugs

From the Texas Center for Justice & Equality: A new report, Reversing the War on Drugs in Texas, authored by Policy Analyst Sarah Reyes and Director of Policy and Advocacy Alycia Castillo, shares research on who’s actually using drugs in Texas, the harmful...

Prisons Use Covid to Enhance Punishment

Prisons Use Covid to Enhance Punishment

We've heard a few stories about how prisons use Covid as an excuse to enhance punishment of their charges. We received this letter from the mother of a person incarcerated at Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Washington Department of Corrections. We have reported...

Update: Here’s what’s happening

Update: Here’s what’s happening

An update from our friend in WSRU in WA DOC - read his post Preparing for Quarantine that he wrote just before being moved. Today he was moved back to general population. I'm doing great physically. I developed a sore throat (which became a slight cough) and rolling...

Change to Jpay Stamp Services

Announcement from Jpay: Dear JPay Customer, As of today, April 7, 2020, you will only be able to purchase JPay Stamp packages for the state where your incarcerated loved one is located. If you communicate with incarcerated individuals located in multiple states, then...