Revealed: Hidden costs of incarceration burden inmates’ families

Editor’s note: While this blog follows Gideon Walletsky’s time in prison, it’s important to remember that many of his experiences are shared by thousands of inmates across the United States. From time to time, Gideon’s stories will serve as a starting point in examining larger issues in America’s prison system. This installment of Revealed takes a look at the hidden costs of incarceration.

Most people assume inmates get many things—for example, food and personal supplies—for “free,” but that’s not always the case. Yes, inmates’ basic necessities are provided by the prison system, but their families are expected to pay for an array of items related to their care. Continue reading

Prison Christmas packages light up the holidays for inmates

For Gideon and the other inmates in his prison, Santa doesn’t look like a jolly fat man riding in a sleigh pulled by reindeer. To those behind bars, St. Nick resembles a delivery driver sitting behind the wheel of a box truck. Inmates’ version of Santa sports work clothes and a clipboard instead of a white beard and red suit. Continue reading