Emergency Early Release Taken Off The Table as Ohio Considers Options for Overcrowded Prisons

By: Friday January 23, 2015 1:50 pm

As prisoners, advocates and journalists warned of deteriorating conditions in Ohio’s prisons over the past year, the inmate population slowly crept back up to around 30% over capacity.

 

New Rules for Solitary Confinement on Rikers Island Attempt to Fix What Must Be Replaced

By: Thursday January 22, 2015 4:00 pm

Would New York City’s new rules for solitary confinement have saved the life of 19-year-old Andy Henriquez?
Henriquez was brought to Rikers Island when he was only 16. Three years later, he was still awaiting trial when he was placed in isolation.

Vermonters: Help Us Stop Out of State Prison Transfers

By: Thursday October 9, 2014 2:19 pm

These inmates are among 500 from Vermont who have been shipped to facilities in other states. With CCA’s contract due to expire in July, Firedoglake is teaming up with Grassroots Leadership to demand Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin bring these inmates home and end interstate transfers for good.

If you live in Vermont sign and share our petition: End out-of-state private prison transfers and bring Vermont inmates home.

Not from Vermont? Use our share tool to spread the word about this campaign and help us recruit more signers to this petition.

A non-existent constituency

By: Tuesday August 5, 2014 1:30 am

The terrible truth about democratic politics — in addition to their being innately corrupt and beholden to money — is that those in the weakest position have no leverage to enact reform. Morality doesn’t have currency, when it comes to the powerless.

FDL Movie Night: 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story

By: Monday August 4, 2014 4:59 pm

Tonight’s documentary, 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story is a hard look at the juvenile “justice” system in America and prison rehabilitation. The United States is the only nation that condemns juveniles to life without chance of parole (LWOP). Kenneth’s case is especially disturbing: At 14 he was convinced by an older man, his mom’s drug dealer, to participate in a series of armed robberies.

The War on Drugs Has Been Very Effective at Suppressing African-Americans

By: Wednesday July 16, 2014 9:58 am

Since the origin of drug prohibition is steeped in racism, the drug war has been very effective at achieving this goal

Our Flawed Corrections System

By: Wednesday July 2, 2014 7:07 pm

Beginning Tuesday, Idaho will not be renewing its 29 million dollar per year contract with Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). This is one small step in the right direction of doing something about our fundamentally flawed prison industrial complex. The US mass incarceration complex has performed perhaps one of the most brutal hatchet jobs imaginable on human rights.

The entire population, guilty of deliberate indifference

By: Tuesday June 3, 2014 1:30 am

When a group that is viewed with disdain by the public as well as the legal system, this is the sort of thing that happens as a consequence.

VIDEO: Azadeh Zohrabi on CA Hunger Strikers, Solitary Confinement, and Herman Wallace

By: Monday November 25, 2013 7:15 pm

Azadeh Zohrabi spoke in San Francisco on November 8, 2013, at an event alongside Robert H. King of the Angola 3, who was released in 2001 after 29 years in continuous solitary confinement.

Reports From Hearing for Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3, to End Etrip Searches

By: Thursday November 14, 2013 6:30 pm

As you may remember, Albert’s first hearing seeking to bring an end to the inhumane, abusive, and illegal routine strip searches he is subjected to daily was postponed. Now, after months of legal wrangling, Albert’s hearing happened today, November 13th, in Court before Judge Brady in the Louisiana Middle District Court in Baton Rouge. Albert was present and testified.

With any luck Albert and his legal team will convince Judge Brady to uphold the consent decree that came out of a 1978 lawsuit Albert himself filed and won — establishing such searches as illegal, unconstitutional, and against internal prison policy.

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