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.

LA County Jails Deputies Strike Inmates in Head Causing Injuries at ‘Alarming Regularity’

By: Wednesday September 26, 2012 6:00 pm

Correctional officers in Los Angeles County jails strike inmates in the head at an “alarming regularity,” according to a report released by the American Civil Liberties Union in Southern California.

Who Guards the Guards?

By: Sunday September 16, 2012 4:48 pm

Fabian Avery III was seventeen when he died.

And were it not for how he died, we might offer our condolences, maybe we’d say he was in prison anyway, but we probably would not be reading this story. There’d have been no one to write it.

You’re reading about his death because he was yet another victim of a prison system that is utterly broken and whose inmates are just about utterly forgotten.

CA: Three Strikes Reform Likely to Go Before the Voters

By: Friday April 27, 2012 3:15 pm

There is a good possibility voters in California will get a chance to reform their 1994 “three strikes” law this November. Supporters of the ballot initiative to reform the law claim they turned in signatures well in excess of the 500,000 required by state law to qualify for the ballot.

Pelican Bay Prison Hunger Strike Shines Light on True Character of US Prison System

By: Monday July 11, 2011 4:07 pm

On July 1, 2011, Pelican Bay prisoners began an indefinite hunger strike to protest the conditions in the prison. Across prison-manufactured racial and geographical lines, prisoners came together behind five core demands to force the prison officials to end the use of “group punishment”; abolish a “debriefing policy and the current criteria for determining who is and who isn’t a gang member; comply with the US Commission 2006 Recommendation Regarding an End to Long-Term Solitary Confinement and end conditions of isolation.

For-Profit Prisons: Another Failed Privatization of a Government Service

By: Thursday May 19, 2011 5:06 pm

The idea that private companies were going to somehow find a radically more efficient way to do something as basic as holding and feeding criminals in a secure building was always pretty much pure fantasy.

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