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.

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.

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