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|By: Tom Engelhardt Sunday January 25, 2015 9:00 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday January 8, 2015 4:00 pm|
A group of journalists, publications, advocacy organizations and individuals who were formerly incarcerated for crimes committed in Pennsylvania are suing to block the enforcement of a state law, which they argue violates their due process and First Amendment rights because it could be used to suppress their speech. In October, the “Revictimization Relief Act” was [...]
|By: Angola 3 News Sunday November 23, 2014 10:22 am|
Responding to the Nov. 20 ruling buy the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously affirming Albert Woodfox’s third overturned conviction, the New York Times has written a scathing editorial condemning the treatment of Albert Woodfox by the state of Louisiana.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday November 10, 2014 1:45 pm|
Kevin Gosztola made another visit to the federal correctional facility in Loretto, Pennsylvania, where CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou is imprisoned. Kiriakou was in good spirits and had begun to count down the days until he is released from Loretto to a halfway house in southeastern Washington, DC.
|By: Crane-Station Wednesday October 29, 2014 4:15 pm|
On March 17, 2013, Christopher Lopez took his last breath at 9:08 AM, stripped and shackled, face down on a cement floor in San Carlos Correctional Facility, while his jailers joked and made chit-chat. During Mr.Lopez’s videotaped death, which began at 3:30 AM, guards subjected him to a forceful cell extraction even though he was limp. When they placed the spit hood over his head and shackled him in the disciplinary transport chair, he slumped to one side and had a grand mal seizure. Without performing any mental health assessment whatsoever, they returned Mr. Lopez to his cell, placed him on the cement next to the toilet, and injected him with two psychotropic drugs.
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|By: DSWright Friday October 3, 2014 12:22 pm|
Forget the ever-diminishing middle class, banksters have found a new target – prisoners. According to the Center For Public Integrity, prison bankers are collecting tens of millions of dollars in fees each year from inmate’s families for providing basic financial services. It turns out desperate family members trying to get money to imprisoned loved ones are very compliant customers.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday October 1, 2014 2:14 pm|
“When you have a life sentence, it does not promote rehabilitation,” according to Euka Wadlington, a forty-eight year-old African-American who is serving two life sentences in federal prison in Greenville, Illinois. “By design, you are locked up in a cage until you die.”
As he explains being in prison for life without the possibility of parole, “You have no good time to work towards, you can’t work certain jobs in the institution, you can’t enroll in certain classes that works towards reentry, and you could never go to a federal camp. So, being stripped of these few things, you are naked.”
|By: Angola 3 News Saturday September 6, 2014 5:40 pm|
This past July, students from Northwestern University’s Medill Justice Project visited the infamous Louisiana State Prison known as Angola. While there, students landed an impromptu interview with Warden Burl Cain, where they asked him about an inmate at Angola named Kenny ‘Zulu’ Whitmore, who has now been in solitary confinement for 28 consecutive years. This important interview was cited afterwards by Time Magazine in an article examining the impact of solitary confinement on prisoners’ health.
Zulu Whitmore is a member of the Angola Prison chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP) that was first started in the early 1970s by Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday July 14, 2014 1:18 pm|
A four-month investigation by the New York Times has uncovered a regular pattern of prison officers at Rikers Island committing brutal attacks against inmates in the New York prison. The investigation found that the vast majority of inmates who are attacked are mentally ill and in handcuffs when abused by officers.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday July 2, 2014 12:15 pm|
Cecily McMillan, a New York activist, who was sentenced to ninety days in prison for “felony assault of a police officer” after an incident at an Occupy Wall Street event, was released from prison. She delivered a statement to the press and took the opportunity to read a statement that she and the women of Rikers Island drafted together.