Man up or perish: White Amerika iz showing itz true face once again

by Braja Smith As of July 11, 2014, Georgia State Prison (GSP) has placed all inmates who were previously being illegally held on 24-hour administrative segregation for indefinite periods at a time with a cellmate on the new Tier II program. The new Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Tier II state that this new program […]

Prison assisted suicide – the Texas way

by Kevin “Rashid” Johnson During the 1980s-‘90s, Dr. Jack Kevorkian’s name achieved nationwide notoriety. He advocated and participated in the medically-assisted suicides of terminally ill people. His motives he said were compassionate. The controversy surrounding Kevorkian led to changes in legislation and he was criminally convicted several times, culminating in a 1998 murder conviction and […]

Suspicious death at San Francisco County Jail: They call it suicide – would you?

by Jeremy Miller “I’m not doing so well. I’m hearing the voices more.” … “Whatever you do, if the voices tell you to hurt yourself, don’t listen.” “I know … I love you, my friend. … Thank you for everything. … They’re going to send me to San Quentin soon. … I’ll write you from […]

Missouri prisonerz in solitary confinement follow California’z lead, begin hunger strike

by Shyheim El-Mumin I am a prisoner being held captive here in the state of Missouri at the Potosi Correctional Center’s Ad-Seg (Administrative Segregation, a form of solitary confinement) unit. Since my arrival here on Aug. 9, 2012, I’ve been a target for harassment. This is my fourth time here. An aerial view of Potosi Correctional […]

Testimony of Everett D. Allen, M.D., former chief physician and surgeon at Pelican Bay State Prison, to US Senate Judiciary hearing

  To the United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights Dear Sen. Dick Durbin, Ranking Member Sen. Lindsey Graham and Senators: I worked at Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP), California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), from 1999 to September of 2006 as a “physician and surgeon,” including from July 2000 […]

Alone Inside: Solitary confinement a growing issue in Canadian, U.S. prisons

Solitary Cell at Alcatraz. Photo credit: Richard Cassan via photopin cc Listen   People who have experienced ‘administrative segregation’ weigh in on its long-term effects When the concept of solitary confinement was first implemented in the early 19th century, the idea was not to punish the prisoner, but to give him space to reflect and […]

New Directive May Curtail Use of Solitary Confinement in Immigrant Detention

By Jean Casella and James Ridgeway http://solitarywatch.com/2013/09/09/new-directive-may-curtail-use-solitary-confinement-immigrant-detention/#more-10984 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last week issued a new “directive” that appears aimed at limiting the use of solitary confinement on individuals held in immigrant detention. The directive is being cautiously celebrated by human rights, civil liberties, and immigrants’ rights groups, who at the same time warn that […]

Hunger strikers, weak and sick, transported 8 hours by bus: ‘Our strength is a reflection of your strength’

by Mutope Duguma Written Aug. 25, 2013 – How long must we continue to suffer? On Aug. 23, 2013, early in the morning, Pelican Bay State Prison Ad Seg (Administrative Segregation) was emptied out and placed on two buses. Every individual on the buses had been on the hunger strike since July 8, 2013, and there […]

Day 49 – Statement from the Mediation Team

by prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity Here we are at Day 49 – what can we say that we haven’t already said? It seems CDCR isn’t doing anything. What are these brave men who have been starving themselves — just a statistic? Is my husband just one of the 50 who’ve been locked up in the SHU for over 25 […]

Hunger striker responds to Corrections Secretary Beard’s op-ed demonizing hunger strikers

by Alfred Sandoval Today I read an op-ed from the L.A. Times by the new secretary of the California Department of Corruption. He gave a one sided view of prison violence by talking about the 11 murders of guards in the three years between 1970 and 1973. Two decades ago, for entertainment, California prison guards would […]