Decriminalizing Small Quantitiez of Marijuana

    by Seema Sadanandan In the nation’s capital, police are now forbidden to cite the smell of marijuana has the basis for a search. “It is the first decriminalization bill in the country to prohibit police from stopping, questioning, and searching people based on the alleged smell of marijuana alone.”   Decriminalizing Small Quantities […]

Iz the American Health Profession Ignoring a Human Rightz Issue Hiding in Plain Sight

James Ridgeway, from Solitary Watch, asks are the health needs of American prisoners being neglected. Image credit: Jumilla at Flickr There are 2.3 million people in US prisons in conditions that are often inhumane and at worst life threatening. An estimated 80,000 of US prisoners are locked up in solitary confinement, which means in a […]

To all the homies on lock and solitary

by Abdul Mujahid Khalil, aka Lester Smith In response to the story, “California can lead the movement to limit solitary confinement,” by Margaret Winter of the ACLU in the November Bay View, well, fellas, hot damn! It’s about time. That story is 100 percent genuine. Rodriques Dukes peers through the tray slot of his cell […]

You got to surrenda?

by Antoine Gentle Assembly Bill 109 Was for prison re-alignment But it should have been To end solitary confinement State paying on consignment To house us in the SHU Where the conditions are sick So we expose the truth We’re despised for advocating To publications like the Bay View Now my 602s Are trashed and […]

‘Help bring me home for the holidayz,’ a life and death appeal from renowned people’s attorney Lynne Stewart

by Lynne Stewart I need to ask once again for your assistance in forcing the Bureau of Prisons to grant my compassionate release. They have been stonewalling since August and my life expectancy, as per my cancer doctor, is down to 12 months. Ralph Poynter and Lynne Stewart, loving husband and wife – re-unite them […]

Prison profit from ‘lock up’ quotaz

By La Risa R. Lynch -Contributing Writer The Final Call http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/National_News_2/article_100937.shtml   “When you make prisons into a profit, you drive the need for incarceration and that is not in the public interest.” (FinalCall.com) – The private prison industry’s profiteering off mass  incarcerations has come under fire by prison reform advocates who  blasted the industry’s […]

HELP BRING ME HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYZ” a life and death appeal from renowned people’z attorney Lynne Stewart.

“I need to ask once again for your assistance in forcing the Bureau of Prisons to grant my Compassionate Release. They have been stonewalling since August and my life expectancy, as per my cancer doctor, is down to 12 months. They know that I am fully qualified and that over 40,000 people have signed on […]

Being normal iz not OK

by Mutope Duguma “Pelican Bay” – Drawing: Johnny Martinez We prisoners are being told that as long as we are mentally healthy or not succumbing to CDCr’s debriefing policy, we will not be eligible for release from solitary confinement. Despite all the hype promising change, CDCr is still claiming that our placement inside solitary confinement […]

Confronting California’z abuse of solitary

by American Civil Liberties Union Solitary confinement can eat away at someone’s mind, making mental illness worse and leaving many people depressed, suicidal, hopeless or hallucinating. It’s no place for individuals with mental illness. The fact that the mentally are not supposed to be housed in solitary confinement in Pelican Bay does not mean that sane […]

Time Out Iz for Kidz. Thiz Isn’t.

By Amy Fettig, ACLU National Prison Project & Tanya Greene “I developed techniques to survive. I’ve learned to play chess with other [kids] through a six-inch wall to keep myself occupied. But for others, it breaks them, makes them either violent or suicidal.” These are the words of Lino Silva, who had been incarcerated in […]