Pam Africa sayz no to silencing Mumia. Will You?

We have Launched a Campaign to Defend First Amendment Rights, and You Can Help Protect Prisoners’ Right to Speak.   This is an historic time for movements against mass incarceration and state repression in the United States. Last week PA Governor Tom Corbett signed SB508 into law, effective immediately, which allows the State Attorney General […]

One Nation Under SWAT

by Matthew Harwood Think of it as a different kind of blowback.  Even when you fight wars in countries thousands of miles distant, they still have an eerie way of making the long trip home. Take the latest news from Bergen County, New Jersey, one of the richest counties in the country.  Its sheriff’s department […]

SWAT Teams Claim ‘Corporate’ Exemption From Public Scrutiny

  ACLU hits brick wall after issuing public records requests for information about deadly force, incident reports, and more. – Sarah Lazare, staff writer SWAT Team (Photo: Oregon Department of Transportation / Flickr Creative Commons)Operators of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams comprised of tax payer-funded police and sheriffs in Massachusetts claim they are immune […]

New ACLU report takez a snapshot of police militarization in the united statez

  By Radley Balko The American Civil Liberties Union has released the results of its year-long study of police militarization. The study looked at 800 deployments of SWAT teams among 20 local, state and federal police agencies in 2011-2012. Among the notable findings: 62 percent of the SWAT raids surveyed were to conduct searches for drugs. […]

How US Private Prisonz Are Making Millionz by Jailing Migrantz in Deplorable Conditionz

  Undocumented migrants have become easy cash cows for private prison companies. As states move for the first time in decades to address swollen prisoner populations, federal immigration detention centers are the new front in private prison corporations’ business strategy, and undocumented migrants their easy cash cows. Around the country there are 13 Criminal Alien Requirement […]

US Congressman Cedric Richmond Introducez Bill to Reform Solitary Confinement

  Below is the full text of a statement published today, May 8 2014m, at Cedric Richmond‘s website. A PDF of the bill itself is included as an attachment. solitaryfinal.pdf download PDF (61.4 KB)   http://richmond.house.gov/press-release/rep-richmond-introduces-bill-reform-solitary-confinement Rep. Richmond Introduces Bill to Reform Solitary Confinement Washington DC — Today, Rep. Richmond (LA-02) introduced a bill which […]

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 […]