Unfair Punishment Part Two: Sentenced to Poverty

  The state often traps formerly incarcerated people — even those convicted of low-level offenses — with insurmountable debts.   By Sam Levin       @SamTLevin            When Chloe Turner was in state prison, her family sent her money on a few occasions. It wasn’t much, but it was more than her fellow inmates — many of who were serving […]

Urgent request to UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez to visit California hunger strikers

The following open letter was sent Aug. 16, 2013, marked “URGENT.” Juan E. Mendez U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment c/o Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights United Nations Office at Geneva CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland Washington College of Law 4801 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, […]

Corcoran SHU hunger strike: The riot team was ready for full-scale war

by Aaron Jabari Scott   I write with the very utmost respect and solidarity to all who support our ongoing protracted peaceful protest to bring about change to our torturous conditions and environment.   Jabari Scott Here at Corcoran State Prison, 4B1L Short Corridor on July 11, 2013, at approximately 11 a.m., Sgt. Vogel and […]

The Prison Industrial Slave Complex, a profit-making industry

by the Pelikan Bay First Amendment Rights Campaign: Abdul Shakur, Ifoma Modibo Kambon, Dadisi Yero Kambon, Raridi Yero, Abasi Ganda, Kijana Tashiri Askari, Yafeu I-Yapo Many within society, and rightfully so, may find what I am about to allege very incredible and absurd, beyond the capacity of their comprehension, but the truth must be told if justice is truly to be served. “Lessons from […]

CDCR’s Oct. 11, 2012, Security Threat Group Pilot Program

  The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation issued new rules in this October 2012 memorandum entitled “Pilot Program for Security Threat Group Identification, Prevention and Management Plan.” According to the Prison Law Office, CDCR says the memorandum will be available in all of the prison law libraries. However, it has not been made available […]

Survey questionnaire from the Pelican Bay Human Rights Movement First Amendment Campaign

  George Jackson and Black August are anathema to the overseers of California’s prisons. Any association with them and the liberating principles they stand for invites the most severe punishment the system can inflict. Hugo Pinell, the man who has been held in solitary confinement for 42 years – longer perhaps than anyone in the […]