How ’420′ Became the Big Day for Weed Smokerz Across Amerika

Huffington Post / By Ryan Grim The little known origins of the 4-20 holiday   This story originally ran on and has been reprinted with permission by the author, Ryan Grim. He is the author of This Is Your Country On Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America. Warren Haynes, the Allman Brothers Band guitarist, routinely plays with […]

Judge: Using Pepper Spray on Mentally Ill Inmatez ‘Horrific

  By Don Thompson, Associated Press   A federal judge ruled Thursday that California’s treatment of mentally ill inmates violates constitutional safeguards against cruel and unusual punishment through excessive use of pepper spray and isolation. U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Karlton in Sacramento gave the corrections department time to issue updated policies on the use […]

Public Safety Committee to hear Ammiano’z solitary confinement bill

  by Carlos Alcalá The overflow room for the Feb. 11 hearing was filled to overflowing with people from all over California. The families, friends and supporters of California’s extraordinary number of prisoners – all of whom are under threat of solitary confinement if not already there – are a substantial portion of the constituents […]

Cesar Chavez: A Man Familiar to Me

I remember when I was five-years-old, my parents drove 500 miles from South Texas to Dallas to take my brothers and me to Six Flags, a well-known amusement park. It was a financial sacrifice for them, but they were not going to let summer go by without a vacation for their kids.On our way home, […]

Step Down Program: Orwell’z story come true

  by Daniel Treglia As many readers know, George Orwell’s book titled “1984” was about a police state that controlled every aspect of life, including thinking, enforced by the “Thought Police.” This book comes to mind when I hear of the new Step Down Program CDCR is implementing. “Multi-Colored Power” by Criss Garcia, J-93559, PBSP […]

Petition for Black Victimz’ Restitution

by Dr. Donald R. Evans and Abdul Olugbala Shakur The New Afrikan Prison Rights Movement is presently promoting the concept of a Black Community Victims Foundation. The BCVF will be responsible: To provide restitution and compensation to those Black families and/or individuals who have been victimized by gang violence and/or other criminal acts perpetrated by […]

Security Threat Group policy iz sugarcoated racial profiling aimed at torture

  by Johnny Aguilar “Por Vida” by Raymond Velasquez, C-58209, PBSP SHU D7-204, P.O. Box 7500, Crescent City CA 95532 The experimental Security Threat Group (STG) gang identification policy is not what CDC is making it out to be. It’s a sugarcoated form of racial discrimination and racial profiling to cover their ass in torturing […]

Demand a special review into the death of Shadae ‘Dae Dae’ Schmidt

by the California Coalition for Women Prisoners Shadae (Dae Dae) Schmidt Shadae Schmidt, aka Dae Dae, was a 32-year-old African-American woman who died of a heart attack on March 13, 2014, at CIW (California Institution for Women) prison in Chino, east of LA. We suspect her death is due to medical negligence because she had […]

An end to ‘the hole’? 6 signz that solitary confinement reform is coming

  Much of the momentum in the movement to reform the use of solitary confinement in the United States comes from the work of prisoners themselves by Nur Lalji On March 18, author and activist Sarah Shourd spoke to Democracy Now! about the time she spent in an Iranian prison after crossing the border from […]

Power Concedez Nothing: A Discussion on CDCr’z Insidiouz Regulatory Semanticz and Judicial Collusion in Maintenance of SHU Torture Unitz

     From the N.C.T.T.-COR-SHU “Revolutionary activity in every area of human existence will come about by itself when the contradictions in every new process are comprehended; it will consist of an identification with those forces that are moving in the direction of genuine progress. To be radical.. .means “getting to the root of things.” If […]