An End to Solitary iz Long Overdue

California’s Savage System of Confinement by MARIE LEVIN Less than two weeks ago the United Nations Committee against Torture issued a report strongly criticizing the U.S. record on a number of issues, among them the extensive use of solitary confinement. While the U.S. uses long-term solitary more than any other country in the world, California […]

A village cannot be built in a jail: Why gender responsive iz not gender justice

by Misty Rojo of Justice Now and California Coalition for Women Prisoners The issue of “gender responsiveness” as an excuse to open more prisons has been rearing its ugly head lately with the expansion of CDCR’s supposed “reentry hubs” and “community based facilities,” totaling 4,090 new beds altogether. Yet one woman in the new Female […]

Tehachapi SHU is the worst of any SHU, prison or jail I have seen in 23 yearz

  by Aaron Jabari Scott On Aug. 28, 2014, I spoke with the Corcoran State Prison Step Down Program (SDP) facilitator who confirmed I was on the list to be transferred to Tehachapi (California Correctional Institution, or CCI) and that I would be stepped up a step – from Step 2 to Step 3 of […]

The Agreement to End Hostilitiez must be re-implemented in all California prison and jail facilitiez

by Raymond “Chavo” Perez and Kendra Castaneda-Perez It has been two years since our Agreement to End Hostilities was released in October 2012, and we continue to stand united. While there have been a few conflicts here and there, we need to commit to ceasing all racial hostilities towards one another and remain peacefully united […]

After many long yearz in solitary confinement, I’m just asking

by Mutope Duguma, Pelican Bay State Prison, California How can we the people of this nation and world end the suffering of countless men and women held inside man-made, manufactured torture chambers called solitary confinement? Can we call on the humanity of this nation and world to lend their voice, their time, their strength and […]

California prisoner representativez: All people have the right to humane treatment with dignity

Main reps mark the first anniversary of suspension of the 2013 Hunger Strike and the second anniversary of the Agreement to End Hostilities by Todd Ashker, Arturo Castellanos and George Franco We expect to hear soon from Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa, the fourth of the main reps in the Pelican Bay SHU Short Corridor Collective Human […]

Power Concedez Nothing: A Discussion on CDCr’z Insidious 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 […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

California, it’s naming heritage “The Naming of California” by Louise Lloyd Date: Mon, 1850-09-09 *The creation of the name California is celebrated on this date in 1850; the official date of it’s statehood. The designation “California” is another piece of African American history. It is derived from a knightly romance book that was published in […]

For These Incarcerated Women, Print Sure Az Hell Ain’t Dead

by Maxwell Williams Cover of Issue 31 by Jenni Gann In the early 2000s, a group of women at Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem, Oregon were reading over prison zines created by men. They identified with some topics—racist treatment, guard brutality, human rights violations—but began to realize that the zines failed to address specific issues that […]

Amerika’z fortress of blood: The death of George Jackson and the birth of the prison-industrial complex

In 1971, activist George Jackson was mysteriously killed in San Quentin prison — a tragedy repeated time and again Dan Berger   (Credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson) A young black man gunned down by law enforcement. His body is then left outside for four hours. The shocking gore of the situation sparks countless protests around the country […]