Mumia: CIA = Crime All the Time

“The CIA, the executive hand of the president, has been involved deeply in every crime known to man,” said America’s best known political prisoner, Mumia Abu Jamal, in a report for Prison Radio. The agency commits thousands of crimes every day, but is immune from prosecution under the Intelligence Authorization Act of 2001. “That’s American […]

5 Reasonz People Are So Wrong About ‘Black-on-Black Crime’

The Nation / By Gary Younge We don’t hear much about white-on-white crime or Asian-on-Asian crime Shortly after Michael Brown was shot dead in Ferguson, Missouri, a local pizzeria owner, Jim Marshall, flashed a gun at black protesters after an argument. Some branded Marshall a racist and called for a boycott. A few weeks later, […]

How They Police vs. What They Police: Reflectionz on Ferguson, Race, and “the Rule of Law”

By Paul Street How Throughout its coverage of the drama sparked by the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, US corporate media has framed the basic racial issue at stake as how police carry out their tasks: how they police.  The issue is not minor. How cops do their jobs is a serious […]

Being black in public: Amerika’z most punishable offense

By Timothy McGettigan “…three fifths of all other Persons.” (Article 1, Section 2, Paragraph 3 of the United States Constitution) Racism is the most sacred American value. When racist cops can murder black kids in broad daylight and not be charged with crimes, it is safe to conclude that we live in a racist country. […]

Profiting Off Misery

by Llewellyn Hinkes-Jones Private prisons today are nothing more than a return to the monstrous rackets of the past. In an era of budget shortfalls and market-based solutions, the American penal system is quickly becoming a for-profit enterprise. Private prisons, once an isolated and temporary solution meant to house low-level inmates, incarcerate eighteen times more people than they […]

At Sista’z Place, Troy Williamz findz the liberty and justice he waz denied for 27.5 yearz in prison

  by Tina Sampay This is a story about music, radio and the connection to the human spirit. The date is Jan. 10, 1992, and Troy Williams and his cellmate at Pelican Bay Prison are using wire obtained by a maintenance employee to make an antenna for a radio. Antennas were removed from all radios […]

Child sentenced to 227 years – iz it justice?

  by Orlando O. Fields A child who kills vs. a child who was present but did not kill – what sentence does he deserve? A child of color vs. a Caucasian child – does the system treat them the same? How about the youthful offender vs. the adult offender? From my reading, I’ve seen […]

Pelican Bay update: What change?

  by Mutope Duguma Our Five Core Demands of the hunger strikes have not been met. And we see that reform always equals revisionism, which means it’s no change. Reform is a word that provides one, or a people, temporary fixes. It does not change their circumstances, but instead gives an impression that they have […]

Hunger Strikerz at Menard Correctional Facility Face Retaliation, Ask 4 Support

  Between April 2nd–16th every prisoner was stripped naked.  These men were subjected to sexual assault, beatings and stress-position.  Large numbers of men were handcuffed so thightly they lost circulation, and they were handcuffed to another prisoner with their hands touching each others’ buttocks.  Their legal papers were destroyed.  Pen and papers were taken. … […]

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 […]