Folsom inmatez wired for success (video)

  “I know it’s going to work for me when I get out,” one inmate said confidently, standing in the middle of a busy Vocational Electrician classroom inside the walls of Folsom State Prison (FSP). He is one of 27 prisoners in the class learning valuable skills and earning certifications, putting each one of them […]

Why Can’t California Get Prison Healthcare Right?

J. Clark Kelso, the federally court-appointed receiver, outside of Folsom State Prison. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) To considerable embarrassment, no doubt, in the Brown-Beard administration, admissions to California’s newest prison near Stockton California were halted February 5 by the court-appointed healthcare receiver, law professor Clark Kelso. The prison, the first new facility in a decade, is […]

The deadly ‘integrated yard policy’: Commentary on ‘The Pelikkkan Bay factor: An indictable offense’

by Haazim W. Muntaqim (Jeffrey Milo Burks) Jeffrey Burks (Haazim Muntaqim) After reading “The PeliKKKan Bay factor: An indictable offense” in the Februay 2013 edition of the San Francisco Bay View, I am compelled to share with your readers the evidence I have uncovered while doing research into my own case after I was framed by corrupt […]

California prison hunger strike leader: ‘If necessary we’ll resume. This is war’

Exclusive: From solitary confinement at the brutal Pelican Bay, Todd Ashker led a protest that shook the US penal system Rory Carroll http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/27/california-prison-hunger-strike-todd-ashker/print Todd Ashker enters the visitation cubicle and a metal door slides shut behind him. He places his hands into a slot so a guard on the other side can unlock the handcuffs. He rubs his […]

THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Correctional officials see danger in prison overcrowding. Others see opportunity. The nearly two million U.S. citizens behind bars the majority of them nonviolent offenders mean jobs for depressed regions and windfalls for profiteers Table Of Contents  New Folsom    Liberal Legacy    Big Business  Bed Brokers   The Mega-Prison    Factories Of Crime New Folsom In the hills east […]

Prop 36: Post Release Community Supervision?

by Kenneth G. Keel   In 1997, this author was arrested for an alleged petty theft and subsequently given a 25-years-to-life Three Strikes prison term. On Nov. 7, 2012, the day after California’s voters approved the Three Strikes Reform Act of 2012 Initiative – Proposition 36 – I submitted a pro per petition for a […]

Inmate slavery and the prison industrial complex: Resilience vs. docility

by Sara Maria Acevedo I. Against ritualistic abuse: An introduction Prisoner interracial and political solidarity The much-publicized brutality and inhumane conditions suffered by prisoners in solitary confinement worldwide has once again sparked global debates on the unprecedented urgency of prison abolition and, by default, on the implementation of community-led restorative justice programs. Over the past […]

Angela Davis & Windy Click: Rallying to end women’s prison crisis in California

By Angela Y. Davis and Windy Click Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 | 11:27 PM Just a couple of weeks ago, Gov. Jerry Brown declared California’s prison crisis over and demanded an end to federal oversight of the state prison system. This declaration was especially troubling given that it coincided with reports of severe overcrowding at […]