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 […]

‘Mass Incarceration on Trial’

Review by Judith Tannenbaum “Mass Incarceration on Trial,” by Jonathan Simon, professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley, is a new book (from The New Press) that talks about mass incarceration nationally, but focuses on California. The book should be of value to all California citizens for, as Simon writes, the decisions in […]

500 innocent Amerikanz are murdered by police every year (USDOJ).

      Posted July 04, 2014 In 1994 the US Government passed a law authorizing the Pentagon to donate surplus Cold War era military equipment to local police departments. In the 20 years since, weaponry designed for use on a foreign battlefield, has been handed over for use on American streets…against American citizens. The […]

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 […]

Two lessons the USA must learn from Glenn Ford

  by Josefina Salomon http://livewire.amnesty.org/2014/03/12/two-lessons-the-usa-must-learn-from-glenn-ford/ By Tessa Murphy, USA campaigner at Amnesty International. There are two lessons the USA should learn from the release of Glenn Ford, a 64-year-old man who spent 28 years on death row in Louisiana for a crime he didn’t commit. The first lesson is that the death penalty is never […]

Twilight in the Box

The suicide statistics, the squalor and the recidivism haven’t ended solitary confinement. Maybe the brain studies will by   Shruti Ravindran Administrative segregation prisoners take part in a group therapy session at San Quentin state prison, California, June 8, 2012. Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters Shruti Ravindran is a freelance journalist, writing about science, health and the […]

4 Police Trickz to Nab You For Pot and How You Can Beat Them

Cops have a massive incentive to bust people for pot. Here’s how to fight back.       According to the ACLU, marijuana arrests account for over half of all drug arrests—and 88% of those charges are for simple possession. Because of decades-old grant programs, local precincts are showered with money from the federal government if they […]

Iz the American Health Profession Ignoring a Human Rightz Issue Hiding in Plain Sight

James Ridgeway, from Solitary Watch, asks are the health needs of American prisoners being neglected. Image credit: Jumilla at Flickr There are 2.3 million people in US prisons in conditions that are often inhumane and at worst life threatening. An estimated 80,000 of US prisoners are locked up in solitary confinement, which means in a […]

Alternatives to the Present System of Capitalist Injustice

By Mumia Abu-Jamal and Angela Y. Davis   The Feminist Wire offers an exclusive look at this new essay to be published in the forthcoming volume Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA, edited by Frances Goldin, Michael Smith, and Debby Smith. Read it here before it hits the shelves! We live in an era of […]

“Fire in the Skiez”: Introduction to the Mumia and Mass Incarceration Forum

By Tanisha C. Ford http://thefeministwire.com/2014/01/fire-in-the-skies-introduction-to-the-mumia-and-mass-incarceration-forum/ On December 9, 1981, journalist and activist Mumia Abu-Jamal was arrested and later charged and convicted for murdering Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. The prosecution’s evidence was weak and pointed to the framing of an innocent man. In the weeks and days before Mumia’s scheduled date of execution (August 17, […]