Ending hostilitiez means no more violence on the yardz – period!

by Pablo Pina I believe that a lot of racial tension in California prisons comes from this: The end of hostilities is being misinterpreted. It’s not that all these young prisoners are just going into the prison system and running wild. No, I doubt that is the real problem, especially in regards to the Mexican […]

Patsy Chavis: The Willie Lynch of Tabor CI

by a North Carolina prisoner August 2014 permalink Here in Tabor Correctional Institution in North Carolina, the officers/facility heads use a method that can be compared to the methods of Mr. Willie Lynch, who was a business man who had an affinity with “breaking slaves” in the Jim Crow south. Patsy Chavis is the facility […]

SB 260: Don’t deny yourself a chance at life

by Kevin Curley There may be hope after all. Back in 1995, I was a juvenile, tried as an adult, tried and convicted of first degree murder. Everything in my case attracted corruption from the LAPD – not allowing my mother to be present in the interrogating room to me being railroaded and unjustly convicted […]

Rep. John Lewis on the time he was sent to prison for using a ‘white’ restroom

by Dara Lin On July 7th, 1961, John Lewis was released from Parchman Penitentiary in Mississippi after 37 days in prison on a charge of “disorderly conduct” — that is, refusing to follow segregation law. Lewis was a civil-rights leader with the Southern Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and he and other activists (black and white) spent […]

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 […]

Texas Prisonz Kill People with Heat

by USW88 of United Struggle from Within     permalink “The mission of the Institutional Division is to provide safe and appropriate confinement, supervision, rehabilitation, and reintegration of adult felons, and to effectively manage or administer correctional facilities based on constitutional and statutory standards” – Texas Government Code 494.001 For those of us housed within […]

Pennsylvania hunger striker: I’m in search of a voice to help me bring light to our strugglez

by Andrew Stevenson I’m from SCI-Smithfield in Pennsylvania and I’m in search of a voice to help me bring light to the struggles that the inmates in this facility face. Now I’ve been on my hunger strike since June 11, 2014, and the reason for my hunger strike is policies being overlooked, harassment from COs […]

Inside a CCA private prison: Two slavez for the price of one, Part Two

by Anthony Robinson Jr. “The slave went free, stood a brief moment in the sun, then moved back again towards slavery.” – W.E.B. Du Bois, “Black Reconstruction” In 1973, the National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals issued a report which stated in part: “The prison, the reformatory and the jail have achieved […]

Racism in San Francisco County Jail

by D’jaun Barrow In regards to the prison censorship issue, I am just chiming in to let it be known that it isn’t a “nudity” thing (the California Department of Corrections’ new censorship regulations are disguised under the title “Obscene Material” – ed.); it’s a Black-Latino thing, period! I’m not in prison, I’m in County […]

Political Prisoner Jalil Muntaqim’s Parole Strategy, read and pass on!

  This statement below is written by Jalil, if you want to write him or read more of his writings please visit freejalil.com Write to Jalil: Anthony J. Bottom #77A4283, Attica C.F. P.O. Box 149, Attica, NY 14011-0149 Analysis on Prison-Parole Reform Strategy Dear Friends and Supporters: As many of you may have heard on June 17, 2014, I […]