State Prisonz Institute New Censorship Rulez

  Prisoners and prisoners’ rights advocates say the new regulations could result in bans on newspapers, magazines, letters, and inmate writings. By Toshio Meronek Last year, about 30,000 inmates staged a hunger strike in California prisons to protest subpar living conditions and the use of long-term solitary confinement. In response, the California Department of Corrections […]

Hunger strikers: Our resolve remains strong

by Mutope Duguma, Lorenzo Dadisi Benton, Sondai K. Dumisani and Michael Mutawally Cooperwood Supporters rallied at the Pelican Bay State Prison gate on Oct. 1, 2011, during the second hunger strike in the current series led by 20 prisoner representatives and others who work closely with them. Our resolve remains as strong as ever, and we continue to press forward […]

Prison hunger strike: Food for thought on how government works

By Ted Rall September 12, 2013, 7:00 a.m. California inmates end their long hunger strike after the Assembly agrees to hold hearings on prison conditions. There — that was easy. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-california-prison-conditions-state-assembly-20130911,0,7601674.story?track=rss

Remembering Attica

by Clarence B. Jones, co-written with Stuart Connelly Sept. 9, 2013, marks the 42th anniversary of the prison uprising at the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York. Forty-two men, mostly inmates, were killed in the armed retaking of the prison under the orders of Gov. Nelson Rockefeller. Attica rebellion leaders, by forging multi-racial solidarity […]

On the Question of Integrated Celling

  source url: http://kersplebedeb.com/posts/onthequestionofintegratedcelling/ Introduction [from Prison Focus]: We’re all aware of the 2005 court decision ordering the C.D.C. to begin implementing integrated celling of the prison’s multi-ethnic population. What may not be known to many is that this policy has already been initiated. For the most part the immediate response has essentially been that […]

Proposed reforms will not alleviate the inhumanity of conditions in Security Housing Units in California’s prisons

Amnesty International welcomes the California State Assembly Public Safety Committee hearing scheduled for Feb. 25 [at 1:30 p.m. in Room 126 of the Capitol] as an opportunity to review the reforms proposed by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) for the Security Housing Units (SHUs) and to hear testimony from prison advocates, lawyers […]

Feds to Open New Supermax Prison Cells at “Gitmo North”

By Jean Casella and James Ridgeway http://solitarywatch.com/2013/02/08/feds-to-open-new-supermax-prison-cells-at-gitmo-north/ Even as it announces a review and reduction of its solitary confinement practices, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons confirmed to Solitary Watch that a newly acquired prison ln Illinois will hold federal prisoners in supermax conditions. “Thomson will be a high security prison holding inmates with various security needs, including SMU and ADX […]