Amerika’z fortress of blood: The death of George Jackson and the birth of the prison-industrial complex

In 1971, activist George Jackson was mysteriously killed in San Quentin prison — a tragedy repeated time and again Dan Berger   (Credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson) A young black man gunned down by law enforcement. His body is then left outside for four hours. The shocking gore of the situation sparks countless protests around the country […]

George Lester Jackson – New Video (and Audio)

This extraordinary video is from a 16mm film “work print” made in 1971–1972, and includes interviews with George Jackson, Georgia Jackson (George and Jonathan Jackson’s mother) and Angela Davis, while she was still in the Marin County Courthouse Jail, before her acquittal. We have not been able to identify the other prisoners. As you will […]

‘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 […]

Special assignment: George Jackson funeral

by Billy X Jennings I was working at Central Headquarters of the Black Panther Party (BPP) when George Jackson was murdered by guards in San Quentin Prison in 1971. I had never met George personally, but I knew his mother and sister, who worked very closely with the Party. I had met his brother Jonathan […]

The Death Penalty: Killing in the name of God iz the ultimate act of blasphemy

  by Abdul Olugbala Shakur The Death Penalty is one of many signs of a society that is morally deter­iorating, especially a society that proclaims an affinity with God and the Holy Scriptures. First of all, there’s nothing in the Holy Scriptures which gives moral support and/or credence to the implementation of the Death Penalty. […]

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 […]

Intensified mail censorship a failed attempt to put new twist on Death Row SHU experiment

  by Robert Frazier At the onset of a signature campaign set in motion by three former governors hoping to get a bill on the ballot which if passed would have put a curious twist on the death penalty experiment in California, there was a more extreme than usual delay in the processing of Death […]

Hugo (Yogi Bear) Pinell – denied Parole on May 2nd

  by 4struggle In 1964 Yogi Bear was sentenced to 3 years to life, and quickly became politicized upon his entry into the California Department of Corrections. Being fluent in both English and Spanish he was able to help bring together and organize prisoners in the various prisons he was at in the CDC. After […]

We interrupt thiz program: Prison censorship of TV newz

  by Robert Frazier In today’s world we’re seeing the courts and media minimize the fact that U.S. prisons are run by criminals worse than some of the so-called worst confined within them. They have attempted and have succeeded to a degree in demonizing the prisoners being tortured and thereby desensitize the general public on […]

Warren Jordan refusez to ‘step down’ after 41 yearz in solitary

  by Warren Jordan No functional changes have transpired in this prison. If anything, it has become worse. I will not support nor participate in any sort of so-called Step Down Program for any reason. And a Senate bill has been presented in order to get a three-year cap on any SHU time. Hopefully, it […]