US super-maximum security prisonz must be opened up for UN scrutiny! 5,000 signiturez needed

Current 1,380 Target 5,000 Photo: Interior of a solitary confinement cell at ADX prison © Private US super-maximum security prisons must be opened up for UN scrutiny! Prisons designed for the long-term isolation of prisoners must be opened up to external scrutiny as a first step by the US Government in ending this cruel and […]

November 20, 2014: Albert’s Overturned Conviction Upheld in Unanimous Decision

n We are thrilled and honored to announce that just hours ago, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Judge Brady’s 2013 ruling overturning Albert’s conviction for a third time in a 3-0, unanimous decision (View the official court ruling here.) Though the courts have finally ruled in the interest of justice, it may still […]

US prisonz ‘disproportionately’ black: Afrikan-Amerikan activist

Prisons across the United States are “disproportionately” filled with black people who are being incarcerated increasingly with solitary confinement, an African-American activist in Georgia says. “The population in Pennsylvania’s prisons and America’s prisons is disproportionately black,” said Bruce Dixon, chairman of the Georgia Green Party and managing editor of Black Agenda Report. “This is a […]

Urgent Update: Norberto In Solitary/Poetz 4 Oscar

The following is the English Translation of a statement issued by El Comité Apoyo Norberto González Claudio/The Norberto Gonzalez Claudio Support Committee about Norberto’s current situation: Greetings comrades, Comrade Norberto González Claudio was MOVED 2 weeks to a higher security prison and has been kept in solitary confinement.  They have not allowed him to talk […]

Queen Mother Assata Shakur Day – November 1 in D.C.

(Please pass widely!!)   You are invited to the 2nd Annual Assatta Shakur Day! at the UDC School of Law 4340 Connecticut Avenue (corner of Connecticut and Yuma) Washington, DC 20008 (Van Ness Metro) $10 donation requested but no one turned away! FLYER ATTACHED ASSATTA DAY PROGRAM SCHEDULE November 1, 2014 9:30-10:15: Coffee & Networking […]

At Tehachapi, release from SHU meanz more solitary confinement

by James Ingram Thanks for keeping the public informed of the rough, horrendous conditions those of us who’re serving time face in California’s prisons known as the SHU. A lot has been said about the conditions my fellow inmates at Pelican Bay face on a daily. Not to knock their struggles, but I felt it […]

What is solitary confinement?

by Abdul Olugbala Shakur At first glance, and from its most simplistic perspective, the question, What is solitary confinement? appears to be rhetorical, if not insulting, but you would be surprised, if not incredulous, how many prison rights activists are at a loss when I pose it to them. Even more perplexing, many prisoners are […]

I Refused to be Treated like an Animal – Eddie Conway on Reality Assertz Itself (8/10)

Mr. Conway says after 44 years in prison I considered people of value and to be respected, I refused to be dehumanized

Six Yearz in Solitary Confinement – Eddie Conway on Reality Assertz Itself (7/10)

Mr. Conway says prisoners were treated like animals; and because he resisted and organized, he was in lockup twenty three and a half hours a day for six years

Women Outlawz: Politriks of Gender and Resistance in the US Criminal Justice System

Women Outlaws: Politics of Gender and Resistance in the US Criminal Justice System   Mechthild Nagel, SUNY Cortland; nagelm@cortland.edu   Prisons have always served the role of social control (Kurshan 1996). Nobody has more acutely experience and theorized imprisonment as such as political prisoners. This category includes people convicted due to their resistance to state […]