Former Black Panther Romaine ‘Chip’ Fitzgerald will remain behind bars

by Ann Garrison On May 4, former Black Panther Romaine “Chip” Fitzgerald agreed to a five-year denial of parole instead of insisting on a parole hearing, even though he has served more time than any former Black Panther still behind bars: 49 years. Chip was arrested in 1969 and charged with murdering a security guard […]

It’s Time for Police to Start Snitching

  Sacramento police officers block the entrance Sacramento City Council chambers from demonstrators protesting the shooting of Stephon Clark     Communities of color are actually disproportionately likely to report crimes—it’s police themselves who have maintained a corrosive culture of silence. by IBRAM X. KENDI A 911 caller living in a nonwhite neighborhood snitches. A man […]

Angola closes its notorious Camp J, ‘a microcosm of a lot of things that are wrong’

by BY GRACE TOOHEY After more than 40 years as one of the most restrictive housing units within Louisiana’s Angola prison, corrections officials have closed Camp J — which at its peak confined more than 400 prisoners being disciplined in solitary cells for more than 23 hours a day. While prison officials primarily cited the decades-old facility […]

Lucasville Uprising defendants ‘remain unbroken’

By Martha Grevatt April 11 marked the 25th anniversary of the Lucasville Uprising. What began as a peaceful protest over the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility’s plans to force Muslim inmates to take a skin prick tuberculosis test that would expose them to alcohol quickly turned into a full-scale rebellion. Ten hostages — nine inmates and a […]