From SHU to mainline, you will be tested

by Vitani (Michael Spencer) This is the advice I share with anyone getting out of the SHU (isolation unit) and going into GP (general population). Now this advice I would like to share and some of the challenges I faced were based on over a decade in Pelican Bay SHU, the last five years in […]

Baridi Williamson at Pelican Bay: ‘I met with UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Méndez’

by Baridi J. Williamson On Dec. 9, 2014, I visited with Mr. Juan Méndez, the U.N. special rapporteur on torture, who is now an expert on our class action lawsuit to end solitary confinement torture here in California. Hopefully, it will have a ripple effect across the U.S. Being that Mr. Méndez, who had previously […]

Judge Rulez Against Prisonerz In ‘Little Guantanamo’ Lawsuit

by Matt Sledge A federal judge ruled Monday against inmates who had challenged highly restrictive federal prison units, dealing a severe blow to their five-year attempt to close what are sometimes called Little Guantanamos. For years, advocates have complained about the special prison wings set up in the wake of 9/11 called “communication management units.” […]

My safari from Pelikkkan Bay

by Kijana Tashiri Askari On Jan. 29, 2015, my travels began with a wakeup call at 2:30 a.m. I was told by the first watch unit officer to be ready in 30 minutes. Myself and a total of 17 prisoners were all rounded up like chattel slaves and placed in the SHU’s C-Facility visiting room […]

Successful Motion in Court Strengthenz CA Prisonerz’ Case against Solitary

Oakland – Pelican Bay prisoners named as plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against the use of solitary confinement in California gained an important victory yesterday as U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in favor of a motion filed by the plaintiffs’ counsel. The motion allows prisoners who have been in solitary confinement for more […]

NEW VIDEO: Citing ’43 Yearz of Injustice,’ Amnesty International interviewz UN Special Rapporteur Juan Mendez about Albert Woodfox & Sign Amnesty International Petition

    Amnesty International has just released a new video entitled “Free Albert Woodfox: 43 Years of Injustice,” (on You Tube and Facebook) featuring an interview with Juan Mendez, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment. The video was made in support of Amnesty’s new petition campaign […]

Prison Architecture and the Question of Ethicz

 A death-row jail cell in Huntsville, Tex. The design of such quarters has raised questions. Credit Reuters By MICHAEL KIMMELMAN SAN FRANCISCO — Faced with lawsuits and a growing mountain of damning research, New York City officials decided last month to ban solitary confinement for prison inmates 21 and younger. Just a few weeks earlier, […]

AG Caldwell Continuez to Obstruct Justice But Albert Does Not Fear A Trial

l    Yesterday, the State of Louisiana took the first step toward a retrial and announced that a grand jury has re-indicted Albert a third time for the murder of Brent Miller. Though we continue to hope that the State will stop wasting taxpayer money on the prosecution and torture of this innocent man, Albert […]

Take Action! Sign Amnesty International petition in support of Politikal Prisoner Albert Woodfox

  http://angola3news.blogspot.com/2015/02/please-take-action-for-albert-woodfox.html  We are excited to announce that Amnesty International has started a new petition in support of Albert Woodfox’s February 6 bail request that he filed in response to the favorable Fifth Circuit Court ruling on February 3. The full text of an email sent out today by Amnesty, describing the campaign, is featured below.    Please take […]

Freedom Iz Just Around the Corner

This afternoon Albert’s legal team submitted an application to US District Court Judge James A. Brady for release on bail with expedited review (View the court filing here). This month marks 2 years since Albert’s conviction was overturned for a third time based on a finding of racial discrimination in the selection of his grand […]