BJS update: Women’s state prison populations rose while men’s fell, again

by Wendy Sawyer Last Wednesday, the Bureau of Justice Statistics released its annual update on prison populations in the U.S. Of course, it’s just my luck that they released the 2016 data the day after my report on women’s state prison population trends over time. But the changes over the last year are largely consistent with my finding that […]

Support a Release Campaign for Political Prisoner Robert ‘Seth’ Hayes

Please help us save our beloved father and grandfather, Robert “Seth” Hayes from the New York State Correctional System where he has been incarcerated for the past 45 years. Seth was only a young man, father, and husband, as well as a decorated Vietnam War veteran when he was arrested in August 1972 for his […]

What Can’t You Send to an Inmate in New York? Apples, Used Books and More

By VIVIAN WANG  Sign a petition opposing these proposed package restrictions here! In a letter, NYC Books Through Bars said the vendors’ online catalogs indicated that inmates would have access to only romance novels, religious texts, drawing or coloring books, instruction manuals, one dictionary and one thesaurus. CreditPiotr Redlinski for The New York Times ALBANY — Until very […]

Voices: Kevin Cooper

By Mary Kate DeLucco “I have hope. And because I have hope I have life.” For Kevin Cooper, who has been on San Quentin’s death row since 1985, it is a hope that survives because of “the number of people I have helping me, who believe in my case, my innocence, and in me.” Those […]

A poem written by Afeni Shakur from the Black Panther newspaper 1969

ACTION ALERT EDDIE AFRICA TO SEE THE PAROLE BOARD ON 1/11/18

Ona Move We just received word tonight that our Brother Eddie Africa will be appearing before The Pa Parole Board this Thursday January 11th . It’s obvious due to our three day campaign and the pressure The Parole Board is under are obviously trying to give Eddie a rushed hearing and sweep this matter under the rug as fast […]

Support and Donate to a Release Campaign for PP Seth Hayes!

Great campaign done by Myaisha and Crystal Seth’s Daughter and Grand Daughter. Please donate if you can. Seth is an amazing human being whose many contributions to humanity can never be compensated for, but he should spend the rest of his life on the outside. For now, it is being asking that you all share […]

Policy of the Cruel and Absurd: Sleep Deprivation in California’s Prisons

Originally posted on Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity:
By Charlie Hinton, Verbena Lea, and Willow Katz In prison isolation units throughout California, guards wake prisoners up every 30 minutes under the guise of suicide prevention. These “security/welfare checks” cause ongoing sleep deprivation. The United Nations and many sleep and mental health experts have long defined sleep…

Doing ‘Hard Time’ in the Nation’s Jails

by Chris Barker Photo by Michael Coghlan via Flickr   jails & prisons Before I had thought much about the distinction between jails and prisons, a local prosecutor suggested that I take my political science students to El Dorado Correctional Facility, a maximum-security state prison located about 45 minutes northeast of Wichita. We applied to the Kansas […]

Amerikan Crime Case #99: May 13, 1985: The MOVE Massacre

American Crime is a regular feature of revcom.us. Each installment will focus on one of the 100 worst crimes committed by the U.S. rulers—out of countless bloody crimes they have carried out against people around the world, from the founding of the U.S. to the present day.   Above: Osage Avenue burns after Philadelphia police dropped […]