Prison records from 1800s Georgia show mass incarceration’s racially charged beginnings

A Georgia penitentiary in 1911. Library of Congress   Henry Minter was working as a farm laborer in Georgia in the 1870s when he met Mary Dotson, a young black servant girl. The couple never married – which would have been illegal at the time – but they stayed together until Henry’s death. Mary, who was left with […]

Murder Incorporated: Empire, Genocide, and Manifest Destiny

Listen to story: Download: mp3 (Duration: 11:56 — 10.9MB) FEATURING MUMIA ABU-JAMAL – A new book authored by Stephen Vittoria and political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal, explores the history of the United States and takes on the myth that the US is a beacon for freedom and democracy. Murder Incorporated: Empire, Genocide, and Manifest Destiny is actually […]

Book Review: Malcolm X: History Is Best Qualified

The Judas Factor: The Life and Death of Malcolm Shabazz Limited 25th Anniversary Edition. Karl Evanzz. Xis Books, 541 pp., $25.99. Reviewed by Todd Steven Burroughs Context can be a witch, to be polite. Yesterday, May 19, Malcolm X would have been 93. The fact that that day is marked solemnly around the country by those […]

Why Are For-Profit US Prisons Subjecting Detainees to Forced Labor?

by Azadeh Shahshahani , Gina Ferazzi/LA Times via Getty Images   In 2017, officials at the Stewart immigration detention center in Georgia placed Shoaib Ahmed, a 24-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh, in solitary confinement for encouraging fellow workers to stop working. Ahmed, who was paid 50 cents per hour to work within the facility, was upset because his $20 […]

Black Agenda Radio – Mumia Abu Jamal Salutes “Father of Black Liberation Theology”

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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 […]

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 […]

WIN in Jalil Muntaqim’s disciplinary case!!!

We just won a victory on the disciplinary charges against Jalil for teaching an authorized African-American History Course! This is good news for Jalil, as the charges will be expunged, and he can proceed to have a family reunification visit with his mother and family, which was denied on May 10, 2018, the same day […]

BOP backs down on the restrictive book policy

Good news. The federal Bureau of Prisons has rescinded the policy changes that would have made it more expensive and more difficult for inmates to receive books. Ann E. Marimow at the Washington Post reports: The restrictions were already in place in facilities in Virginia and California and were set to start this month at a prison in […]