CORRECTIONAL ASSN. OF NY TESTIFIES AT NY ASSEMBLY HEARING ON PRISON HEALTH; URGES HEALTH DEPARTMENT OVERSIGHT, END TO DELAYS IN TREATMENT, AND INCREASE IN RESOURCES FOR BETTER CARE

(October 31, 2017, New York, NY)  The Correctional Association of New York (CA) yesterday was one of more than fifteen organizations and agencies testifying at a New York State Assembly Joint Health and Correction’s public hearing on prison healthcare. Through our statutory authority granted in 1846, the CA monitors New York prisons and reports to […]

Holding New York Prison Guards Accountable For Abuse

  New York State prison guards often escape punishment for acts of brutality because district attorneys in communities where prisons provide jobs, and are thus essential to the communities’ economic health, are hesitant to charge them. Another factor is that the union contract with the state shields prison workers from prosecution even in many egregious […]

Save the Date! 1/17/18 MXCC Annual PPOW Families Dinner

~Please share~ From déqui kioni-sadiki, chair, Malcolm X Commemoration Committee Greetings Community: The Malcolm X Commemoration Committee is pleased to announce its 2018 Annual Dinner Tribute to the Families of our PPOWs. This is a tradition started twenty-two years ago by Iyaluua Ferguson, wife, comrade and life partner of our late co-founder and Chairman Emeritus, Herman Ferguson. Saturday, […]

Several States Bar Landlords from Automatically Denying Housing to Felons

by Lonnie Burton At least three states and the federal government are putting landlords on notice: You may not automatically deny housing to someone simply because he or she has a felony record. These rules and guidelines take different forms, ranging from state attorney general directives to lawsuits and court decisions, legislation, and in the […]

Tracking the impact of the prison system on the economy

by Emily Widra One of the most popular parts of our 2003 book The Prison Index: Taking the Pulse of the Crime Control Industryconcerns the economic power of the criminal justice system. I updated three of the graphs and concepts from that book: Bureau of Justice Statistics data on the number of justice system employees was […]

Eastham water supply shut completely OFF, stench of human waste pervades old, decaying prison

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington “Hasan (Shakur) was the hardest worker I ever met. He founded organizations, sat on boards and planned antiviolence concerts in the community. He put out a newsletter a hell of a lot more regularly than many groups on the outside. He helped numerous organizations with strategic planning. He pushed everyone around […]

Why do Texas prisons ban ‘Freakonomics’ but not Adolf Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’?

AUSTIN — More than 10,000 books are banned from Texas prisons, but they might not be the ones you think. Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, which won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for fiction, is not allowed. Neither is Freakonomics, the 2005 bestseller that explained concepts such as cheating at school and parenting techniques using economic […]

Remembering Chairman Fred

Folks traveled far and wide to pay their last respects to our namesake, Chairman Fred Hampton. Hampton and Mark Clark were assassinated in a coordinated effort by Chicago PD, Cook County SWAT, and the FBI on this day (December 4) in 1969. Chairman Fred was 21 years old on the day of his death. He […]

Rereading George Jackson

By Bob Avakian, Chairman of the RCP, USA This article is excerpted from a new work by Bob Avakian called “Getting Over the Two Great Humps: Further Thoughts on Conquering the World.” This work deals with strategic problems of the world revolution–getting over the hump of seizing power in different countries and getting over the […]

Amerikan Crime: Case #74: The FBI-Chicago Police Assassination of Fred Hampton

  Bob Avakian recently wrote that one of three things that has “to happen in order for there to be real and lasting change for the better: People have to fully confront the actual history of this country and its role in the world up to today, and the terrible consequences of this.” (See “3 […]