There is no #$!@%^&*#¡@# excuse for incarcerating juvenilez in adult prisonz. But we do it anyway

by Meteor Blades attribution: Denver Public Library Archives The laundry at the Colorado State Industrial School for Boys. It still looked like that when I did time there. In August 1959, I emerged a free person from the Industrial School for Boys in Golden, Colorado, after 23 months of incarceration. I was 12 years old. It […]

Torture Continuez: CDCR Settlement Screwz Prisonerz

by Wiawimawo of MIM(Prisons) September 2015 permalink It’s been over a week since we got the news on the settlement ofAshker v. Brown.(1) For a case that is so central to what we do as an organization we’ve taken our time to respond. We’ve read and re-read the legal documents and listened to the celebratory […]

Thoughtz on Prison Guardz by Judge

The number one threat to a correctional officers safety isn’t the inmates they’re paid to oversee, it’s the actions of their fellow officers. Respect is a two way street. To get respect, you have to give respect. In the penitentiary any slight to another inmate is dealt with justly. Whatever the convicts code dictates is […]

Legionnairez’ disease case at San Quentin prison promptz shutoff of water

Inmates walk around in one of the cellblocks at San Quentin State Prison in 2014. One inmate at the prison was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease and several others are showing symptoms, prison officials said. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times) By PAIGE ST. JOHN Officials turned off the water at San Quentin State Prison on Friday […]

Black August: Beyond 34 yearz of resistance

August 9, 2013 by Shaka At-thinnen When the concept of Black August manifested in 1979, many thought it was simply a focus group protest growing out of the avoidable death of Khatari Gaulden on Aug. 1, 1978, in the San Quentin prison infirmary. Survival for Africans in California’s prison population of 20,000 inmates had to […]

Across the ‘Bridge of Pain’

How the Rikers Island Jail became America’s most infamous penitentiary. Rikers Island: 415 acres of prison mismanagement. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) by Will Di Novi In the 18 months since he became mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio has made several trips across a 4,200-foot causeway in the city’s East River. To the Queens […]

How Racist Iz Solitary Confinement?

It hardly bears repeating that people of color are incarcerated in staggering numbers. But a new study authored by health officials with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) shows that racial disparities in jail run far deeper: black and Hispanic inmates are vastly more likely to be punished with solitary […]

15 and Tackling Mass Incarceration

 photo: Claudia Gonzalez as told to Claudia Gonzalez Editor’s Note: Jaylin White, 15, served as co-chair at a March 26th town hall event in Fresno around mass incarceration. The event, organized by Faith in Community (FIC) and People Improving Communities through Organizing (PICO),  brought organizers, youth, and community members together with the Board of State […]

Soledad Brother John Clutchette asks for your help

by John Clutchette I have read your publication periodically over the years, and after some discussion with fellow prisoners, it was suggested I seek your assistance with getting the message out there that I need help! The enclosed documents tell a lot of the story of what I’ve been up against for years. Most of […]

The Fairness and Restoration Act of 2015

by Abdul Olugbala Shakur, Free-Speech Society Part I: Introduction According to the 14th Amendment, the government cannot develop or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the U.S., nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty or property without due process of the law, nor deny to […]