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 […]

4 yrz since our hunger strikez began, none of our core demandz have yet been met: Our protracted struggle must continue

by Mutope Duguma, Pelican Bay short corridor Let’s not forget that CDCr can lock you up for being an alleged leader, as an influential individual – on just this alone. 2015 marks four years since we collectively got together and launched our peaceful protests to end long term solitary confinement. We have not been able […]

Losing livez while gaining profit: 4 deathz in 2 monthz iz businezz as usual for CCA prison

by Anthony Robinson Jr. “It should never be easy for them to destroy us.” – Comrade G In the last two months – from Dec. 27 to Feb. 10, 2015 – four prisoners have died here at Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility, a private prison California uses to relieve its prison overcrowding; it is owned and […]

Amplify the voicez these prisonz try to silence: Fight censorship from California to Pennsylvania

Pack the courtroom for the hearing on Abu-Jamal v. Kane, challenging Prisoner Gag Law SB 508, on Thursday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m., in U.S. Courthouse, 228 Walnut St., Courtroom 2, Harrisburg, Penn. by Willow Katz “(T)he only recourse for those who demand accountability and the rule of law in the justice system is to amplify […]

Nurse fired for speaking out: ‘I am on a mission to stop torture at CDCR’

by Paul Spector, RN, EMT-P, Capt. U.S. Army Ret. I’ve been a nurse since 1984, a paramedic firefighter and group home manager before that. My training is in inner city ER nursing. I also do floor, ICU and disaster response. I’ve worked in Tampa, Oakland and San Francisco; I’m a Red Cross volunteer and was […]

A village cannot be built in a jail: Why gender responsive iz not gender justice

by Misty Rojo of Justice Now and California Coalition for Women Prisoners The issue of “gender responsiveness” as an excuse to open more prisons has been rearing its ugly head lately with the expansion of CDCR’s supposed “reentry hubs” and “community based facilities,” totaling 4,090 new beds altogether. Yet one woman in the new Female […]