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 […]

California Women Prisonerz – SHU Deathz and Suicidez – Support Investigation

Please contact the politicians and CDCR representatives listed at the end of this press release to FAMILIES AND ADVOCATES CALL FOR INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO MULTIPLE 2014 DEATHS AND SUICIDES AT CALIFORNIA INSTITUTION FOR WOMEN (CIW) Being in physical distress locked in a cell turns into a truly terrifying experience when you can hear the cops banter […]

Power Concedez Nothing: A Discussion on CDCr’z Insidious Regulatory Semanticz and Judicial Collusion in Maintenance of SHU Torture Unitz

  From the N.C.T.T.-COR-SHU “Revolutionary activity in every area of human existence will come about by itself when the contradictions in every new process are comprehended; it will consist of an identification with those forces that are moving in the direction of genuine progress. To be radical.. .means “getting to the root of things.” If […]

Culture shock! Leaving Skeleton Bay after decadez in solitary

by Daryel ‘Ifoma’ Burnett Please accept my apologies for being negligent in not writing much sooner about my transfer out of Skeleton Bay. I could give you a bunch of reasons, but they would probably sound like lame excuses. I’m still decompressing from being warehoused inside that pathological incubator for over 25 years while slowly […]

Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa: Worse than Pelican Bay

by Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa (R.N. Dewberry) This place is worse than Pelican Bay State Prison in so many ways. I’ll start sending updates on corruption and racism against prisoners who have been placed in Steps 3 and 4 of these keepers’ Step Down Program (SDP). The DRB (Departmental Review Board) lies to the public. Prisoners […]

Chess vs. checkerz

by Abdul Olugbala Shakur Life is like a game of chess and checkers. Many of us play checkers. And many of us think we’re playing chess, but, in practice, we’re actually playing checkers. So it should be of no surprise to any of you when I say, most poor people play checkers, prisoners in particular. […]

California inmatez win class-action status over race-based treatment

  By Paige St. John July 24, 2014 http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-ff-prison-race-lawsuit-20140724-story.html A federal judge in Sacramento on Wednesday awarded class-action status to California prison inmates who allege that their rights are violated by what they say are widespread instances of race-based punishment. Prison officials acknowledge they respond to outbreaks of violence by ordering sanctions, including sweeping lockdowns, […]