Neuroscientists Make a Case Against Solitary Confinement

by Dana G. Smith Neuroscientists Make a Case Against Solitary Confinement   On any given day, 80,000 US prisoners are subjected to punishment that inflicts permanent damage to the brain. “We see solitary confinement as nothing less than a death penalty by social deprivation.” Robert King spent 29 years living alone in a six by […]

Today It Locks Up Immigrants. But CoreCivic’s Roots Lie in the Brutal Past of America’s Prisons.

The renewed fortunes and the hidden history of the for-profit prison industry. by  SHANE BAUER In 2015, I spent four months working undercover as a guard at a medium-security Louisiana prison run by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) with the aim of reporting on the conditions inside a private prison for Mother Jones. Shortly after I began, […]

Muslims at Texas’ Clements Unit are being starved during Ramadan: ‘Don’t like it? Become a Christian’

by Jason Renard Walker, Deputy Minister of Labor, NABPP-PC In a year where Islamophobia is at an all-time extreme in Texas prisons, I think it is a perfect time for me to shed light of the injustice Muslim brothers are facing here at the Clements Unit. I am not Muslim myself, but I am against […]

Folsom Prison Hunger Strike Enters 9th Day – Families, Advocates Rally to Support Prisoners’ Demands

Folsom Prison Hunger Strike Enters 9th Day Families, Advocates Rally to Support Prisoners’ Demands Folsom—On Sunday, June 4th, 2017, human rights advocates will hold a rally outside of Folsom State Prison (FSP) to amplify the voices of people incarcerated in the Administrative Segregation Unit (ASU) at FSP, who have been on hunger strike since May 25th. […]

Old Folsom prisoners hunger strike for their 8th Amendment right – freedom from cruel and unusual punishment

by Ann Garrison KPFA Weekend News, broadcast May 27, 2017 “Administrative segregation” is prison bureaucratize for solitary confinement. On Thursday, prisoners in  solitary at California’s Old Folsom State Prison went on hunger strike for their Eighth Amendment right to be protected from cruel and unusual punishment. Anthony Estrada, a prisoner writing for the strikers in […]

At Angola Prison, Getting Sick Can Be a Death Sentence

Inside the maximum-security prison in Angola, Louisiana (Photo by Shepard Sherbell/Corbis via Getty Images) SPECIAL INVESTIGATION BY KATIE ROSE QUANDT AND JAMES RIDGEWAY A 6-month investigation into Louisiana’s Angola prison, the largest maximum-security state prison in the country, reveals substandard and inhumane healthcare—leading to extremely high death rates for prisoners. Does this amount to unconstitutional […]

Tactics for Dealing with Correctional Officerz

by a Washington prisoner                                permalink   Currently on a day to day we are faced with dealing with situations that are not part of our sentence. For me I have to decide what approach or tactics I can use dealing […]

At Louisiana’z Angola Prison, Lawsuit Claimz, the Sick Face Neglect, Isolation, and Death

September 23, 2015 by Mark Megalli Men incarcerated at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, commonly known as Angola, are suing prison officials and the Louisiana Department of Corrections for failing to provide adequate healthcare to the more than 6,000 people currently held there. In a scathing, 63-page complaint, lawyers representing Angola’s prison population allege that men are routinely denied appropriate medical care, […]

Hugo Pinell was assassinated under color of law

August 17, 2015 A TRIBUTE TO HUGO PINELL FROM THE REMAINING SAN QUENTIN 6! LONG LIVE COMRADE HUGO! A PEOPLE’S HERO!  The people who run prisonz must be the world’z ultimate sadistic bastardz, putting people in sardine canz and expecting them upon release to suddenly become productive citizenz iz tantamount to shooting someone and then […]

California Death Penalty Ruling Iz a Bellwether 4 the Nation

  On July 16, a federal judge ruled California’s death penalty unconstitutional, a violation of the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. In a nation in which the death penalty is under close scrutiny and already on the decline, the decision could have significant implications for the application of the death penalty in other […]