Why so many suicides at Lane Murray Unit, a Texas women’s prison?

by Britney Gulley For women in Texas prisons, it’s a perpetual fight. After five long, atrocious years of mental, emotional and physical abuse in prolonged solitary confinement at Lane Murry Unit – infamously nicknamed “Miserable Murray” – I have suffered tremendously. I, along with numerous other women from ad-seg (administrative segregation) at Lane Murray Unit, […]

An Alabama Prison’z Unrelenting Descent Into Violence

By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON The segregation unit at Alabama’s St. Clair Correctional Facility houses inmates in solitary confinement. Many have come to see the unit as a safe haven from the prison’s general population.CreditWilliam Widmer for The New York Times SPRINGVILLE, Ala. — The door opened and there stood a man with knives in both hands. […]

Prisonerz United of Silicon Valley thank each other and supporterz for a largely successful hunger strike against solitary confinement

by Mary Ratcliff In late September, prisoners in the Santa Clara County jails who are part of what they then called the Prisoners’ Human Rights Movement sent a letter to Sheriff Laurie Smith with a list of demands and a notice that in October the inmates would initiate a hunger strike to continue their “peaceful […]

Blackz who tried to save Hugo Pinell still being punished for ‘playing God,’ az DA refusez to prosecute Pinell’z killerz

by Tommy ‘Jaboe’ Williams Let me start by saying much respect and love. You all give a voice to us even though CDCR is trying to muffle it. Here is a brief update on the continued disrespect that CDCR is showing to brothers involved in the Aug. 12, 2015, attack on Yogi (Hugo Pinell) as […]

Assassination of Hugo Pinell: One guard asked another, ‘Did they get him?’

by Tyrone White I’m a 38-year-old native of South Sacramento currently incarcerated in Lancaster, Calif. I would like to expose injustice and further educate you and your readers on the events surrounding the murder of Hugo “Yogi” Pinell. I was housed in CSP (California State Prison) Sacramento from March 2004 until October 2015. On or […]

California Endz Solitary for Gang Validation, Texas Prisonz Persist in the Abusive Practice

  California Solitary Success Four years after over 6,000 California prisoners united in the first of three mass hunger strikes protesting the torture of long-term solitary confinement (among other things), a major achievement has been won. In a federal class action lawsuit brought on their behalves, Ashker v. Governor of California, it was found that […]

California’z Secret Solitary Courtz

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters Sarah Shourd ‘WAR-LIKE MENTALITY’ Despite a new settlement that bans indefinite solitary confinement in California, prisons are finding new secondary excuses to lengthen time in the SHU. A change in policy in California just last month could result in an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 prisoners being released from solitary confinement into the general […]

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 […]

Unity between racez iz going strong; be proud of yourselvez!

by Kendra Castaneda Perez The End of Hostilities between races within the California prison system went into effect in 2012. Since that time, I am amazed at how the different races have worked diligently to unify with one another despite a few little hickups here and there. I want to remind those men within the […]

Moving forward with our fight to end solitary confinement

by Todd Ashker Greetings of solidarity and respect to all similarly situated members of the prison class unified in our struggle to end long term solitary confinement and win related long overdue reforms to the broken California prison torture system! As one of the four principle prisoner class representatives, I am presenting this further update […]