Prisons Use Solitary Confinement to Silence Strikers Nationwide—But Their Voices Have Been Heard

In commemoration of the Attica Uprising 47 years earlier, incarcerated organizers chose yesterday as the final day of the nearly three-week-long National Prison Strike that began on August 21. The … Source: Prisons Use Solitary Confinement to Silence Strikers Nationwide—But Their Voices Have Been Heard Advertisements

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, […]

Why Are For-Profit US Prisons Subjecting Detainees to Forced Labor?

by Azadeh Shahshahani , Gina Ferazzi/LA Times via Getty Images   In 2017, officials at the Stewart immigration detention center in Georgia placed Shoaib Ahmed, a 24-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh, in solitary confinement for encouraging fellow workers to stop working. Ahmed, who was paid 50 cents per hour to work within the facility, was upset because his $20 […]

Texas prison workforce: A model of profit, modern slavery, and humiliation

by Jason Renard Walker The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 4 specifically abolishes slavery in all its functioning forms: “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the state trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.” Well, to the contrary the United States Constitution, 13th Amendment allows slavery but under […]

How US Private Prisonz Are Making Millionz by Jailing Migrantz in Deplorable Conditionz

  Undocumented migrants have become easy cash cows for private prison companies. As states move for the first time in decades to address swollen prisoner populations, federal immigration detention centers are the new front in private prison corporations’ business strategy, and undocumented migrants their easy cash cows. Around the country there are 13 Criminal Alien Requirement […]

The Rise of Carceral Humanism and Non-Alternative Alternativez

  The Rise of Carceral Humanism and Non-Alternative Alternatives Repackaging Mass Incarceration by JAMES KILGORE Since my CounterPunch article last November which  assessed the state of the movement against mass incarceration, the rumblings of change in the criminal justice have steadily grown louder. Attorney General Eric Holder has continued to stream his mild-mannered critique by […]

Inside the Private Prison Industry’z Alarming Spread Across America

For-profit companies like Geo-Group are buying up any politician they can find to expand their share of the “market.” Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com/Dooder April 9, 2014  | On a recent Friday afternoon, with budget negotiations winding down, Arizona state representative John Kavanagh was racing against the clock. His position as House Appropriations Chairman afforded him the […]

Second Wave of Hunger Strikerz Begin at Northwest Detention Center

  Tacoma WA – Immigrants held at the Northwest Detention Center are once again adding their voices to the mounting outcry for President Obama to stop deportations. Seeing little change in their conditions following the hunger strike that began on March 7th, about 70 people rejoined the hunger strike on Monday, March 24th. Hearing of […]

BREAKING: Hunger Strikez Spread to Texaz Detention Center

Systemic Abuse by GEO Group and ICE Exposed in Multi-State Effort by Detainees in Private Facilities Tacoma, WA, Conroe, TX – After a massive hunger strike inside the Tacoma Detention Center reached its 11th day, detainees found their effort spreading to other facilities inspired by their demands. Last night at midnight, immigrants held at the […]