‘The Stanford Prison Experiment’ reminds us that fear of incarceration is justified

by ADAM BANNER Steve Dietls/IFC Prison. As Americans, a large portion of our population has spent at least some time incarcerated. Crime, and the resulting ramifications, is something that permeates almost every family in our nation at some point or another. As a criminal defense attorney, I have spent quite a bit of time in jails, […]

Jails are replacing visits with video chat$

  Prison officials and tech firms are teaming up to turn a profit by taking advantage of disproportionately poor families struggling to maintain contact with their loved ones. Maddie Fenn of the Denton International Socialist Organization and Brock Beauclair of the North Texas Democratic Socialists of America explain.   PRISONERS IN Denton County, Texas, are not permitted to receive […]

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

Reimagining Prison with Frank Gehry

Prison as college campus. Prison as wellness center. Prison as monastery. By BILL KELLER   This story was published in partnership with The New Yorker. “I’ve personally spent only one night in jail,” Frank Gehry confessed. “I didn’t like it very much.” Gehry, 88, who has been described as our greatest living architect (and, by an admiring pro-cannabis website, […]

The End of Amerikan Prison Visits: Jails End Face-to-Face Contact and Families Suffer

It’s been described as ‘Skype for the jailed’ and is being sold as safer and more convenient. But it begs the question: are in-person visits a human right? Shannon Sims The Guardian Tiffany Burns tries to talk to her boyfriend Chrishon Brown, who is locked up in Jefferson Parish jail. Ben Depp One sunny day […]

What’s hidden behind the walls of Amerika’s prisons

by Heather Ann Thompson Few Americans fully appreciate just how many of their fellow citizens are ensnared in the criminal justice system. Some may have heard that there are about 2.3 million people behind bars, but that figure tells only part of the story. Yes, in a stunning array of 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, […]

Prison livez matter

by Kwame Shakur, New Afrikan Liberation Collective (NALC) All across this kkkountry we are hearing and seeing the masses exclaim, “Black lives matter!” We heard Obama counter that by telling the people, “All lives matter” and “Police lives matter.” But what about the more than 2 million lives being held captive across this kkkountry in […]

The Business of Mass Incarceration

 By Chris Hedges Debbie Bourne, 45, was at her apartment in the Liberty Village housing projects in Plainfield, N.J., on the afternoon of April 30 when police banged on the door and pushed their way inside. The officers ordered her, her daughter, 14, and her son, 22, who suffers from autism, to sit down and […]

Amerika… Are We Free

  by an Illinois prisoner November 2015 permalink I often wonder, that in the land where freedom rings, Why does pain and suffering it also bring? Because the only ringing I hear is a baton against my bars As I stare out the window, beyond the day to its stars. Eyes closed wishing & praying […]