End the Prison-Industrial Complex

               There are plenty of legitimate reasons to send someone to prison — deterrence, incapacitation, rehabilitation and so on — but profit is not among them. Unfortunately, it is an obscenely large reason that American prisons today house more inmates than any other country on this planet. If that doesn’t trouble you, it should. […]

Scientistz call solitary confinement ‘damaging and unnecessary’

By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News, Chicago Robert King now campaigns against the use of isolation practices “To this day, I find it difficult to associate myself with my surroundings. My terrain, my geography is way off,” says Robert King. “It is off to the point where I get lost even when I am […]

A closer look at ‘crime’

by Asar Imhotep Amen aka Troy Thomas I do not accept the common usage of the term “crime.” Why? Crime is not solely the violation of legal codes. It encompasses behavior that violates human rights. But beyond the legal understandings, crime shatters relationships, both social – including political and economic – and interpersonal. Asar Imhotep […]

Blog #24: The Parole Travesty

By Juan Rogers,       President of the Attica Lifers Organization It is easy      to forget how America, with all of its faults, is still an exceptional      country, governed by laws        for the people and to some extent by the people.      Even those who commit crimes, and find themselves on the receiving end      of retributive punishment, […]

The Origins of Our Police State

Illustration by Mr. Fish By Chris Hedges ELIZABETH, N.J.—JaQuan LaPierre, 22, was riding a bicycle down a sidewalk Sept. 5 when he noticed a squad car pulling up beside him. It was 8:30 on a hot Thursday night at the intersection of Bond Street and Jackson Avenue here in Elizabeth, N.J. LaPierre had 10 glass […]

The police can not beat you and I, never. Why can’t the police beat you and I?

  Let’s call a spade a spade. Let’s call it what it is. The police has never beaten anyone, never. You and I can not be beaten by the police. No one has ever been beaten by the police. The police is not saying they are beating someone when that someone is protesting that the […]

RASTAFARI, CONSTITUTIONS and CHARTERS: Uses, mis-Uses and Abuses

“Our peoples vigor and labor will only bear fruit when communication networks are afforded them.” Qadamawi Haile Selassie ****************************************** TO RASTAFARI LEADERS and THE FAITHFUL: August 30, 2013 “See them fighting for power, but they know not the hour: See them bribing, with their guns, and cars, and money, trying to belittle InI integrity.” (Bob […]

Oregon Demandz – Taken Hostage: And My Captorz Expect Me To What?

Here are the demands of Oregon prisoners who will be going on strike starting tomorrow, July 8th. The handwritten document was keyboarded by Karl at Kersplebedeb.. Taken Hostage: And My Captors Expect Me To Do What? by David Carr #11818281 We are being held in solitary confinement and the State compels us to reveal personal questions or […]

Treating us like slaves: an analysis of the Security Threat Group Step Down Program

by Dadisi Kambon, Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa, Abdul Olugbala Shakur, Sondai Kamdibe Dumisani, Mutope Duguma and Abasi Ganda For the past two years we’ve heard the state claim it’s reforming its long term segregation policies and practices by implementing a Security Threat Group (STG) Step Down Program (SDP). Officials claim the program is a significant move towards a more behavior-based system, yet they remain extraordinarily vague […]

Release Political Prisoners, Black Panthers, Say His Name Black Power

  Release Political Prisoners, Black Panthers, Say His Name Black Power by Jacqueline Amos   I sit upon 8/11 cage in Mindand Allah shall stand with youSpiritual Power of Emancipation. my brothers who cry in silence to be a black man To understand the process of elimination Black Panthers cry beyond the dark Nevertheless A […]