Solitary Confinement

Perhaps the single most barbaric aspect of mass incarceration in California is the cruel practice of assigning inmates to solitary confinement. This practice, affecting as many as 6,000 inmates at any given time, has been judged inhumane and unacceptable by human rights experts. The cruelty of the practice is underscored by its arbitrariness: people are […]

sleep deprivation torture at Pelican Bay. Call-in!

Dear Supporter of Human Rights for Prisoners, California prisoners in Pelican Bay State Prison Security Housing Unit (SHU, i.e. solitary confinement) are still being subjected to yet another form of torture:‘welfare checks.’ The ‘checks’–which involve loud doors opening and closing, metal banging, and beeping from cell monitors–have been happening every 30 minutes, 24/7, since August 2, 2015. […]

Cultivate the seed to grow: Inside prison and out, we must nurture our youth

by Mutope Duguma I greet you all with love and respect as usual, and it’s been awhile, but I recently made a transition from Pelican Bay State Prison Security Housing Unit solitary confinement units to General Population – GP – here at Calipatria State Prison. I won’t bore you with my usual long-winded rhetoric but […]

Agreement to End Hostilitiez in CA: 3 Year Statuz Update

by MIM(Prisons) September 2015 permalink This spring we sent out a request to all California USW supporters to give us updates on the status of the Agreement to End Hostilities (AEH) at their prison, and to send us a follow up report following the September 9th Day of Solidarity. This status report has been overshadowed […]

Torture Continuez: CDCR Settlement Screwz Prisonerz

by Wiawimawo of MIM(Prisons) September 2015 permalink It’s been over a week since we got the news on the settlement ofAshker v. Brown.(1) For a case that is so central to what we do as an organization we’ve taken our time to respond. We’ve read and re-read the legal documents and listened to the celebratory […]

Why George Jackson matterz

By Danny Haiphong posted on September 14, 2015 George Jackson spent ten years behind prison walls: from 1961 to 1971. During this period, Jackson became a revolutionary warrior for Black liberation and socialist revolution. Jackson’s life matters now more than ever. Jackson was from Chicago, but his rebellious spirit and run-ins with police compelled his […]

Pelican Bay Hunger Strike: Four Yearz and Still Fighting

by Claude Marks – Isaac Ontiveros Four years ago prisoners in California – led by those in the control units of Pelican Bay – organized a hunger strike to demand an end to the torturous conditions of solitary confinement. Two more strikes would follow, with over 30,000 prisoners taking united action in the summer of […]

CCI Step Down Program iz bogus

by Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa I have taken the position to shut down this fake SDP (Step Down Program) crap. So all of Step 4, who have the most to lose – meaning some of them are a couple of weeks away from completing their Step 4, and for some they are one, two, three, four […]

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 […]

Baridi Williamson at Pelican Bay: ‘I met with UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Méndez’

by Baridi J. Williamson On Dec. 9, 2014, I visited with Mr. Juan Méndez, the U.N. special rapporteur on torture, who is now an expert on our class action lawsuit to end solitary confinement torture here in California. Hopefully, it will have a ripple effect across the U.S. Being that Mr. Méndez, who had previously […]