Book Review: The Rise of Solitary

From the series Juvenile in Justice © Richard Ross, richardross.net. Courtesy of the artist and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York. 23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement by Keramet Reiter Yale University Press, 2016, 312 pp. At the end of 1989, a few weeks after the Berlin Wall came down, […]

Survivors of long term solitary confinement petition for institutional restitution

To: CDCr Secretary Scott Kernan and Director Kathline Allison From: Abdul Olugbala Shakur (aka J. Harvey, C48884) and Joka Heshima Jinsai (aka S. Denham, J38283) Petition for Institutional Restitution The following is what we believe to be just and fair and reasonable requests considering the inhumane treatment that many of the prisoners were being subjected […]

To all those still locked inside

by Sista Soul My journey began in the mid-1980s, when folks in my community began to hear about a “supermax” prison that would be built in nearby Crescent City, California. At that time, my colleague Tom Cairns and Mike Da Bronx, my husband, and me were busy at KHSU producing a weekly radio show called […]

The Vortex of Dementia

By Abdul Olugbala Shakur  Transcribed by Kilaika Baruti Though I have been active in the struggle for practically all of my life, from a Panther cub to an Urban guerrilla in the service of the underground, I have never considered myself to be a writer or at least not a good writer, but I felt it […]

Coordinated offensive on STG kickoutz

by Jose Villarreal “Just because we have won victory, we must never relax our vigilance against the frenzied plots for revenge by the imperialists and their running dogs. Whoever relaxes vigil­ance will disarm himself politically and land himself in a pass­ive position.” – Mao Zedong in “Address to the Preparatory Committee of the New Political […]

State court rulez prisonerz can’t be punished for hunger strike

By Bob Egelko A state appeals court says a California prisoner who took part in a mass hunger strike protesting long-term solitary confinement should not have been punished for disorderly behavior because he did not disrupt prison operations or endanger anyone. Although the 2013 hunger strike, which involved as many as 30,000 inmates across the […]

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 […]