The downstream effect of 35 years of jail growth? A state prison boom

by Joshua Aiken  In our most recent report, Era of Mass Expansion, we argued that state lawmakers need to pay attention to local jails: the U.S. jail population has tripled over the last three decades almost entirely because local justice systems have increasingly detained people who are legally innocent but too poor to make bail. […]

Why so many suicides at Lane Murray Unit, a Texas women’s prison?

by Britney Gulley For women in Texas prisons, it’s a perpetual fight. After five long, atrocious years of mental, emotional and physical abuse in prolonged solitary confinement at Lane Murry Unit – infamously nicknamed “Miserable Murray” – I have suffered tremendously. I, along with numerous other women from ad-seg (administrative segregation) at Lane Murray Unit, […]

Black Pantherz, Then & Now — NYU National Lawyerz Guild

     In this just released video of a 2 hour panel discussion on both the Civil Rights and Black Liberation Movements; Veteran Black Panther Leader Kathleen Cleaver addresses such subjects as Revolutionary Internationalism, Solidarity & Coalition Building, Sexism, Racism, Prison Industrial Complex, Resolving Contradictions, Surveillance & Secure Communications, Films on the Black Panther Party, Responsibility Of […]

Mumia Abu-Jamal: The illusion of correctional medicine

by Mumia Abu-Jamal In the netherworld of American prisons, one must jettison any medical assumptions one brings in from the so-called “free” world. We have been conditioned to see nurses as sweet sources of solace and doctors as people dedicated to healing the sick and easing our pains. In prison, new rules govern medicine and […]

Appellate Court Panel Rejects PA Prison Effort to Further Delay Hep-C Treatment for Ailing Mumia Abu-Jamal

Challenging a ‘Nazi Prison Camp Standard of Care’ by: Dave Lindorff   It has been almost five years since doctors working for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, taking a routine blood test on long-time prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal (who was in the process of being transferred from 29 years on the state’s death-row to a general […]

CDCr must effect genuine changez in itz old policiez, culture and practicez

by Baridi and Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa As always, allow us to begin by paying our respects to the families who lost their loved ones during the historic California hunger strikes. Prior to the solidarity hunger strikes, the four principal negotiators, Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa, Arturo Castellanos, George Franco and Todd Ashker, found ourselves locked inside Pelican […]

PRISONER DEMANDZ REMAIN IGNORED IN WEEKS AFTER VAUGHN REBELLION

James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Delaware. Photo by trconrad2001 on Flickr In the weeks since prisoners took hostages and a corrections officer was killed in an uprising at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, the Delaware Department of Corrections has dismissed and ignored prisoners’ demands. State lawmakers, union officials, and others have largely done the same. Staff shortages […]

The Revolutionary Response To Racism: Reply To A Kommunique By Azzurra Crispino (2017)

The Dispatch Recently, I received a copy of a communique issued by Azzurra Crispino, an ethics professor, who is also an anarchist, a Gandhian pacifist, a founder of Prison Abolition Prisoner Support (PAPS), and the elected media co-chair of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWOC/IWW). Azzurra’s statement defended […]

I was a slave working under the California Department of Correctionz

The prison industrial complex turned me into a valuable commodity. by Flores Forbes, Columbia University Associate Vice President for Policy and Program Implementation “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” […]

Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2017

By Peter Wagner and Bernadette Rabuy Wait, does the United States have 1.3 million or more than 2 million people in prison? Are most people in state and federal prisons locked up for drug offenses? Frustrating questions like these abound because our systems of confinement are so fragmented and controlled by various entities. There is […]