Urgent Call to Support Kevin Rashid Johnson!

Self portrait by Kevin Rashid Johnson Here is what we are told by the Abolitionist Law Center: “On arriving at Sussex II (Wahe was greeted with attack dogs lunging at him while he was fully chained up. He is being served meals on a rubber mat, without utensils, and with no cups, so he is being […]

Paper Mail Still Matters to People Behind Bars

By Victoria Law Pennsylvania’s prisons have started digitizing letters to prisoners chargin Mail call on Thursday, Sept. 13, was different from any other in Sheena King’s 26 years behind bars. As usual, the unit officer came to her door. But instead of handing her an envelope with a letter inside, he handed her four photocopied […]

Beyond Prisons — Episode 29: Kempis ‘Ghani’ Songster (Part 1)

  Kim Wilson interviews formerly incarcerated activist Kempis “Ghani” Songster in part one of Beyond Prisons episode 29. In 1987, at the age of 15, Ghani was imprisoned for homicide.  Despite his age, he was certified as an adult, convicted of first degree murder, and given a mandatory life sentence without parole, or what is […]

The National Prisons Strike Is Over. Now Is When Prisoners Are Most in Danger

The fact is that men and women behind bars are in most in danger in the days, weeks and months after they have dared to protest  by  Heather Ann Thompson  , andrewmedina/iStock/Getty Images Plus Over the last few weeks men and women across the United States – and even as far away as Nova Scotia, […]

Prison strike solidarity update: Solid Black Fist newsletter released as striking continues

Jailhouse Lawyers Speak (JLS) is currently continuing to focus energy on supporting strikers who’re suffering retaliation, raising awareness of those who continue to strike and educating policymakers of strikers’ demands. These will be our primary focuses in this season. Newsletter issue #6 released We can continue to send support to strikers by sending them mail. […]

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Solitary Confinement

In solidarity with the end of the National Prisoner Hunger Strike, we are republishing this article from the California Prison Focus Spring 2018 (Issue Number 55), written by Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa and Baridi J. Williamson, two of the original signers of the Agreement to End Hostilities that facilitated the success of the 2011 & 2013 […]

South Carolina prisoners jailed in ‘a modern day plantation’ at Workers.org

South Carolina prisoners jailed in ‘a modern day plantation’ By Jared Ware Conducted after an April 15 rebellion at Lee Correctional Institution, a South ­Carolina maximum security prison, this excerpted interview is Part 5 of a series. (Earlier segments are availabl.e at workers.org.) Lee was the deadliest prison uprising since the Lucasville Uprising on April 11-21 1993 […]

Today It Locks Up Immigrants. But CoreCivic’s Roots Lie in the Brutal Past of America’s Prisons.

The renewed fortunes and the hidden history of the for-profit prison industry. by  SHANE BAUER In 2015, I spent four months working undercover as a guard at a medium-security Louisiana prison run by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) with the aim of reporting on the conditions inside a private prison for Mother Jones. Shortly after I began, […]

Folsom prison strike manifesto and bill of rights 1970

In 1970, prisoners protesting about the brutal regime at Folsom Prison, went on strike for 19 days. They wrote the following manifesto and bill of rights in support of their action. The following manifesto and bill of rights were written in 1970 by inmates at Folsom prison in the United States. They were formulated to support a […]

Solidarity Update: Second Week of the National Prison Strike Travel

Prisoners have been staying strong throughout these weeks of the prison strike  Prisoners will be engaged in the following actions in prisons across the country: Work Strikes: Prisoners will not report to assigned jobs. Each place of detention will determine how long its strike will last. Some of these strikes may translate into a local list […]