States of Women’s Incarceration: The Global Context

By Aleks Kajstura and Russ Immarigeon Introduction We already know that when it comes to incarceration, the United States is truly exceptional. As we have reported previously, the United States incarcerates 716 people for every 100,000 residents, more than any other country. Worldwide, and within the U.S., the vast majority of those incarcerated are men. As a result, […]

“Rikers: An American Jail”: A New Film on Mass Incarceration

By Michael T. Barry Jr This post is part of my blog series that announces the release of new films in African American History and African Diaspora Studies. Today, I am featuring “Rikers: An American Jail”  which is currently screening at locations across the country and is streaming at RIKERSfilm.org. *** Bill Moyers With an introduction by executive editor Bill Moyers, this […]

U.S. Prisoners Need Some Love

by Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford  In an essay for Prison Radio, Charles Diggs, an inmate at Pennsylvania’s Graterford state prison, said U.S. leaders “need the courage to imagine something different than 1,500 prisons all over the country.”   source: U.S. Prisoners Need Some Love 

Support demands of Prisoners United on hunger strike in Alameda and Santa Clara Counties

by Prisoners United via Silicon Valley De-Bug and Prisoners Hunger Strike Solidarity (PHSS) On Oct. 15, 2017, Prisoners United in Glenn Dyer Detention Center courageously led the way in a hunger strike that will span across two counties and four jails. Santa Rita Jail, Santa Clara County Main Jail and Elmwood D.O.C. will continue the […]

There’s a Pretty Good Chance Your Amerikan Flag Was Made by a Prisoner

People of color are incarcerated in huge numbers. And they’re manufacturing America’s symbol of freedom.     Every generation or so, the American flag becomes a flashpoint in civic discourse. In recent memory, it’s been held aloft by civil rights marchers and burned by critics of the Vietnam War. It became a show of unity […]

Pennsylvania prisons ban WW for supporting ‘fight against white supremacy’

By Joseph Piette A letter from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) received by WW Publishers on Sept. 11 stated, “The August 31 issue of Workers World newspaper has been denied to all inmates housed in Pennsylvania prisons.”  Their reason: The issue contains articles that “call for people to join the fight against white supremacy.” This […]

When Will We Tear Down U.S. Prisons—’Monuments That Enforce Terror’?

The United States has more than 5,000 state and federal prisons and jails, plus about 1,000 juvenile and tribal detention facilities. (Pixabay) This article was originally published on Black Agenda Report. New York state prison guards assaulted and seriously injured 69-year-old former Black Panther Herman Bell this week, a totally unprovoked beating timed to sabotage his chances for […]

No more fire fighting slave labor

by Gayle McLaughlin, former mayor of Richmond, Calif., and candidate for lieutenant governor of California As our tortured climate pounds the East with water and leaves much of California tinder dry, Southern California fire season seems to grow worse by the year. And in our growing need for firefighters, California continues the abusive practice of […]

Lynching culture: Florida officials are experts at killing prisoners by natural causes

by Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson On Aug. 24, guards here at Florida State Prison (FSP) donned special “formal” uniforms of black pants, dark grey shirts and black neckties – their usual uniform consists of black pants, a light grey shirt and no necktie. The special occasion? They were executing a man who was sentenced to die […]

The United States is a Racist Monument, Tear it Down!

by Danny Haiphong 13 Sep 2017 The United States is a Racist Monument, Tear it Down!   The United States is a Racist Monument, Tear it Down! “Prisons in the US are monuments that enforce terror against oppressed people.” Much attention has been given to the Confederate monuments that have been taken down by activists across the United States, beginning in Charlottesville, VA. Confederate monuments harken […]