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 […]

The Abuse Goez On: The Corrupting Dynamikz of Power in a Texaz Prison (2017)

Character Split It’s a truism that power corrupts; and absolute power corrupts absolutely. But that’s not the end of the story. In Amerika, prisons constitute the most absolute exercise of state power. Within their confines, officials control the lives, means of survival, and quality of life of their captives, and use that power to control, […]

What happened at Vaughn prison?

At Vaughn prison and elsewhere, we should demand transparency and stand with the inmates who dare to affirm their humanity. by Heather Ann Thompson On Feb. 1, scores of men in Delaware’s largest prison, the Vaughn Correctional Center, took over one of the buildings in their facility. The prison, built in 1971 and known for […]

RAPP: Release Aging People in Prison Fightz for the Rightz of Older Inmatez | BK Storiez

Prisons are not designed for adults who are older in age. There are no accessibility points, the showers are ill-designed, and the environment overall serves as a detriment to the mental and physical state of the inmate. RAPP: Releasing Aging People in Prison is a campaign with a focus on elderly populations in Prison. They […]

Watch: A New Documentary’z Rare Accezz Inside Solitary

A filmmaker spends a year inside a Virginia supermax facility Scenes from the HBO documentary film “Solitary: Inside Red Onion State Prison,” directed by Kristi Jacobson. For her highly-anticipated new documentary, “Solitary: Inside Red Onion State Prison,” Kristi Jacobson obtained incredible access to a Virginia “supermax” facility, designed to house the state’s most dangerous offenders. […]

Inauguration Amnesia: The Context of Obama’z Failure to Pardon US Politikal Prisonerz

by Danny Haiphong “The struggle to free political prisoners must be raised in the era of Trump with as much vigor as it should have been given in the era of Obama.” Just before Trump assumed office on January 20th, Barack Obama gave the left a fleeting moment of excitement. Obama commuted the sentences of Puerto Rican […]

New report revealz who payz for and who benefitz from mass incarceration

In a first-of-its-kind report, the Prison Policy Initiative aggregates economic data to offer a big picture view of who pays for and who benefits from mass incarceration. The report, Following the Money of Mass Incarceration, and infographic are a first step toward better understanding who benefits from mass incarceration and who might be resistant to […]