Through his art, a former prisoner diagnoses the systemic sickness of Florida’s penitentiaries

Moliere Dimanche would use anything he could scrounge up – pieces of folders, the back of commissary forms, old letters – as canvases. Moliere Dimanche, Author provided In 2007, Haitian-American artist Moliere Dimanche was sentenced to 10 years in Florida state prisons, where he ended up serving eight-and-a-half years. While imprisoned, he made art – a series […]

The bravery of the Soledad Brothers, jailed black activists charged with murder of white prison guard

-photo-freedomarchives- On January 16, 1970, three inmates in California’s Soledad Prison, Fleeta Drumago, George Jackson and John Clutchette, were charged with the murder of a white prison guard, John Vincent Mills and became known as the Soledad Brothers. Prior to their joint charges, the Soledad brothers had spent time in prison on separate charges of burglary […]

‘This is human trafficking’: After Maria, Puerto Rico to move 3,200 inmates to Arizona

Oliver Laughland – August 7, 2018 When Maria pounded the concrete walls and rusted iron gates of the Bayamón correctional complex last September, inmates here watched in fear through the reinforced windows and metal bars. “We went without running water for weeks, without electricity for weeks,” says inmate Joseph Villalobos, who sat in the open […]

A reprieve for death-row prisoner Kevin Cooper?

By JEFF MACKLER Executions are scheduled at one minute after midnight at San Quentin Prison, just over the San Rafael Bridge in Marin County and overlooking the San Francisco skyline. On the cold winter night of Feb. 10, 2004, death-row inmate Kevin Cooper was being fully prepped for the hereafter, dressed in a new set […]

Prisoners Drink Toilet Water in a Fight to Survive Under Lockdown

  Inmates in Texas experience flooding and lack of food and water. They are drinking toilet water while under lockdown and two prisoners were reported dead. Left Voice interviews Rachel, whose husband is currently in Beaumont Federal Prison. An evacuated Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison surrounded by floodwaters last year. (David J. Phillip / […]

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, […]

‘13th’ and the culture of surplus punishment

by Victor Wallis Ava DuVernay undertook the documentary “13th” in order to explore and bring attention to the Prison Industrial Complex.[1] The film’s title refers to the 1865 amendment to the U.S. Constitution, in which slavery was abolished “except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.” The story told by […]

Why I do not believe Ed Poindexter iz a cop killer

by Michael Richardson My most recent visit with Ed Poindexter at the Nebraska State Penitentiary. I met Ed Poindexter in prison. I was visiting, while Ed is still serving a life sentence. Poindexter was sentenced to “hard labor” with an indeterminate life sentence for the 1970 bombing murder of Patrolman Larry Minard, Sr. I went to […]

The Prison State of Amerika

by Chris Hedges Prisons employ and exploit the ideal worker. Prisoners do not receive benefits or pensions. They are not paid overtime. They are forbidden to organize and strike. They must show up on time. They are not paid for sick days or granted vacations. They cannot formally complain about working conditions or safety hazards. If […]

Capitalism, Slavery, Racism and Imprisonment of People of Color Cannot Be Separated

Mark Karlin The punitive exception clause within the 13th amendment ushered in a system of neoslavery that continues to submit prisoners to conditions that amount to a collectivized situation of “living death” under the prison industrial complex. (Photo: Prison fence via Shutterstock) Slavery didn’t end; it evolved. That’s the powerful argument made in Slaves of the […]