Ending Inmate Isolation: Inside the Battle to Stop Solitary Confinement in Amerika

  Just before 2:30am Daniel Treglia jostled awake at the sounds of the mechanical iron doors slowly screeching open. The jangling keys and the heavy footsteps that followed were all part of the normal soundscape inside the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at Pelican Bay State Prison, where guards patrol hourly each night. But on that […]

Intersectional Critiquez Of The Criminalization Of Black Girlz, Past & Present

  The following is a guest post from Lindsey E. Jones, a Ph.D. Candidate in History of Education at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and a 2016-2018 Pre-doctoral Fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. Lindsey earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington […]

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 […]

Welcome to Ohio

by Shakim Bio KNOW A COUPLE OF DUDES, WHO GOT PAGES IN THE F.E.D.S./….I KNOW A COUPLE OF DUDES, WHO GOT CAGES IN THE FEDS ” What’s more realer then that -Kool G Rap This shit is incredible…. Over here in this state prison system…(Ohio that is)… These dudes are crazy weirdos… I just left […]

How Did My Incarcerated Ancestor Die?

Tracing Your Roots: A reader seeks a death certificate for, and answers about, a great-grandfather who was imprisoned in the Jim Crow South. BY: HENRY LOUIS GATES JR. AND MEAGHAN E.H. SIEKMAN, NEHGS RESEARCHER A Southern chain gang; photo taken between 1900 and 1906LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Dear Professor Gates: My paternal great-grandfather, Sylvester Collins, lived […]

Another Clinton-Era Law that Needz to Be Repealed

  The Prison Litigation Reform Act is still trampling on prisoners’ legal rights. BY IAN HEAD Thirteen years ago, I received a letter at work. “Greetings from Hell,” it began. “For those who’ve never been there, that would be a prison in East Texas.” The letter was neatly hand-written with black ink in straight, evenly […]

Filing for federal clemency, sentence reduction and other ‘decarceration’ projectz

by Sundiata Acoli and Earl Edelin Most parties now agree that mass incarceration is NOT the solution to crime in America. The reason being is that its prison population size is NOT determined by the number of CRIMES committed. For at least five straight years, both violent and nonviolent crime rates have been declining and […]

Yogi and Harold were leaderz among men: Two storiez of revolutionary valor

by Brother Khalfani Malik Khaldun “Princes shall come out of Egypt: Ethiopia shall soon stretch forth her hands unto God.” – Psalm 68:31 Prison is but a microcosm of the larger society. So what occurs in society occurs in prison, only on a smaller scale. Leaders are born or forged as a result of repressive […]

How the sun of Palestine reached a Black Panther in jail

Professor and exhibition curator Greg Thomas says there is a radical kinship between Palestinians and Black Americans. Rebecca Pierce For George Jackson, like many Black revolutionaries, prison was a place of both political captivity and radical education. During the 11 years Jackson spent in prison following a one-year-to-life sentence for his alleged role in a […]

Amerika… Are We Free

  by an Illinois prisoner November 2015 permalink I often wonder, that in the land where freedom rings, Why does pain and suffering it also bring? Because the only ringing I hear is a baton against my bars As I stare out the window, beyond the day to its stars. Eyes closed wishing & praying […]