Investigating alleged medical neglect in U.S. prisons

By Sandra Hausman There are about 60,000 Virginians in state prisons and regional jails. Providing health care for a single inmate runs $5,300 annually, and that cost has been rising 5-7 percent per year, but taxpayers may not be getting their money’s worth, and people locked up for minor crimes could be paying with their lives. […]

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 […]

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 / […]

Prisons and Other Maladies of the Racist State: Reading Blood in my Eye in the Era of Mass Incarceration

  Our “Reading Racial Conflict” series continues with a reflection on the evolution of mass incarceration policies. Dan Berger engages the present through George Jackson’s Blood in My Eye. Published posthumously in 1972 after Jackson’s death in a prison revolt he led, the book engages the intersection of race, imprisonment, and capitalism as it appeared in an earlier […]

How The BOP Uses CMUs To Silence Prison Writers

by Seth Ferranti Counting the days takes on a whole new meaning when you’re 22 years into a 25-year federal drug sentence. I was biding my time in a federal prison in Arkansas in 2013 when I was abruptly yanked from the compound and thrown into the Special Housing Unit. The reason? Writing articles critical of […]

What’s hidden behind the walls of Amerika’s prisons

by Heather Ann Thompson Few Americans fully appreciate just how many of their fellow citizens are ensnared in the criminal justice system. Some may have heard that there are about 2.3 million people behind bars, but that figure tells only part of the story. Yes, in a stunning array of 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, […]

Prison livez matter

by Kwame Shakur, New Afrikan Liberation Collective (NALC) All across this kkkountry we are hearing and seeing the masses exclaim, “Black lives matter!” We heard Obama counter that by telling the people, “All lives matter” and “Police lives matter.” But what about the more than 2 million lives being held captive across this kkkountry in […]

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 […]

Dixie Be Damned

interview with authors saralee stafford and neal shirley When you study history, one thing that happens is you start to realize how recent and arbitrary everything in society is. How quickly things shift, and how inevitable those changes feel to the people who grow up in their aftermath. Countries, borders, governments, the judicial system, the […]