Who’z in Solitary Confinement?

By ANNA FLAGG, ALEX TATUSIAN and CHRISTIE THOMPSON The data on how many prisoners are subjected to solitary confinement has long been elusive: many state corrections departments didn’t log such information, and it was hard to track given the various euphemisms for the practice. A new report from Yale Law School and the Association of […]

Baridi X Williamson: I went inside my heart to survive the torture in the Pelican Bay SHU

by Baridi X Williamson Part I: Upon leaving Pelican Bay SHU solitary confinement, my firsts (of many) Leaving out of Pelican Bay solitary confinement torture prison facilities/units/cages for the first time on Jan. 23, 2015 – after arriving there Nov. 29, 1990 – I remember witnessing my first sunrise as the CDCr (California Department of […]

ALABAMA PRISON OFFICIALZ RETALIATE AGAINST PRISON STRIKE LEADER BY CUTTING WATER TO CELL

Left to right: Free Alabama Movement’s James Plesant, Melvin Ray, and Robert Earl Council Advocates say prison officials at the Kilby Correctional Facility in Alabama turned off the water to Kinetik Justice Amun’s solitary cell after he initiated a hunger strike. Officials then transferred him to the Limestone Correctional Facility, which has a “behavioral modification program” known among […]

Deprivationz of the Special Housing Unit (SHU)

  Imprisoned in a Tiny Cell 24 Hours a Day by DENNIS APEL The Special Housing Unit (known as the “SHU” or the “hole”) is a mythical place in prison. Only a small percentage of the inmate population has ever visited there, but stories of the deprivation abound. It is the disciplinary unit used by the […]

Does the First Amendment End at the Prison Gate?

An inmate’s novel is the latest test. By Eli Hager Though he is a prisoner, Arthur Longworth asserts his right to free speech under the First Amendment. Serving life without parole for a murder he committed in 1985, Longworth has continued to publish an array of stories and essays, including two articles for The Marshall […]

Democracy Now interviewz with 4 former Panther politikal prisonerz

http://www.democracynow.org/shows/2016/10/26?autostart=true Starting at 11:30 Surviving Members of Angola 3 on Black Panther Legacy & Need to Free Remaining Imprisoned Panthers Exclusive: Freed Panther Sekou Odinga on Joining the Panthers, COINTELPRO & Assata Shakur’s Escape Political Prisoner Eddie Conway on Joining the Black Panthers & How He Was Set Up By COINTELPRO Our Own Mandelas: Former […]

One year since Pelican Bay settlement, long-term solitary drops 99%

Last Friday, October 14, marked one year since reforms began under the historic settlement agreement in CCR’s case Ashker v. Brown, which effectively ended long-term solitary confinement throughout California state prisons. We are thrilled to report that new data shows that the settlement succeeded in moving virtually all prisoners out of indefinite and prolonged solitary […]

Texas Lockz Down Prison on Labor Day to Avert Work Stoppage (2016)

Unit Lockdown Monday, September 5, 2016: Labor Day. Here at the William P. Clements Unit, a prison in remote Amarillo, Texas, the prisoners awoke to a late breakfast. A single PBJ sandwich, a small bowl of dry cereal, and no beverage. This grossly inadequate meal, which is our common fare during institution-wide lockdowns, signaled that […]

Nationwide epidemic of suicide in solitary: Solitary confinement iz murder!

by Free Alabama Movement This year at Holman in Atmore, Alabama, there have been five suicides in its segregation unit – more suicides or homicides than in its population. The latest was a mentally ill young man in his 20s. “Stop isolating suicidal people” was a major message delivered by hundreds of protesters who traveled from […]

From solitary confinement in ‘Miserable Murray,’ fighting for women in Texaz prisonz

by Brittany Gulley The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), in particular, Lane Murray Unit, is infamous for their “cross action” ways, in which the prison officials write bogus disciplinary cases, utilize threatening language consumed of epithets, abuse their authority, retaliate by destroying inmates’ personal property, tearing up cells during cell searches, utilize excessive “use […]