Watchdog Finds Attica’s Mental Health Treatment Unit Is Haven For Abuse And Neglect

Entrance of the Attica Correctional Facility (Photo by Jayu) A new report from Disability Rights New York, the federal watchdog for people with disabilities in the state, found rampant abuse and neglect within the mental health treatment unit at the Attica Correctional Facility. Under state law, people with diagnosed serious mental illness, who face punitive […]

HISTORY AT ITS BEST! Take the Time to Read Part 1 of A PRIMER: New Afrikan History of Struggle and Perspective by PP Jalil Muntaqim

  Jalil has taken the time to compose the African American History curriculum he was teaching when he was thrown into the hole. This is incredible in-depth history at its best! Please take the time to read Part 1 of this History. If you are an educator, please consider integrating this history into your lessons. Also, […]

Politikal Prisoner Herman Bell Assaulted by CO’s

Black Panther Party political prisoner Herman Bell was viciously assaulted by guards at Great Meadow Correctional Facility (Comstock) on September 5, 2017.  While being “escorted” by a guard back to his housing unit, a guard struck Herman, age 69, in the face causing his glasses to drop to the floor.  This same guard then repeatedly […]

Attica Anniversary & Pre-Hurricane Phone Zap for Florida Prisoners

by Fight Toxic Prisons  Repression for the September 2016 Prisoner Strike continues to this day. One example is Florida prisoner Julius Smith currently at Hamilton CI. His case represents an extreme but unfortunately common example of repression where correctional officers punish a prisoner for alleged gang affiliations as a result of efforts to communicate with […]

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, […]

Exploited, abused, neglected: Mental illness and solitary confinement in Texas prisons

by Noah ‘Comrade Kado’ Coffin and Keith ‘Comrade Malik’ Washington Imagine spending 23 hours each day alone in a 6-by-9-foot space. Crowd into it a toilet-sink combo, rusty iron set of bunk beds and overhead lockers, layers of peeling paint in multiple colors, showing the years of neglect, black mold, roaches, rats, along with spiders […]

Rashid: I’m off to Florida and a new phase of reprisals for publicizing abuses in US prisons

Readers are urged to share this story widely and write to Rashid right away; mail equals support, and the more he gets, the safer he’ll be: Kevin Johnson, O-158039, RMC, P.O. Box 628, Lake Butler FL 32054 by Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson Packed off to Florida Following Texas prison officials planting a weapon in my cell on […]

Federal Prisons Officials Claim Inmates Aren’t Held In Solitary. DOJ Watchdog Says They Are.

by  Ryan J. Reilly WASHINGTON ― Officials with the federal Bureau of Prisons, an institution that runs 122 facilities that incarcerate upwards of 150,000 human beings, claim that none of roughly 10,000 people they keep locked up in cells for at least 22 hours a day are being held in solitary confinement. The Justice Department’s […]

Honoring Struggles – Four Years Since the CA Hunger Strikes

Tomorrow, July 8, marks the four-year anniversary of prisoners in Pelican Bay’s solitary confinement units initiating what became the largest hunger strike in California’s history. Over 30,000 prisoners refused meals to protest against the use of solitary, rallying behind the strike’s imprisoned leadership, known as the Short Corridor Collective, to achieve five core demands. The […]

Take action now! Political prisoner Jaan Laaman still in segregation, threatened with transfer to CMU

by 4struggle Dear Friends, As of today, Monday, June 26, 2017, Jaan K. Laaman, long-time anti-imperialist political prisoner, is still locked down in segregation (minimum of 23 hours locked down in a 6×9’ cell).  Jaan has been in “segregation” for three months simply for issuing two statements, a clear violation of free speech and human rights. […]