California’z Secret Solitary Courtz

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters Sarah Shourd ‘WAR-LIKE MENTALITY’ Despite a new settlement that bans indefinite solitary confinement in California, prisons are finding new secondary excuses to lengthen time in the SHU. A change in policy in California just last month could result in an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 prisoners being released from solitary confinement into the general […]

Torture Continuez: CDCR Settlement Screwz Prisonerz

by Wiawimawo of MIM(Prisons) September 2015 permalink It’s been over a week since we got the news on the settlement ofAshker v. Brown.(1) For a case that is so central to what we do as an organization we’ve taken our time to respond. We’ve read and re-read the legal documents and listened to the celebratory […]

Good men, not worst of the worst

by Johnny Aguilar We are coming up on three years since the End of All Hostilities with all races has been implemented. I am feeling mighty proud for this historic mark in history that has no doubt seized the moment and put an end to more than 20-30 years of hostilities between different groups. I […]

Revolutionary eulogy by Texas Chicano POW-politikal prisoner Alvaro Luna Hernandez for Komrade Brother Hugo ‘Yogi Bear’ Pinell

by Alvaro Luna Hernandez Power to the people! Power to our fallen Comrade Brother Hugo “Yogi Bear” Pinell! We were saddened by the news that Yogi was murdered last Wednesday, Aug. 12, during an alleged “prison riot” at a Sacramento maximum security prison, after Yogi’s recent release from decades in solitary confinement in the California […]


Federal Bureau of Prisons Why Nations Jail By Daniel D’Amico Lead Essay September 14, 2015 Economist Deirdre McCloskey calls the massive increase of living standards that began 200 years ago “the Great Fact.”[1] When looking at the hockey stick–shaped graph of world GDP over time, its importance is obvious. Today’s material wealth is so much greater […]

CA Prisonerz Win Historic Gainz with Settlement against Solitary Confinement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 1, 2015 Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition CA Prisoners Win Historic Gains with Settlement against Solitary Confinement Agreement reached in Ashker v. Brown, end to indeterminate long-term solitary confinement in CA among the gains for prisoners Oakland – Today, California prisoners locked in isolation achieved a groundbreaking legal victory in their […]

‘For $12 of Commissary, He Got 10 Yearz Off His Sentence.

What it takes to be a jailhouse lawyer. By Beth Schwartzapfel In 1980, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals vacated Jerry Hartfield’s murder conviction and ordered a new trial. But the trial never happened. Twenty-six years later, Hartfield crafted a handwritten petition arguing, essentially, he was serving time for a crime he was no longer […]

Life In The Hole

By Paul Rinn You fucked up. You let your cellie know you were selling caps of weed. and the next thing you know, S.I.S. was pulling you up in front of the chow hall and escorting you over to the lieutenant’s office for a strip search. They knew exactly what to look for, and right […]

AN INJURY TO ONE IZ AN INJURY TO ALL! Solidarity With Major Tillery!

Listen to Mumia tell this story. Major Tillery stood up to the prison administration: he confronted them in no uncertain terms, noting that Mumia must get to the hospital in time- before he dies. SCI Mahanory Superintendent Kerestes told Major to mind his own business, to which Major replied ‘Mumia is my business’. Please join us in standing in […]


Comrade Ulysses McDaniel, prison camp number A-64486, was captured at about the same time that they captured me. He was thrown into the State’s prison a bare two months after my own imprisonment. My number is A-63837. In other words, 649 other numbers, representing people, passed between us. Most of them were Black; all were […]