‘We have people that are only getting out of cell twice a month’

by Lucas Guilkey In mid-October, 125 prisoners at the Glenn Dyer Detention Facility in downtown Oakland – over 30 percent of the prisoners housed there – participated in a five-day hunger strike to protest what they say are abusive conditions of isolation and poor healthcare in Alameda County jails. “I am on hunger strike, as well […]

100,000 U.S. Prisoners Are Trapped in Isolation Units. ‘Solitary’ Author and Forensic Psychiatrist Terry Kupers Explains Why

Bill Berkowitz – October 6, 2017 There are nearly 100,000 people being held in solitary confinement today in America’s prisons. They are locked up in cramped, often windowless cells for nearly 24 hours a day. They eat alone. They exercise alone in small fenced-in areas known as cages or dog runs. They are almost completely […]

Lawsuits Challenge the Cruelty of Decades in Solitary Confinement on Death Row

By Aleks Gilbert  In a dissenting opinion written earlier this year, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer wrote that “If extended solitary confinement alone raises serious constitutional questions, then 20 years of solitary confinement, all the while under threat of execution, must raise similar questions, and to a rare degree, and with particular intensity.” Yet in a majority […]

Herman Bell is back in General Population!

Thanks to a lot of work by a lot of us, Herman Bell has been transferred to general population in Shawangunk C.F. Herman was also informed that the charges against him are being dropped. You can write Herman at the new address (bottom of the message). Before Herman got the news he sent the following […]

100,000 U.S. Prisoners Are Trapped in Isolation Units. ‘Solitary’ Author and Forensic Psychiatrist Terry Kupers Explains Why

In his stark new book, “Solitary: The Inside Story of Supermax Isolation and How We Can Abolish It,” veteran forensic psychiatrist Terry Allen Kupers explores the rise of supermax prisons, the normalization of long-term solitary confinement, and how isolation damages people’s psyches. He talks to Colorlines about  what race has to do with it and more. Bill Berkowitz  OCT 6, 2017  A meal […]

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, […]