‘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 […]

GEORGE JACKSON: P.S. ON ULYSSES MCDANIEL

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 […]

Photoz of new Albert Woodfox mural in New Orleanz by artist B-Mike w/ Amnesty Intl. USA

Featured below are photos of the new Albert Woodfox mural in New Orleans, Louisiana, painted by artist Brandan “B-Mike” Odums in conjunction with Amnesty International USA (sign Amnesty’s ongoing petition for Albert here). The photos below are taken by Amnesty USA and the A3 Coalition. Read the July 3 NOLA Times Picayune article to learn […]

Outrage!! Prison-break member from ’70z dead, 5 hospitalized in prison riot near Sacramento

California State Prison-Sacramento One inmate was killed and others injured during a riot Wednesday at California State Prison-Sacramento, adjacent to Folsom State Prison. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation) By Paige St. John Jails and Prisons California Prison Hunger Strike (2013) Hugo Pinell, infamous for his role in the 1970s “San Quentin Six” prison break […]

Black Panther cub on new era of civil action

What I remember most viscerally is the fear. It had been almost four hours, and I couldn’t get the handcuffs off. The lights in the underground subway station were flickering, and I had an almost phobic fear of the dark. The white cop who had cuffed me to the gate inside the subway station was […]

Effectz of Solitary Confinement

Here is a link to a short video of clips of 4 plaintiffs in the California Prisoner lawsuit testifying at their depositions: Ashker, Redd, Franco and Reyes. They as a prisoner class, include anyone who has been held more than 10 years in isolation. These men also organized prisoners throughout California to engage in hunger […]

Black August: Beyond 34 yearz of resistance

August 9, 2013 by Shaka At-thinnen When the concept of Black August manifested in 1979, many thought it was simply a focus group protest growing out of the avoidable death of Khatari Gaulden on Aug. 1, 1978, in the San Quentin prison infirmary. Survival for Africans in California’s prison population of 20,000 inmates had to […]

Across the ‘Bridge of Pain’

How the Rikers Island Jail became America’s most infamous penitentiary. Rikers Island: 415 acres of prison mismanagement. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) by Will Di Novi In the 18 months since he became mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio has made several trips across a 4,200-foot causeway in the city’s East River. To the Queens […]