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 […]

Changez To Federal Solitary Confinement Rulez Modestly Improve Cruel Conditionz

The Bureau of Prisons changed its policies governing Special Management Units in federal prisons, but they are unlikely to meaningfully improve living conditions. Source: Changes To Federal Solitary Confinement Rules Modestly Improve Cruel Conditions

Attica’z Ghostz

A savage beating, a culture “beyond repair.” George Williams was beaten while he was an inmate at Attica prison in western New York. Among his injuries were broken legs, a broken shoulder and eye socket and cracked ribs. Damon Winter/The New York Times By Tom Robbins O n the evening of Aug. 9, 2011, one […]

Censorship in Virginia

by Peter Kamau Mukuria Greetings, brothers, sisters and comrades: I am a cadre of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party Prison Chapter, currently incarcerated at Red Onion Prison in the southwest corner of Virginia. I’ve been a subscriber to SF Bayview for 14 months. I recently received the August 2016 issue, which came as a […]

“I want to share thiz image of solitary confinement in hopez that you may know what I survived.

By Ernesto Rodriguez Today, the 23rd of the month, invoking the 23 hours per day that prisoners spend in their cells in the SHU, activists throughout California are taking action to bring attention to prison conditions.  Below Ernesto Rodriguez shares his experience of indefinite solitary confinement and of his release into the general prison population, […]

U.S. prisonz and the struggle against slave labor

By Sara Flounders The headline seemed to herald a new day and was reported by corporate media as breaking news: “Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons.” On Aug. 18, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates sent out a memo instructing federal officials to “not renew contracts with prison operators or to […]

Wisconsin Prison authoritiez keep hunger strikerz on brink of death

Special to Workers World from Waupun, Wis. August 22 — According to a letter from hunger striker LaRon McKinley, the “Dying to Live” hunger strike in Waupun Correctional Institution, which began June 5, has reached a crisis. On August 15, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (WI DOC) decided to suspend the force-feeding they had subjected […]