How Albert Woodfox Survived Solitary

As one of the Angola 3, he was in isolation longer than any other American. Then he came home to face his future. by  Rachel Aviv “What does it feel like to be free?” Woodfox asked. “How do you want me to know how it feels to be free?”Photograph by Mark Hartman for The New […]

When we don’t fight hate, we are preparing for otherz to die

by Michael ‘Zaharibu’ Dorrough “You can never solve a problem with the same kind or thinking that created the problem in the first place.” – Albert Einstein In light of what occurred in Orlando, Florida, and other mass shootings, it comes as no surprise to any of us that the political establishment wants and encourages […]

At Angola Prison, Getting Sick Can Be a Death Sentence

Inside the maximum-security prison in Angola, Louisiana (Photo by Shepard Sherbell/Corbis via Getty Images) SPECIAL INVESTIGATION BY KATIE ROSE QUANDT AND JAMES RIDGEWAY A 6-month investigation into Louisiana’s Angola prison, the largest maximum-security state prison in the country, reveals substandard and inhumane healthcare—leading to extremely high death rates for prisoners. Does this amount to unconstitutional […]

Mutope: Because the Bay View waz there for uz, the world came to our defense

by Mutope Duguma First and foremost, I want to say that I will always love and respect Willie and Mary Ratcliff for their undying support of oppressed people in Amerika. They have been remarkable, to say the least. We love you both dearly and will do all within our power to help keep the San […]

From media cutoffz to lockdown, tracing the fallout from the U.S. prison strike

by Kamala Kelkar Dec. 18, 2016 – Prisons in some states are withholding newspapers from inmates and attempting to shut down social media accounts operated for them by friends and relatives amid a strike against prison conditions and billions of dollars worth of prison labor. The passing of the 13th Amendment in 1865 formally abolished […]

Women in Texaz prison decry abuse, banning of Bay View: ‘There’z no exaggerating the inhumane treatment that saturatez Miserable Murray’

by Britney Gulley A few months ago, I exposed the corruption of this particular unit and others across Gatesville, Texas,* striving for justice, peace and respect to no avail. (See “I am fighting for women in Texas prisons.”) In response to the grievances, articles and complaints the women here have written, we’ve been subjected to […]


Call Limestone Prison Warden Christopher Gordy 256-233-4600 Call Commissioner Jeff Dunn & Ass Comm Grant Culliver Call Gov Robert Bentley 334-242-7100 Call Department of Justice 205-244-2001ussaln. Say this, “I am calling to demand that you release Robert Early Council from solitary confinement and move him out of Limestone Correctional Facility immediately. He was […]

Mon, Dec 19 – Support Kambui in Court

KAMBUI NEEDS OUR SUPPORT AND PRESENCE IN COURT. THE SYSTEM WANTS TO EXECUTE HIM. Kambui Robinson was in solitary torture chambers in California for many years. Kambui participated in all three peaceful hunger strikes of 2011 and 2013, and wrote accounts of the struggle at Corcoran. He was released from Corcoran SHU in 2015. Now he […]

Who’z in Solitary Confinement?

By ANNA FLAGG, ALEX TATUSIAN and CHRISTIE THOMPSON The data on how many prisoners are subjected to solitary confinement has long been elusive: many state corrections departments didn’t log such information, and it was hard to track given the various euphemisms for the practice. A new report from Yale Law School and the Association of […]

Baridi X Williamson: I went inside my heart to survive the torture in the Pelican Bay SHU

by Baridi X Williamson Part I: Upon leaving Pelican Bay SHU solitary confinement, my firsts (of many) Leaving out of Pelican Bay solitary confinement torture prison facilities/units/cages for the first time on Jan. 23, 2015 – after arriving there Nov. 29, 1990 – I remember witnessing my first sunrise as the CDCr (California Department of […]