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 […]

Learning from the Slaughter in Attica

What the 1971 uprising and massacre reveal about our prison system and the liberal democratic state. By Adam Gopnik The inmates during a negotiating session on September 10, 1971. An uprising born of panic and confusion triggered a cascade of paranoia that extended to the Nixon White House. Photograph from AP Prisons are the bad […]

Wake Up America, The Factz Are In: Solitary Iz Torture!

By: Jason Walker, Contributing Writer After spending over five years in solitary confinement, I have finally come to realize that solitary confinement is known torture — and the prisoners aren’t the only ones who know this. There have been extensive studies that have shown that lengthy periods of isolation can cause a number of mental and […]

After the Black Pantherz: moving forward

U.S. prison conditions, solitary confinement, post-prisoners rights movement of the ’60s and ’70s, and the absence of the Black Panther Party vanguard. Sehu Kessa Saa Tabansi SCI Greene, Waynesburg, PA Power to the People! We need prisoners’ empowerment! We need participation in the broader movement fighting U.S. imperialism. This here blog post is intended to […]