Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Solitary Confinement

In solidarity with the end of the National Prisoner Hunger Strike, we are republishing this article from the California Prison Focus Spring 2018 (Issue Number 55), written by Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa and Baridi J. Williamson, two of the original signers of the Agreement to End Hostilities that facilitated the success of the 2011 & 2013 […]

Prison labor is modern slavery. I’ve been sent to solitary for speaking out

I may be locked up in solitary confinement, but I stand with the men and women rejecting modern slavery in America   by Kevin Rashid Johnson  ‘Though I’ve always refused to engage in this modern slavery myself, I’ve witnessed plenty of examples of it.’ Photograph: Kevin Rashid Johnson This week, a nationwide strike was launched […]

Comrade Malik speaks from inside the South Texas Gulag – McConnell Unit Ad-Seg

Revolutionary Greetings Comrades! Today is August 26th, 2018. I’m holding on, not sure if my pleas for help are making their way out. Things keep on getting progressively worse here. I arrived here on June 25th, 2018. I was classified a Level 1 in security class and a 5-4 Line Class in excellent standing, with […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OSP Hunger Strike reaches 2nd week

CONTACT: Ben Turk PHONE: 614 704 4699 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OSP Hunger Strike reaches 2nd week. Youngstown, OH- Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan has been refusing food since the morning of Saturday July 28 in protest to a conduct report and new restrictions on his confinement. The charges include rioting or participating in a riot, though […]

The Black Panthers still in prison

Antoinette Russell vividly recalls the first time she was led to believe she would finally meet her father as a free man. He called her up on a prison phone, his voice shaking with excitement, and told her: “I’m coming home!” That was 17 years ago. Since then, every two years, she’s been put through […]

Kevin “Rashid” Johnson is Back at Red Onion — and In Solitary

Kevin “Rashid” Johnson has been moved to Red Onion State Prison in Virginia. His lawyer’s office received a letter from him sent from Red Onion on Saturday. All Rashid’s property was transferred with him, but the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) confiscated it and won’t give it to him. He has none of his legal […]

Why Are For-Profit US Prisons Subjecting Detainees to Forced Labor?

by Azadeh Shahshahani , Gina Ferazzi/LA Times via Getty Images   In 2017, officials at the Stewart immigration detention center in Georgia placed Shoaib Ahmed, a 24-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh, in solitary confinement for encouraging fellow workers to stop working. Ahmed, who was paid 50 cents per hour to work within the facility, was upset because his $20 […]

California – Demand CDCr Release Drafters of Historic Agreement to End Hostilities from Solitary Confinement!

Emergency Action Alert: RELEASE DRAFTERS OF THE AGREEMENT TO END HOSTILITIES FROM SOLITARY CONFINEMENT In October, 2017, the 2 year court monitoring period of the Ashker v. Governorsettlement to limit solitary confinement in California expired. Since then, the four drafters of the Agreement to End Hostilities and lead hunger strike negotiators – Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa, Arturo Castellanos, George […]

Time on Ice: Florida Officials Torture Prisoners With Freezing Strip Cells

When I first arrived in the Florida prison system on June 22, 2017, and was thrown in solitary confinement in the latest of numerous retaliatory interstate transfers for publicizing and resisting prison abuses, I questioned and discussed with numerous other prisoners our being forced to live in sweltering cells without air-conditioning, or fans, or any […]

Solitary crackers: Sleep deprivation is a whiplash to our souls

by Richard Jackson Lost in thought, in this solitary cell, contemplating existence. Lights perched outside of every cell buzz in a high pitched whine, like a choir of crickets in unison. Listening in on a cheap pair of ear buds, attached to a contraband wire strung down the tier to the only radio in the […]