Prisons Use Solitary Confinement to Silence Strikers Nationwide—But Their Voices Have Been Heard

In commemoration of the Attica Uprising 47 years earlier, incarcerated organizers chose yesterday as the final day of the nearly three-week-long National Prison Strike that began on August 21. The … Source: Prisons Use Solitary Confinement to Silence Strikers Nationwide—But Their Voices Have Been Heard Advertisements

Psychological warfare in prison: Segregation is the soul breaker

by Ahjamu Baruti Note from a supporter: The article was written by a conscious-minded political prisoner and former inmate of Kinross Correctional during all the events described in “Michigan prisoners rise up,” published in the November Bay View. Ahjamu was strip searched, cuffed, locked in leg irons and shipped to Oaks Correctional in Manistee Michigan […]

Alabama prisoner commitz suicide just weekz after testifying in federal mental health trial

by Brendan O’Connor Last week, an Alabama state prisoner who had testified in an ongoing federal trial over the state of mental health care in state prisons was found dead, apparently of suicide. According to the Alabama Department of Corrections, he was found unresponsive, hanging from a piece of cloth in his cell. The first […]

Inmate death at Chino women’z prison highlightz concern over suicide, mental health servicez

About 80 people gathered Oct. 1, 2016, in front of the California Institution for Women to protest its unusually high suicide rates and remember loved ones who took their lives while incarcerated there. (Photo by John M. Blodgett/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin) by  Beatriz Valenzuela CHINO >> A San Pedro woman who pleaded no contest to fatally […]

Thiz Poem About Sandra Bland Iz A Powerful Reminder To ‘Say Her Name’

“I’ve wished death on myself many times but it was never my idea.” “They called it suicide. We called it murder. What if it was both?” This was the question three poets posed about Sandra Bland’s death. In their poem, named after the 28-year-old black woman who authorities say they found hanging in a Texas […]

SUICIDE AMONG AFRIKAN SLAVEZ: THE VERY LAST RESORT TO FREEDOM

avery There have been hours in my unhappy life, many of them, when the contemplation of death as the end of earthly sorrow-of the grave as a resting place for the tired and worn out body-has been pleasant to dwell upon. But such contemplation’s black vanish in the hour of peril. No Man, in his […]

Inside prison or out, be a hero today, save a life that might be lost to suicide

by Natalie DeMola According to CDC, more than 32,000 suicides occurred in the U.S. in one year, which is equivalent to 89 suicides per day or one suicide every 16 minutes. Since the age of 6 years old, I have battled with the thoughts of suicide and actually thought I could kill myself at the […]

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 […]

US Congressman Cedric Richmond Introducez Bill to Reform Solitary Confinement

  Below is the full text of a statement published today, May 8 2014m, at Cedric Richmond‘s website. A PDF of the bill itself is included as an attachment. solitaryfinal.pdf download PDF (61.4 KB)   http://richmond.house.gov/press-release/rep-richmond-introduces-bill-reform-solitary-confinement Rep. Richmond Introduces Bill to Reform Solitary Confinement Washington DC — Today, Rep. Richmond (LA-02) introduced a bill which […]

Exchange a word for a life

by Natalie De Mola “Hi! How are you?” has become a cliche and has lost its importance concerning others. We say it in passing as we are rushing to a destination and expect the response to be “I’m fine, thank you.” But what if the response is something other than “I’m fine.” Would we be […]