Man Sentenced To Eight Years For Legally-Purchased Medical Marijuana

By Ezekial Edwards, ACLU. -

Patrick Beadle, a 46-year-old father and musician, received an eight-year prison sentence in Mississippi for possessing 2.89 pounds of marijuana. If his sentence stands, he would spend nearly a [...]

Presumption Of Innocence Is For The Privileged

By Briahna Gray, The Intercept. -

I believe in the presumption of innocence. As an American, a lawyer, and a black woman, I believe it is perhaps the most important principle in our criminal justice system — a last bulwark [...]

National Prison Strike Solidarity: Next Steps

By Amani Sawari, Sawarimi. -

We made it! I appreciate everyone's efforts in making the National Prison Strike a national headline for three weeks. Your solidarity and support has been a huge reason why the NPS flooded the [...]

Court Affirms Right Of Homeless Persons To Not Be Punished For Sleeping In Public

By National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty. -

Boise, Idaho – The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that homeless persons cannot be punished for sleeping outside in the absence of adequate alternatives in Martin v. Boise (formerly Bell v. [...]

National Prison Strike Kickoff #August21

By Amani Sawari, Sawari Mi. -

On the first day of the prison strike we’ve already seen hundreds demonstrating on both sides of the wall. Particularly where I reside in the Pacific Northwest, there have been reports of over [...]

Water Protector Sentenced To Time In Federal Prison For DAPL Protests

By Alexandra Jacobo, Nation of Change. -

Michael “Little Feather” Giron, a member of the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation, was sentenced to thirty-six months in federal prison this week. He is the first person to be sentenced to [...]

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

By Azadeh Shahshahani, The Guardian. -

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 [...]

16 And Life. And Then Some.

By Eleanor Goldfield, Art Killing Apathy. -

Bobby Bostic won’t be eligible for parole until he’s 112. He’s more than 20 years into a 241-year sentence for crimes committed in 1995 when he was 16 years old. On Monday April 23rd, the Supreme [...]

Millions For Prisoners’ Human Rights March In DC

By Kyle Fraser, -

By Kyle Fraser for Black Agenda Report. Prisoner rights advocates will converge for what aims to be the largest abolitionist demonstration in U.S. history, Saturday, August 9, in Washington D.C. [...]

Justice For Major Tillery

By Justice for Major Tillery, -

By Justice for Major Tillery. June 14--Major Tillery, now 66 years old, continues to advocate for all prisoners while fighting for his own his freedom. He filed a federal pro se lawsuit against [...]

Barrett Brown Taken Back Into Custody Before PBS Interview

By Alex Emmons, -

By Alex Emmons for The Intercept. Texas - Award-winning journalist Barrett Brown was re-arrested and taken into custody Thursday, the day before he was scheduled to be interviewed for a PBS [...]

Privatization Of Prisons Gets New Life Under Sessions Order

By Kevin Zeese, -

By Kevin Zeese for Popular Resistance. One of the ugliest policies in the move to privatize public services has been the private prison industry. We have reported on the abuses of private [...]

Dissent Is Patriotic, And Powerful Antidote To Propaganda

By Bethany Woolman, -

By Bethany Woolman, ACLU of Northern California. Fifty-five years ago this January, the ACLU of Northern California was busy filling orders from across the country for copies of its recently [...]

Debtors Prison Not A Tale Of Charles Dickens

By Paul Kirk Haeder, -

By Paul Kirk Haeder for Dissident Voice. Constitutional checks and balances were put in place to prevent citizens from succumbing to undue and unfair prosecution, and the courts have upheld many [...]

Quarter Of Inmates Could Have Been Spared Prison Without Risk

By Jamiles Lartey, -

By Jamiles Lartey for The Guardian - Study of 1.5 million prisoners finds that drug treatment, community service, probation or fines would have served as more effective sentences for many. A [...]