Prisoners On Hunger Strike And Work Stoppage At Santa Rita Jail

By Yolanda Huang, Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee. -

Prisoners inside Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, CA are staging a one-day hunger strike and work stoppage to protest widespread institutional neglect and abuse, including unsanitary living conditions, [...]

Earth Day Reflection From A Georgia Jail: Martha Hennessy

By Martha Hennessy, Vcnv.org -

In April 1968, as a 13-year-old student in rural Vermont, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King cast a dark shadow on my hopes for a more just world. My mother and I knew that a great [...]

Going To Jail For Recycling

By Eleanor Goldfield, Occupy.com -

This week on Act Out! water wars in the west are heating up – and did you know you could go to jail for more than a year for recycling? Next, Iran is on our shit list now more than ever – but [...]

I Spent 14 Months In Jail Because I Couldn’t Pay Bail

By Lavette Mayes and Matthew McLoughlin, www.truth-out.org -

By Lavette Mayes and Matthew McLoughlin for Truthout - On any given day, more than 7,000 people are incarcerated at Chicago's Cook County Jail. Stretching over 11 city blocks, Cook County Jail is [...]

I Was Taken From My Family And Jailed For 57 Days Because I Am Poor

By Twanda Marshinda Brown, www.aclu.org -

By Twanda Marshinda Brown for ACLU - “I don’t care if you have one, two, three, four, five, six, or seven kids.” This is what the judge told me when I tried to explain that I was a single mom [...]

Justice Department Says Poor Can’t Be Held When They Can’t Afford Bail

By Pete Williams, www.nbcnews.com -

By Pete Williams for NBCNews - Holding defendants in jail because they can't afford to make bail is unconstitutional, the Justice Department said in a court filing late Thursday — the first time [...]

Activists Launch #CLOSErikers Campaign To Close Rikers Island

By Felipe De La Hoz, www.observer.com -

By Felipe De La Hoz for Observer - There have been attempts to force the closure of the Rikers Island jail for years, but Glenn Martin thinks that the failed efforts so far have been missing a [...]

Louisiana Judge Rules: No Lawyers, No Jail

By Bill Quigley, www.billquigley.wordpress.com -

By Bill Quigley for Social Justice Advocacy - New Orleans Criminal Court Judge Arthur Hunter, a former police officer, ruled that seven people awaiting trial in jail without adequate legal [...]

Learning The Jails

By Faith Meckley, www.viridorari.blogspot.com -

I've never had much experience with jails. I was briefly introduced to a holding cell in Washington D.C.'s Anacostia police station in March of this year after refusing to move from the White [...]