A Brief History Of US Concentration Camps

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has ignited a firestorm of criticism, from both the left and the right as well as the mainstream media, for calling US immigrant detention centers [...]

When America Had An Open Prison – The Story Of Kenyon Scudder And His ‘Prison Without Walls’

By Emily Nagisa Keehn and Dana Walters, Theconversation.com -

In a country with mass incarceration, horrific prison conditions and a penal system suffused with racism, some American prison reform activists wistfully look to Scandinavian [...]

Integrity Forged In Cages

By Chris Hedges, Truthdig.com -

My fellow college graduates: Integrity is not an inherited trait. It is not conferred by privilege or status or wealth. It cannot be bequeathed by elite schools or institutions. It is not a [...]

“Prison Reform” Is Not Enough. In 2019, Let’s Fight For Decarceration.

By Dan Berger, Truthout.org -

Prison reform is now in vogue, but police power remains as brutal as ever. Policing in the US continues to include the power to cage as well as the power to kill — a reality that is spectacularly [...]

Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee Chapter Starts In Seattle In Wake Of National Prison Strike

By Seattle IWOC, Itsgoingdown.org -

This summer we witnessed a prisoner-led struggle for justice on a scale never seen before. Catalyzed by a massacre at Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina that took the lives of at [...]

Reimagining Prison Web Report

By Ruth Delaney, Ram Subramanian, Alison Shames, and Nicholas Turner, Vera.org -

This document—unlike anything we have ever produced at the Vera Institute of Justice (Vera)—is about the possibility of radical change. It asserts a dramatic reconsideration of the most severe [...]

Hundreds Gather For The March For Black Women In D.C.

By Taryn Finley, Huff Post. -

Black activist groups marched on the National Mall and Justice Department in Washington, D.C. on Saturday to raise awareness about the injustices black women face. The march’s goal was [...]

San Francisco Erases $32 Million In Criminal Fees For 21,000 People

By Joe McCarthy, Globalcitizen.org -

Everything from finding a job to renting an apartment can be challenging when a criminal record is disclosed. As a result, formerly incarcerated people often struggle to get back on their feet [...]

Cancellation Of Sacramento ICE Contract Part Of National Campaign

By Anta Chabria, Sacramento Bee -

A vote by Sacramento County supervisors this week to end a contract allowing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to rent local jail beds is being celebrated by immigration activists as a [...]

Jailbreak Of The Imagination: Seeing Prisons For What They Are And Demanding Transformation

By Mariame Kaba and Kelly Hayes, Truthout.org -

Our current historical moment demands a radical re-imagining of how we address various harms. The levers of power are currently in the hands of an administration that is openly hostile to the [...]

We Don’t Need Mass Incarceration To Keep People Safe

By German Lopez, Vox.com -

If mass incarceration were an effective way to fight crime, then one would expect to see a strong correlation between higher rates of incarceration and reduced crime. States have been running a [...]

4 Reasons For Surprising Change In Racial Incarceration Trendlines

By Phillip Smith, AlterNet.org -

It's long been a given that racial disparities plague the nation's criminal justice system. That's still true—black people are incarcerated at a rate five times higher than that of white [...]

A New School To Prison Pipeline That Might Surprise You

By Staff, educationalchemy.com -

By Staff of Educational Alchemy - Maryland Correctional Enterprises (MCE) is the state’s own prison labor company. A semi-autonomous subdivision of the Department of Public Safety and [...]

Newsletter: Success Against Racists, Build On It

By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, www.popularresistance.org -

By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese. Last week, we wrote about the events in Charlottesville, Virginia in terms of their historical and political context. Since then, the national and [...]