‘Starve The Beast’: Southern Campaigns To Divest, Decarcerate, And Re-Imagine Public Safety

By Zaina Alsous, Scalawagmagazine.org -

In La Casa Azul, “The Blue House” in East Point, Atlanta, organizers with the Racial Justice Action Center meet in what they call “the war room;" a room where they discuss political strategy, [...]

Largest Sentence Commutation In US History: Nearly 500 Inmates Walk Free After Oklahoma Voters Demand Reform

By Julia Conley, Commondreams.org -

Oklahoma voters' approval of a referendum in 2016 allowed for nearly 500 inmates to walk free on Monday from the state's massive prison system—the largest single-day commutation in U.S. history. [...]

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, [...]

Close The Workhouse Campaign To Stop The War Against Black People

By the Close the Workhouse Campaign. -

The Close the Workhouse campaign aims to attack mass incarceration, without legitimizing or justifying the continued caging of people as punishment. We call for the closure of the Medium Security [...]

A State-by-State Plan To End Our Mass Incarceration Crisis

By Udi Ofer and Nicole Zayas Fortier, Aclu.org -

The United States locks up more of its people than any other nation in the world. A whopping 2.2 million people are living behind bars in this country on any given day. Our national incarceration [...]

The Number Of People Incarcerated In United States Is Far Higher Than 2.5 Million

By Brian Sonenstein, Shadowproof.com -

The most popular statistic regarding the United States’ prison system is that there are 2.5 million people incarcerated. However, this figure significantly under-represents the number of people [...]

These Crime Victims Have Lost Loved Ones To Murder — And To Prison. That’s Why They Want To End Life Without Parole In Pennsylvania

By Elizabeth Hardison, Penncapital-star.com -

Kimberly King woke up at 5 a.m. on a February morning in 1997 to her phone ringing. Her mother was on the other end, calling to tell her that her brother, Damani Carter, had been shot in the head [...]

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 [...]