Inside The US’s Largest Maximum-Security Prison, COVID-19 Raged

By Anat Rubin, Tim Golden, and Richard A. Webster, ProPublica. -

While the novel coronavirus burned through Angola, as the country’s largest maximum-security prison is known, officials insisted they were testing all inmates who showed symptoms, isolating those [...]

Why Has COVID-19 Not Led To More Humanitarian Releases?

By Dan Berger, PM Press. -

Jalil Muntaqim, a Black Panther imprisoned since 1971, is one of thousands of elderly prisoners the United States has refused to free during the pandemic. In 1971, two weeks shy of his [...]

Muslim Philanthropist Dr. Rafil Dhafir Released From Prison After 17 years

By Jack Cohen-Joppa, The Nuclear Resister. -

On the morning of May 15, Dr. Rafil Dhafir was released to home confinement from the Allenwood federal prison in central Pennsylvania. The Iraqi-American physician who has worked internationally [...]

Andrea Circle Bear And Six Centuries Of Genocide

By Mirinda Crissman, Workers World. -

Andrea Circle Bear, of the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation near Eagle Butte, S.D., was the 29th federal inmate to die due to the coronavirus in Bureau of Prisons custody. She was sentenced to [...]

Solidarity With Ohio prisoners

By Martha Grevatt, Workers World. -

Over 200 people demonstrated outside the state prison in Marion, Ohio, May 2 to protest the conditions inside and demand prisoners who meet certain criteria be released. The prison drew national [...]

‘Please Help Us’: Those On The Inside Are In Grave Danger

By Priyanka Bhatt and Azadeh Shahshahani, Colorlines. -

Nationally, over 14,000 incarcerated individuals and 606 detained immigrants have tested positive for COVID-19, with new cases doubling in prisons every week. In Georgia, 286 individuals [...]

Advocates Push For More Prison Releases Amid Outbreak

By Melanie Lekocevic and Kate Lisa, Hudson Valley 360. -

Albany - Advocacy groups are urging the state to release more inmates from prisons in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19 in correctional facilities. Supplies of personal hygiene products [...]

Rethinking Prisons And Public Safety During A Pandemic

By Janai Nelson, Shondaland.com. -

Of all the places one would not want to be during a pandemic, prison presumably ranks above nearly every other. The unsanitary conditions of prisons, jails, and other places of forced [...]

Here’s Why We Must Decarcerate Now

By Henry Cervantes, Waging Nonviolence. -

My neighborhood in Chicago, “Little Village,” is the single largest jail site in the United States. The Cook County Jail is usually known as a place where violence occurs, like attacks on inmates [...]

Happy Birthday, Mumia!

By Workers World Philadelphia Bureau. -

The press conference launched four days of virtual events celebrating Abu-Jamal’s 66th birthday, including a teach-in, “U.S. Empire v. Political Prisoners,” on April 24; a virtual dance party, [...]

100,000 People Could Die In Jails From COVID-19

By ACLU. -

COVID-19 could claim the lives of approximately 100,000 more people than current projections stipulate if jail populations are not dramatically and immediately reduced, according to a new [...]

73 Inmates Test Positive For COVID-19 At One Ohio Prison

By Catherine Garcia, The Week. -

The COVID-19 coronavirus is hitting prisons in Ohio hard, especially the Marion Correctional Institution, where 73 percent of the inmate population has tested positive for the virus. The Ohio [...]

‘Scared For Their Lives’: Inside The Coronavirus Outbreak In Philadelphia’s Jails

By Max Marin and Aaron Moselle, BillyPenn.com. -

The last thing Andre Coach saw before he left jail was a riot. It was April 3 at the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center, one of four city jails. Over 120 incarcerated people have been [...]

The Failing Four: Prison Officials Attempt To “Stop The Spread Of Coronavirus”

By Amani Sawari, Sawarimi.org. -

The Coronavirus pandemic has had a dramatic impact on the lives of people all over the world, especially those in prison. While the CDC has posted their recommendations for all people to follow, [...]

Caravan Protests Demand ‘Decarcerate Now!’

By Joe Piette, Workers.org. -

A broad coalition of prison abolition activists took to Philadelphia’s streets in over 120 cars—most with just one occupant—to demand officials massively decarcerate jails, prisons and detention [...]