Prisoners Suffer Gross Human Rights Violations. Now They’re Standing & Speaking Up.

By Eleanor Goldfield, -

The message goes on to detail the three main demands via examples such as price gouging prisoners on products like a case of soup that costs $17 in the Canteen as opposed to the roughly $4 it [...]

Plea For Solidarity With Florida Prisoners On Strike

By Ryan Sullivan, -

The inmates across the Florida penitentiary complex are striking to protest the inhumane conditions they are facing on a daily basis. Conditions including police/guard brutality, rape and abuse, [...]

New Legal Filing Against Guantanamo Prison

By Staff, -

January 11 marks the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo, and the first anniversary under this president. If you're in the D.C. area, please join us at 11:30 a.m. to [...]

Florida Prisoners Announce Work Stoppage To Cripple Prison System

By Staff, -

The following message is from a group of prisoners who are spread throughout the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC). It was sent anonymously and compiled from a series of correspondences [...]

4 Reasons For Surprising Change In Racial Incarceration Trendlines

By Phillip Smith, -

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 [...]

The Art Of Keeping Guantánamo Open

By Erin L. Thompson, -

By Erin L. Thompson for Tom Dispatch - We spent the day at a beach in Brooklyn. Skyscrapers floated in the distance and my toddler kept handing me cigarette filters she had dug out of the sand. [...]

FCC Wants To Remove Caps On Calls From Jails & Prisons

By Bruce A. Dixon, -

By Bruce A. Dixon for Black Agenda Report - When it comes to the people’s will, the FCC have never been good listeners. The Trump FCC wants to kill subsidies for poor people to pay phone and [...]

Beyond Prisons: Crisis At McCormick Correctional Institution

By Brian Sonenstein, -

By Brian Sonenstein for Shadow Proof - Journalist Jared Ware interviewed people incarcerated at McCormick Correctional Institution in South Carolina regarding the ongoing crisis there for a [...]

As We Close Rikers, Essential State-Level Reforms Needed

By Glenn E. Martin, -

By Glenn E. Martin for Gotham Gazette - Anyone following New York City politics knows about JustLeadershipUSA’s mission to close the jails at Rikers Island. In less than a year, the #CLOSErikers [...]

Jails Replace In-Person Visitation With Video Screens

By Mike Ludwig, -

By Mike Ludwig for Truthout. The rash of suicides alarmed mental health experts and local watchdogs, and Arce's death has advocates calling out the lack of equal access to services for disabled [...]

While Prison Activists March For Humane Treatment, Florida Shuts Off Visits This Weekend

By Julie K. Brown, -

By Julie K. Brown for Miami Herald - Visitation to all Florida state prisons has been canceled this weekend after evidence surfaced that inmates are planning possible uprisings to coincide with [...]

As Sessions Promises Drug War Escalation, Listen To Drug War Prisoners

By Doran Larson, -

By Doran Larson for The Conversation - Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced a return to a pre-Obama policy of seeking maximum penalties for all drug crimes, including low-level, [...]

Barriers To Changing Legal Names And Gender Markers In Prison

By Victoria Law, -

By Victoria Law for Truthout - During her 30 years in California's prison system, Cookie Bivens has seen numerous trans women attempt to change their name and gender marker while incarcerated. [...]

With Less Crime, Closed Dutch Prisons Are Instead Being Used To House Refugees

By Brianna Acuesta, -

By Brianna Acuesta for True Activist - It might be hard to imagine a world where prisons actually close because of a reduction in prisoners if you live in the U.S., but in many countries abroad [...]

Slave Labor: Prisoners Work In State Buildings For Under .24 Cents An Hour

By Celisa Calacal, -

By Celisa Calacal for AlterNet - When activist Sam Sinyangwe was awaiting a meeting with the governor’s office at the Louisiana state capitol building in Baton Rouge, he noticed something odd. A [...]