The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

By Alexi Jones and Wendy Sawyer, Prison Policy Initiative. -

This month, the Bureau of Justice Statistics released two reports with updates on city and county jail populations nationwide: Jail Inmates in 2019 and Impact of COVID-19 on the Local Jail [...]

Lessons From Mariame Kaba’s “We Do This ‘Til We Free Us”

By Micah Herskind, Medium. -

We can and must collectively build a world without policing, prisons, surveillance, punishment, and capitalism––a world in which all are equipped with the tools to prevent and transform harm, one [...]

Demand Mass Clemency On ‘National Freedom Day’

By Antistasis. -

As supporters of the #CagingCOVID campaign, the Antistasis Project is calling for decentralized actions on February 1st across the so-called United States, and internationally, in support of mass [...]

Hunger Strikes At Three New Jersey Prisons

By Sara Flounders, Workers.org. -

The filthy conditions, indefinite incarceration and escalating COVID infections have touched off desperate hunger strikes at three New Jersey county jails. Each  jail operates as a [...]

Prisons And Jails Are COVID-19 Super-Spreaders

By Marc Norton, Popular Resistance. -

One in five prisoners in the U.S. has been reported to have had COVID-19. That’s 20% of people behind bars. And that is likely a “vast undercount,” according to Homer Venters, the former chief [...]

Why A 58-day vigil Is Going On Outside The Governor’s House

By Sophie Kasakove, The News and Observer. -

Demonstrators gathered outside the Executive Mansion on Sunday to demand that Gov. Roy Cooper use his powers of pardon and clemency to protect people who are incarcerated during the [...]

Our Unjust System Of Mass Supervision

By Mark Rice, Urban Milwaukee. -

Wisconsin’s disastrous system of mass supervision is at odds with our widely shared values of justice, human dignity and compassion. Detaining people struggling with poverty, housing insecurity, [...]

Is Burning Prisons The New Knocking Down Confederate Statues?

By Branden Janese, The North Star. -

Saturday afternoon in Seattle, Washington, a construction site where a youth detention center was being built burned to the ground.  The King County juvenile detention facility is assumed to [...]

What’s Keeping Thousands In Prison During COVID-19?

By Taryn A. Merkl, Brennan Center.   -

In U.S. prisons there have been over 55,000 known cases of Covid-19 and over 600 deaths (including corrections officers) since the pandemic started, a predictable situation that advocates have [...]

Federal Prisons Locked Down To Quash Black Lives Matter Protests

By Carter Deane, Solitary Watch. -

On June 2, for the first time in 25 years, the Bureau of Prisons directed all federal jails and prisons to implement a full lockdown, confining nearly 160,000 people to their cells and severely [...]

Hard Times: ‘It’s Like They’re Trying To Kill Us’

By Matthew Vernon Whalen, ScheerPost.com. -

American prisoners are incarcerated for years, often decades, often a majority of his or her life. Many prisoners serving more than a couple years are transferred from one prison to another, [...]

Why Did The Bureau Of Prisons Impose A National Lockdown?

By Natalia Schuurman, AFGJ.org. -

Following the murder of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25, a nationwide uprising of unprecedented proportions has swept  the U.S. in thousands of cities and towns, [...]

COVID-19 Behind The Walls

By Miranda Crissman, Workers.org. -

At least 48,764 cases of COVID-19 have been reported among prisoners. The data suggest that even these numbers may be underreported. Texas leads in the number of cases with 7,757, followed by the [...]

Raleigh Black Lives Matter Protest Reaches 35th Day

By Richard Stradling and Sophie Kasakove, The News & Observer. -

For the 35th consecutive day, Black Lives Matter protesters chanted, made speeches, waved signs and marched across downtown Raleigh on Saturday. They are protesting SB 168 which lawmakers passed [...]