Organizers Calling To Close Loophole That Enables Prison Slavery

By Tamar Sarai Davis, Port Side -

While the 13th Amendment abolished chattel slavery, an often ignored clause still allows for slavery and involuntary servitude as “punishment for a crime.” This “slavery clause” is now the target [...]

Thirteen Facts About American Prisons That Will Blow Your Mind

By Lee Camp, ScheerPost.com. -

In a few minutes time you’ll want to abolish prisons. If you’re not ready for that intellectual and emotional transformation, then please stop reading now. Or put on your thunder shirt. If you [...]

Our Biggest Jails Are Frontline Environmental Justice Communities

By Adam Mahoney, Grist. -

For more than half a century, 441 Bauchet Street has been the address where Los Angeles’ most stark social and environmental inequalities converge. It’s the location of L.A.’s Men’s Central Jail, [...]

Whatever Happened To Americans’ Moral Compasss

By Robert Scheer, ScheerPost.com. -

The Vietnam War is one of many heinous stains on American history that to this day often is told through a revisionist lens or outright ignored. Yet the truth remains beneath the layers of [...]

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 [...]