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Booming rural county jails are now the main driver of mass incarceration, study says

All across the United States, city and state governments have increasingly turned to fines and fees to make up for budget shortfalls. This has required…

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Cops tried to confiscate his phone without a warrant, things turned ugly when he refused

Dramatic video shows a Texas police officer brutally beating a man who refused to turn over his phone to police. The victim was not suspected…

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‘Refugees are the guinea pigs of future surveillance measures’

This story originally appeared in Mediapart on August 4, 2022, and is shared with permission via the Progressive International’s Wire. Mark Akkerman has been studying the militarisation of…

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Judge rules California prison must close

Visiting Lassen County Judge Robert F. Moody ruled against the town of Susanville on Sept. 8 in a lawsuit which aimed to stop California Correctional…

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Lawsuit accuses West Virginia police department of training officers to use unconstitutional tactics

A small West Virginia police department, already under scrutiny for ratcheting up the number of traffic tickets issued, is now facing a federal civil rights…

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Wrongfully imprisoned for 26 years, Lacino Hamilton tells his story

In September 2020, Lacino Hamilton was exonerated for the murder of his foster mother, Willa B. Bias, and released after 26 years in prison. Convicted…

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Why unions can’t ignore incarcerated workers

An estimated two thirds of the more than one million prisoners in the United States today are incarcerated workers. With many prisoners earning less than…

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Black August and the fight to free political prisoners

Black August is a month-long commemoration of Black resistance against oppression, with an emphasis on Black freedom fighters and political prisoners. To this day, dozens…

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The Young Turks’ embrace of ‘tough on crime’ demagoguery

In recent weeks, the nominally progressive media outlet The Young Turks has tripled down on its fear-mongering crusade regarding crime and the purported evils of…

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Former Black Panther Mansa Musa: Prison abolition and the labor struggle are linked

Mansa Musa is a radical freedom fighter who was imprisoned in the US for nearly 50 years. Now, at 70 years old, he is the…

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Repurposing prisons can revitalize rural America

The economic fortunes of rural communities across the United States are often deeply intertwined with the prison industrial complex. This poses a real challenge to…

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Advocates demand Israel end solitary confinement of Ahmad Manasra, imprisoned at 13

Ahmad Manasra, a Palestinian boy from Jerusalem, was arrested by Israeli police at the age of 13. He has now been in prison for 7…

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Without A/C, Texas prisons are reaching 110 degrees

Prisoners are on the front lines of climate crises of every type. Heat waves can be especially dangerous for incarcerated people, particularly in prisons that…

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Cops thought they could arrest them for protesting in public, but activists turned the tables

The growing and eclectic brand of activism known as cop watching continues to invent creative ways to confront overpolicing across the country. In this episode,…

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Mutulu Shakur, former Black Liberation Army member, denied compassionate release despite terminal cancer diagnosis

After 36 years behind bars as a political prisoner, Mutulu Shakur is on his deathbed. The movement elder, radical healer, and former member of the…

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Mainstream Media says copwatchers are a menace—here’s why they’re wrong

In this live conversation and Q&A, Police Accountability Report hosts Taya Graham and Stephen Janis discuss a recent win to protect the right to record…

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Police departments are spending millions on ‘copaganda’

This story originally appeared in Jacobin on July 20, 2022. It is shared here with permission. In May of this year, I testified at a…

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Police used this dangerous restraint during a fatal arrest, so why isn’t anyone talking about it?

The death of Christopher Robert Hensley in the custody of Fletcher, North Carolina, police is raising new questions about the use of deadly restraint by…

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Virginia revokes early release for inmates with good behavior

Lawmakers in Virginia have approved a draconian budget measure from Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin that takes aim at inmates’ eligibility for early release. The new…

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Houston’s fight to decriminalize mental illness and homelessness

While Harris County is spending millions of dollars on mental health services and service-providing agencies to reduce the number of mentally ill people entering its…

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How to make sure you go home and not to jail—A civil rights attorney shares the ugly truth

Editor’s Note: During the introduction to this podcast, we incorrectly stated the Loveland, Colorado, police department has 19 sworn officers. That was an error: the…

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Chris Hedges on trauma and teaching writing in prison

Since 2013, Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and host of The Chris Hedges Report, has taught college courses in drama, literature, philosophy, and history at East…

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