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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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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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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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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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New York prisons ban care packages containing food

The prison-industrial complex has many ways of turning the incarceration of human beings into a profitable business model. In New York state, new regulations targeting…

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How Maryland is preventing prisoners from getting college degrees

Education is one of the few rehabilitative options available to incarcerated people, yet all across America prisoners are prevented from pursuing their education. “Atiba” Demetrius…

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Why are so many LGBTQ people incarcerated in the US?

“At least 40% of people incarcerated in American women’s prisons identify somewhere under the broad lesbian-bisexual-trans-queer umbrella—a shocking statistic that holds true when looking at…

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Cutting incarcerated mothers off from their families hurts everyone

As Wendy Sawyer and Wanda Bertram recently wrote for the Prison Policy Initiative, “Over half (58%) of all women in US prisons are mothers, as are 80%…

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The prison-industrial complex is an environmental catastrophe

“As a result of being on or near wastelands, prisons constantly expose those inside to serious environmental hazards, from tainted water to harmful air pollutants,”…

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Imprisoned Ferguson activist ‘assaulted by guards, assaulted by Nazis’

Eric King is an antifascist, antiracist, anarchist activist who is currently serving a 10-year federal prison sentence for throwing Molotov cocktails into an empty government…

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‘I wouldn’t even feed this to my dog’: The inhumane reality of prison food

“Prison food in the United States is a public health and human rights crisis,” the Maryland Food & Prison Abolition Project states on their website. “By…

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The shocking truth about what prisoners endure at ‘shock’ camps

On March 10, the Moriah Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in upstate New York closed its doors. Opponents to the closure said that the Moriah Shock…

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A statement from the family and friends of Eddie Conway

Greetings Friends and Comrades, We write to you today to ask for your prayers and support for our beloved Marshall “Eddie” Conway, who has fallen…

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The for-profit companies charging prisoners to read their own mail

According to The Sentencing Project, “Private prisons in the United States incarcerated 115,428 people in 2019, representing 8% of the total state and federal prison…

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From ‘Dead Man Walking’ to fighting to abolish the death penalty: Sister Helen Prejean’s journey

From her world-famous book Dead Man Walking to a life spent educating the public about the inhumanity of the death penalty, the work of activist…

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Mansa Musa: How I survived 48 years in prison

Charles Hopkins, better known as Mansa Musa, is a 70-year-old social activist who was released from prison on Dec. 5, 2019, after being locked up…

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Conservatives are changing their minds about the death penalty

Conservatives in America have long argued that the death penalty is a necessary fixture of our legal and carceral system, both as a “crime deterrent”…

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How ‘progressive’ can a district attorney actually be?

Like Larry Krasner in Philadelphia, Rachael Rollins in Boston, and Chesa Boudin in San Francisco, Manhattan’s new District Attorney Alvin Bragg was elected after campaigning…

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‘It is torture’: Women in Maryland’s prisons have nowhere to turn

Pre-release and minimum security facilities connect incarcerated individuals to essential resources for re-entering society and to opportunities for work release, special leave, compassionate leave, and…

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Revolt against the carceral world

With 2.1 million incarcerated people, the United States has the largest prison population in the world. But America’s prison system is part of a larger…

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An Arkansas jail tested ivermectin ‘treatment’ on detainees without their consent

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a federal lawsuit against the Washington County Detention Center in Arkansas on behalf of inmates who say…

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‘No human person should live there’: The ongoing horrors at Danbury prison

Inmates at the Danbury Federal Correctional Camp in Connecticut, also known as “Camp Cupcake,” have been overwhelmed by COVID-19. According to formal allegations from US…

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