Category Archives: Prison Conditions

A Report on Torture and Racism in Pennsylvania Prison

The Human Rights Coalition of Pennsylvania is poised to release a scathing report regarding the use of torture in a state penitentiary.  They are calling upon activists and citizens to speak out against likely retaliation directed upon the prisoners who … Continue reading

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Georgia D.O.C. Wages Retaliation Campaign In Wake of 2010 Strike

  Correspondence between Atlanta Attorney Mario Williams of Williams Oinonen LLC, (representing several brutalized inmates) and the Georgia Department of Corrections, along with documents from Open Records Requests, reveal disturbing patterns and unanswered questions as to the DOC’s actions and … Continue reading

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Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People’s Movement Arises!

Alabama represents the answer to a clarion call.  This is a call that speaks to us in our own voice; clear, loud and urgent.  A voice that speaks to our identity and emanates from the soul, ringing true both in … Continue reading

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New Documentary, “Prison Terminal,” Looks at Death, Dying, and Dignity in Prisons

Ever wonder what happens to all those Lifers?  To all those War on Drugs defendants who received 300 years in prison?  To the 3 Strikes Your Out folks? They die, more often than not, in prison.  But they don’t just … Continue reading

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Touchdowns and Lockdowns: Transcending Racial Politics in Prison Through Sports

(Ed.  This article first appeared in AlterNet, and is being re-posted upon request, inspired by the NFL playoffs.) Jesse Owens and Joe Louis dared to disprove the Master Race theory. Jackie Robinson took the spikes at second base because he … Continue reading

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Prison Labor Unions in America: What North Carolina Taught Us.

With the development of the Georgia prisoners’ labor strike, there is renewed interest in the labor movement behind the walls of prison and the rights of the incarcerated to organize.  A jailhouse lawyer like me always wants to know the … Continue reading

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Formerly Incarcerated Convene to Establish First National Agenda

On February 28th to March 2nd, 2011, a group of activists who have first-hand experience regarding inhumanities of the American prison industrial complex will convene in Alabama to lay the groundwork for a national civil rights movement.  This conference of … Continue reading

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Death Threats On Jailhouse Lawyer in PA. Take Action!

The Human Rights Coalition-Fed Up! has received reports that Andre Jacobs, a Pennsylvania state prisoner in solitary confinement, has been physically abused, issued death threats, denied medical treatment, called racial slurs, and had his legal property illegally withheld and confiscated … Continue reading

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Victory! Lucasville Hunger Strikers Demands Are Conceded.

From various reports on the ground in Ohio, particularly Solidarity With The Lucasville Prisoners on Hunger Strike: The prison authorities have provided, in writing, a set of conditions that virtually meets the demands set out by Bomani Shakur in his … Continue reading

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Solidarity With Lucasville Uprising Hunger Strikers!

Dear family, friends and supporters of the Lucasville uprising prisoners, > > I am not aware of all of the factors that went into their decisions, but I > have been informed that rather than waiting as previously planned, Saddique … Continue reading

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