Information on yet another environmental hazard in Texas' crumbling prison system.
The following is an inmate account of what happened during the riot at the Norton Correctional Facility in Norton, Kansas on Sept. 5. This inmate was not a participant of the riot, but notes the abuses inflicted on all the prisoners during and following the riot, as well as the overcrowding of prisons throughout the state.
Black Panther Party political prisoner Herman Bell was viciously assaulted by guards at Great Meadow Correctional Facility (Comstock) in New York on Sept. 5, 2017.
Should you or a loved one ever have the great misfortune of being tried & convicted in the state of Texas, your sentence, no matter how great or small, could very well be a death sentence… If you are resilient, strong of mind & body, then perhaps you would survive the conditions, ie: deadly heat, toxic water, squalid living quarters & ill prepared food – or struggle through the cond
In an message to the New York City Jericho Movement, made public on September 4th, Robert Seth Hayes, a long-term political prisoner incarcerated for his role in the 1970s black liberation struggle, confirmed that he still has not received the potentially life-saving monitor he needs for his insulin pump.
Repression for the September 2016 Prisoner Strike continues to this day. One example is Florida prisoner Julius Smith currently at Hamilton CI.
If there is one thing those doing prison advocacy learn quickly, it’s that the official statements from prison officials never provide a full account of negative conditions and abuses. Looking into the impact of Hurricane Harvey, this is especially true; but looking out for how the aftermath will be handled, this is even more daunting for those who have no voice. Though prisoners endured Hurricane Harvey with the rest of us, aid and concern for their well-being has been slow to follow, leaving basic human needs up to the discretion of prison administrators.
An article from Bennu Hannibal of the Free Alabama Movement about their strategy for 2018.
The weekend of August 19 2017, amid the second nationwide inside/outside mass protest against prison slavery in as many years, Jacobin Magazine published an article against prison abolition entitled How to End Mass Incarceration by Roger Lancaster. Jacobin caught a lot of deserved flack from abolitionists on social media for it. Numerous scholars, organizers and journalists decried Lancaster's article, creating such an online storm that Jacobin decided to publish a response article entitledWhat Abolitionists Dopenned by Dan Berger, Mariame Kaba and David Stein. Unfortunately, this response fails to fully critique Lancaster's arguments and instead sells other abolitionists out.