April 9, 2020

We’re in IT Together, Including Germs

If the public has missed the gruesome facts that jails and prisons are germ hotbeds, and people are dying, then they must not be reading/listening to […]
June 19, 2019

Imagine Solitary Confinement and ONE Book?

Right down the highway from us, FCI Bastrop has a disturbing book policy: people buried alive in solitary confinement there are allowed only ONE book, one […]
June 21, 2018

Taxpayers’ annual $80 BILLION for prisons enriches private companies

Private companies make $31 billion annually off prisons. There's a better use of your money.
August 3, 2016

University of Texas study reveals 7000 incarcerated peoples’ deaths in 15 years

This just has to stop…. how can 7000 citizens die inside our jails and prisons in 15 years?  Think how many people that is — a […]
April 7, 2016

Prisoner Strike! Slave Labor Revealed

Probably you thought the days of inmates working in cotton fields, with an overseer on horseback, were all gone. Wrong. And it gets worse. The Constitution’s 13th Amendment bans slavery and involuntary servitude, “except as a punishment for crime” -- meaning that the U.S. has approximately 2.3 million disenfranchised slaves in what is today a multi-billion dollar a year industry. Should prisons require inmates to work? Should work be optional? Should prisons pay inmates for that work? How much? If that work competes with local businesses who cannot sell/manufacture to compete with the low costs of inmate goods, should the prison stop that work? On September 6, prisons across the country plan a work stoppage to draw attention to these questions. This week, Texas inmates are already involved in a planned work stoppage--so TDC is locking the inmates in their cells. TDC insists these lock-ins are normal, scheduled, and not punitive. I sure hope that's correct. Mostly I fear for the inmates' safety. Prisons are never thrilled to have a protest, even a sit-down work stoppage. They realize that movements created publicity, and publicity opens the light into the secret world inside prisons. How many lives will be lost this time? How many will be injured? And what will we, as citizens, do to man-up to their exposed misery? I hope we stand a ring the bells, scream in the legislative hallways, write letters and email s to prison officials, march outside the prison walls. Are you as ready as they are to make a sacrifice of an hour, a trip, a phone call?
February 11, 2016

Indiana Changes Solitary Rules

Indiana class-action lawsuit settled. Solitary confinement now prohibited for the mentally ill. Treatment plans must be individualized and reviewed each 90 days.
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