Tag Archives: Incarceration

Texas Passes Landmark Law Requiring Treatment Instead Of Jail For Mentally Ill By
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday signed into law a measure that seeks to address the circumstances that led to the death of Sandra Bland, a black woman found dead in a county jail days after being arrested during a routine traffic...
California Maybe Replacing Its ‘Prison-Industrial Complex’ With Something Far Worse By
California made headlines last week when Governor Jerry Brown allocated a record $11.4 billion to the state’s corrections department in his May Revision to the budget, translating to $75,560 per individual — the highest per-inmate cost in the nation. Media outlets ran...
Texas House Votes To Stop Jailing Those To Poor To Pay Fines By
Legislation that would make it easier for poor people to satisfy traffic tickets with alternatives to payment cleared the Texas House on Tuesday on a vote of 75-70. The bill needs to be approved by the Senate again before moving to Gov. Greg Abbott‘s desk. Senate...
New Documentary, Cruel And Unusual, Promises Unique Look Into Solitary Confinement By
Published in partnership with Shadowproof. The “Angola 3” spent more time in solitary confinement than any other incarcerated individuals in the United States, and now, a documentary telling their story will soon be released. Director Vadim Jean is raising funds so...
Media Silent As U.S. Prisoners Continue To Hunger Strike Abysmal Conditions By
On Oct. 30, 2016, Robert Earl Council was found sprawled unconscious on the floor of his cell in Alabama’s Limestone Correctional Facility after being on hunger strike for 10 days. Medical staff at the prison force-fed him intravenously, as his blood sugar levels had...
New Documentary Examines One State’s Struggle To Reform Solitary Confinement By
Published in partnership with Shadowproof. “You lose all feeling. You become immune to everything,” says Sam Caison, a prisoner who has been in and out of solitary confinement. “You’re not the same after spending so much time by yourself in those conditions. I don’t...
China Releases Human Rights Report On US By
(REPORT) — On Thursday, China’s State Council Information Office released a human rights report on the U.S., noting that while that country continues to act as “the judge of human rights” it continues to ignore its own “terrible problems.” The...
Mainstream Media Ignores Mass Hunger & Work Strikes By Prisoners Nationwide By
AUSTIN, Texas — As hunger strikes and sporadic work stoppages continue at prisons across the country, the historic prison movement and the brutal retaliation inmates have faced because of it remain largely unreported in the mainstream media. The media blackout continues...
Prison Strike Organizer Melvin Ray: ‘International Human Rights Issues’ In Prisons Would Embarrass The US By
AUSTIN, Texas — Inmates around the country are demanding an end to inhumane conditions behind bars by participating in a growing wave of work stoppages, strikes, and other forms of activism. A major nationwide strike began on Friday to mark the 45th anniversary of...
Justice Dept Announces It Will End Use Of For-Profit Prisons By
In a stunning turn of events, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday it will no longer use private prisons to incarcerate federal prisoners, deeming the notorious for-profit facilities both less safe and less effective in providing correctional services than...