Pelican Bay Hunger Strike

On July 1st, 2011 prisoners at Pelican Bay went on hunger strike to protest the cruel, inhumane and tortuous conditions of their imprisonment. Learn More About Their Struggle

Prisoner Describes His Torture

These drawings were sent to us from a prisoner who is repeatedly tortured by the guards. Learn more

PARC Resource Directory

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2014 PARC Directory

PARC corresponds with and mails a directory of resources to prisoners, their friends and family members. 
 

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Recent Alerts

Open Letter from Assata: I am a 20th Century Escaped Slave

originally published in CounterPunch

Please take the time to read and spread this open letter to the media from Assata Shakur, exiled former Panther in Cuba.  Assata’s story is a perfect example of the racist injustice meted out by this government and its so-called law enforcement agencies.  I’m worried about our courageous sister, who has a $2 million bounty on her life, now that the U.S. has opened the door to Cuba.  Hands off Assata!!

I am a 20th Century Escaped Slave

by ASSATA SHAKUR

Why Is California Keeping Kelly Savage in Prison for a Crime She Didn't Commit?

Kelly Savage had been planning her escape. She and her two children were going to take the 7:45 am bus from Porterville, in California's Central Valley, to Los Angeles. There, her sister would help them hide from Mark Savage, the husband whose brutal assaults Kelly had suffered for the past three years.

But 15 hours before their escape, while she was running last-minute errands, her husband beat her 3-and-a-half-year-old son Justin. The boy died. Both Mark and Kelly were arrested.

Protect Freedom of Speech and Keep Mumia on the Air!

 

The State of Pennsylvania is threatening Mumia's Right to Speak

Prison Radio Has Launched a Campaign to Defend First Amendment Rights, and You Can Help.

Last week PA Governor Tom Corbett signed SB508 into law, effective immediately, which allows the State Attorney General or District Attorney to file a court injunction and prevent prisoners from speaking publicly. This bill specifically targets Mumia Abu-Jamal.

California Tells Court It Can’t Release Inmates Early Because It Would Lose Cheap Prison Labor

Out of California’s years-long litigation over reducing the population of prisons deemed unconstitutionally overcrowded by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010, another obstacle to addressing the U.S. epidemic of mass incarceration has emerged: The utility of cheap prison labor.

Indictment of Ex-Official Raises Questions on Mississippi’s Private Prisons

JACKSON, Miss. — In 1982, Christopher B. Epps, a young schoolteacher, took a second job as a guard at the facility known as Parchman Farm, the only prison operated at the time by the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

Eventually he had to choose a path. “It worked out that I was making more as a correctional officer than as a teacher,” Mr. Epps would later recall in an interview for a corrections newsletter.

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