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NYCLU Lawsuit Secures Historic Reforms to Solitary Confinement

February 19, 2014 –  The New York Civil Liberties Union and the New York State Department of Community Corrections (DOCCS) today announced an unprecedented agreement to reform the way solitary confinement is used in New York State’s prisons, with the state taking immediate steps to remove youth, pregnant inmates and developmentally disabled and intellectually challenged prisoners from extreme isolation.

CCA admits to falsifying staffing records

by Joel Millman for the Wall Street Journal

The nation's largest for-profit prison operator, Corrections Corporation of America, has agreed to pay the Idaho Department of Correction $1 million to settle a dispute over staffing hours at the state's largest prison.

CCA's admission that it had understaffed the Idaho Correctional Center by thousands of man-hours in 2012 led to a government audit and contributed to several lawsuits by prisoners and prison employees, which claimed inadequate staffing resulted in unsafe conditions.

Illinois prisoners in Menard High Security Unit plan to begin hunger strike Jan. 15

January 14, 2014
 

by Staughton Lynd

The following information is based on numerous letters from prisoners in the High Security Unit at Menard Correctional Center in Illinois written in December 2013. These prisoners expect to go on hunger strike on Jan. 15, 2014, due to their placement and retention in severe isolation, under inhumane living conditions, without notice, reasons or hearing. This will be a peaceful protest.

Retaliation can be expected. These men ask for our support and action. And they ask us to spread the word.

Free Lynne Stewart: Save Her Life - Release Her Now!'

REPORT FROM DICK GREGORY AND LOUIS WOLF ON THE ONGOING VIGIL AT THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS HEADQUARTERS, WASHINGTON, DC, SEEKING COMPASSIONATE RELEASE FOR LYNNE STEWART

On Monday, June 17, as activists stood before the BOP headquarters on Monday, a guard emerged to ask why they were there. Upon hearing that Dick Gregory would be present at the vigil the following day, he responded enthusiastically: "My man, Dick Gregory!"

FREE NIARA

In November of 2012, Niara was sentenced to 25-50 years in prison after she plead guilty to robbing and killing a john of hers and setting his motel room on fire.  Niara, who also goes by Peaches, had to defend herself against transphobic violence in the prison system and has only been punished and put in solitary after fighting off men trying to abuse her, like many other gay and gender-variant people trapped men’s prisons.  Let’s make sure she can feel how much she is being supported from the outside!

JOIN THE MOVEMENT TO BAN THE BOX!! PLEDGE TODAY

JOIN THE MOVEMENT TO BAN THE BOX!!  TAKE THE PLEDGE TODAY

All of Us or None is a grassroots civil rights organizing initiative started by formerly-incarcerated people and our families.  We are building a movement to win full restoration of our civil and human rights, to eliminate the discrimination that people with past convictions face, and to fight for the human rights of all people in prison.

WI Police use ID scanner at bars to nab criminals


Subject: [Prisoners' Rights] WI Police use ID scanner at bars to nab criminals, but civil liberties raise concerns


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Jun. 1, 2013

ACT NOW TO HELP THOUSANDS OF YOUTH

 Please take action NOW -- ask Senators Steinberg (916-651-4006) and deLeon (916-651-4022) to remove SB 61 from the suspense calendar so the Senate can vote YES.Please forward this action alert to your networks. Call NOW.  

An Open Letter From Assata

An Open Letter From Assata

Posted on May 3, 2013 by reed

My name is Assata Shakur, and I am a 20th century escaped slave. Because of government persecution, I was left with no other choice than to flee from the political repression, racism and violence that dominate the US government’s policy towards people of color. I am an ex-political prisoner, and I have been living in exile in Cuba since 1984.

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