Category: Police & Prisons

Brian Terrell: What Makes a Hate Group?

The actions of the Juneau County Sheriff’s Department show a disturbing pattern that is reminiscent of the chilling effects of McCarthyism in the 1950s and the COINTELPRO activities of the FBI in the 1960s

Christia Mercer: Never mind a second chance. Our incarcerated women need a first one

The US imprisons more women than any other country. But many of them had every odd stacked against them

Victoria Law: Private Prisons Are Far From Ended: 62 Percent of Immigrant Detainees Are in Privatized Jails

Private prison corporations will continue to control 46 immigration detention centers that detain nearly 25,000 people (or 62 percent of the country’s 33,676 immigrant detainees) on any given day

Sarah Aziza: Ending private prisons at the federal level marks a major movement victory

Over the years, a broad coalition of activists have joined the movement, many taking aim at private prison companies’ bottom line

Sue Sturgis: A strike at the heart of the prison-industrial complex

Date on which prisoners across the U.S. are planning to strike over being forced to work for little or no pay, describing the protest as a “call to action against slavery in America”: 9/9/2016 Amendment of the U.S. Constitution that banned slavery but included a loophole allowing it “as a punishment for crime whereof the Read more…

Sarah Lazare: Milwaukee’s War on Black People

Sheriff David Clarke is declaring war on the black youth his city has failed

Judith Coburn: America’s Criminal Injustice System

The Annals of a Private Eye

Bakari Kitwana: Arresting Development

What all of these activists have in common is that they are first-time offenders facing serious charges—and they have all been on the frontlines of direct-action protests in their own communities

Alice Speri: Facebook Removes Potential Evidence of Police Brutality Too Readily, Activists Say

At the request of law enforcement, Facebook deleted Gaines’ account, as well her account on Instagram, which it also owns, during her confrontation with authorities

Brian Bean: Another Police Murder in Chicago

The Chicago police have killed another unarmed Black teenager–video footage of the murder shows how the cops view the rest of us

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