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Behind Enemy Lines

Behind Enemy Lines

Stories from the prison industrial complex.

Soledad’s Black prisoners brutalized in 3 a.m. raid report guards warned, ‘You Niggers will...

A group of Black Soledad prisoners document and denounce the violent and racist attacks by white guards against them and issue various calls to action!

Soledad 3 a.m. raid on 200+ Black prisoners

In the pre-dawn hours, white and Hispanic guards at Soledad State Prison in California violently ripped hundreds of Black prisoners from their bunks. The men were slammed around by wannabe commandos in full riot gear, zip-tied and led to the chow hall, without masks, barefoot, wearing only what they’d fallen asleep in.

Federal court in Louisiana ignores COVID terror inside FCI Oakdale

Prisoners and staff at federal low-security prisons FCI Elkton in Ohio and FCI Oakdale in Louisiana are being ravaged by COVID-19. At both locations, prisoners have brought federal suits pleading to be released to home confinement in order to escape the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Angola prisoners, fearing COVID-19, seek aid and release

Inmates at Louisiana State Penitentiary being exposed to COVID-19 say prison officials are not doing enough to protect their health and lives. Department of Corrections violates state and federal guidelines that protect the life and health of those incarcerated due to Angola’s unique double bunked and overcrowding. LSP pays fines to the fire marshal, but fines do not make up for lives lost.

Jalil Muntaqim tests positive for COVID-19 and is hospitalized in New York

Jalil Muntaqim, world renowned for peace and justice initiatives over 49 years in prison, fights for his life, his parole-eligible sentence threatening to become a death sentence. On April 27, Judge Schick granted his release. But New York Attorney General Letitia James appealed the judge’s decision, preventing Jalil’s release.

COVID-19 puts Black political prisoners on death row

“American prisons are death traps. They are the places with the highest rate of coronavirus infection in the world. Incarceration in the time of COVID skirts the genocidal cruelty of death by disease of the Nazis.” J. Fernandez

Let my people go! A call to release all US prisoners in response to...

U.S. officials have often criticized Iran’s prison conditions. As awful as the prison conditions in Iran may be, Amerika, the proclaimed bastion of freedom and democracy, is much worse. Shane Bauer, the Amerikan captured and imprisoned for two years in Iran, bore witness to this.

Liberate our elders! California Prison Focus demands Gov. Newsom protect peacemakers from COVID-19 by...

Support demands by CPF and the Prisoner Human Rights Movement that Gov. Newsom release all state prisoners who are medically fragile or over 60, starting with the authors of the Agreement to End Hostilities and followed by the remaining members of the Ashker Class Action Settlement.

Justice organizations call on California Gov. Newsom to act now to reduce COVID-19 risks...

A coalition of more than 20 California justice organizations sent this letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday, March 13, imploring him to take immediate steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in state prisons and the surrounding communities.

Unheard Voices calls for Alabama Corrections Commissioner Dunn to meet with prisoners

“Months and years of retaliation (have been) endured … by countless (prisoners) who have … made sacrifices that those of us who have never been incarcerated cannot truly understand – all in order to seek accountability, to end prison slavery, and to stop the construction of new prisons that will take from us our children and grandchildren.” – Unheard Voices

National Solidarity Events to Amplify Prisoners’ Human Rights, Aug. 21 – Sept. 9, 2020

We call on you again to organize the communities from Aug. 21 – Sept. 9, 2020. In the spirit of Attica, will you be in the fight to dismantle the prison industrial slave complex by pushing agendas that will shut down jails and prisons like Rikers Island or Attica?

Normalizing death inside Texas prisons

Comrade Keith ‘Malik’ Washington discusses the State of Texas’ systematic attacks on Black people and prisoners, and the collusion, corruption, and bigotry that create and manage the State’s carceral politics of death.

Activism in the age of prisoner resistance: College students and activists are changing the...

A revolution in inside/outside organizing is pushing prison activism to new levels, harnessing new technologies and broad-based people power to push back against the exploitative and extractive prison industries and injustices of incarceration.

Veronza Bowers: In search of a sound – lessons from bamboo

“The flute player is standing over me. I am aware of his presence, but why am I moaning? He has acted as a tour guide, almost leading me towards serenity, if it weren’t for the pain. What pain? Whose pain? So much pain – but why am I still moaning? Where am I?”

Comrade Malik: Environmental disasters in Texas are not a hoax

Prisoners who, like me, are trapped in federal and state prisons in close proximity to these toxic chemical plants rely on free world people to confront these violators of the public’s trust. Don’t be silent.

New clemency system could turn Rodney Reed’s 20 years of injustice into 20 days

Rodney Reed’s scheduled execution has been put on hold five days before he was to be put to death, after more than 20 years in prison. Common sense and 21st century DNA technology could take 20 days, not 20 years, to give an innocent person his or her life back. It is time for a change in who should control clemency.