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Behind Enemy Lines

Stories from the prison industrial complex.

Racial imprisonment

"We must call for, agitate for and, if all else fails, create a new popular movement that struggles to break this caste system once and for all." Mumia Abu-Jamal addresses the "Imprisonment of a Race" Conference at Princeton University.

Systematic injustice against Sundiata Acoli

“Freeing all political prisoners, prisoners of conscience and prisoners of war” tops America’s social justice struggle, “because the state uses the criminal justice system to lock up those who sacrifice their livelihood for freedom and justices for the masses.”

Why you should support Black PP/POWs

My name is Sundiata Acoli. I’m a former member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army who was captured on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973 and am now a Black Political Prisoner and Prisoner of War who’s been held by the government for the last 37 years.

A legendary Three Strikes prisoner dies

The people of the state of California, by and through their draconian Three Strikes and You’re Out law, have achieved another very shameful in-custody death. On April 19, at approximately 1:20 p.m., Jeremiah Sheppard tragically died on a dirt exercise track at the Folsom State Prison.

The story of the Omaha Two

The Omaha Two are Edward Poindexter and Mondo we Langa (formerly David Rice). Both men are imprisoned at the Nebraska State Penitentiary, where they are serving life sentences for the Aug. 17, 1970, bombing murder of an Omaha police officer, in which they deny any involvement.

We are all Troy Davis

I am writing to ask you to help fight for Troy’s life. Troy Davis is on death row for the 1989 murder of police officer Mark MacPhail in Savannah, Ga. Troy has always maintained his innocence, and there was never any physical evidence linking him to the crime.

Hope for prisoners sentenced as juveniles to life without parole

In the state of California, 227 people who were juveniles when they were convicted are serving life term prison sentences without the chance to ever re-enter society. Senate Bill 9, the Fair Sentencing for Youth Act, would allow sentence reduction to 25 years to life.

Challenge the criminalization of our youth!

The U.S. is the only country in the world where youth can receive a life-without-parole sentence. Get involved in ending this injustice. Join CCWP for a screening of 'Juvies' on Friday, May 13, 7-9 p.m., Eastside Arts Alliance, 2277 International Blvd, Oakland.

Groups demand realignment of priorities in county jails

The Budget for Humanity, recently released by Californians United for a Responsible Budget's (CURB) calls for drastic reductions to the prison population and an end to prison construction and to cuts in education, health and housing through more aggressive taxation of corporations and the wealthy.

3rd Circuit appeal ruling favoring Abu-Jamal smacks down US Supreme Court

The federal 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, in a stunning smack at the U.S. Supreme Court, has issued a ruling upholding its earlier decision backing a new sentencing hearing in the controversial case of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Mumia Abu-Jamal’s 1982 death sentence is again declared unconstitutional

The United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit has unanimously declared that Mumia Abu-Jamal’s death sentence is unconstitutional. In today’s decision, the Court of Appeals reaffirmed its 2008 finding that the jury was improperly instructed.

Coming home: Revelations from former prisoners

Transitioning from a prisoner number to an adult person expected to take on adult responsibilities can be overwhelming for many ex-inmates, particularly those who were incarcerated for long periods of time. Each day many of us will share space with someone who has spent a significant portion of his life in a cage. Every one of us should be concerned because these men and women are of us and will be returning to us, our communities, many to our own families.

New slavery

A felony conviction for a Black offender is a life sentence. It is a sentence to the underclass for life. Who is going to hire a Black man who is a felon? Felons can’t vote. They have no rights. They are locked into the underclass for life.

Georgia Department of Corrections withholding medical care to brutalized prison strikers

A campaign of brutal beatings and withheld medical care continues in the wake of the December 2010 inmate strike in Georgia prisons. Rev. Kenneth Glasgow of The Ordinary Peoples Society is calling for a public hearings into Georgia’s troubled prisons.

Georgia prison striker tells his story

Georgia prisoner speaks out against prison guard retaliation and brutal abuse resulting from allegations of conspiring in the Dec. 9 prison strike.

Black, Muslim, activist prisoners in experimental communications management units

The United States puts more people behind bars than any other country in the world. Attend a panel discussion on the Center for Constitutional Rights' lawsuit against two CMUs - prisons with extreme isolation - on Tuesday, April 5, 6:30 p.m., at the Women’s Building, Audre Lorde Room, 3543 18th St. #8, San Francisco.

Arrested Georgia correctional officer oversaw vicious beating of prisoner ‘in his capacity’ as supervisor

Three months after inmate protests at multiple Georgia prisons, public records have emerged to document the vicious assault and battery committed upon handcuffed prisoner Terrance Dean by correctional officers and supervisors of Macon State Prison.

Close L.A. County Jail!

The Los Angeles jail system holds over 20,000 detainees and is the largest jail on earth, costing nearly $1 billion a year to operate. This is the 21st century, yet the conditions there are similar to slaves packed tightly on a ship during the Middle Passage.

No breath of fresh air here

Georgia State Prison, identified by its dwellers as “The Bottom” (i.e., The End), due to its life-negating atmosphere, is once again living up to its sadistic name by fostering and maintaining an atmosphere that produces death.

Protesting injustice

William Wright, a prisoner on San Quentin’s death row, began a hunger strike on Monday, Jan. 17, to protest a myriad of discriminatory actions aimed at him.

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