prison

"When Will Solitary End?" by Carlos Marvin Argueta Jr.

 

When Will Solitary End?

I sit in solitary confinement,

Monitored and evaluated,

Psychologically tested,

Tortured in more ways than I care

To remember or burden you with,

With hopes I’d crack and beg,

Beg to be let out of this torturous place

And crack, losing the bit of sanity I have left

Like so many others before me and so many others

Yet to fall, fall prey to the prison’s administrators,

To the countless tactical torturous games they play.

 

I am but one of a few hundred who still stand strong,

Fighting to survive, accumulating deep embedded scars

With each passing day, learning to be resilient to all

That’s thrown and piled up against me

In such a difficult, miserable place.

 

Lonely and deprived of so much, I sit here

Beyond desperate for a helping hand, for something,

Someone, for a movement, for human rights lawyers

And all the advocates out there to put an end

To this heinous practice of solitary confinement

And take me away from this place with my dignity intact.

I hope it’s soon, before many more fall prey

And lose themselves in this dungeon of hell and misery

That’s been in place for far too long.

_____

 

My actions will soon come

Hoping that they’ll draw the attention needed

To end this heinous practice

Once and for all.

After 16 Years Behind Bars for an $11 Robbery, the Scott Sisters Will Be Free at Last!

UPDATE: A spokesperson for the Scott Sisters, Nancy Lockhart, announced tonight, Wednesday, January 5, that the Scott Sisters will be released from prison on Friday to start their lives on parole.  (read article "Haley Barbour to Free Scott Sisters: Beyond Race to the Bitter Aftertaste"in comments)

Mississippi Gov. Barbour Suspends Scott Sisters' Sentences: 

Gladys Scott To Donate Kidney To Jamie Scott

Scott Sisters are Freed! <http://solitarywatch.com/2010/12/29/scott-sisters-are-freed/>

THE PRISON, by Mumia Abu-Jamal 12-17-11 [audio and update included]

 The Prison
[col. writ. 12/17/11] (c) '11 Mumia Abu-Jamal
 
Every prison is the same; and every prison is different.
Every prison has its own mythos, (think Alcatraz, Sing Sing, Attica), its own rhythm. hard, cool, tight, relaxed, severe or super max. And every prison is run by class -as in how courts or administrators have classified a crime according to whose interests are threatened.
 

Mumia Transfer (Dec 14, 2011)

ONA MOVE, Everybody!  We've received news that Mumia has now been transferred to SCI-Mahanoy, another prison in Pennsylvania.  He is in "Administrative Segregation", he is not in general population yet. We need to let those administrators know, immediately, that we know Mumia is there and that the WORLD is watching.  People need to flood the prison with calls and flood Mumia with postcards (Mumia needs to know that we have his back). ----Ramona

Determined Mass Support Outside the Prison Walls is Urgently Needed.

Prisoners in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) are resuming their heroic hunger strike on Monday, September 26th. They are demanding to be treated as human beings; to end barbaric conditions of imprisonment, and to end long term solitary confinement  – internationally recognized as TORTURE.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is not only refusing to meet the prisoner's demands, it is retaliating against hunger strikers and mounting a public relations campaign to defend the conditions of torture in the SHU.

Mumia Abu-Jamal : Videos Taken by Partisan Defense Committee

Films from the early 1990's.  Mumia has since been moved to a different prison in Pennsylvania, SCI Greene. The Governer of PA is now Ed Rendell who was the Philadelphia DA during the 70's. No longer are pictures or video allowed to be taken of prisoners in PA.  Interviews are not allowed in CA prisons. All photos of Mumia are now at least a decade old.  Learn alot watching these.

http://www.youtube.com/my_favorites

 

U.S.A. Locking Up Poor People In Unprecedented Numbers

New research shows precisely how the prison-to-poverty cycle does its damage.

Forty years after the United States began its experimentation with mass incarceration policies, the country is increasingly divided economically. In new research published in the review Daedalus, a group of leading criminologists coordinated by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (which paid me to consult on this project) argued that much of that growing inequality, which Slate's Timothy Noah has chronicled, is linked to the increasingly widespread use of prisons and jails.

It's well-known that the United States imprisons drastically more people than other Western countries. Here are the specifics: We now imprison more people in absolute numbers and per capita than any other country on earth. With 5 percent of the world population, the U.S. hosts upward of 20 percent of its prisoners.

This is because the country's incarceration rate has roughly quintupled since the early 1970s. About 2 million Americans currently live behind bars in jails, state prisons, and federal penitentiaries, and many millions more are on parole or probation or have been in the recent past. In 2008, as a part of an "American Exception" series exploring the U.S. criminal-justice system, New York Times reporter Adam Liptak pointed out that overseas criminologists were "mystified and appalled" by the scale of American incarceration. States like California now spend more on locking people up than on funding higher education.

FILM SCREENING Friday (Oct. 15th) As We Near the Days of Action Against Police Brutality


 

Please join Redwood Curtain CopWatch for a free double-feature film screening of "Safety Orange", an insightful film which "looks deep into the culture of the American criminal [in]jusice system,"  and "Operation Small Axe," a recent documentary centered around the police assassination of Oscar Grant in Oakland, and the people's movement against police terrorism that has strengthened since then.


WHERE? at Peoples' Action for Rights and Community [PARC] in Eureka

WHEN? Friday, October 15th, 7pm


Snacks and good discussion also!

PARC is located in the Q Street Alley between 3rd and 2nd Street, toward the Samoa bridge.

Too Many Laws, Too Many Prisoners

[article in The Economist!]

Never in the civilised world have so many been locked up for so little

Jul 22nd 2010 | Spring, Texas


THREE pickup trucks pulled up outside George Norris’s home in Spring, Texas. Six armed police in flak jackets jumped out. Thinking they must have come to the wrong place, Mr Norris opened his front door, and was startled to be shoved against a wall and frisked for weapons. He was forced into a chair for four hours while officers ransacked his house. They pulled out drawers, rifled through papers, dumped things on the floor and eventually loaded 37 boxes of Mr Norris’s possessions onto their pickups. They refused to tell him what he had done wrong. “It wasn’t fun, I can tell you that,” he recalls.

 

The Most Incarcerating Nation in the World

Rough Justice [article in The Economist!]

America locks up too many people, some for acts that should not even be criminal

Jul 22nd 2010 | Spring, Texas


IN 2000 four Americans were charged with importing lobster tails in plastic bags rather than cardboard boxes, in violation of a Honduran regulation that Honduras no longer enforces. They had fallen foul of the Lacey Act, which bars Americans from breaking foreign rules when hunting or fishing. The original intent was to prevent Americans from, say, poaching elephants in Kenya. But it has been interpreted to mean that they must abide by every footling wildlife regulation on Earth. The lobstermen had no idea they were breaking the law. Yet three of them got eight years apiece. Two are still in jail.

Marie Mason, Eco-Prisoner, Moved to CMU

[Read here about CMU's- CMU:  Communications Management [Prison] Unit
or download this
flier about CMU's]

 

After spending nearly a month in segregation at the Federal Corrections Unit in Waseca, MN, Marie has been reclassified and transferred to the female CMU in Carswell, TX. Helen Woodsen has been imprisoned there for many years.

As of August 6, 2010, Marie Mason is at the federal prison in Carswell, Texas.

U.S. Soldier Imprisoned for Releasing Video Of U.S. Military Slaying of Iraqi Civilians: VIDEO & PETITION included

Bradley Manning is the U.S. soldier now in a US military prison in Kuwait who has been arrested and charged with two violations for releasing classified information (the Wikileaks "Collateral Murder" video) and facing 54 years in prison. He is being held in isolation from the outside world - with no contact with his civilian attorneys working to defend him.

If the allegations are true, Bradley Manning is a hero for bringing to light the realities of the crimes being committed in the U.S. occupation.

We call for his immediate release and that his attorneys be allowed to talk to him.

  Sign-On In Support of Bradley Manning & His Right to Counsel

Mobilize and Fight To Save Mumia's Life!

People in the Humboldt area and wherever you are!  Please mobilize rallies, media, strikes, shut downs, walk outs, etc to save Mumia Abu Jamal.  If you've never spread the word before, spread it NOW!!  Pass this email on to all of your lists.  AT LEAST SIGN THE PETITIONS!!  Listen to Mumia's radio commentaries from Death Row, and fight for his life!!  There are many links at the bottom of this message.

And put MUMIA messages on your MYSPACE, FACEBOOK, etc!!

 

Leonard Peltier PAROLE Hearing; Letters needed before July 1st urging parole ! Sign Petition too.

 

* Parole Update *

via Freedom Archives

 

Leonard Peltier's parole hearing has been changed to July 28.

 

To be considered by the commissioners, your letters of support must arrive at the U.S. Parole Commission no later than July 1.

 

Not a lot of time left.  Folks, get out there on the streets and get folks to sign as many letters as possible.  For a sample letter, visit < www.FreePeltierNow.org <http://www.freepeltiernow.org/>

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