Men Feed the Machine that is the Prison Industrial Complex

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We need to rethink the way we deal with crime, because throwing all these men in prisons to languish isn’t solving anything.

So Much For The Whole “Land of the Free” Thing.

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US incarceration rates compared to the rest of the world.

Is Indefinite Solitary Confinement Torture? (Video)

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Incarcerated peoples in CA organize massive hunger strike to protest the conditions of long-term solitary confinement.

The ‘Big House’ Isn’t Big Enough

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A former consumer of corrections services, John Nelson knows a thing or two about prison overcrowding—and the men who hope to find rehabilitation when they get there.

Locked Up Loved One? There’s an App for That.

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Flikshop seeks to make it easier to communicate with those incarcerated.

Words of Hope

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Offer a message of comfort to prison rape survivors this holiday season.

Prison-Industrial Complex News

TweetI swear I’ll come up with original content one of these days… Did you know that in America state spending on corrections is growing six times faster than state spending on higher education? It’s true! Because when you look at America, one of the things you say is “dammit, we need more prisons and fewer colleges, that […]

Private Prison for Virginia Civilly Committed Sex Offenders

TweetUm. Does it occur to anyone else that civil commitment for sex offenders deemed likely to reoffend is… a bit of a civil rights infringement? You don’t get to indefinitely detain people! If someone is in prison for assault and is deemed likely to punch people in the face again, we don’t keep them in […]

Chavis Carter’s Death Ruled Suicide

TweetChavis Carter was shot in the head while his hands were cuffed behind him. His death has been ruled a suicide. Now, I’m not saying that it wasn’t a suicide. It could have been a suicide. It is theoretically possible that the police managed to miss a gun in his front pockets, despite that being a […]

What Is The Prison-Industrial Complex?

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It’s America’s biggest issue that nobody quite wants to talk about. Ozy Frantz unpacks the structure of getting paid to keep a lock on freedom.

Locked Up But Innocent

TweetThis post is dedicated to Marvin Wilson, a severely mentally disabled man who has been executed in Texas. RIP.  Dozens of men have apparently been locked up for something that is not a crime. Now, I’m not a lawyer. But it seems pretty simple to me that if something is not illegal, then people should […]

The Criminalization of Mental Illness in Black America

TweetThis article is super-important. I advise that everyone go read it. Literally, I have spent like fifteen minutes trying to come up with something to say about it that wasn’t mentioned in the article, and I’ve come up short. Excerpt: “Black men don’t go to therapy, they go to the barbershop.” I can’t count the […]

Louisiana: First In The World For Prisons

TweetLouisiana has the highest incarceration rate of anywhere in the US, which means that it has the highest incarceration rate of anywhere in the world. (Exception: North Korea does not technically report its incarceration rate.) One out of every eighty-six Louisianans is currently in prison. A random Louisianan is five times more likely to be […]

On Prison Rape

TweetTW for, obviously, rape. Also gif warning for people with epilepsy.  I have decided today is the day to talk about prison rape, which some people think is still not an issue. (Note: if you think prison rape isn’t an issue, especially after reading what I have to say about it, please leave my blog […]

22,000 Were Arrested For It, and It’s Perfectly Legal

TweetMan, if you read one piece of badass investigative reporting today, read this. In 1983, cruising laws were overturned, on the logic that since consensual sodomy was legal in New York state, attempting to find a partner for consensual sodomy ought to be legal too. In 1993, a court overturned vagrancy and anti-loitering laws in […]

Sandusky Found Guilty

TweetTrigger warning for discussion of rape. Jerry Sandusky has been convicted of molesting ten boys and found guilty of 45 of 48 counts of sexual abuse. He faces the possibility of life in prison. Justice has been served. Despite Penn State’s enabling and coverups of his crimes, despite the apologism of far too many people, […]