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A Smarter Approach To Prison Abolition

Dontie Mitchell

A smarter approach to prison abolition. In my last commentary I reported on this new coalition of prison abolitionists called No New Jails NYC. They advocate a vision where incarceration is wiped from the American… Full Transcript

The Cost Benefit of Support PA Senate Bill 942

Kerry “Shakaboona” Marshall

“The Cost Benefit of Supporting Pennsylvania Senate Bill 942.” On November the 11th, 2019, Pennsylvania State Senator Sharif Street introduced Senate Bill 942 to help us finally get parole eligibility for our loved ones serving… Full Transcript

Silencing the Unique Collective Voices of Prisoners

Dontie Mitchell

“Silencing the Unique Collective Voice of Prisoners.” A decision and order dated December 5th, 2019, the United States Justice Court for the Northern District of New York dismissed several of my claims raised in my… Full Transcript

The Commutation Process

Omar Askia Ali

“The Commutation Process.” The Pennsylvania commonwealth spends 40,000 a year per incarcerated person. According to the Secretary of Corrections, John Wetzel, the aging population has led to increase in the Department of Corrections’ medical calls.… Full Transcript

David Wade Continues to House Prisoners in Solitary

Keith Rogers

David Wade Correctional Center—located in Homer, Louisiana—continues to house prisoners in solitary confinement despite ongoing litigation. It was estimated in 2017 that over 87,000 prisoners across America are being held in solitary confinement. Despite the… Full Transcript

December in Chicago

Mumia Abu-Jamal

“December in Chicago.” It was an early morning in December, 1969. When a joint FBI-Chicago Police crew raided an apartment building ostensibly for weapons charges. In fact, they came to kill Fred Hampton, Chairman of… Full Transcript

The Truth is More Insidious and Treacherous

Dontie Mitchell

The Truth is More Insidious and Treacherous.” For years the superintendent here at Great Meadow has presided over and condoned some of the worst prison violence in New York state. The Correctional Association of New… Full Transcript