US prisons have long been inhumane and overcrowded facilities where poor people are arbitrarily confined in horrible conditions. The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to escalate this to new levels.
In the context of the war carried out by the policing apparatus against minorities and the poor, millions of prisoners are being disenfranchised.
The prison-industrial complex is big business: the US now incarcerates more than 2.2 million people—the largest prison population in the world.
Tuesday, August 21st marked the beginning of a 20-day prison strike across the US. Just two years after the 20,000-inmate strike of 2016, it has the potential to become the largest prison strike in US […]
The United State imprisons more of its citizens than any other country on the planet. Yet, Louisiana’s rate trumps the national average, with one out of every 86 adults behind bars.
On December 9, inmates at between six and ten Georgia state prisons began a coordinated prisoners’ general strike. Centered around a clear set of demands, it was faced with a near-total blackout in the major […]