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Video: Huntsville Station

Every weekday, dozens of inmates are released on parole from Huntsville State Penitentiary, the largest prison release center in Texas. With a bus ticket voucher and $100 release check, most of them spend their first minutes out of prison on phone calls, cigarettes, and quiet reflection at the Greyhound station up the block.

February 21, 2021 · 4 Comments

Video: The Prisoner’s Song

Now if I had wings like an an-gel
O-ver these pri-son walls I would fly
And I’d fly to the arms of my poor dar-lin’
And there I’d be wil-ling to die

February 20, 2021 · 1 Comment

Ray Levy Uyeda: How Organizers Are Fighting an American Legacy of Forced Sterilization

The U.S. has a history of sterilizing women without their knowledge or permission, but states are working to make up for past mistakes.

February 15, 2021 · 2 Comments

Sharon Doubiago: Free Him

“My real name or Dakota name is Tate Wicuwa, Wind That Chases the Sun.”  — Leonard Peltier   You bring into his cell Crazy Horse’s white Appaloosa. He lowers his … Continue reading

July 5, 2016 · 3 Comments

Chris Hedges: A Pipeline Straight to Jail

The defeat of the Harvard University debate team by a team from the Eastern New York Correctional Facility in the Catskills elucidates a truth known intimately by those of us … Continue reading

October 15, 2015 · 3 Comments

Video: Chris Hedges on Teaching in Prison and What It Means to Resist

In this clip from his June 7 talk in Los Angeles, Truthdig columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges tells the very personal story of how teaching a class in … Continue reading

July 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

Sharon Doubiago: I Am My Brother’s Keeper

[ed. note: This is the preface to The Visit by Sharon Doubiago, published by Wild Ocean Press] Jack Retasket is a Native American/Canadian Shuswap-Lillooet (Statlmx) survivor of Kamloops Indian Residential … Continue reading

May 14, 2015 · 4 Comments

Medea Benjamin: Federal Prison Sentence Begins for Anti-Drone Activist

An interview with peace activist Kathy Kelly On January 23, Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare, begins a three-month … Continue reading

January 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

Sharon Doubiago: Abu Ghraib. Guantanamo Bay

You can’t unring the bell, he admonished, meaning 1948, Israel. So all these bells are ringing, Nazi, Kamakazi waves out into the universe forever and I have seen you, as … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Nelson Mandela on Non-Violence

http:// Nelson Mandela on Non-Violence from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.                

January 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

Jon Queally: At Home and Abroad, UN Report Details Abysmal US Record of Abuse

Torture, indefinite detention, excessive force, and systematic discrimination and mistreatment have become part of the nation’s modern legacy. An official report by the United Nations Committee Against Torture released Friday … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · 2 Comments

Christy Ulmet: After prison, recapturing lost years of motherhood

Originally posted on Christy Ulmet:
By Christy Ulmet Three years after being released from prison, Lashonia Etheridge-Bey sat in a booth at a breakfast place, reminiscing on her relationship with…

November 17, 2014 · 3 Comments

Video: Why are so many black people in prison?

When the prison system is designed not to provide “correction” but to create felons who are then second-class citizens forever, and when those prisons are holding hugely disproportionate numbers of … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Prison Industry Making Billions from Border Children

Despite growing evidence that the private prison industry is neither humane nor cost-effective, for-profit incarceration has increased dramatically in the past 10 years, and nowhere has the boom been more obvious than along … Continue reading

July 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

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