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Articles by Mumia Abu-Jamal

The Lackawanna County Seven: And Then There Were Five

by Mumia Abu-Jamal

Few cases are as difficult to prosecute as those involving cops, sheriffs and prison guards. This is largely due to the popular perception that they’re the good guys protecting society from the bad guys ... or in this case, bad girls.

The Lackawanna County Seven – seven guards ...

The Magnificent Seven

by Mumia Abu-Jamal

They are a cross section of Amer­ican men: Black, white, Greek (apparently), Italian.

Seven men – George R. Efthimiou; Mark Johnson; George T. McHale; John Shnipes, Jr.; Jeffery T. Staff; Paul J. Voglino; and James J. Walsh – seven guards at a county jail in Lackawanna County ...

Prieto’s Promise: An End to Death Row?

In late 2013, a federal judge in Virginia issued a remarkable ruling in the case of Prieto v. Clark.

The civil suit, brought by Virginia death row prisoner Alfredo R. Prieto, challenged conditions on the state’s execution unit, including total cell confinement (except an hour out-of-cell in a cage in ...

Pollution Prison in Pennsylvania

Pollution Prison in Pennsylvania

by Mumia Abu-Jamal

Recently, a group of human rights researchers, responding to letters from prisoners at SCI Fayette, found a slew of environmental dangers and threats to the lives, health and well-being of hundreds of prisoners, guards and other staff members at the prison in Western ...

American “Corrections”

At SCI Pittsburgh in Woods Run, Pennsylvania, prisoners and guards alike made the phenomenon of imprisonment more hellish than usual.

That’s because, according to at least one broadcast report, men at the medium- to minimum-security lock-up, particularly those convicted of sexual assaults against children, were raped by other prisoners ...

The Habeas Citebook: lneffective Assistance of Counsel, by Brandon Sample, Prison Legal News Publishing, 2010, pp.212 $49.95

Reviewed by Mumia Abu Jamal

Law books aren’t easy to review.

That’s because they are unlike other books, as they are really collections of what others—courts—have written, and are thus actually the recitations of others.

The Habeas Citebook is precisely that book that many prisoners are ...

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander (N.Y., The New Press, 2010). 290 pages.

Book Review by Mumia Abu-Jamal

The New Jim Crow offers an unflinching look at the US addiction to imprisonment and comes up with a startling diagnosis: American corporate greed, political opportunism and the exploitation of age-old hatred and fears have congealed to created a monstrous explosion in the world’s ...

When Courts Get it Wrong: Clark v. Beard

by Mumia Abu Jamal

When courts decide cases, the most important elements are the law, the facts and how to apply the relevant law to the facts.

When courts err in any of these elements the result is usually one that can be called into question, since it results in ...

Breaking the Prison Habit

Book Review by Mumia Abu-Jamal

Changin? Your Game Plan: How To Use Incarceration As A Stepping Stone For Success (Self-published: Big Mouth Street Media, 2006) pp.234] $14.99

This writer usually does reviews for political books, or ones which address the controversial or newsworthy events of the day.

I ...

Prison Legal News at 15

I know a little something about newspapers.

As a teenager, I worked on the staff of The Black Panther newspaper. By worked," I mean, I did whatever I was told to do; whatever was needed to help get the paper ready for printing. That meant writing articles, typing out others ...