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2017 Has Already Seen Several Prison Rebellions by Brian Sonenstein Although the nationwide prison strike has fallen from headlines in recent months, incarcerated individuals continue to resist abuse and mistreatment while supporters on the outside rally to their defense. Prisoners in Delaware made international headlines when they took hostages and held Building C at the Vaughn ...
Continued Need for Prison and Criminal Justice Reforms by Advocates for prisoners’ rights and criminal justice reform have never forgotten the September 1971 uprising at the Attica Correctional Facility in New York, which resulted in the deaths of 33 prisoners and 10 employees. The institutionalized brutality at Attica, which led ...
The New Slave Revolt by By Chris Hedges, TruthDig A nationwide prison work stoppage and hunger strike, begun on Sept. 9, the 45th anniversary of the Attica uprising, have seen over 20,000 prisoners in about 30 prisons do what we on the outside should do—refuse to cooperate. “We will not only ...
From the Editor by Paul Wright PLN has opposed the private prison industry since we began publishing in 1990; back then the industry was in its infancy, having started in 1983 in its modern incarnation. Besides the political and moral implications of farming out correctional functions to for-profit corporations, there ...
Article • September 21, 2016
How inmates are organizing a nationwide strike from behind bars by Regina Willis By Regina Willis, Waging Nonviolence Whenever an inmate and a guard get into an altercation, Melvin Ray sees an opportunity to connect and educate. After stepping in and trying to de-escalate the situation, he’ll talk to his fellow ...
German Prisoners Form Union, Seek Minimum Wage and Pension by Joe Watson A group of prisoners in Germany has accomplished what American prisoners have long been prohibited from doing: They formed a labor union for incarcerated workers, to advocate for minimum wage pay so they can earn enough for a ...
Article • August 2, 2016 • from PLN August, 2016
Prison Conferences to be Held in Ohio, California by A conference described as “a Midwest convergence in support of prisoners’ struggles” is scheduled to be held in Columbus, Ohio from August 26-29. Titled “Bend the Bars 2016,” the event will consist of a series of workshops and discussions on issues ...
Publication • May 26, 2016
Filed under: Prison Labor, Work Strikes
Texas Labor Prison Strike Announcement, February, 2016
Publication • May 26, 2016
Filed under: Prison Labor, Work Strikes
This Is a Call to End Slavery in America, National Prison Strike September 2016 Pamphlet, 2016 This is a call to end slavery in america Slavery is alive and well in the prison system, but by the end of this year, it won’t be anymore. national prison strike september 2016 ...
Publication • May 26, 2016
Filed under: Prison Labor, Work Strikes
Free Alabama Movement – Demands – May Day 2016 Free Alabama Movement – DEMANDS – MayDay 2016 At 12:01 May 1, 2016 We, Alabama Prisoners will begin a Peaceful and Nonviolent Protest for Our Human Rights in the form of a Work Stoppage. This is in fact a means to ...
Publication • May 26, 2016
Get To Work or Go To Jail - Workplace Rights Under Threat, UCLA, 2016 UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment UCLA Labor Center A New Way of Life Reentry Project RESEARCH BRIEF |MARCH 2016 Get To Work or Go To Jail: Workplace Rights Under Threat Contributors: Noah Zatz, ...
Georgia Prisoners Strike for Wages, Better Medical Care and Food by by Naomi Spencer Prisoners at seven Georgia state prisons called a strike on December 9, 2010 to protest against unpaid labor practices, poor conditions and violations of basic human rights. Thousands of prisoners participated in the protest by refusing ...
No Absolute Immunity for Prison Disciplinary Board Members by The U.S. Supreme Court held that prison disciplinary board members were entitled only to qualified immunity, not absolute immunity, in a civil rights suit. Respondents, former federal prisoners at the US penitentiary in Marion, Illinois, were charged with, among other things, ...
Seventh Circuit Orders Disciplinary Hearing Due Process, Attorney Access, Legal Materials Returned by Seventh Circuit Orders Disciplinary Hearing Due Process, Attorney Access, Legal Materials Returned The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ordered prison officials to cease denying prisoners due process at disciplinary hearings, access to their ...
Defendants Must Bear Costs of Depositions Sought by Indigent Prisoners; and Attorney-Client Privilege Waived by Defendants Must Bear Costs of Depositions Sought by Indigent Prisoners; and Attorney-Client Privilege Waived On remand from the United States Supreme Court, the Federal District Court of New York held that, generally, a party seeking ...
Prison Disciplinary Board Members Not Entitled to Absolute Immunity by The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that prison disciplinary board members were entitled only to qualified immunity, not absolute immunity, in a civil rights suit; that the amount of compensatory damage award did not warrant interference ...
Norris-LaGuardia Act Trumps State Common Law by The United States Supreme Court held that only when the level of proof in §6 of the Norris-LaGuardia Act is reached can damages for interference be awarded. Paul Gibs filed a federal action against a labor union, The United Mine Workers of America ...
Disarray in Colorado: Prisoners Hurt by Host of Problems by Bob Williams Society is dynamic, in a state of con-stant flux where change is the only constant, but recent changes in Colorado are turning up the pressure in Colorado's prison system. Prisoner pay has been nearly eliminated while hygiene items ...
Second Circuit Holds Confidential Informant's Reliability Alone Insufficient to Support Hearsay or Conclusionary Statements by David Reutter Second Circuit Holds Confidential Informant's Reliability Alone Insufficient to Support Hearsay or Conclusionary Statements By David M. Reutter The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has held that prison officials, in assessing the reliability ...
Article • July 15, 2002 • from PLN July, 2002
Prisoners at Private Federal Prison in California Strike Over Food, Medical Care by Lonnie Burton On November 26, 2001, more than 1,800 prisoners at the Taft Correctional Institution (TCI) refused to report to work in protest of shortcomings in the prison's food and medical care. TCI, a privately run low-security ...
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