carceral state Archive

At long last, America's racist, crazy tough-on-crime prosecutors are losing elections

Historically, being an elected prosecutor was a sweet gig: operating with “unchecked power and no transparency,” you generally got to run unopposed for re-election, and on the rare instances in which someone did dare to run against the incumbent, the incumbent usually won. Prosecutors are the reason that so many Americans were put behind bars on the basis of flimsy forensic evidence based …

Chelsea Manning has surfaced and is OK

After being missing for seven days, whistleblower Chelsea Manning has made contact. Her prison warders threw her into solitary for a week and didn’t tell her lawyers or friends where she was. Manning attorney Nancy Hollander wrote, “We have spoken with Chelsea. She had been serving her 7 days in disciplinary segregation until this afternoon. During that time she was unable to communicate …

Chelsea Manning is missing

The Chelsea Manning Support Network writes, “Chelsea has missed three planned calls so we are worried about her and so far we don’t know why. The support network can be reached at staff@chelseamanning.org.” report this ad Though Wells Fargo had been pressuring its employees to commit fraud since 1998, firing those who couldn’t make quota, as well as the whistleblowers who came forward …

Writer in 29th year of solitary confinement barred from reading his own book

Pteryxx writes, “Writer who has spent 30+ years in solitary has his own published writing censored from reaching him – and his unpublished manuscript was destroyed in moving him to a different facility. “ William “Billy” Blake is serving a 77-to-life sentence, and has been in solitary for 29 years, since he killed a guard in a failed escape attempt. He …

4 days until Chelsea Manning's Disciplinary Board (for her suicide attempt)

The Chelsea Manning Support Network contacted us by email to inform us that: 1) The date of Chelsea’s disciplinary board hearing has been changed to Thursday, September 22 at 9:30 am CST. 2) This board has been convened to consider the charges brought against Chelsea. 4) Chelsea will not be permitted legal representation at the board. She …

It's really easy for fired, dirty cops to walk into a new police job in a new town

Sean Sullivan was fired from his police job in Oregon in 2004 for sexual contact with a 10 year old girl; in 2005, Cedar Vale, KS hired him to be their police chief, where he was accused of having sexual contact with another young girl, and eventually convicted of burglary and criminal conspiracy — he’s currently doing time in a Washington state prison for …

Chelsea Manning on hunger strike, demanding treatment for gender dysphoria

Today, days before she is to face an administrative board who will punish her for her recent suicide attempt, whistleblower Chelsea Manning has announced that she will go on hunger strike until she receives treatment for her gender dysphoria. Manning is not allowed to have any representation present when she faces the three-person administrative board. The last time she saw these three people, …

DoJ says it will end private federal prisons

Six weeks after Mother Jones published its explosive undercover expose on the abuses, shortcomings and waste in America’s vast private prison system, the Department of Justice has issued a ban on renewal of federal private prison contracts (where they are not able to do this, officials are told to “substantially reduce” the scope of those contracts), with the goal of “reducing — and ultimately …