Prisoners

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Abu Ghraib: The Politics of Torture
Levi Strauss, David; Ehrenreich, Barbara; Danner, Mark et al.
Book
2004
A series of essays on the Abu Ghraib prison and the political climate surrounding the Bush Administration's intervention into Iraq.
Abu-Jamal, Mumia: Connexipedia Article
Article
An African-American activist who was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1981 murder of a Philadelphia police officer. His conviction was based on dubious evidence and dubious legal proceedings. ...
All Things Censored
Abu-Jamal, Mumia
Book
2003
A collection of prison essays and radio talks by Mumia Abu-Jamal, who has been on death row since 1982.
Barred from Prison
Culhane, Claire
Article
1979
An account of what occured inside the B.C. Penitentiary during a prison uprising in September 1976.
Berkman, Alexander: Connexipedia Article
Article
Anarchist known for his political activism and writing. (1870-1936).
Bradley Manning, Solitary Confinement and Selective Outrage: What about the Others?
Casella, Jean; Ridgeway, James
Article
2011
Calls attention to the widespread use of solitary confinement with Bradley Manning as a specific example.
Bradley Manning's Torture Commonplace In U.S. Prisons
Ross, Sherwood
Article
2011
The corrosive, solitary confinement being inflicted upon PFC Bradley Manning in the Quantico, Va., brig is no exceptional torture devised exclusively for him. Across the length and breadth of the Grea...
Canadian Information Sharing Service: Pilot Copy, February 1976
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1976
The first issue of the Canadian Information Sharing Service publication. The name of the publication was later changed to Connexions and then to Connexions Digest.
Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia
Keneally, Thomas
Book
2005
A history of the first four years of the convict settlement in Australia, examining the interplay of soldiers, convicts, and Aborigines.
Connexions: Volume 7, Number 1 - March 1982
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1982
Connexions Other Voices - April 30, 2017: Affirming life, resisting war, reporting UFOs
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
What do we do when those in power recklessly put the future of the entire planet at risk with their acts of aggression and military provocations, while they ignore the growing disaster of climate chan...
Connexions Other Voices - May 28, 2017: Resisting Injustice
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
In this issue, we look at the relentless persistence of people challenging injustice and entrenched power in places around the world, including Palestine, Korea, China, Canada, and the United States. ...
Converse
Article
1976
The role of church people in the correctional system.
Convict and Immigrant Detainee Struggles Converge in Strike Wave
Barksdale, Amiri
Article
2016
There was a time in the United States when it was not only common knowledge, but commonly reported, legislated, and adjudicated that crime is a function of poverty. This went out sometime during the C...
Convict Labor in America: Book review
Ortiz, Paul
Article
1998
Convict labour, like antebellum slavery, was an American way of life, a cultural practice that tied northern capitalists, plantation owners, university-trained social reformers, federal officials and ...
Crayons of Askalan
Hotait, Laila
Film/Video
2011
In 1975, at the age of fifteen, Palestinian artist Zuhdi Al Adaw is sentenced and confined in the high security prison of Askalan, Israel for fifteen years. With the help of his fellow prisoners and t...
Crime
Article
1978
Crime and Criminals: Address to the Prisoners in the Chicago Jail
Darrow, Clarence
Article
1902
So long as big criminals can get the coal fields, so long as the big criminals have control of the city council and get the public streets for street cars and gas rights, this is bound to send thousan...
Crime and Punishment in America: Why the Solutions to America's Most Stubborn Social Crisis Have Not Worked... and What Will
Currie, Elliott
Book
1998
Currie explores why being 'tough on crime' will only serve to exacerbate the problem.
Cuba's Prisoner Release: Surprise! Mainstream Media Omits Context and Key Facts
Landau, Saul; Valdes, Nelson P.
Article
2010
Double standards and hypocrisy abound in American media coverage of Cuba's recent prisoner release. For example, the U.S. government holds more political prisoners on Cuban soil than the Cuban governm...
Danbury: Anatomy of a Prison Strike
Bach, John; Snyder, Mitchell
Article
1972
Deaths in Custody and Detention: Volume 33, No. 4 (2006) of Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict, and World Order
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2006
A special issue on the investigation of, and inquiry into, deaths in custody and detention (including state hospitals and mental health, police and prison custody, and young offenders' institutions). ...
Eugene V. Debs Internet Archive
Debs, Eugene
Article
Writings of Eugene Victor Debs (1855-1926).
Disenfranchisement as Political Repression
Macaray, David
Article
2010
In the U.S., if you're caught boosting cars, robbing liquor stores, or attempting to escape reality by injecting heroin into your veins, you not only go to jail, but you lose your right to vote. And ...
Dividing the Races to Benefit the Rich: Prison Populism?
Washington, Linn Jr.
Article
2010
Race baiting broadcast agitators like Beck and Rush Limbaugh have their audiences believing the factually flawed foolishness that the reason they are falling behind economically is because the federal...
A Drone Protestor Heads to Jail
Moyers, Bill
Article
2016
Fifty-nine-year-old Mary Anne Grady Flores will serve six months for photographing a protest of an airfield in upstate New York where drone pilots are trained and from where missions are carried out.
A Duty of Honour: Against Capital Punishment
Luxemburg, Rosa
Article
1918
The existing penal system, which is permeated through and through with the brutal class spirit and barbarism of capitalism, must be extirpated root and branch.
The English Government and the Fenian Prisoners
Marx, Karl
Article
1870
On the treatment of Fenian prisoners.
Every Crook Can Govern: Prison Rebellions as a Window to the New World
Ciccariello-Maher, George; St. Andews, Jeff
Article
2011
In their self-organization, the hunger strikers have begun to rupture structures of segregation.
Eye for an Eye
Griswold, Jack; Misenheimer, Mike; Powers, Art; Tromanhauser, Ed
Book
1970
Four inmates talk about the American penal system over 50 years of rehabilitation and the corruption inherent of the prison system.
Forced Passages: Imprisoned Radical Intellectuals and the U.S. Prison Regime
Rodriguez, Dylan
Book
2005
The dramatic rise and consolidation of America's prison system has devastated lives and communities, but it has also transformed prisons into sites of political discourse and resistance, as they have ...
From Iron Mines to Iron Bars
Garvey, John
Article
2010
Exploring some of the consequences of the long-term decline in union membership and the significant shift in membership towards public sector workers.
Gaza Peace Protester Is Prisoner In Own Home
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2009
Nine months after he helped to organise protests against Israel's attack on Gaza, Samih Jabareen is a prisoner in his home in Jaffa, near Tel Aviv, an electronic bracelet around his ankle to alert the...
Going up the River: Travels in a Prison Nation
Hallinan, Joseph T.
Book
2001
On the prisons in America, their unprofitable nature, and their ineffectiveness. Hallinan also explores the workings of mostly-white towns that host prisons of predominately black inmates.
Herman's House
Bhalla, Angad Singh
Film/Video
2012
'What kind of house does a man who has been imprisoned in a six-foot-by-nine-foot cell for over 30 years dream of?' This film captures the remarkable creative journey and friendship of Herman Wallace,...
The Hour of Sunlight: One Palestinian's Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker
Jundi, Sami al; Marlowe, Jen
Book
2011
Traces al Jundi's evolution from Palestinian militant to prisoner to peacemaker.
The Humiliation of Bradley Manning: Kangaroos Missing
McGovern, Ray
Article
2012
It is a bitter irony that Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, whose conscience compelled him to leak evidence about the U.S. military brass ignoring evidence of torture in Iraq, was himself the victim of cruel...
Hypocrisy over Cuba's 'political prisoners'
Anderson, Tim
Article
2009
Political prisoners and Cuba can be a confusing mix, in our time of mass propaganda. Three groups have attracted international attention over the past decade.
I Am Barack Obama's Political Prisoner Now: The Denial of My Parole
Peltier, Leonard
Article
2009
Given the complexion of the three recent federal parolees, it might seem that my greatest crime was being Indian. But the truth is that my gravest offense is my innocence.
Imprisoned Intellectuals: America's Political Prisoners Write on Life, Liberation, and Rebellion
James, Joy (ed.)
Book
2003
Anthology of writings by imprisoned intellectuals.
In Conflict with the Law: Women and the Canadian Justice System
Adelberg, Ellen; Currie, Claudia
Book
1994
Critique of women and the Canadian justice system. Written from a feminist perspective, the collection is organized into three thematic sextions: Federal Imprisonment of Women -- Past, Present and Fut...
In Russian and French Prisons
Kropotkin, Peter
Book
1906
Kropotkin's criticism of the penal system, and an inside look into the horrors and realities of what life in prison entails.
Incarcerated Inside Israel: Palestinians Tortured and Isolated
Peebles, Graham
Article
2012
Detention without trial, the presumption of guilt, denial of family visits, solitary confinement, torture, violent interrogation, and denial of access to appropriate health care, such is the Israeli j...
Intractable: Hell Has a Name: Life Inside Australia's First Super-Max Prison
Matthews, Bernie
Book
2006
A firsthand account spanning two generations of high-security confinement in the 1970s NSW Australian prison system.
Israeli Doctors Collude in Torture
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2009
Israeli human rights groups charge that Israel's watchdog body on medical ethics has failed to investigate evidence that doctors working in detention facilities are turning a blind eye to cases of tor...
Israeli guards 'humiliated inmates'
Article
2009
A group of female former Palestinian prisoners detained in Israeli jails have accused prison guards of subjecting them to intrusive and degrading treatment.
Jails for Jesus
Shapiro, Samantha M.
Article
2003
President Bush wants faith-based programs to take over social services. But what happens when evangelical Christians try their hand at running prisons?
The Jericho `98 March: Amnesty and Freedom for All Political Prisoners
Bloom, Steve
Article
1998
Pushing for justice and freedom for political prisoners in the United States.
Justice Behind the Walls: Human Rights in Canadian Prisons
Jackson, Michael
Book
2003
An account of the state of justice in Canadian prisons, weaving together the threads of correctional history, penal philosophy, landmark court decisions, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and legisl...
Kengir uprising: Connexipedia Article
Article
A prisoner uprising that took place in the Soviet prison labor camp Kengir in May and June 1954.
Live From Death Row
Abu-Jamal, Mumia
Book
1995
A collection of prison writing by Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was sentenced to death in 1982 for the murder of a police officer after a dubious trial.
Lock 'Em Up: The Prison State
Yates, Michael
Article
2010
Without a doubt, most of those enmeshed in the (in)justice system are not dangers to society and would not have been in it at all in a society that wasn't so racist and so shot through with every kind...
Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis
Parenti, Christian
Book
1999
Why is criminal justice so central to American politics? Lockdown America not only documents the horrors and absurdities of militarized policing, prisons, a fortified border, and the federalization of...
Make the Don a Museum of Horrors
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1977
A museum depicting what prison is really like might motivate us to demand radical changes to the way we deal with offenders.
The Man Who Was Chemically Tortured
Kampmark, Binoy
Article
2012
The torture of David Hicks at Guantanamo.
Mass Incarceration and Black Oppression in America: The New Jim Crow and Liberal Reformism
Article
2012
The singular focus on mass incarceration as the embodiment of racial oppression has a purpose: it poses the fight for black freedom as a matter of "dismantling" that system, much as the civil rights m...
Maximum, Minimum, Medium: A Journey Through Canadian Prisons
Melnitzer, Julius
Book
1995
Serving a nine-year sentence, Melnitzer documented his experience in three different prisons, along with his own introspections.
Memoirs from the Women's Prison
Saadawi, Nawal el
Book
1994
Nawal El Saadawi was imprisoned in 1981 by Anwar Sadat for alleged "crimes against the State." She offers both firsthand witness to women's resistance to state violence and insights into the formation...
Men in Prison
Serge, Victor
Book
1931
Victor Serge's novel based on his own experiences as a politcal prisoner.
A Mother's Story: The Fight To Free My Son David
Milgaard, Joyce and Edwards, Peter
Book
1999
Mumia Abu-Jamal's Radio Broadcasts - Archive
Audio
An archive of Mumia Abu-Jamal's radio essays and commentaries.
My Freedom, Your Freedom
Naecke, Diana
Film/Video
2012
Knowing nothing but drugs and violence since childhood, Kuebra and Salema have spent their adult years in and out of a Berlin prison, their experiences calling into question the effectiveness of incar...
The Native Inmate in Ontario -- A Preliminary Survey
Irvine, M.J., Ontario Native Council on Justice
Article
1978
The above study was conducted jointly by the Ontario Native Council on Justice, together with the Planning and Research Branch of the Ministry of Correctional Services in Ontario.
Native Sons
Book
1977
Nelson Mandela: The Struggle Is My Life
Book
1990
This is an updated account of Nelson Mandela's speeches and political writings from both his days as leader of the African Congress Youth League in 1944 to his release from prison in 1990. The excerpt...
Nelson Small Legs Jr. Foundation
Article
1978
A foundation set up to help native ex-offenders to integrate into society.
1976 Prisoner of Conscience Week Booklet
Article
1976
A list of 14 prisoners on conscience. Chosen for Prisoner of Conscience Week.
No Longer Barred From Prison
Culhane, Claire
Book
1991
An account of one individual's determined efforts to get inside prisons to see what is actually happening there. As her story makes clear, the penal system cannot tolerate such close scrutiny: she her...
Obama and the Boy in the Metal Box: The Incarceration of John Walker Lindh
Teitelman, Michael
Article
2010
Clemency for John Walker Lindh would open up to public scrutiny an outrageous injustice that high officials in the Bush administration deliberately perpetrated on an American citizen after the 9/11 at...
Obama's Liberty Problem: Why Indefinite Detention By Executive Order Should Scare the Hell Out of People
Quigley, Bill; Warren, Vince
Article
2010
The proposal to create a special new legal system by Executive Order will threaten the liberty of every single US citizen who is not in Guantanamo because it will damage the due process guarantees wh...
Oh! How -- German is this Revolution!
Luxemburg, Rosa
Article
1918
The existing penal system, breathing the spirit of brutal class-spirit and capitalist barbarism must be torn up by the roots. A fundamental system of prison-reform must be inaugurated immediately.
One Thousand Years of Solitude: Life in the SHU
Mariner, Joanne
Article
2012
Indefinite solitary confinement: a large-scale experiment in sensory deprivation and social isolation.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - January 22, 2017: Disobedience
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
Ultimately all power structures depend on the obedience of those over whom they rule. It helps if people believe in the legitimacy of those who wield power, but the crucial thing is obedience. Once pe...
The Oxford History of the Prison: The Practice of Punishment in Western Society
Morris, Norval; Rothman, David J. (eds.)
Book
1997
Thematic chapters explore a variety of aspects and institutions.
Penal transportation: Connexipedia Article
Article
The deporting of convicted criminals to a penal colony. Examples include transportation by France to Devil's Island and by the UK to its colonies in the Americas, from the 1610s through the American R...
The Perpetual Punitive Machine Backfires: Not Very Smart
Nader, Ralph
Article
2015
Our nation has a penchant for creating unnecessary complexity and obstacles for its people in areas such as the tax, health insurance and student debt miasmas. The prison industry adds to this with wh...
The Persecution of Pvt. Bradley Manning: A Sick Game
Lindorff, Dave
Article
2011
The torture and prolonged confinement without trial of Pvt. Manning are the tactics of a totalitarian state. They are exactly what is done in countries like China, Iran, and Burma.
Petition for the Immediate Release of all Prisoners of Conscience: 1977: Prisoners of Conscience Year
Article
1977
During 1977, Amnesty International is attempting to bring the situation of prisoners of conscience into stronger international focus. As part of this effort they are circulating a petition for which t...
The Politics of Prisons and Prisoners
Martinot, Steve
Article
2015
They are getting ready to activate another super-max prison. Like Pelican Bay, Marion, and Florence, this prison will be dedicated to holding people in solitary confinement. They say it is for "the wo...
Predicting Torture: The PATRIOT Act, Bradley Manning and Julian Assange
Van Bergen, Jennifer
Article
2010
Bradley Manning is charged with leaking classified documents to Wikileaks and faces a court martial. The conditions of his confinement are extreme, and amount to torture.
Prison Journals of a Priest revolutionary
Berrigan, Philip
Book
1970
A collection of interviews, meditations and reflections on the current American prison system from the perspectives of past and current inmates. Berrigan, a political prisoner in Connecticut, shares t...
Prison Labor: Workin' For The Man: Article in Covert Action Quarterly #54, Fall 1995
Erlich, Reese
Article
1995
Article analysing the roots of prison labour in America.
Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist
Berkman, Alexander
Book
Prison Nation: The Warehousing of America's Poor
Herivel, Tara; Wright, Paul
Book
2002
Essays on the cruelty and inhumanity of the American prison system.
Prisoner support guide
Article
2006
If you’re active in a group or campaign why not choose one or two prisoners to consistently support. Pass cards round meetings, send useful stuff, knock up a flyposter and get their case some publicit...
Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number
Timerman, Jacobo
Book
1991
The story of Timmerman's 30 months as a political prisoner under the Argentine dictatorship in the 1970s.
Prisoners of the Good Fight: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939
Geiser, Carl
Book
This book tells of the hope young Americans had to stop Hitler and Mussolini in Spain, how they were captured, and what happened to them after their capture. It reveals the amazing breaks which allowe...
Prisoners' Rights Group
Culhane, Claire
Article
1978
Prisons: A Social Crime and Failure
Goldman, Emma
Article
1917
The methods of coping with crime have no doubt undergone several changes, but mainly in a theoretic sense. In practice, society has retained the primitive motive in dealing with the offender; that is,...
Prisons Full of Innocents: The Big Lockup
Swanson, David
Article
2013
The number of convictions and the lengths of sentences has increased and some men have been wrongly convicted of crimes they simply did not commit.
Prisons in Canada
Gosselin, Luc
Book
1996
Gosselin provides a political and historical view of the prison system and its inherent contradictions. He argues that the penal system is used by the State to maintain its authority. He remarks on co...
Quaker Prison Committee: A series of reflections by Ruth Morris, director of Canadian Friends Service Committee
Morris, Ruth
Article
1977
A look at two case histories vis. the bail system and pre-trial treatment of those charged.
Race, Incarceration, and American Values
Loury, Glenn C., with Pamela Karlan, Tommie Shelby and Loïc Wacquant
Book
2008
Glenn Loury argues that the extraordinary mass incarceration rate in the USA is not a response to rising crime rates. Instead, it is the product of a decision to become a more punitive society. He con...
Release To Those In Prison
Klassen, william
Article
1978
Resistance: One Woman's Defiance in Occupied France
Humbert, Agnes; Mellor, Barbara; Blanc, Julien
Book
2008
The memoiir of a French resistance fighter and museum worker who chronicles the undergroud network of resistance in Paris during the occupation. She then chronicles her imprisonment and the slave labo...
The Return of Debtors' Prisons: Reservations for the Poor
Breyman, Steve
Article
2010
Nearly a quarter of the people spending time behind bars on Riker’s Island in 2008 - one in four inmates - were there because they didn’t have the money to pay bail on a misdemeanor charge. These unfo...
The Rise and Fall of California's Radical Prison Movement
Cummins, Eric
Book
1994
A history of California's prison movement from 1950 to 1980, highlighting the role prison reading and writing played in the creation of radical inmate ideology.
Rosa Luxemburg: Selected Political Writings
Luxemburg, Rosa (edited with an introduction by Robert Looker)
Book
1972
A selection of Rosa Luxemburg's writings which highlight her outstanding contributions to the theory and practice of revolutionary socialism.
The Rosa Luxemburg Reader
Luxemburg, Rosa. [Anderson, Kevin; Hudis, Peter (eds.)]
Book
2004
A definitive one-volume collection of Luxemburg's writings.
Salvadoran Women Respond to Violence with Community Service, Music, and Individual Efforts
Domenech, Rocio Perez; Mulholland, Lindsey
Article
2016
Outside of the peace negotiations that resound in the media and governmental organizations, one of the strongest solutions to the scourge of gang violence in El Salvador has come from individual initi...
Silvia Baraldini Wins Return Home: Against The Current vol. 81
Marotti, Maria Ornella
Article
1999
On June 11 the U.S. government agreed to a longstanding Italian request to allow political prisoner Silvia Baraldini to serve the rest of her term in her native country. The move, announced by U.S. Am...
Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II
Blackmon, Douglas A.
Book
2008
An account of how African Americans were forcibly enslaved by a corrupt legal system in the southern States, from the end of the Civil War through WWII.
The Smile of Policeman Agadi
al-Ahmed, Abdel Rahman
Article
2002
An account of the abuse of Palestinian political prisoners in the Israeli prison system.
Sofri, Adriano: Connexipedia Article
Article
Italian radical intellectual, a journalist and a writer. (Born 1942).
Solitary Confinement FAQ
Rodriguez, Sal
Article
2012
Solitary confinement is the practice of isolating inmates in closed cells for 22-24 hours a day, virtually free of human contact, for periods of time ranging from days to decades.
Texas Tough: The Rise of America's Prison Empire
Perkinson, Robert
Book
2010
A history of imprisonment, race, and politics from slavery to the present, with an emphasis on Texas, the most locked-down state in the USA.
The Threat of the Tag
Morris, Fanella
Article
Tracking anklets for convicts are not a good way to alleviate prison overcrowding.
Too Few To Count: Canadian Women in Conflict with the Law
Adelberg, Ellen; Currie, Claudia
Book
1987
Torturing the Rule of Law at Obama's Gitmo: Obama Bravely Takes on a Tortured Child Soldier
Madar, Chase
Article
2010
Give our government credit for breaking new ground: no nation has tried a child soldier for war crimes since World War II, and the decision to prosecute Khadr has drawn protests from UNICEF, headed by...
Traditional Aboriginal Spirituality Within the Prison System
Article
1984
Raises the issue of freedom of religion being denied to Native prison inmates who are not of Christian origin.
A Travesty of Justice: Why Peltier Remains in Prison: Against The Current vol. 85
Breseé, Jack
Article
2000
“It's 1999. Why is Leonard Peltier still in prison?” These words were on the huge banner behind the speakers' table for last summer's gathering of forces at Haskell Indian Nations College & Institute...
Trial of Leonard Peletier
Jim Messerschmidt
Book
1990
An examination of Peletier's role in the American Indian Movement, his struggle to protect the rights and land of his people and the history and role of the FBI. Messerschmidt traces the evolution of ...
The Unbelievable Inhumanity of Solitary Confinement And Punishment for as Little as Reading a Book
Gottesdiener, Laura
Article
2012
The majority of those in solitary confinement were given the punishment for nonviolent, low-level offenses such as having unauthorized books or disobeying an order or growing their mustaches too long.
Unruly Women: The Politics of Confinement and Resistance
Faith, Karlene
Book
1994
Investigates the ways in which women who transgress the social order are disciplined, punished, silenced and confined. Covers material from the witch hunts to contemporary discriminatory treatment of ...
The Violence of Incarceration
Scraton, Phil; McCulloch, Mude (eds.)
Book
2008
Argues that the revelations of extreme brutality perpetrated by allied soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo represent the inevitable end-product of domestic incarceration predicated on the us...
We are NOT the 'Story', It's Not Just Our 21 Kidnapped Passengers : Sources News Release
Article
2009
On June 30th 2009 Israeli Occupation Forces forcibly boarded the Free Gaza boat, SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, and kidnapped 21 human rights workers and journalists who were on their way to deliver much needed ...
A Welcome Prison Victory at Youngstown: Hunger Strike on Death Row
O'Hearn, Denis
Article
2010
Three death-sentenced men were on hunger strike in Ohio State Penitentiary on January 3 to win the same rights as others on death row in the state.
When the Prisoners Ran Walpole: A true story in the movement for prison abolition
Bissonette, Jamie
Book
2008
In the months before they took over running the Walople maximum-security facility in 1973, prisoners and outside advocates created programs that sent more prisoners home for good. This account reveals...
Why is Leonard Peltier Still in Prison? : Justice is 33 Years Overdue for America's Most Famous Political Prisoner
Bollinger, Michelle
Article
2009
Leonard Pletier is a political prisoner who has spent more than 33 years in U.S. prisons for a crime he didn't commit.
Wobblies & Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical Theory
Lynd, Staughton; Grubacic, Andrej
Book
2008
Wobblies and Zapatistas offers readers an encounter between two generations and two traditions. Staughton Lynd and Andrej Grubacic meet in dialogue in an effort to bring together the anarchist and Mar...
The World's Most Fashionable Prison
Mak, C K
Film/Video
2012
Fashion designer Puey Quinones works with inmates in a Philipine prison to teach them how to sew, work with fabrics and see their ideas go from sketch to finished product.
'Worse than Slavery': Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice
Oshinsky, David M.
Book
1997
After the abolition of slavery the white rulers of Mississippi developed a new system for keeping the ex-slaves in line: laws were passed to maintain white supremacy, including the system of convict l...
Writers in Prison
Davies, Ioan
Book
1990
An analysis of the work of imprisoned writers.

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Anarchist Black Cross
The ABC is an international organization formed to support political prisoners.
Journal of Prisoners on Prisons
The Journal of Prisoners on Prisons (JPP) is a prisoner written, academically oriented and peer reviewed, non-profit journal, based on the tradition of the penal press. It brings the knowledge produce...

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Blogger jailed for insulting leaders dies in Iran's Evin prison
Sources News Release
2009
The Committee to Protect Journalists called today for an immediate investigation into the March 18 death of an Iranian blogger imprisoned in Tehran's notorious Evin prisonâ##.
Florida School for Boys
Wikipedia article
The Florida School for Boys, also known as the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys (AGDS), was a reform school operated by the state of Florida in the panhandle town of Marianna from January 1, 1900, to ...
Four Al-Jazeera journalists arrested arbitrarily in Cairo
Sources News Release
2014
Reporters Without Borders condemns the arrests of four Al-Jazeera journalists by the Egyptian secret police in Cairo and calls for their immediate and unconditional release.
How to locate a person held in the U.S. prison or immigration detention systems
Williams, Margot
2013
Tracing the trail of prisoners incarcerated in the United States can be complicated, but the reward for patient and thorough searching is getting information that would have been much more difficult t...
Hunger-Striking Friends of Man Who Died in Immigration Custody Speak Out
Sources News Release
2015
One week after the death of a 39 year old, Abdurahman Ibrahim Hassan at the hands of Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), immigrants imprisoned without trial or charges along with their families, and...
Immigration detainees re-start hunger fast; hundreds rally outside Lindsay jail
Sources News Release
2013
Immigration detainees at the Centre East Correctional Centre, some of whom who have been indefinitely held for as long as seven years are calling for their release and an end to indefinite detention a...
Jailed immigrants begin historic boycott of Detention Reviews
Sources News Release
2014
Immigration detainees at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Central North Correctional Centre in Penetanguishene and Toronto's Metro West Detention Centre are starting a historical month...
Kids for cash scandal
Wikipedia article
The "kids for cash" scandal unfolded in 2008 over judicial kickbacks at the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA. Two judges, President Judge Mark Ciavarella and Sen...
Louisiana prisoner released after 41 years in solitary
Associated Press
2013
Herman Wallace, who is dying of cancer, endured long legal battles after his 1972 murder conviction.
Ontario finally allows Red Cross investigation of immigration jails, but deaths and indefinite imprisonment continues
Sources News Release
2014
End Immigration Detention Network welcomes the decision to allow Red Cross access to Ontario’s provincial prisons for the first time since 2008. However, the lack of any real oversight of prison con...
RSF calls for release of six journalists sentenced to life imprisonment
Sources News Release
2015
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Accord
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1982
Publication for victim offender ministries.
Bulldozer
Periodical profile published 1982
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1982
Intended as a vehicle for prison reform, Bulldozer publishes letters, poems and articles by and about prisoners in North American maximum security institutions.
Bulldozer
Periodical profile published 1984
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1984
Bulletin of the Quaker Jails and Justice Committee
Vol. 1 No. 5
Bishop, Elaine; Harkins, Kathy (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1977
Irregularly published newsletter outlining some of the current concerns and activities of the Quaker Committee.
Converse
Periodical profile published 1978
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1978
John Howard Society of Quebec, Quarterly Journal
Periodical profile published 1978
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1978
The Journal of Prisoners on Prisons
Periodical profile published 1989
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1989
Natotawin
Periodical profile published 1978
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1978
Odyssey
Periodical profile published 1983
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1983
Odyssey Newsletter
Periodical profile published 1982
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1982
The Odyssey Newsletter is published by a group of long term prisoners who "feel that prisons and the justice system in Canada must be changed through non-violent means."
Odyssey Newsletter
Periodical profile published 1984
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1984
Odyssey Newsletter
Periodical profile published 1981
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1981
This newsletter is published by "a group of prisoners who feel that prisons and the justice system in Canada can be changed by non-violent means."
Odyssey, Vol.1, No.4
Contact Dave McCauley - Periodical profile published 1979
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1979
Odyssey is a prison journal containing brief articles, reflections and poems by prisoners at Millhaven Penitentiary, as well as by a few people outside the prison.
Old City Hall Bail Project
Organization profile published 1980
Organization
1980
Quaker Committee on Jails and Justice
Organization profile published 1982
Organization
1982
QUAKER COMMITTEE ON JAILS AND JUSTICE (AQCJJ) holds, as its long-term goal, the abolition of prisons; that is the building of supportive community which has no need of prisons.
Quaker Committee on Jails and Justice
Organization profile published 1984
Organization
1984
A Quaker Committee on Jails and Justice Newsletter
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1979
A newsletter that argues against capital punishment.
Rap About Prisoners
Periodical profile published 1976
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1976
Representing people both inside and outside the prison system.
Tightwire
Vol. III, Edition 1
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1977
Tightwire
Periodical profile published 1983
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1983
Tightwire
Periodical profile published 1984
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1984
Toronto Native Times
Periodical profile published 1980
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1980
Covers a wide range of Native issues.