Prisons

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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.
Addiction and Control
Skorodin, Morton
Article
2009
Prisons are very profitable. There are private prisons nowadays. The people that own them have, as their mission, first and foremost, the making of money. They need as many people as possible in priso...
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.
Allow the Water
Desroches, Leonard
Book
1996
The author shares his Christian vision of radical social transformation to develop a society based on the gospels of Jesus. Included are the stories of famous others who have also gone through social...
Alternatives
Article
1977
A poster, brochure, and information on jail chaplaincies and the corrections system.
American Methods: Torture and the Logic of Domination
Williams, Kristian
Book
2006
A damning audit of the US record in underwriting human rights violations around the globe and at home, and about the centrality of rape, racism, and conquest to both the state and US national culture.
Another World is Possible: Globalization and Anti-capitalism
McNally, David
Book
2002
A call-to-arms for progressive activists. McNally argues that capitalism is synonymous with imperialism and fundamentally incompatible with democracy.
Attica: The Nightmare That Never Ends
Article
2015
Today, the incarcerated population in the U.S. has mushroomed to some 2.4 million, seven times the number in 1971, not least as a result of the racist "war on drugs." The prison population grew massiv...
Barred from Prison
Culhane, Claire
Article
1979
An account of what occured inside the B.C. Penitentiary during a prison uprising in September 1976.
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...
Briefe aus dem Gefangnis
Luxemburg, Rosa
Book
1946
Business is Booming for the Prison Profiteers: The GEO Group Cashes In
Kilgore, James
Article
2012
Though GEO (formerly Wackenhut) is hardly a household name, they are a major player in the private corrections sector, combining a self righteous amorality in profiting from human misery with a ruthle...
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.
Canadian News Synthesis Project - October 1976: Volume IV Number 7
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1976
The Canadian News Synthesis Project journal presents current news coverage to show major trends in Canada and Latin America.
The Capital Punishment Debate
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1984
The death penalty make us all complicit in killing, and degrades us as a society.
The Case for Penal Abolition
West, W. Gordon and Ruth Morris, eds.
Book
2000
A collection of essays on various aspects of the penal abolition movement and its arguments.
CIA Torture Tactics Reemerge in New York Prison
Mclaughlin, Jenna
Article
2015
Over 60 inmates at New York's Clinton Correctional Facility have complained of abuse by prison guards in the wake of the June escape of convicted killers David Sweat and Richard Matt.
CIA Torture Tactics Reemerge in New York Prison
McLaughlin, Jenna
Article
2015
Over 60 inmates at New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility have complained of abuse by prison guards in the wake of the June escape of convicted killers David Sweat and Richard Matt.
Connexions: Volume 3, Number 5 - September 1978
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1978
Connexions: Volume 7, Number 1 - March 1982
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1982
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
de Cleyre, Voltairine
Article
1903
Let us have done with this savage idea of punishment, which is without wisdom. Let us work for the freedom of man from the oppressions which make criminals, and for the enlightened treatment of all th...
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.
Criminal Justiice
Bishop, Elaine
Book
1978
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). ...
Dillon, Read & Co. Inc. and the Aristocracy of Prison Profits: Six-part article
Fitts, Catherine Austin
Article
2006
Inside the Financial World, Government Agencies and their Private Contractors Lies a Hidden System of Money Laundering, Drug Trafficking and Rigged Stock Market Riches.
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.
End the Prison-Industrial Complex, Now!: A Moral and Political Crime
Urie, Rob
Article
2012
In both political and moral terms, ending this prison industrial complex system is an imperative. As in the 1950s and 1960s, we must organize, mobilize and go into the streets. The existing system is ...
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.
The Fear Factor: Stephen Harper's "Tough on Crime" Agenda
Mallea, Paula
Article
2010
This study analyses the financial and human costs of the Harper government's tough on crime agenda and concludes it is wrong-headed, expensive, and counter-productive. In fact, it will likely lead to ...
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 ...
The Fortress Economy: The Economic Role of the U. S. Prison System
Lichtenstein, Alexander C.; Kroll, Michael A.
Book
1990
The economic role of the US Prison System examined.
40 Reasons Our Jails and Prisons Are Full of Black and Poor People: It's Not Just About Crime!
Quigley, Bill
Article
2015
Quigley provides a list of reasons why the majority of prisoners in US jails are Black and poor people.
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.
G4S To End Israel Prison Contracts Following Protests
Chatterjee, Pratap
Article
2014
G4S, the Anglo-Danish security contractor, has agreed to withdraw from prison work in Israel after activists disrupted the company annual general meeting for the second year in a row. The company is a...
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.
Guantanamo North: Terrorism and the Administration of Justice in Canada
Diab, Robert
Book
2008
After September 11, 2001, Canadian governments made significant changes to the law so that non-citizens with suspected links to terrorism could be held indefinitely with no due process. The Courts hel...
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,...
History is a Weapon: Lockdown America in 22 Minutes
Parenti, Christian
Audio
2001
A talk by Christian Parenti, author of Lockdown America: Police And Prisons in the Age of Crisis, about the thirty year explosion in prisons in the United States, at the Stop The ACA(American Correcti...
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...
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.
Instead of Prisons: A Handbook for Abolitionists
Knopp, Fay Honey; Boward, Barbara; Brach, Mary Jo; Christianson, Scott; Largen, Mary Ann; et. al.
Book
1976
A Meditation on the abolition of prision system - chapters include "Demythologizing our views of prison," "Diminishing/Dismantling the Prison System," "Decarcerate," and "Excarcerate."
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 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?
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...
The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg
Luxemburg, Rosa (edited by Georg Adler, Peter Hudis, and Annelies Laschitza)
Book
1990
Blending a passionate sensibility and a steely intellect with an unshakeable commitment to revolutionary socialism, Rosa Luxemburg is one of the towering figures of the twentieth century. In this comp...
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.
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...
Memoirs of a Revolutionary 1901- 1941
Serge, Victor
Book
1943
Victor Serge, who was bron in 1890 and died in 1947, was an anarchist, a Bolshevik, a Trotskyist, and a revisionist-Marxist. Belgian by birth and upbringing, French by adoption and in literary express...
Men in Prison
Serge, Victor
Book
1931
Victor Serge's novel based on his own experiences as a politcal prisoner.
A Microcosm of the Nation - Control Unit Prisons: Out of Control
Jacobs, Ron
Article
2013
A review of 'Out of Control: A Fifteen Year Battle Against Control Unit Prisons' by Nancy Kurshan.
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...
Native Sons
Book
1977
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Alexander, Michelle
Book
2010
Argues that Jim Crow and legal racial segregation have been replaced by mass race-based incarceration as a system of social control.
The New Jim Crow: A talk
Alexander, Michelle
Article
2010
Nothing short of a broad-based social movement can address this problem. Such a movement has to be multi-racial: Latinos and women, especially women of color, are the fastest growing segment of the pr...
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 signs police state legislation
Martin, Patrick
Article
2012
Militarism and aggressive war abroad go hand in hand with authoritarianism and dictatorship at home.
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.
One Woman Army: The Life of Claire Culhane
Lowe, Mick
Book
1992
A biography of Claire Culhane, member of the Canadian Communist Party, crusader for prison abolition, and peace activist opposed to the Vietnam war.
Outsourcing racism: Bill C-31, Prison Expansion, and the Detention of Immigrants
Darwish, Amy; Latham, Graham
Article
2013
Under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, CBSA may arrest and detain a foreign national or permanent resident they deem a threat to public safety, a potential flight risk, unable to substantia...
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.
The Penal State in an Age of Crisis: Published in Monthly Review Volume 61, Number 2 - June 2009
Holleman, Hannah; McChesney, Robert W.; Foster, John Bellamy; Jonna, R. Jamil
Article
2009
We may be approaching a moment where it will be possible to open up a debate on the obscenity and absurdity of the present order and its punitive social control mechanisms. Smashing the penal state is...
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...
A Plague of Prisons: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America
Drucker, Ernest
Book
2011
Drucker sees prisons as the problem, not the solution.
The Police and Court System: Neoliberal America's Tax Collectors
Platt, Brian
Article
2015
Last week Biloxi, Mississippi became the latest city to be sued by the ACLU for running a "modern-day debtors’ prison."
Political Prisoners in the Sacrifice Zone of Empire: Mumia Abu-Jamal and Jeremy Hammond
Hayase, Nozomi
Article
2014
Recently, two cases concerning the constitutional rights of people in prison came to public light. They involve two U.S. political prisoners: Mumia Abu-Jamal who is serving a life sentence at a facili...
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...
Prison Abolition & Alternatives: Nine Perspectives for Prison Abolitionists
Article
A argument for the abolition of prisons and a discussion of alternatives.
The Prison-Industrial Complex
Schlosser, Eric
Article
1998
Correctional officials see danger in prison overcrowding. Others see opportunity. The nearly two million Americans behind bars "the majority of them nonviolent offenders" mean jobs for depressed regio...
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.
Prison organising
Article
2004
If you're struggling for a better world, there is a chance that someone you know or even you yourself could go to prison. Thousands of people have been jailed for standing up for themselves and their ...
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' 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 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...
Rampant Racism in the Criminal Justice System
Quigley, Bill
Article
2010
The biggest crime in the U.S. criminal justice system is that it is a race-based institution where African-Americans are directly targeted and punished in a much more aggressive way than white people.
The Real War on Crime: The Report of the National Criminal Justice Commission
Donziger, Steven R.
Book
1996
A thorough examination of the American criminal justice system.
Red Emma Speaks: Selected Writings and Speeches by Emma Goldman
Goldman, Emma (edited by Shulman, Alix Kates)
Book
1972
A collection of essays which provide a comprehensive view of Emma Goldman's theories and beliefs.
The Resistable Rise and Predictable Fall of the U.S. Supermax: Published in Monthly Review Volume 61, Number 6 - November 2009
Eisenman, Stephen F.
Article
2009
The modern supermax regime is an aberration in American corrections. Based upon a penitentiary model that was dismissed as unsound more than 150 years ago, it was resurrected in the late 1970s and ’80...
The Return of Commercial Prison Labour
Scherrer, Christoph and Shah, Anil
Article
2017
Prisons are seldom mentioned under the rubric of labour market institutions such as temporary work contracts or collective bargaining agreements. Yet, prisons not only employ labour but also cast a sh...
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.
The Shocking Ways the Corporate Prison Industry Games the System
Khalek, Rania
Article
2011
The United States, with just 5 percent of the world’s population, currently holds 25 percent of the world's prisoners, and for the last 30 years America’s business entrepreneurs have found a lucrative...
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.
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.
Statement of Claire Culhane, Provincial Court, New Westminster, B.C.
Article
1977
This is a statement by Claire Culhane in provincial court where she pleaded not guilty to a charge of trespassing on penitentiary land.
Stephen Harper opens door to prison privatization
Roslin, Alex
Article
2007
Whatever Harper has in mind for the prison system, one thing is for sure: There's little chance he'll unveil any plans for privatizing prisons before the next federal election. Unless Harper wins a ma...
Submission to the Sub-Committee on the Penitentiary Systems In Canada Hearings
Article
1977
A list of recommendations on how to fix certain issues in the prison system.
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.
Through the Labyrinth of Steel Doors: A Weekend in Texas
Rovics, David
Article
2012
Visiting a friend in a Texas prison.
Too Few To Count: Canadian Women in Conflict with the Law
Adelberg, Ellen; Currie, Claudia
Book
1987
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.
Treating Mental Health Patients as Criminals
Cockburn, Patrick
Unclassified
2017
The criminalisation of the mentally ill is one of the cruellest and most easily avoidable tragedies of our era.
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.
Unlocking Uncle Sam's House of Horrors: Smashing Plato's Cave
Neville, Richard
Article
2011
The effects of Wikileaks in showing the public what is really happening.
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 ...
US Justice on Trial: Why Cameron Should Tell Obama to Get Stuffed
Rodley, Yvone
Article
2011
The US justice system and extradition treaty.
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...
Violence Today: Actually Existing Barbarism
Panich, Leo; Leys, Colin (eds.)
Book
2008
Looks at violence in many contexts: violence by men against women, violence by the state in inner cities, prisons, politically motivated violence and terror and the superabundance of weapons. Reflecti...
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.
We're All Doing Time
Lozoff, Bo
Book
1985
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...
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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AK Press
AK Press is a worker-run collective that publishes and distributes radical books, visual and audio media, and other mind-altering material. We're small: a dozen people who work long hours for short mo...
Amnesty International, Canadian Section
Amnesty International is a worldwide human rights organization which works to secure the release of all prisoners of conscience, works for fair and prompt trials for all political prisoners, and works...
Amnistie internationale, Section canadienne (Francophone)
AI works for the release of prisoners of conscience, it opposes torture and capital punishment and advocates fair and early trials for all political prisoners.
Anarchist Black Cross
The ABC is an international organization formed to support political prisoners.
Bureau of Public Secrets
Articles from a Situationist perspective.
Corporate Watch
Corporate Watch is a not-for-profit co-operative providing critical information on the social and environmental impacts of corporations and capitalism. Since 1996 our research, journalism, analysis an...
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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Canada considers preventive detention in wake of Ottawa attack
Prime minister Stephen Harper says he plans to strengthen counter-terrorism efforts as parliament returns day after shooting
Ling, Justin
2014
The Canadian government indicated on Thursday that it intends to speed up proposals to toughen the country’s anti-terror laws in the wake of the attack on Parliament in Ottawa, including a measure tha...
Don Jail
Wikipedia article
The Don Jail is a former jail in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, located to the east of the Don River, on Gerrard Street East in Riverdale. The "Don Gaol" was built between 1858 and 1864, with a new wing be...
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...
Inside Halden, the most humane prison in the world
Amelia Gentleman visits Halden, the high-security jail in Norway
Gentleman, Amelia
2012
A look into the flagship prison of Norway, where recidivism after two years is only 20%, and the focus is on rehabilitation rather than punishment.
Labour camp
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
A labour camp is a simplified detention facility where inmates are forced to engage in penal labor. Labour camps have many common aspects with slavery and with prisons.
Migrant Justice Groups Call for Overhaul of Immigration Detention after Secret Red Cross Report Released
Sources News Release
2014
Migrant justice coalition the End Immigration Detention Network (EIDN) is calling for an end to maximum security imprisonment of immigrants without trial or charges after a secret Red Cross report on...
Not at liberty
Jails (and gaols), Central Prison, the Mercer Reformatory, and the Asylum
Bebout, Rick
2002
A history of prisons, reformatories, asylums and mental health facilities in Toronto and their relationship with the populace, detailing and criticizing the implications of attitudes and approaches to...
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...
Rendition ordeal raises new questions about secret trials
Fatima Bouchar's story reveals involvement of the British government
Cobain, Ian
2012
Investigative reporting on the rendition (initiated by British intelligence officers) of Libyian Islamist militants who sought to oust Muammar Gaddafi.
Rights activist arrested over tweet about prison torture
Sources News Release
2015
Reporters Without Borders condemns renewed efforts by the Bahraini authorities to censor online information, including leading human rights defender Nabeel Rajab's latest arrest on 2 April and attempt...

From the Connexions Archives

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.
Bureau of Public Secrets
Website
Articles from a Situationist perspective.
Counterpunch
Periodical profile
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Progressive U.S. website/newsletter.
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
Moratorium Committee on Prison Construction Newsletter
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1979
The Moratorium Committee on Prison Construction (MCPC) was formed in February 1978 by representatives from civil liberties associations in Quebec and Ontario. This move was a response to the federal S...
New Internationalist
Serial Publication (Periodical)
New Internationalist reports on issues of world poverty and inequality. We focus attention on the unjust relationship between the powerful and the powerless worldwide in the fight for global justice.
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."
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.
Unity
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1978