Skip to Content

mass incarceration

GA Poised To Greatly Expand Predatory Private Probation Industry -- Unless You Call Now

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Georgia, which already leads the nation with 1 in 13 adults in prisons, jails, court & correctional supervision of all kinds, is poised to greatly expand the private probation industry, to shield it from revealing the amounts of money and number of cases it handles, and to saddle the families of offenders with its cost. Call GA Governor Nathan Deal at 404-656-1776 and ask him to veto HB 837 which is now on his desk. Do it today.

You are missing some Flash content that should appear here! Perhaps your browser cannot display it, or maybe it did not initialise correctly.

3 Years After 2010 GA Prison Hunger Strike, Another Erupts, But Still No Organizing For Prisoners Outside the Walls

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

In December 2010 GA prisoners staged a brief strike, asking for their rights as men and human beings. They depended, and still depend on support from outside, support that is yet to be organized. How much longer will they wait?

Jim Crow Lives: The Ugly Face of Racism Behind the Bars

by Latif Lamonte

Bayside State Prison is the worst-of-the-worst, administered by the most racist guards and staff the State of New Jersey can muster. The author is one of those forced to live under Bayside’s reign of terror. “These were not just any beatings, but beatings inflicting such brutal force, that one was broken to the point of sobbing, begging for his life.”

The Living Legacy of Comrade George Jackson, September 23, 1941 – August 27, 1971

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

George Jackson was a pre-eminent organizer of prisoners who founded a Black Panther Party chapter behind the walls of San Quentin prison. In the 42 years since his death a black leadership class has emerged which is deeply complicit in the sixfold expansion of US prisons in that same period. Now, more minds and hands than ever are engaged in the project to which Jackson gave his life, the political organization of the prisoner class.

You are missing some Flash content that should appear here! Perhaps your browser cannot display it, or maybe it did not initialise correctly.

Holder & Obama Are Playing Us On Mandatory Minimums, the Drug War and Mass Incarceration

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Once or twice a year Eric Holder and/or the president discover police brutality, racial profiling, or the injustice of the drug war, or mass incarceration. Black America gets some sound bytes of “drive-by” concern, some noises about a study or a “policy change." But 55 months into the Obama administration, when we compare the prez and attorney general's words with their actions, black America looks like it's been played.  Again.

FCC To Finally Rule On Cost of Prison Phone Calls This Friday

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

A few years ago, one of my children was a federal prisoner in California, on the other side of the continent. I had a decent job, and could afford to fly out 2 or 3 times a year to visit, and we wrote. But there was no substitute for the Sunday night phone call. That weekly 15 minute call used to cost our family $90 every month. We couldn't afford it, but we paid anyway. Many families worse off than ours cannot pay at all.

NSA, DEA and Local Cops Share Information Concealed From Judges & Defendants, But No Liberal Outrage

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

For black and white liberals, a crime is only a crime when committed by Republicans. How else to explain the indifference of Obama supporters to the news that a pipeline of unknown dimensions exists connecting the NSA's vacuum cleaner surveillance of US citizens with the Drug Enforcement Administration and local cops who are directed to conceal their sources of evidence while assuring us that everything they do is perfectly legal...

You are missing some Flash content that should appear here! Perhaps your browser cannot display it, or maybe it did not initialise correctly.

Obama Administration Seeks to Keep Tens of Thousands Imprisoned Under Unfair Crack VS Powder Cocaine Penalties

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Our black political class wants to feed us outrage over the case of Trayvon Martin. But for 3 years the black press, advocacy organizations and the black political class have ignored the Obama administration's attempt to keep as many unjustly sentenced crack defendants in jail under old and unjust laws as long as possible. Why are they ignoring this, and more importantly, why are we?

Freedom Rider: Obama Fights to Keep Black People in Jail

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The Obama administration is fighting a federal court ruling that would free the remainder of the mostly Black prison inmates convicted under now-defunct, viciously racially disparate crack cocaine laws. The First Black President and his Black attorney general are determined to keep “5,000 people in jail who have no reason to be there.”

Obama-Inspired Surrender of Black Leadership Makes Real Criminal Code Reform, Mass Incarceration Rollback Unlikely

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

There's a House Judiciary Committee Task Force on Overcriminalization committed to combing through the federal code looking for ways to lock up fewer people. Should we get our hopes up, or get our fight for justice and rolling back the state on? Will the black misleadership class be any help? Probably not much. Should that stop us? Let's hope not.

What to Think Whenever You Hear "The Worst of the Worst"

A Black Agenda Radio commentatry by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

There's “military intelligence,” and “humantiarian intervention.” There's “public-private partnership” and “public charter school.” Official criminals are nothing if not proficient at inventing deceptive language to stigmatize their victims, to conceal and excuse their misdeeds.

You are missing some Flash content that should appear here! Perhaps your browser cannot display it, or maybe it did not initialise correctly.

Violence and the Prison Nation

By Against the Grain Radio

If the problem is violence against women, is the solution the criminal justice system? Many anti-violence activists look to the police, prisons, and stepped-up criminalization for help and protection.  Beth Richie says that's a misguided approach, one that feeds the buildup of the prison nation. Richie describes the contours of the prison nation and the threats it poses to women on the margins.

You are missing some Flash content that should appear here! Perhaps your browser cannot display it, or maybe it did not initialise correctly.

Eric Holder's Ploy to Divert Attention from Obama's Expanded Prisons Budget

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Attorney General Eric Holder claims to have just discovered racial disparities in prosecution and sentencing in the United States. That’s like Robert E. Lee claiming to be surprised at the existence of slavery. Holder is making noises like a prison reformer to divert attention from the fact that Obama’s budget calls for increased funding for prisons, in the midst of austerity. It’s a con game.

You are missing some Flash content that should appear here! Perhaps your browser cannot display it, or maybe it did not initialise correctly.

“Operation Ghetto Storm”: The New Face of U.S. Fascism

by Ajamu Baraka

The pace quickens in the killing of Black people in the U.S. Operation Ghetto Storm, a new report by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, clocks the rate of extrajudicial executions of African Americans at one every 28 hours – up from last year’s report titled Every Thirty-Six Hours. The murder of Blacks is integral to “the government’s overall strategy of containing the Black community in a state of perpetual colonial subjugation and exploitation.”

Political Prisoners, Mass Incarceration and What's Possible for Social Movements

by Sundiata Acoli

What can social justice movements do to resist and, ultimately, topple a state that is built on mass incarceration? The author, a political prisoner, says “at this moment it seems very possible for social movements to succeed in reducing prison populations. But any reductions under the present policy would only postpone the next incarceration binge to some more cost-efficient time.”

Syndicate content


Clicky Web Analytics
Dr. Radut