prisons

Former child detention center staff speaks out: “This is Legalized Kidnapping”

Recently, It’s Going Down was approached about publishing a testimony by a former Child Detention Center staff employee, Ramona Benitez. Their report details what they saw during several years inside one of the facilities operated by a non-profit currently running a child prison in Chicago: the Heartland Alliance. What follows is their story.

North Carolina hunger strikers thank supporters after winning concessions

Last week, the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) put out a call to participate in a phone zap campaign in support of a hunger strike to win better conditions at the Scotland Correctional Institution in North Carolina. What follows is a message from one of the hunger strikers thanking people for taking part in the action.

A Look Inside Solitary Confinement in Texas: The Legal Practice of Mental and Psychological Torture from the War on Terror to the War on Prisoners

Revolutionary prisoner Jason Renard Walker writes on the practice of solitary confinement. Content warning for discussion of self-harm and related subjects. All of Jason's writings can be found at his new site, Jason's Prison Journal.

Still in Solidarity from Solitary: Message From Inside Suwannee Correctional Institution

Incarcerated Fellow Worker Ezzial Williams speaks out from solitary confinement. Ezzial is serving 18 months Close Management for 'inciting a riot' in the weeks leading up to the August 21st 2018 nationwide prison strike. This article previously appeared in the Industrial Worker.

Thanatocracy

Midnight Notes on capital punishment and its liberal supporters.

Heat-related conditions at the Allred Unit are cruel and unusual

Imprisoned writer Jason Renard Walker reports on the extreme heat conditions that come with summer in the Texas prison system, and how the administration turns a blind eye.

1953: Uprising at the Norilisk Labour Camp

Monument to victims of Gulag in Norilsk

Account of a mass strike by inmates at the Norilag Gulag against executions and enforced labour.

100 Inmates in Shakopee, Minnesota, Wear Blue to Support Demands Made by LGBTQ Prisoners

Inside Shakopee Prison on Saturday 25th June, prisoners wore blue - the only color they can wear without getting in trouble - to protest in favor of changes demanded by LGBTQ prisoners. This story was first published by the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee.