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The prison system isn’t ‘broken’—it’s designed to traumatize Black people en masse

The lived reality of the racist prison system can get lost in the swirl of facts and figures surrounding mass incarceration. Frigid cells in winters and sweltering conditions in summers; the volatility and capriciousness of hostile guards and correctional staff; food barely fit for human consumption; isolation from one’s community and deprivation from the routines […]

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Navigating the Deadly Maze of the Prison Industrial Complex

“Dorsey Nunn @LSPC_ #cahungerstrike #solitary #pbhungerstrike #StopTheTortureCA” by Steve Rhodes is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. Click to subscribe on: Apple / Spotify / Amazon / YouTube / Rumble It was daunting for a 140-pound 19-year-old, who had not yet had to shave, to be entering an American prison with a life sentence, especially when the system has no interest in rehabilitating you or helping you reintegrate into […]

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‘FreeHer’ activists demand Biden release incarcerated women and girls ahead of Mother’s Day

On April 24, activists from the around the country converged on Washington for the 10th anniversary march of the FreeHer campaign, a national movement against the prison industrial complex, focused on the release of incarcerated women and girls. Despite campaign promises to free 100 women in his first 100 days in office, the Biden administration’s record […]

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‘Help us to get better’: Maryland is failing women released from prison

Critics of the prison industrial complex have long noted the system’s failure to properly rehabilitate those who are locked away in its bowels. Christina Merryman and Ameena Deramous return to Rattling the Bars for the second part of a two-part interview on the reality facing prisoners in Maryland’s only women’s correctional facility. Studio Production: David HebdenPost-Production: Cameron Granadino Transcript […]

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The ‘Women’s Cut’—Maryland’s only women’s prison

For decades, prisoners’ rights advocates have called on the State of Maryland to address its flagrant discrimination against prisoners housed in the state’s sole women’s prison. As The Real News has previously reported, conditions in the Maryland Correctional Institute for Women are akin to “torture,” and the lack of resources and services dedicated to incarcerated women amounts […]

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‘Second look’ bills offer a chance at freedom to longtime prisoners

The system of mass incarceration in the US offers few second chances to prisoners, and Maryland is no exception. As The Real News has previously reported, the state’s parole system puts incarcerated people at the mercy of an inefficient, capricious process that is unlikely to deliver a speedy release for many. Now, a new bill in the […]