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This is why coming home from prison is so difficult for so many

The US has one of the highest prisoner recidivism rates in the world: over 70% of incarcerated people who are released from prison in the US will be rearrested within five years of their release date. That is not an accident. Our system of mass incarceration sets people up to fail as they leave the […]

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Wisconsin’s prison lockdowns: No visitors, few showers, and no end in sight

Last June, the state of Wisconsin placed two correctional institutions in Green Bay and Waupun on lockdown due to concerns about overcrowding and the quality of facilities. In the ensuing months, several other Wisconsin state prisons have been affected by the lockdown, and Gov. Evers has yet to present a clear plan to end it. […]

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A prison librarian’s efforts to humanize the stories of incarcerated people

The nightmarish reality of the prison industrial complex depends on a vast array of stereotypes and tropes about incarcerated people that have proliferated through our culture. From the myth of the ‘superpredator’ to other racist and anti-poor constructions of the prisoner, the real stories and lives of the human beings trapped in the prison system […]

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‘No way a human should be’: Abolishing solitary confinement in DC

Regarded by many as a form of torture, abolishing solitary confinement has become a goal for many activists for prison reform and abolition. In Washington, DC, the End Solitary Confinement 2023 bill would seek to end the practice in District facilities by requiring incarcerated people have access to at least eight hours a day outside […]

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The 13th Amendment legalizes slavery—and many states have their own version

The 13th Amendment of the US Constitution makes an exception to the abolition of slavery in order to permit the use of “involuntary servitude” as punishment for a crime. The modern system of mass incarceration depends on this exception to justify paying millions of incarcerated people subminimum wages that many advocates say is virtually indistinguishable […]

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50 years of mass incarceration has devastated American society and countless lives

Fifty years ago, the United States embarked on a path of mass incarceration that has led to a staggering increase in the prison population. Today, almost 2 million individuals—disproportionately Black Americans—are incarcerated in our nation’s prisons and jails. The prison population has grown 500% since 1973, the year America began to sharply increase its prison […]

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For incarcerated people, the holidays are a reminder of captivity

The holiday season is a time to be spent with loved ones—yet for the nearly 2 million people incarcerated in US jails and prisons at any given time, that’s not a possibility. Rattling the Bars host Mansa Musa and TRNN Editor-In-Chief Maximillian Alvarez discuss how the holidays are experienced behind bars. Click here to watch Max’s interview […]

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Malik Rahim: Climate justice and the prisoners’ struggle go together

Malik Rahim, a former Black Panther and long-time prison and housing activist, joins Rattling the Bars to discuss the conditions faced by prisoners at the notorious Louisiana State Penitentiary, more commonly known as “Angola.” Rahim also delves into the necessity of environmental justice in the face of a future where climate collapse and fascism will come hand-in-hand. […]

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New Orleans wants to expand a city jail—these former prisoners say no

A $110 million plan to add a new mental health wing to the New Orleans Parish Jail is facing staunch opposition from formerly incarcerated people. Organized under the mantle of VOTE (Voices of the Experienced), formerly incarcerated people are leading the charge to stop the jail expansion, and they’re organizing voter power to do it. […]

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Prisons are putting trans inmates in solitary confinement rather than appropriate housing

Over 6,000 transgender individuals are estimated to be incarcerated in state and federal facilities in the US. In a penal system segregated by assigned sex at birth, prisons are quite literally designed to not respect the rights of incarcerated transgender people. Only a few special housing units for trans inmates exist in the country, with […]