Jeffrey Havard

Jeffrey Havard fights wrongful conviction and death sentence from Mississippi’s death row

The future is uncertain for Jeffery Havard, who currently sits wrongfully convicted in solitary confinement on Mississippi’s death row, where he has remained for almost 13 years. Time is running out for prisoner L3955. Havard, 36, has been incarcerated at Parchman Penitentiary since December of 2002, when he was charged for sexually abusing and murdering his former girlfriend’s six-month-old daughter, Chloe…

Emergency Response Network

Action Alert: Emergency Response Network Alert: Help Stop Censorship in California Prisons by the CDCR

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) – @CACorrections on Twitter – has proposed extensive new censorship regulations for both incoming and outgoing prison mail. According to the CDCR’s notice: You are receiving this Notice because you provided comments or expressed an interest in receiving notice of changes to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation amendments…

Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

Corcoran SHU Prisoners Start Hunger Strike for Decent Healthcare

From Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity: Corcoran Hunger Strike On Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, three men locked inside unit 4B-1L of the Secure Housing Unit (SHU) of California State Prison-Corcoran started a hunger strike: Heshima Denham (J-38283), followed on Sept. 27 by Michael Zaharibu Dorrough (D-83611). Kambui Robinson (C-82830) will join them the following day for…

Decarcerate PA

Tomorrow: Rally in Harrisburg, PA, to demand a meaningful commutation process for people in prison

The following comes from an email update sent out today by Decarcerate PA: Join us tomorrow at the Capitol in Harrisburg at 12:00pm to demand a better commutation process for people serving life in prison. On Thursday, August 28th, the Women and Trans Prisoner Defense Committee and Decarcerate PA will hold a press conference on…

Action Alert: Stop retaliation in the Corcoran SHU

Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity (PHSS) and Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) are calling for solidarity activists to call and email California State Prison, Corcoran (Corcoran Prison) and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) authorities to demand the end to destructive and retaliatory cell searches. View the Emergency Response Alert by CURB here.

John Kiriakou

End the Retaliation Against Imprisoned CIA Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou

The following is excerpted from Firedog Lake: CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou recently resumed speaking with the press and writing his ‘Letters from Loretto’ after the Bureau of Prisons reneged on their deal to give him 9 months in a halfway house. Unfortunately, prison officials have chosen to respond with brute force: conducting surprise searches of…

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Senate Judiciary Committee to Hold Second Hearing on Solitary Confinement

The following comes from an email I recently received an email regarding the Senate Judiciary Committee’s second hearing concerning the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and jails, “Reassessing Solitary Confinement II: The Human Rights, Fiscal, and Public Safety Consequences.” (Information regarding the last hearing can be found here and here.) The hearing, to be chaired by Sen. Dick…

Action Alert: Protest disciplinary actions against California prison hunger strikers

On July 8, 2013, more than 30,000 California prisoners initiated a peaceful hunger strike in protest of the torture of long-term solitary confinement and inhumane living conditions to which they are subjected inside security housing units (SHU) throughout the state. Sixty days – and one death – later, prisoners suspended the strike. The Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity coalition has issued the following…

Action Alert: California Prison Hunger Strike

The following action alert comes from Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity: Greetings to all Pledge signers, Thank you for your support of the hunger strikers. As you may have heard, the hunger strike began in California on July 8 with 30,000 imprisoned people refusing to eat. Hundreds of media outlets have been covering this historic event.…

Action Alert: Support California Prison Hunger Strikers

The The Stop Mass Incarceration Network is calling for a day of support for the California prison hunger strikers on Friday, July 19. Details follow. Stop Prison Torture! Tens of thousands people held in horrible conditions in U.S. prisons have gone on hunger strike to say NO MORE to torture.  These prisoners have put their health and lives…

ACTION ALERT: William Van Poyck: Sentenced under false pretenses, yet scheduled to be executed in MINUTES

Sentenced under false pretenses, William Van Poyck has spent the last 26 years held in solitary on Florida’s death row for a murder he did not commit. Poyck is scheduled to be executed in minutes.  SHOW YOUR SUPPORT: TAKE ACTION! 1) Contact Florida Governor Rick Scott and tell him what you think. (850) 488-7146 (Email: Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com) 2) Sign the petition…

ACTION ALERT: Message from Lynne Stewart: Call for Compassionate Release Thursday, May 30th

May 29, 2013 | Lisa Dawson Human rights attorney Lynne Stewart remains imprisoned with terminal cancer. The following action alert was posted on her website yesterday. Please take action on Lynne’s behalf! May 28, 2013 | Justice for Lynne Stewart Dear Friends and Supporters: One month ago I made a request for compassionate release which…

NRCAT Action Alert: Please ask your Representative TODAY to attend Friday briefing on Guantanamo

Dear Friends, Congressman Jim Moran is hosting an important congressional briefing on Guantanamo this Friday at 10 AM in room B-354 of the Rayburn House Office Building.  Please call your Representative and ask him/her to attend the briefing. The hunger strike and President Obama’s recent remarks on Guantanamo present the first opportunity in years to bring attention to the…

Action Alert – Russell Maroon Shoatz: Call to demand his IMMEDIATE release from solitary confinement!

Originally posted on Free Russell Maroon Shoatz!:
Former Black Panther Russell Maroon Shoatz has been held in torturous conditions of solitary confinement in Pennsylvania prisons for the past thirty years. He has not had a serious rule violation for more than two decades. Maroon’s role as an educator, human rights defender, writer, and critical intellectual…

ACTION ALERT: CURB needs your help in reducing California’s prison population

The following action alert was issued by Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) yesterday. View the action here.  The 3 Judge Panel in charge of California’s prison population cap lawsuit issued a stinging rebuke to the Governor’s cynical evasion of responsibility. The Judges said, in no uncertain terms, that things are not improving fast enough, and…

President Obama: #CloseGitmo. TODAY is Call-In Day, as per National Religious Campaign Against Torture

April 11, 2013 | National Religious Campaign Against Torture Guantanamo Bay is a symbol of our nation’s use of torture. Closing the detention facility at Guantanamo is one of the steps needed to end U.S.-sponsored torture forever. For more on the hunger strike at Guantanamo, begun in early February 2013, see this Washington Post article. When he…