A new class-action lawsuit targets hundreds of corrections officers statewide and claims abuse to inmates at two local prisons.

“Orange Crush” Prison Unit Targeted in Illinois Abuse Lawsuit

By Stephanie Tyrpak By Randy Livingston Story Created: Mar 23, 2015 at 4:55 PM CDT             WSIL — A new class-action lawsuit targets hundreds of corrections officers statewide and claims abuse to inmates at two local prisons. Violent shakedowns allegedly happened at four prisons statewide in April and May of…

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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…

Brown speaks at a news conference to announce the Public Employee Pension Reform Act of 2012 at Ronald Reagan State Building in Los Angeles

California: New Law to Protect Jailed Youth

Under-22s No Longer Summarily Sent to Harshest Prisons (Sacramento, September 28, 2014) – California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that could prevent hundreds of young offenders from enduring rape, assault, and gang life in prison, Human Rights Watch said today. On September 27, 2014, Brown signed Assembly Bill 1276, which requires the…

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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…


A Beginning Resource Packet for California Prisoners’ Advocates

This resource packet for California prisoners’ advocates (researched and edited by members of the Pledge of Resistance and Human Rights Pen Pal Programs, projects of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition) comes from the website of Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity. According to PHSS: This packet is intended to be a resource to help folks involved in…


Cruel and Unusual Punishment: The Shame of Three Strikes Laws

March 27, 2013 | Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone While Wall Street crooks walk, thousands sit in California prisons for life over crimes as trivial as stealing socks On July 15th, 1995, in the quiet Southern California city of Whittier, a 33-year-old black man named Curtis Wilkerson got up from a booth at McDonald’s, walked into a nearby mall and,…