The United States already has a long, dark history of prison labor. The federal prisons system operates some 53 factories around the U.S. that produced about $500 million worth of clothing, electronics, furniture and other goods in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30.
In “13th”, the director of “Selma” draws a line from Appomattox through convict leasing, through lynch law, through the Southern strategy, through mass incarceration, through the commodification of black bodies and black misery by private prison entrepreneurs.
New York (AFP) — Young detainees are subject to systemic violence and violation of their constitutional rights at Rikers Island prison in New York City, a study released Monday found. “The investigation, which focused on use of force by staff, inmate-on-inmate violence, and use of punitive segregation during the period 2011-2013, concluded that there is […]
By Steve Mills, Chicago Tribune CHICAGO — A Cook County judge on Tuesday threw out the convictions of two men who spent close to 15 years in state prison for their alleged roles as lookouts in a double murder, bringing to a close a controversial case that hinged on a series of confessions that turned […]