06 May 2020

As COVID-19 Spreads Through Prisons, Officials Use Solitary Confinement To Silence Protests

*The following was originally published at Solitary Watch. In early April, as reports of deaths from COVID-19 began to emerge from U.S. prisons and jails, Aaron Campell posted a desperate 20-minute Facebook Live video shot using a contraband cell phone. The video showed sick people gasping and coughing on his

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Governor Andrew Cuomo. Credit: NY State Government.
01 May 2020

New York Is Denying Incarcerated Women Food, Says Grassroots Coalition

Incarcerated women at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility say they are being denied food, according to Survived and Punished New York.

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Dr. Johanna Fernández
24 Apr 2020

Beyond Prisons: COVID-19 Hoax Against Mumia Abu-Jamal Supporters feat. Johanna Fernández

Dr. Johanna Fernández joins the Beyond Prisons podcast to discuss a hoax on supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who were told he was hospitalized for COVID-19.

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Soledad State Prison (CDCR).
21 Apr 2020

Beyond Prisons: COVID-19 Dispatch From California Prison

“Alice,” whose husband is incarcerated in California, joins Beyond Prisons to discuss how California prison officials are handling COVID-19.

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Photo by CDC on Unsplash
17 Apr 2020

Beyond Prisons: COVID-19 Dispatch From Pennsylvania Prison

Ellis Maxwell shares a conversation they had with Charles Boyd, who is incarcerated at SCI-Phoenix in Pennsylvania, about COVID-19 behind bars.

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Incarcerated abolitionist Stevie Wilson. (CREDIT: Stevie Wilson).
14 Apr 2020

Incarcerated Abolitionist Stephen Wilson On Hunger Strike Against Retaliation For Speaking Out About COVID-19

Incarcerated abolitionist Stephen Wilson began a hunger strike to protest retaliation he faced for speaking out about COVID-19 behind bars in Pennsylvania. 

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Strawberry Hampton. (Photo by Strawberry Hampton)
10 Apr 2020

Strawberry Hampton Argues Reincarceration Was Retaliation For Reporting Sexual Abuse

Strawberry Hampton claims her reincarceration was part of a larger state-run retaliation campaign to silence her for reporting repeated abuse.

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07 Apr 2020

Released From Rikers Island, NYU Student Speaks Out About COVID-19

Writer, artist, and NYU student Jose Díaz shares his experience of being arrested and imprisoned on a technical violation during the COVID-19 crisis. 

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Cook County Jail (via Shadowproof)
07 Apr 2020

Detainees Sue As Cook County Jail Becomes One Of Biggest COVID-19 Clusters In United States

Cook County Jail detainees file a class action lawsuit alleging officials “failed in [their] constitutional responsibility” to “provide reasonable protection” against COVID-19.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Source: https://www.chicago.gov/content/dam/city/sites/chi-step-summit/STEP%20Summit%20Recap%20Report%20Final.pdf
24 Mar 2020

Chicago Mayor Pressures Judge To Release Fewer Detainees As Coronavirus Spreads In Cook County Jail

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot and other mayors pressured a judge to be more discriminatory when deciding which detainees to release as coronavirus spreads.

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