23 May 2022

Despite Worsening Opioid Crisis, Many Jails And Prisons Remain Opposed To Treatment Medications

Three drugs are approved by the FDA for opioid use disorder yet are treated as dangerous contraband in most jails and prisons. (NC Dept of Public Safety on Flickr)

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"Hand in Hand" (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)
20 Apr 2022

In Era Of Overlapping Crises, Drug-User Organizers Share Lessons Learned Fighting Abandonment

The skills and experience drug-user organizers have built over decades are increasingly relevant for grave new contexts.

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22 Feb 2022

In Riverside County Jails, Organizing Against Repressive Conditions Takes Many Forms

People incarcerated in Riverside County jails engage in many forms of resistance against repression, from hunger strikes to lawsuits and beyond.

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Creative Commons Photo via Ichigo121212 on Pixabay (source: https://pixabay.com/en/prison-prison-cell-jail-crime-553836/)
10 Dec 2021

As COVID-19 Raged, Incarcerated Journalists Fought Isolation And Illness To Expose Abusive Conditions

In 2020, Empowerment Avenue launched as a collaborative writing program to connect incarcerated writers with outside journalists and editors.

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27 Oct 2021

In San Quentin, COVID-19 Prevention No Match For Crowded And Poorly Ventilated Housing

Since COVID-19 wreaked havoc inside California’s prisons, conditions that helped the virus spread have been left unaddressed.

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04 Oct 2021

Massachusetts Chief of Police Sends Racist Emails to Town Officials, Keeps Job

“I couldn’t resist!!!” That’s the last line of a particularly racist email sent by Leyden, Massachusetts Police Chief Daniel Galvis to town officials and fellow officers on March 8, 2016. The email, a chain forward called “FW: How Is Tarzan Doing?” ends with the noble savage telling a nameless third

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29 Sep 2021

At San Quentin, Incarcerated People Organize For Safety As Prison Transfers Spread COVID-19

Adamu Chan remembers how it felt to be trapped in San Quentin as COVID-19 spread and how #StopSanQuentinOutbreak helped him get free.

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NYPD officers on cell phones. Photo by Elvert Barnes on Flickr.
12 Aug 2021

Abolishing Police Surveillance In NYC: Will Transparency Help Or Make It Harder?

New York City implemented a police surveillance transparency law, but activists are divided on if it helps or hurts their cause.

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"Prisoner" by Jared Rodriguez / Truthout via Flickr.
10 Aug 2021

Jailhouse Lawyers Take On COVID-19 Where Prisons Won’t

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, jailhouse lawyers have struggled for safety measures, and against restrictions on privileges and mobility.

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28 Jul 2021

In New York City, New Jails Threaten Dreams For True Community Spaces and Restorative Architecture

Bronx residents welcome the closure of Rikers but are worried plans for new jails will compromise dreams for truly community-created spaces.

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