Photo from Grassroots Leadership
17 Jan 2018

Immigrant Woman Attempts Suicide At Detention Center After Facing Punishment For Avoiding Guard Who Sexually Abused Her

A twenty-three year-old immigrant woman from El Salvador attempted suicide at a private immigration detention center in Texas after learning she may face punishment for avoiding a guard who sexually abused her and still works at the facility. Laura Monterrosa ingested “51 pain pills that were left in her possession by

11 Jan 2018

Movement Against Prison Slavery Ramps Up With Operation PUSH In Florida

Organizers, including one incarcerated individual, outline plans for Operation PUSH, which will involve refusing to work in multiple prisons in Florida.

Mariame Kaba
05 Jan 2018

Beyond Prisons—Episode 19: Hope Is A Discipline feat. Mariame Kaba

Mariame Kaba discusses youth detention and Bresha Meadows, surviving abuse, prison abolition, and what books are on her reading shelf.

15 Dec 2017

Justice Department Has No Idea If Their Alternatives To Incarceration Work

The Justice Department is not evaluating the performance of pretrial diversion programs, residential re-entry centers, and home confinement, according to congressional testimony from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Under President Barack Obama administration, the Justice Department sought to reduce booming federal prison populations by providing alternatives to incarceration for people

14 Dec 2017

Widespread Detainee Abuse At ICE Prisons Confirmed By Inspector General Report

The inspector general for the Homeland Security Department conducted unannounced inspections of six immigrant detention facilities overseen by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It uncovered glaring examples of detainee abuse and mistreatment at four of the facilities. Inspections were conducted in response to complaints from immigrant rights groups, as well

12 Dec 2017

Beyond Prisons—Episode 18: The End Of Policing feat. Alex Vitale

Professor Alex S. Vitale discusses his book, “The End Of Policing,” which provides a historical analysis of law enforcement and police reform, and argues for alternatives.

Crime Analyst Jeff Asher. Photo via Twitter.
11 Dec 2017

Crime Analyst And FiveThirtyEight Commentator Concealed Law Enforcement Employment

Jeff Asher, a New Orleans-based crime analyst who contributes to FiveThirtyEight, has not disclosed his employment with local police.

06 Dec 2017

FBI Intervenes In Sexual Abuse Investigation At Texas Immigrant Detention Center

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations of detainee sexual abuse by guards at a for-profit immigrant detention center in Texas. At a press conference on December 4, advocates with Grassroots Leadership, an Austin-based immigrant rights organization, announced the FBI had taken over the investigation at the T.

30 Nov 2017

Cibola Immigration Detention Facility Is Trump Administration’s Model For Isolating Refugees

Christopher, a young Congolese asylum seeker, was detained at the Cibola County Correctional Center, which is a prison in rural New Mexico operated by CoreCivic. He endured health issues, experienced isolation because he doesn’t speak a commonly spoken language, struggled to find a lawyer, and had his asylum application denied

Dr. Breea Willingham
30 Nov 2017

Beyond Prisons—Episode 17: Prison Workshops feat. Dr. Breea Willingham

Dr. Breea Willingham discusses her prison research, her writing workshops with incarcerated women, and her experiences as someone with family directly impacted by the system.