Since Sandra Bland’s death July 13, 2015 over 810 people have died in Jail. That’s not including inmates who died in prison, and not including numbers from jails who keep data private. Last July five Black women were found dead in jails
Police have killed 629 people this year, the last person was killed yesterday.
Winston Churchill left an apology letter
on his bed before escaping a prison that
"I have the honour to inform you
that as I do not consider that your
Government have any right to detain me
as a military prisoner, I have decided to
escape from your custody. I have every
confidence in the arrangements I have
made with my friends outside, and I do
not therefore expect to have another
opportunity of seeing you.“
He went on:
“I therefore take this occasion to observe that I consider your treatment of prisoners is correct and humane, and that I see no grounds for complaint. When U return to the British lines I will make a public statement to this effect. I have also to thank you personally for your civility to me, and to express the hope that we may meet again at Pretoria before very long, and under different circumstances. Regretting that I am unable to bid you a more ceremonious or a personal farewell,
A transgender woman of color incarcerated in San Francisco County Jail has refused to eat for 37 days — and plans to continue her hunger strike until she is housed with women. Athena Cadence, 29, a trans woman of color and a U.S. combat veteran, was arrested last November for misdemeanor assault, according to S.F. Weekly. She is currently being held in a private cell away from other inmates — and has not eaten since June 1.
Transgender Law Center staff attorney Shawn Meerkamper is in regular contact with Cadence and is helping to monitor her general well-being.
“[She is] remarkably strong and clear-headed, given how long she’s gone without food,” Meerkamper, who uses the gender-neutral pronouns they/them, told The Advocate.
Al Capone’s prison cell, at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Capone spent about nine months here on a weapons charge, starting in May of 1929. Eastern State Penitentiary closed in 1971.
As a former chairwoman of the Black Panther Party, Elaine Brown is no stranger to radical ideas. The 72-year-old has been an advocate on behalf of prisoners for many years. And now she’s determined to transform a vacant lot in West Oakland, California into a thriving urban farm business that employs former offenders.
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President Obama on Monday announced a ban on solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in the federal prison system, saying the practice is overused and has the potential for devastating psychological consequences.