Security Does Not Mean Safety: #1

As an incarcerated penal abolitionist, I’m often asked by other prisoners: what do we do about murderers and rapists? When this happens, I acknowledge the fears that people convicted of these crimes might harm others, but I ask the questioner what their real concern is. Invariably and resoundingly, it’s safety—for themselves and their loved ones. … Continue reading Security Does Not Mean Safety: #1

Terrifying Assault on our Comrade at SCI-Smithfield ~ PHONE ZAP NEEDED

Yesterday at 12pm, Andre Logan, PA DOC # LM3820, was assaulted by two officers outside of the chow hall at SCI-Smithfield. The officers used excessive force on Andre because his shirttail was untucked. Andre suffered a fractured nose after having his face slammed into a glass window and then slammed to the concrete ground in … Continue reading Terrifying Assault on our Comrade at SCI-Smithfield ~ PHONE ZAP NEEDED

Community Book Review: Care Work

After numerous conversations with friends about what I call the "internal work" of abolition (emotional healing and growth, character-building, interpersonal skill development, etc.) and self-care, my good friend Charlotte Pope sent me Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha's CARE WORK. I wanted to read a text that related the struggles and resiliency strategies of others in the movement. … Continue reading Community Book Review: Care Work

Nondistribution: Changes in the Tactics of Prison Censorship

Because a learned prisoner is an affront to the PIC, the PA DOC will stop at nothing to suppress prisoners' efforts to connect with the outside world. Last fall, it enacted an onerous mail policy that banned all publications. After much backlash, it modified the policy. The PA DOC would have the public believe that … Continue reading Nondistribution: Changes in the Tactics of Prison Censorship