The Fight Against Criminalization and Repression under the Guise of COVID-19

  Due to COVID19, the prison has us coming out for phones, showers, kiosks, meals and recreation in cohorts of 21 or 22 cells (roughly 38 prisoners per cohort). Initially, we were in cohorts of 5 cells with 45 minutes per cohort. Now we are in phase two. The problem is that while the cohort … Continue reading The Fight Against Criminalization and Repression under the Guise of COVID-19

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

Addressing Harm and Accountability in Spite of the Carceral State: #2

Questions for Prison Activists Scenario #2 So, a queer friend here has a bad gambling habit. He gets into debt and into trouble with the people he owes. He moved onto my block, and a guy who is known for targeting white and biracial, smaller prisoners for sex reeled him in. This guy would loan … Continue reading Addressing Harm and Accountability in Spite of the Carceral State: #2

On Mail Censorship in Pennsylvania: Some Concerns

Last fall, after officers made unsubstantiated claims of illness through contact with prisoner mail, the PA DOC enacted an onerous mail policy that has severely limited prisoners' ability to communicate with and learn about the outside world. The new policy prohibits letters, photos, cards and all publications from being sent directly to prisoners in Pennsylvania. … Continue reading On Mail Censorship in Pennsylvania: Some Concerns

Smithfield’s so-called “Violence Reduction Strategy”

Stevie's take on Smithfield's latest repressive policy, followed by two statements from SASS and the 9971 Study Groups On May 15, 2019 | SCI-Smithfield implemented the "violence reduction strategy." Much like the failed and derided sentencing enhancements that were supposed to reduce crime, the new strategy increases punishment for certain violent acts by prisoners. Note, … Continue reading Smithfield’s so-called “Violence Reduction Strategy”