Betrayal at Attica: NY Violently Crushed Attica Prison Uprising Amid Negotiations, Then Covered It Up

On the 50th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising, we look at the cover-up that began immediately after New York state police stormed the prison and opened fire, killing 29 inmates and 10 hostages. David Rothenberg, a member of the Attica Observers Committee brought into Attica to help negotiate a peaceful resolution, says the prison was “an institution that only knew how to run by punishment,” laying the groundwork for the uprising. “The event itself is almost a microscopic view of the failure of our criminal justice system and our prison system,” says Rothenberg. We also speak with filmmaker Michael Hull, director of the new HBO Max documentary…

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Campaigners are calling for ‘racist’ prison officers at HMP Full Sutton to be fired

Support us and go ad-freeContent warning – this article contains references to racism, violence, and sexual violence inside the prison system Prison abolition campaigners are calling for six prison officers at HMP Full Sutton to be fired, after a series of alleged racist attacks on prisoners at the prison. Campaign group Anti-Carceral Solidarity tweeted:   📢📢Action Alert: HMP Full Sutton📢📢CW: Racist and islamophobic state violence. OFFICERS RESPONSIBLE FOR RACIST VIOLENCE IDENTIFIED Racist & Islamophobic state violence has continued with impunity in the segregation unit (seg) at @HMPFullSutton pic.twitter.com/3D7qOy2Ze7 Read on...Support us and go ad-free — Anti-Carceral Solidarity (@AntiCarceral) July 20, 2021 The Canary has reported on the repeated…

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Calls Grow for Biden to Close Guantánamo Military Prison as U.S. Sanctions Cuba over Human Rights

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.As the United States imposes new Cuba sanctions, citing human rights abuses, we look at the U.S. military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, a notorious gulag that President Biden himself has called an “advertisement for creating terror.” This month, the first Guantánamo Bay prisoner to be released under the Biden administration, ​​Abdul Latif Nasser, returned to his home country of Morocco after nearly two decades of being held without charge even though he was cleared for release in 2016. There are 39 other prisoners still at Guantánamo, nearly two decades after the start of the U.S.…

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Prison protest demands an end to discrimination against John Paul Wootton

Support us and go ad-freeOn Sunday 18 July, members of the Wootton family, supported by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) trade union, held a protest at Maghaberry Prison. They did so to highlight the “ongoing discrimination directed at their son, John Paul Wootton”. As reported by The Canary, Wootton is one of the Craigavon Two. Both he and Brendan McConville have been in prison for 12 years for the killing of PSNI constable Stephen Carroll. They claim they’re innocent and they’ve suffered a miscarriage of justice. Discrimination on the inside At the protest, Wootton’s mother delivered a letter of protest to the prison governor. Wootton’s family…

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“Gulag of Our Time”: Amnesty International Calls on Biden Admin to Shut Down Guantánamo Bay Prison

Fifty-six-year-old Abdul Latif Nasser is the first Guantánamo Bay prisoner to be released under the Biden administration. He was imprisoned for nearly two decades without charge and had been cleared for release since 2016. Thirty-nine prisoners remain at Guantánamo. “Legally speaking, morally speaking, that space that has been created has no significance other than the harm it is placing on people,” says Agnès Callamard, secretary general of Amnesty International. Source link

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Coronavirus outbreak hits Scottish prison

Support us and go ad-freeAn outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19) has hit a Scottish prison, with nearly 100 inmates affected so far. Outbreak Some 97 prisoners at HMP Perth tested positive for the virus forcing everyone living there to isolate while mass testing gets under way, the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) said. Inmates will not have access to courts, lawyers and family visits, and they can’t use the gym. But they will be allowed fresh air and showers as well as use of mobile phones, the SPS added. The service said a “significant number” of affected prisoners did not have symptoms. HMP Perth holds an average of 678 prisoners…

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Prison officers are alleged to have carried out another vicious attack on a Black Muslim prisoner

Support us and go ad-freeContent warning – this article contains references to racism, violence, and sexual violence inside the prison system Another report has emerged of a Black Muslim prisoner assaulted by prison officers at HMP Full Sutton in Yorkshire. This time the attack is alleged to have occurred in the presence of a prison security governor. Grassroots group Anti-Carceral Solidarity tweeted that this was the fourth attack on a Black man at the prison in just three months. CW for Racism; Islamophobia; Sexual Violence; and State Violence in thread. Racist & Islamophobic state violence is continuing with impunity in the segregation unit (seg) at @HMPFullSutton. In the last…

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We must support those facing prison for standing up against the Police Bill

Support us and go ad-freeAs the authoritarian Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill passes its third reading in the Commons, we need to defend those who fought against it. Back in March, in the aftermath of the bill’s second Commons reading, police viciously attacked those participating in a Kill the Bill demonstration outside Bristol’s Bridewell Police station. Mounted officers charged the crowd with batons flying. The crowd defended themselves, and by the end of the evening police vehicles had been set on fire. The police and the government have been out for blood ever since. Those who fought the police have been labelled thugs, and their ‘wanted’ photographs…

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Campaigners are calling for action to stop the government’s new mega prison in Lancashire

Support us and go ad-freeContent Warning – this article includes references to imprisonment and suicide The Ministry of Justice recently announced that it plans to go ahead with a consultation over whether to build a new mega prison in Chorley. According to UK research group Corporate Watch: The government has announced plans to build a new mega prison in Chorley, Lancashire. It will be huge, locking up more than 1715 people. It is part of a wave of prison expansion… …The site is owned by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and sits next to two existing prisons, HMP Garth and HMP Wymott. It is close to Chorley, Leyland,…

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NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner Released from Prison as Family Pushes Biden to Pardon Her

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: The former National Security Agency contractor Reality Winner was released from prison Monday. She was arrested in 2017, sentenced to five years in prison under the Espionage Act for leaking classified government information. She worked at Fort Gordon in Georgia as a contractor with Pluribus International, when federal law enforcement agents raided her house after determining she had given reporters at The Intercept a secret document about Russian interference in the 2016 election Prosecutors told The New York Times she got the longest sentence ever given by a federal court for unauthorized disclosure of…

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