Tension in Greek prisons

Amidst deteriorating conditions and harsher regulations anger boiled over this week as a prison guard and prisoner were killed in Malandrino prison.

Hunger strikes in corporate immigrant prisons in the United States

Northwest Detention Center

Detainees at the privately-owned Northwest Detention Center in the United States are on a hunger strike against bad treatment and deportations.

Punishing the poor: The neoliberal government of social insecurity - Loïc Wacquant

As well as serving an economic function, Loïc Wacquant argues that the transformation from welfare to mass incarceration and prison/workfare is an exercise in statecraft; with the disappearance of the 'ghetto', a way of re-establishing subjugation along class, gender and racial lines.

Black and White and Dead All Over: The Lucasville Insurrection - Staughton Lynd

In April 1993, an inmate rebellion broke out at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF) in Lucasville, Ohio, near Cincinnati. Nine prisoners and one correctional officer were killed during the 11-day uprising. In court proceedings following the end of the riot, five inmates were sentenced to death and are presently on death row at Mansfield Correctional Institution. They are: Siddique Abdullah Hasan (formerly known as Carlos Sanders), Namir Abdul Mateen (formerly known as James Were), Keith Lamar, Jason Robb, and George Skatzes. Hasan, Mateen, and Lamar are black. Hasan and Mateen are Sunni Muslims. Robb and Skatzes are white and are members of the Aryan Brotherhood.

A Palestinian woman in prison - Laila al-Hamdani

A fascinating, moving and, at times, harrowing first-hand account of life as a Palestinian female political prisoner in Israel, the conflicts and relationships between inmates - both Jewish and Arab - and the struggles against prison authorities.

Trigger warning: contains discussion of prison violence, rape and torture.

Pussy Riot: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is ‘missing’ in the Russian Gulag system

During a prison transfer on October 21st, Pussy Riot member, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, was ‘ghosted’ away to an unknown destination. The Russian authorities are refusing to tell her husband, family, or lawyer what has happened to her or where she is being held. It is now 15 days since anyone had any contact with Nadezhda.

Not forgotten, then or now. Review: book of Russian anarchist prisoner support bulletins keeps their memory alive

The Kate Sharpley Library and Alexander Berkman Social Club collectives have recently produced a beautiful book containing complete facsimile reprints of the Bulletin of the Joint Committee for the Defense of Revolutionists Imprisoned in Russia, and the Bulletin of the Relief Fund of the International Working Men’s Association for Anarchists and Anarcho-Syndicalists Imprisoned or Exiled in Russia, which were originally published from 1923-1931.

Prisoner sent to solitary confinement for possessing anarchist literature

A prisoner at Pontiac Correctional Centre, Mark Neiweem, has been sent into solitary confinement for possessing literature from the Anarchist Black Cross, and for writing essays on the prison industrial complex. Following a disciplinary hearing – at which he was denied a lawyer – he was given six months in solitary for possessing ‘gang related material’ (anarchist symbols), and for possessing ‘written materials material that presents a serious threat to the safety and security of persons or the facility.’

August 12, 1937: Killing day at Tobolsk

Tobolsk Prison

A short account of the state murder of Russian anarchists in 1937.

Georgia inmates beaten with hammers during 2010 prisoners' strike - new video released

Image created to commemorate the 2010 Georgia prisoners' strike

New video evidence has been publicly released showing Georgia prison guards beating inmates with a "hammer-like object" in the aftermath of the 2010 prisoner's strike against forced labour. The strike was one of the largest in US history and was met with violent repression.

Trigger warning: footage and descriptions of violence, images of injuries