Tag Archives: prison-industrial complex

Kevin Zeese: End the injustices of mandatory sentencing: Pardon those unjustly punished

August 15, 2013

Kevin Zeese, Attorney General & Clifford Thornton, Drug Policy Administrator

Finally, after working to see the end of mandatory minimum sentencing for nearly 30 years, hearing Attorney General Holder say the obvious – that mandatory sentences don’t work, are costly, unfair and need to be ended – was welcome.  

Read more ...

Green Shadow Cabinet: We Must End Solitary Confinement Now

Speak for the voiceless: Support the Pelican Bay prisoner rights hunger strike
July 16, 2013
King Downing, President’s Commission on Corrections Reform

On July 8, 2013, incarcerated people at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison went on hunger strike against conditions of solitary confinement at the facility. The action was not new – it was part of a long history of campaigns to end the practice in the state.

Read more ...

Georgia Green Party to Gov. Deal: Investigate ‘ongoing pattern’ of inmate abuse

On The Wilder Side:

Sunflower

Image via Wikipedia

In a letter sent this morning to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, officers of the Georgia Green Party urged that he suspend five Department of Corrections employees at Telfair State Prison pending the results of an investigation into the criminal assault of January 12th on Georgia inmate Shawn Whatley.… Read more ...

Bruce A. Dixon: ‘Medical Neglect Stalks Georgia Prisons’

Bruce A. Dixon is an editor of Black Agenda Report and a member of the Georgia Green Party’s State Committee.  The following is an excerpt of his most recent piece on Black Agenda Report:

On October 16, 2007 Arnold Porter went into full cardiac arrest. He died. His pulse and breathing stopped, he had to be brought back with a combination of electric shock and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Read more ...

Nader calls for crackdown on corporate crime, reversal of so-called war on drugs

Press Release
from the Nader campaign.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8–At a news conference today Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader outlined his plan to empty prisons of non-violent drug offenders and fill them up with corporate criminals.

“Non-violent drug offenses are being over prosecuted and corporate crime is being under prosecuted,” Nader said. “The Justice Department must begin to reverse course, crank up the crackdown on corporate crime, and end the cruel and inhumane war on non-violent drug possession.”

“The criminal justice system is broken–so badly that one hardly knows where to begin describing the breakdown,” Nader said.

Read more ...

Rosa Clemente piece in U. Albany Times Union

By way of Ronald Kane Hardy at
Green Party Watch

Article about Albany Alum (and GP VP) Rosa Clemente by Mark Perry in the Times Union:

Rosa Clemente came to the University at Albany at a heady time for minority student activism.

There were demands for more students of color. Organizing.

Read more ...