RATTLING THE BARS

Rattling the Bars, co-hosted by former Black Panthers and political prisoners Marshall “Eddie” Conway and Charles Hopkins, better known as Mansa Musa, puts the voices of the people most harmed by our system of mass incarceration at the center of our reporting on the fight to end it.

Rattling the Bars offers an honest look at the lives of prisoners, returning citizens, their families, and their communities. With Rattling the Bars, by presenting hard data and real-life stories, we examine and seek to shift public opinion around the misconception that incarceration, punishment, and increased policing make cities safer—the truth of which has been disproven by countless studies. The series examines the history and root causes of the current so-called justice system. It showcases individuals and communities nationwide who are grappling with real solutions to problems created by the prison-industrial complex.

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It’s time to legalize marijuana

Uneven and contradictory cannabis laws are disproportionately used to lock up the poor and people of color. It’s time for federal intervention.

San Quentin Prison is a COVID deathtrap

California is regularly testing and quarantining prisoners at San Quentin, but prisoners say the policy isn’t enough to overcome atrocious sanitation and overcrowding.

Alabama prison strike enters seventh day

Incarcerated workers at all major prison facilities in Alabama are on strike against poor living conditions, violence from guards, and draconian state parole and sentencing laws.

New York prisons ban care packages containing food

New York state’s new regulations are forcing families to buy third-party care packages from pre-approved vendors. Families say the new policy is “retaliation” and a way to squeeze more profits from incarcerated people and their loved ones.

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