Rattling the Bars, hosted by former Black Panther and political prisoner Marshall “Eddie” Conway, 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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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.

Why are so many LGBTQ people incarcerated in the US?

At least 40% of people incarcerated in American women’s prisons today identify as LGBTQ, and that’s actually a low estimate. The policing of LGBTQ people is baked into the prison-industrial complex.

Revolt against the carceral world

TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway joins a blockbuster panel of scholars and activists to discuss the origins, functions, and methods for combating the monstrous reach of our carceral system.

How Maryland prisoners took on the governor

Maryland was one of only three states that gave the governor the power to veto parole recommendations. Thanks to the work of Walter Lomax and other current and former inmates, that changed last year.

Why US prisons don’t want prisoners to read

As one of the many calculated cruelties that define the US prison-industrial complex, the long assault on prisoners’ ability to read books while incarcerated is sinister, inhumane, and must be stopped.


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