RATTLING THE BARS
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.
A recent study from Texas A&M University found many prisoners fear the heat will kill them. Authorities are doing little to provide relief.
Prison doctors say the lifelong revolutionary, healer, and stepfather of Tupac Shakur has less than six months to live. Organizers are making a final push to secure his compassionate release.
A new state law nullifies good behavior credits for early release earned by some inmates over decades of time served. Families that were on the verge of being reunited say it’s a devastating blow.
In a special crossover episode, Chris Hedges joins Mansa Musa on Rattling the Bars to discuss his new book, “Our Class: Trauma and Transformation in an American Prison.”
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.
“Atiba” Demetrius Brown is taking correspondence courses while incarcerated in Maryland, but because of a new decree by the Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services, he can’t take his exams.
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.
Family reunification after incarceration is a vital step in re-entering society, but for many mothers in prison, connections to family are cut off, causing irreparable damage to everyone involved.
Combined with the fact that many prison and jail facilities are built on hazardous sites, the environmental pollution caused by these facilities is a disaster for everyone in and around them.
Imprisoned during the 2014 Ferguson uprisings, Eric King and his advocates say he has been targeted and ‘tortured’ by the state, including assaults from prison guards and white supremacist gangs.
Everyone knows prison food is bad, but it’s even worse than you think, and the damage it does to incarcerated people’s health lingers long after they’ve served their time.
“Shock” camps take a military-discipline approach to “treating” inmates recovering from drug and alcohol abuse. There’s a reason they’re closing down.
We write to you today to ask for your prayers and support for our beloved Marshall “Eddie” Conway, who has fallen ill over the past few weeks.
More and more services in prisons are being taken over by private, profit-seeking companies squeezing inmates and their families for every penny they have.
Activist nun and world-famous author of “Dead Man Walking” Sister Helen Prejean discusses her new memoir and the deep historical roots of the racist, colonialist violence embodied in the US prison-industrial complex.
Rattling the Bars cohost Mansa Musa talks with Eddie Conway about his 48 years in prison, joining the Black Panthers, and fighting for freedom.
In the US, support for capital punishment has long been a mainstay of right-wing politics, but a new generation of conservatives is looking to change that.
When the justification for keeping inhumane prisons open is that they provide jobs and economic opportunities for local communities, something is deeply, deeply wrong.
After two months in office, supporters of Manhattan’s new DA Alvin Bragg are worried his progressive messaging is already giving way to the same brutal system they elected him to change.
In Maryland, there are nine separate pre-release and minimum security facilities for male inmates to access work release and other vital re-entry services; for women, there are zero.
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.
Horrifying revelations out of Arkansas show that detainees at the Washington County Detention Center were prescribed and given the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin to treat COVID-19 without being told what it was.
Over half of the women currently incarcerated at the Danbury Federal Correctional Camp in Connecticut have tested positive for COVID-19 this month, and yet they are being denied proper access to medical care.
Freedom fighters today are carrying on Malcolm X’s legacy by continuing the struggle to liberate political prisoners and organizing to protect Black communities against state violence.
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.
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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