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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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.

The US deportation machine is out of control right now

Just because the media stopped covering the horrific treatment of Haitian migrants at the US-Mexico border doesn’t mean the horror has stopped. In this urgent episode of Rattling the Bars, we talk about a crucial protest action at an ICE facility in New Mexico.

The death penalty is a barbarous stain on our humanity

Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, has witnessed firsthand the systematic inhumanity of the death penalty in the US. If more people saw what she’s seen, they would join the fight to abolish it.

‘This is COINTELPRO 2021’

The recent release of longtime political prisoners David Gilbert and Russell Maroon Shoatz is cause for celebration, but the state apparatus that imprisons radicals and squashes political dissent is alive and well.

‘We want Rikers closed and no new jails in its place!’

COVID-19 turned what were already inhumane conditions at Rikers Island, New York’s most notorious jail, into a full-blown humanitarian crisis. Prisoners, activists, and legal advocates are demanding it be closed for good.

Cuba, COVID-19, and ending the US blockade

The US has effectively jailed Cuba for over half a century through illegal political intervention and economic war. COVID-19 highlighted how this is not only a crime against the people of Cuba, but the world.

A staggering number of inmates have died in Louisiana prisons

When law professor Andrea Armstrong and her students wanted data on inmates who had recently died in Louisiana prisons, they realized that such data didn’t exist. After conducting their own research, they were shocked by what they found.

Free Indigenous political prisoner Leonard Peltier

Indigenous activist and member of the American Indian Movement Leonard Peltier was sent to prison in 1977 after a dubious trial. On this Indigenous Peoples’ Day, he should be free.

Cuba and the US: A tale of two prison systems

There’s no such thing as a ‘good’ prison, but the stark differences between US and Cuban prisons show just how deliberately inhumane the American carceral system is.

Remembering Gloria Richardson

TRNN Executive Producer and former Black Panther Eddie Conway talks to author and activist Dominque Conway about Gloria Richardson, a fierce activist who led a multi-year campaign against segregation in Cambridge, Maryland.


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