Rattling the Bars

Who's Responsible For The Rise In COVID-19 Cases In Prison?

Who’s Responsible For The Rise In COVID-19 Cases In Prison?

July 23, 2020

Eddie Conway talks to activists from Michigan and California—two hot spots for COVID-19 cases in prisons. In both states, mistakes by prison officials led to a rise in cases.

New Restorative Justice Spaces Must Be Culturally Competent

New Restorative Justice Spaces Must Be Culturally Competent

July 15, 2020

Brandi Mack from Designing Justice talks about how their work designing restorative justice spaces centers people who have been directly impacted by the system.

Majority Black Prison Populations In Maryland See Disproportionate COVID-19 Spikes

Majority Black Prison Populations In Maryland See Disproportionate COVID-19 Spikes

July 6, 2020

Racial disparities in Maryland prisons are affecting COVID-19’s spread, with majority white populations receiving protective equipment even as Jessup institutions with majority Black populations struggle to get supplies.

Union Leads West Coast Port Shutdown On Juneteenth

Union Leads West Coast Port Shutdown On Juneteenth

June 19, 2020

Former political prisoner Arthur League talks about the ILWU shutdown and the campaign to free Black political prisoners, some of whom have been imprisoned for over 50 years.

Florida Wants To Reinstate A 'Poll Tax' For Ex-Felons

Florida Wants To Reinstate A ‘Poll Tax’ For Ex-Felons

June 17, 2020

The state’s appeal to require payment of court fees before voting access is restored would amount to a poll tax, says Phil Telfeyan.

Woman Struck by BPD Officer, Defunding the Police, and More

June 15, 2020

Attorney J. Wyndal Gordon talks about his client who was punched by an officer after she struck another officer.

LA County Closing Three Juvenile Prisons, Perhaps Setting a Precedent

LA County Closing Three Juvenile Prisons, Perhaps Setting a Precedent

June 10, 2020

Kim McGill talks about the impact of closing three youth prisons in California, the history of mass incarceration in LA County, and the vision for what will happen next.

Corrections Officers And Formerly Incarcerated People Protest Unsafe COVID-19 Conditions

Corrections Officers And Formerly Incarcerated People Protest Unsafe COVID-19 Conditions

May 30, 2020

Corrections officers joined prison abolitionists in a caravan rally protesting the lack of promised testing, PPE, and release of prisoners at four Maryland prisons.

Sanitation Workers Striking For PPE And Pay Replaced By Prison Labor

May 27, 2020

Dr. Talitha LeFlouria talks with TRNN about the New Orleans sanitation strike where workers were fired and replaced by prison labor from nearby Livingston Parish, and the historical roots of the exploitation of prison labor.

Grassroots Organizers Continue To Move The Needle For Change Despite Little Fanfare

May 26, 2020

Activists like Cameron Miles, Vonya Quarles, Erica Smith, and Amber Rose-Howard discuss organizing tactics that work in the continued fight for social justice and prison abolition.