CA's Proposition 9: Keeping Elderly Prisoners Locked Up Longer

On November 4, 2008, Californian voters also voted to pass Proposition 9. For those of you who don't know, here's a little background on the ramifications of Proposition 9:

Bureau of Prisons Revises Policy RE: Shackling of Pregnant Inmates in Federal Prisons

The ACLU welcomes the Bureau of Prisons’ recent policy change barring the shackling of pregnant inmates in federal prisons in all but the most extreme circumstances.

This new policy represents a sea change in the United States, where the shackling of pregnant women during transport, labor, and even delivery has long been routine in jails and prisons. Currently, only California, Illinois, and Vermont have enacted state laws restricting the practice of shackling pregnant women.

NY Youth Center Staffed at $1.7M Cost, But No Kids

from Associated Press - October 24, 2008

this weekend at the SUNY Social Justice Conference

I'll be facilitating a workshop and discussion on women, incarceration and resistance at the SUNY Social Justice Conference at SUNY Binghamton.

The conference takes place all weekend. My workshop will be on Saturday, November 8th at 2pm in Fine Arts 212.

I'll also be joining the discussion on the Prison-Industrial Complex from 5 to 6:15 pm at Fine Arts 258.

photos from the panel discussion on Incarceration, Resistance, Costs & Consequences (Oakland)

No upcoming events at the moment. In the meantime, here are some photos from the panel discussion on Incarceration, Resistance, Costs and Consequences in Oakland!

oppose the Special Administrative Measures imposed on Syed Hasmi!

I don't usually forward around petitions, but in this case, I feel that not challenging the use of SAMs (especially when there is a tiny chance of their being lifted at the end of the month) basically condones and beings the process of normalizing their use.

More information is below and at:


It would indeed be ironic if, in the name of national defense, we would sanction the subversion of…those liberties…which makes the defense of this nation worthwhile.

more about the death of a prisoner field worker

from another prisoner at La Vista:

A woman who was working on the farm crew died while on the job. I heard a few different "versions" of what happened. The first one I heard was from someone who was not out there. She said that the woman kept complaining that she did not feel well, but her boss kept telling her to keep going, that he didn't care, that she had to finish the row.

death on the fields in Pueblo, CO

some background about the farm crews at La Vista Correctional Facility (from Tenacious issue 14, Spring/Summer 2008):

I should explain what exactly the farm crews are and how they came to be part of La Vista. As our country has been especially concerned with immigration issues, sometime within the past few years nearby farms have been raided and their owners were found to be employing illegal immigrants to work in their fields.

event at Brooklyn College with Silja Talvi--Tues, Sept 16th (11-12:15 pm)

for all you Brooklynites and BC students: Join Silja Talvi, investigative journalist and author of Women Behind Bars: The Crisis of the U.S. Prison System, and Victoria Law, Brooklyn College alumna and author of the forthcoming Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women, for a discussion on the rise in women's incarceration in the U.S., the issues they face, new trends in incarceration, and women's organizing and acts of resistance.


upcoming NYC event: Wed, Sept 17th, 7 pm

I'll be facilitating this event at Bluestockings Bookstore on Wednesday, September 17th! It's a joint benefit for Prison Legal News and Books Through Bars--NYC

Spotlight on Incarcerated Women: Conditions, Profiteering and Resistance

The number of women in prison has nearly tripled within the past 2 decades. Join investigative journalist and author of Women Behind Bars Silja Talvi, founding editor of Prison Legal News (and co-editor of Prison Profiteers) Paul Wright, former drug war prisoner Yraida Guanipa, and Books Through Bars co-founder (and author of the forthcoming Resistance Behind Bars) Victoria Law (that's me!) for a discussion on who profits from this increase, conditions inside and resistance both inside and out.

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