JSTOR Daily: The Angolite Comes to the Reveal Digital American Prison Newspapers Collection

JSTOR Daily: The Angolite Comes to the Reveal Digital American Prison Newspapers Collection. “The Angolite is one of the most famous prison newspapers in history, having won multiple awards and changed the popular conception of what prison journalism could be. The paper is produced by the people incarcerated at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, colloquially known as Angola for the slave plantation that preceded it…. At present, the sprawling prison farm is 28 square miles, 18,000 acres. It is the largest maximum-security prison in the United States, and the state of Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the nation.”

Gizmodo: Job Ad for Bureau of Prisons Touts Amazing Number of Mental Illnesses in U.S. Prison System

Gizmodo: Job Ad for Bureau of Prisons Touts Amazing Number of Mental Illnesses in U.S. Prison System. “The U.S. Bureau of Prisons purchased a number of Facebook ads recently in an attempt to hire new people in a variety of roles throughout the country. But one ad in particular is catching attention on social media for how bleak it seems. The Bureau of Prisons seems to be using the number of mental illnesses in the U.S. prison system as a career opportunity for any psychologists who happen to be job hunting right now.”

Korea Future: Launching the North Korean Prison Database

Korea Future: Launching the North Korean Prison Database. “Today we launch the North Korean Prison Database — a growing and comprehensive archive of international human rights law violations and atrocities that have transpired in the North Korean Penal system. The database preserves and manages evidence gathered through detailed investigations by Korea Future. To date, we have identified 597 perpetrators linked to 5,181 human rights violations committed against 784 detainees in 148 penal facilities.”

Business Insider: Federal prison working conditions are getting worse despite Biden’s promise to improve conditions, staffers say

Business Insider: Federal prison working conditions are getting worse despite Biden’s promise to improve conditions, staffers say. “President Joe Biden pledged to overhaul the criminal justice system and improve conditions within federal prisons. But more than a year since he took office, some federal prison workers tell Insider their working conditions at federal prison facilities have worsened as the COVID-19 pandemic persists.”

San Diego Union-Tribune: Judge declines to order sheriff to improve COVID-19 protections in San Diego County jails

San Diego Union-Tribune: Judge declines to order sheriff to improve COVID-19 protections in San Diego County jails. “Judge Joel R. Wohlfeil has upheld his tentative ruling from last week and rejected a plea to issue an injunction that would have forced the San Diego Sheriff’s Department to do more to protect people in county jail from COVID-19. A trio of civil rights law firms sought the order earlier this year, saying too many men and women in San Diego County jails were exposed to the virus due to lax protocols by sheriff’s deputies.”

Queer and Trans Prison Voices: A Podcast Archive on Prison Abolition (City University of New York)

City University of New York: Queer and Trans Prison Voices: A Podcast Archive on Prison Abolition. “By integrating that sonic archive into the podcast medium, this project functions as a digital archive for incarcerated voices, consisting of two tracks: a collection of short-spoken readings by queer and transgender incarcerated authors, and podcast-style interviews with activist scholars, organizations, and sound artists working towards prison abolition.” This is a CUNY “Capstone Project”; what the archive lacks in size it makes up in academic discussion.

HuffPost: Leonard Peltier Pleads For Help Amid Constant COVID Lockdowns In Prison

HuffPost: Leonard Peltier Pleads For Help Amid Constant COVID Lockdowns In Prison. “Leonard Peltier, the Native American rights activist whom the FBI put behind bars decades ago without any evidence that he committed a crime, tells HuffPost that his facility’s prolonged COVID-19 lockdowns and failure to provide at least some inmates with booster shots has left him ― and likely others ― unbearably isolated and preparing for death. ‘I’m in hell,’ Peltier said in a Friday statement, ‘and there is no way to deal with it but to take it as long as you can.’”

New York Times: Detainees Sue Arkansas Jail That Gave Them Ivermectin to Treat Covid

New York Times: Detainees Sue Arkansas Jail That Gave Them Ivermectin to Treat Covid. “Detainees at an Arkansas jail who had Covid-19 were unknowingly treated by the detention center’s doctor with ivermectin, a drug that health officials have continually said is dangerous and should not be used to treat or prevent a coronavirus infection, according to a federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of four detainees.”

KPIX: San Francisco Library Receives $2M To Expand Services For Incarcerated

KPIX: San Francisco Library Receives $2M To Expand Services For Incarcerated. “The San Francisco Public Library received a $2 million grant to expand services for people incarcerated locally and nationally from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation last week. The grant will support a collaboration between the library and the American Library Association, according to a news release shared Thursday by the office of San Francisco Mayor London Breed.”

WRIC: Virginia Department of Corrections suspends in-person visits through Jan. 28 due to COVID-19 cases

WRIC: Virginia Department of Corrections suspends in-person visits through Jan. 28 due to COVID-19 cases. “The Virginia Department of Corrections has temporarily suspended in-person visits at all facilities through Jan. 28 due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases. Video visitation will remain in place for most facilities, but Red Onion State Prison has canceled video visits for Housing Unit B-6 and the Virginia Correctional Center for Women has suspended them for the Red and Yellow zones. It’s unclear when video visits will reopen for those specific locations.”

Salt Lake Tribune: Utah prison, jail facilities report COVID-19 outbreaks

Salt Lake Tribune: Utah prison, jail facilities report COVID-19 outbreaks. “As Utah continues to report record-high coronavirus case counts, cases also are spiking in the state’s prisons and jails. The Davis County Jail is experiencing a new outbreak after the facility had been COVID-free for nine months. As of last week, 24 individuals had tested positive, and a dozen other inmates were being monitored for exposure. On Monday, the number of confirmed cases had jumped to 35, according to a spokesperson.”

Iran Human Rights Monitor: Jailed Iranian poet Baktash Abtin dies due to lack of timely medical care for Covid-19

Iran Human Rights Monitor: Jailed Iranian poet Baktash Abtin dies due to lack of timely medical care for Covid-19. “Baktash Abtin, a member of Iran’s Writer’s Association died today in a Tehran hospital after catching COVID-19 in Evin Prison. Baktash Abtin, 48, was put into an induced coma in a Tehran hospital after being rushed there from Evin Prison on December 14 with severe symptoms of COVID-19.”

4WWL: Visitation for Louisiana-run prisons suspended indefinitely due to COVID

4WWL: Visitation for Louisiana-run prisons suspended indefinitely due to COVID. ” The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections has suspended prisoner visitation indefinitely starting Thursday. According to the DOC, the precautionary measure was made after the recent surge in COVID-19 cases. The department also suspended volunteers from entering any of the eight state-run prisons.”