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Pelican Bay State Prison Hunger Strike: Interview with Ed Mead of California Prison Focus.
June 24, 2011 10:57 PM PDT

A group of prisoners housed in Pelican Bay State Prison's Security Housing Unit, a housing assignments in which prisoners are restricted to their cells in solitary for at least 23 hours a day, have announced plans to stage a hunger strike on July 1st. According to a formal complaint published by some prisoners in the Summer 2011 issue of Prison Focus, they are calling for the prison staff to meet 5 demands. They are

"1) Eliminate group punishments; 2) Abolish the debriefing policy and modify active/inactive gang status criteria; 3) Comply with the recommendations of the US Commission on Safety and Abuse in Prisons (2006) regarding an end to long-term solitary confinement; 4) Provide adequate food; 5) Expand and provide constructive programs and privileges for indefinite SHU inmates."--PA Prison Report

We speak with Ed Mead, editor of the California-based Prison Focus newspaper, member of California Focjus, and former political prisoner about the living conditions for prisoners inside of Pelican Bay and the development and structure of this latest planned prison protest.

Interview with Linn Washington on the Recent Judicial Victory in the Mumia Abu Jamal Case.
June 24, 2011 08:04 PM PDT

Interview with Linn Washington on the Recent Judicial Victory in the Mumia Abu Jamal Case.

Interview with Psychriatrist Terry Kupers on the Damaging Effects of Long-Term Solitary Confinement on Prisoners.
June 24, 2011 07:41 PM PDT

Interview with Psychriatrist Terry Kupers on the Damaging Effects of Long-Term Solitary Confinement on Prisoners.

Update on Jailhouse Lawyer Andre Jacobs.
April 21, 2011 08:07 AM PDT

We talk with Elizabeth Springer, the grandmother of jailhouse lawyer Andre Jacobs. Andre has been locked up in Pennsylvania correctional institutions since he was 15 years old. Ms. Springer talks about his early childhood, his experiences with harassment while in prison, developments with his appeal on federal charges of assault against prison guards, and the federal civil rights lawsuit he filed this past December against the PA DOC.

In December of 2010, Andre Jacobs filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in the Middle District of Pennsylvania against Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and state law enforcement agents in which he charges acts of torture against him. He filed that lawsuit while at SCI Huntingdon.

On April 8th, Andre Jacobs was transferred from SCI Huntingdon to SCI Rockview. When asked to provide a reason for the transfer, SCI Huntingdon's Public Information Officer, Connie Green, declined to give an explanation.

In 2008, Jacobs represented himself in a case in which he charged Pennsylvania Department of Correction staff with confiscating and not returning important legal property to him. He won the case, and the jury issued a judgment of $185,000 on his behalf.

Subsequently, according to the claims in his recent civil rights lawsuit, he was harassed by prison officials. He has been the victim of physical assault, verbal abuse, and food deprivation.
In addition, Jacobs has continued to be held in soilitary confinement, or the hole, since 2001. This means he is restricted to a cell by himself for at least 23 hours a day.

Update on Jailhouse Lawyer Andre Jacobs.
April 19, 2011 11:16 PM PDT

We talk with Elizabeth Springer, the grandmother of jailhouse lawyer Andre Jacobs. Andre has been locked up in Pennsylvania correctional institutions since he was 15 years old. Ms. Springer talks about his early childhood, his experiences with harassment while in prison, developments with his appeal on federal charges of assault against prison guards, and the federal civil rights lawsuit he filed this past December against the PA DOC.

In December of 2010, Andre Jacobs filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in the Middle District of Pennsylvania against Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and state law enforcement agents in which he charges acts of torture against him. He filed that lawsuit while at SCI Huntingdon.

On April 8th, Andre Jacobs was transferred from SCI Huntingdon to SCI Rockview. When asked to provide a reason for the transfer, SCI Huntingdon's Public Information Officer, Connie Green declined to give an explanation.

In 2008, Jacobs represented himself in a case in which he charged Pennsylvania Department of Correction staff with confiscating and not returning important legal property to him. He won the case, and the jury issued a judgment of $185,000 on his behalf.

Subsequently, according to the claims in his recent civil rights lawsuit, he was harassed by prison officials. He has been the victim of physical assault, verbal abuse, and food deprivation.
In addition, Jacobs has continued to be held in soilitary confinement, or the hole, since 2001. This means he is restricted to a cell by himself for at least 23 hours a day.

Terrell Johnson Case. February 18, 2011 Show.
February 22, 2011 06:38 PM PST

 
The Hole: Case 2. SCI Greene, CFCS, and Folino: A Mother Tells The Story of Her Sons' Plights in Pennsylvania's Incarceration System.
January 23, 2011 04:13 PM PST

The Hole: Case 2. SCI Greene, CFCS, and Folino: A Mother Tells The Story of Her Sons' Plights in Pennsylvania's Incarceration System.

People's Tribunal Against Police Brutality and Misconduct--Philadelphia--01.15.11
January 17, 2011 10:55 AM PST

On January 15, 2010, members of the Askia Coalition Against Police Brutality convened a tribunal to address the incidents of police brutality in Philadelphia. This piece contains excerpts from the testimony of victims of police brutality and expert witnesses; as well as interviews with members of the Askia Coalition Against Police Brutality.

The Askia Coalition Against Police Brutality was formed in the wake of the attack against Askia Sabur in West Philadelphia on September 3, 2010 as a vehicle for putting an end to the phenomenom of police brutality in Philadelphia.

Police Brutality Case 08.30.10: John T. Williams AND Police Brutality Case 01.12.10: Jordan Miles.
January 10, 2011 12:36 AM PST

Discussion of two of last years more egregious police brutality cases. One is that of a fifty-year old Native American woodcarver--John T. Williams. The other is that of Jordan Miles, an 18 year old honor roll student who had never before been in trouble with the law.

tHE oTHER sOCIETIES ePISODE
January 01, 2010 03:41 PM PST

This edition of sBADAwEBaUDIO's "tHE oTHER aMERICA fILES" looks at today's social world.

In one segment, online social interaction is explored through the lives of a collection of fictionalized characters suffering from "Facebook addiction."

In another segment, a lay Tibetan monk takes a break from his work on a sand mandala to discuss some of the truths he has devoted years to finding. Some of those truths are represented in the large circular mosaic he has created from grains of sand. In the interview, he talks about good and bad forces: explaining the roots of evil, and affirming that in spite of how things may sometimes appear, the good will always ultimately triumph over the bad.

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In the 21st Century, after about a decade of human involvement in online social networking communities, there has developed such a thing as Facebook Addiction.

Nnamdi Godson Osuagwu wrote a book about it. He fictionalizes that reality and brings it to us in short first person narratives. These short stories beg the question of how close to reality they are. Should we be worried that social interaction between human beings will soon become some odd phenomenom that might have been found in one of those science fiction stories from the 1970s wherein is described a reality in which the only way that people will talk to one another is through technology hidden away in loveless, solitary apartments?

Losang Samten, a lay Tibetan monk, speaks calmly about a world of good and bad forces. As he talks about a few of the truths that he has discovered, he paints a more abstract picture or simpler picture of the world than the one Nnamdi/Osuagwu gave us. Samten's version of the world is one that can be explained using such terms as good and evil. With or without computers, one can conclude, these good or bad forces will forever define this social world on earth.

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