This Dull-Sounding Electoral Practice Fuels Mass Incarceration

Every 10 years, the Census Bureau attempts to count every resident in the United States. This process incites prison gerrymandering, which means counting incarcerated people as residents of their prison cells rather than as residents of their home communities. Because this population data is used to draw electoral maps, the practice severely limits political representation … Read more

Brittney Griner’s 9-Year Sentence Upheld By Russian Appeals Court

This article was originally published by Them. Britney Griner’s nine-year sentence for “drug smuggling” has been upheld in a Russian court, the New York Times reports. The basketball star has been detained in Russia since February for possessing vape cartridges containing hash oil in her luggage while passing through an airport, and was charged with … Read more

Sisulu and Boesak’s prison visit to John Block denied – they blame Ramaphosa | The Citizen

Minister of Tourism Lindiwe Sisulu on Tuesday accused prison authorities of not allowing her to visit former Northern Cape ANC chairperson John Block. In 2016, Block was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment after being found guilty of fraud, corruption and money laundering. Sisulu claims that she and Reverend Allan Boesak were denied access to Block … Read more

At least eight killed in ‘terrible’ prison fire amid Iran protests | The Citizen

Eight Iranian inmates were killed in a fire that raged through Tehran’s Evin prison, the judiciary said Monday, doubling the official toll from the blaze that further stoked tensions one month into protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini.  Authorities in the Islamic republic have blamed the fire late Saturday on “riots and clashes” … Read more

What It’s Like to Confront Death At Work Every Day

As I was thinking about Campbell’s book and the work of death more broadly, I decided to call my friend David Campbell (no relation to the author), a writer and former funeral director/embalmer currently based in Paris. He spent 10 years in the US funeral industry, serving urban, suburban, and rural communities in Virginia; working-class … Read more

Brits serial rapist handed four life sentences and 80 years in prison | The Citizen

A serial rapist in Brits was handed four life sentences and an additional 80 years by the Brits Magistrate’s Court on Friday, for his raping spree over five years. Jacobs Boase Kgatlane from Lethlabile was found guilty of 10 counts of rape and nine counts counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances. The 41-year-old was also … Read more

Mystikal Faces Prison In Life After First-Degree Rape Indictment

HipHopWired Featured Video CLOSE Source: Stephen J. Cohen / Getty Mystikal, having endured similar charges and serving time in the past, faces up to life in prison after a first-degree rape indictment was handed down. The charge is tied to an alleged July 30 incident at the Louisiana rapper’s home and other charges were levied … Read more

Groblersdal assault: Corrie Pretorius remains in prison waiting for new lawyer | The Citizen

The case of a man accused of assaulting a 16-year-old boy outside a fish and chips shop in Groblersdal, Limpopo, has been postponed. Corrie Pretorius appeared in the Groblersdal Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday on charges of pointing a firearm and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Regional Spokesperson Mashudu … Read more

11 Activists Share Alternatives to Prisons and Policing

The backlash against criminal justice reform is in full swing. The progressive district attorney of San Francisco was recalled after being blamed for rising crime in that city. Calls to reinstate cash bail are escalating in Chicago and New York, though doing so would disproportionately burden low-income people. President Joe Biden’s recently-announced Safer America Plan … Read more