Rachel Kushner's new novel set in a women's prison brims with morally tainted characters who are also victims of repressive and dehumanizing incarceration.
The central mission of our incarceration system, black rights advocates say, is to facilitate the removal of African-Americans from society.
The prevalence of physical abuse may be the most open secret behind the growing number of women who end up behind bars.
Abu-Jamal's conviction could be on shaky ground if a new approach described by his lawyer proves fruitful.
Puryear (pictured, right), two-time vice presidential candidate for the Party for Socialism and Liberation, sits down with the Truthdig columnist to discuss mass imprisonment, capitalism and grass-roots activism.
The Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act, introduced by Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker, would protect the federal prison system's most vulnerable and fastest-growing group.