Archive for September, 2009

Dismantling the Prisonhouse of Nations: A Socialist Prison Reform Proposal — Comment

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

The United States deserves the title, the Prisonhouse of Nations[i] :

 

  • The US is also a world leader in executing its citizens, following only the repressive political regimes of China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia in the number of executions in 2008.  The US and Japan are the only states in the developed world that continue to impose capital punishment on their citizens. (http://www.amnesty.org/en/death-penalty)   

            Both of these repressive social practices — mass incarceration and the continuing use of the death penalty — are direct results of the reactionary US prison policies that have been in effect for the last 30 years.  This Socialist Prison Reform Proposal (SPRP) provides a starting point to reverse these trends of political repression and secure justice for working people in the US.

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The entire article, entitled Dismantling the Prisonhouse of Nations: A Socialist Prison Reform Proposal, is available online or as a pdf download at http://combatingglobalization.com.        

 


[i] The phrase “Prisonhouse of Nations” is borrowed from journalist and death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal’s latest book, Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners in the U.S.A. (San Francisco: City Light Books, 2009).  For a review of this important book go to http://combatingglobalization.com/articles/jailhouse_lawyers.html

Neoliberalism Needs Death Squads in Colombia — Comment

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

Hans Bennett’s Neoliberalism Needs Death Squads in Colombia adds an international dimension to From the Left.  Bennett’s review of Blood & Capital: The Paramilitarization of Colombia by Jasmin Hristov provides the background necessary to understand how neoliberal globalization has shaped the political landscape of Colombia.

Read this important article.

Prisonhouse of Nations: A Review of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Jailhouse Lawyers

Friday, September 4th, 2009

More than a book about prisoners defending prisoners in what the author justly calls “the Prisonhouse of Nations”, Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Jailhouse Lawyers has the potential to jump-start the prison reform movement in the US.  In addition to telling the individual stories of the best (and worst) jailhouse lawyers defending themselves and their fellow prisoners in the face of official hostility and, in many instances personal danger, and presenting a lively history of jailhouse lawyering in modern America, Abu-Jamal clearly exposes the political and racial bias of the US criminal justice system and explores the role of jailhouse lawyers in the jungle of American law.

Read the complete review.