Blog of Rights

Karma: Private Prison Company Throws Shade and Fails, Badly

Karma: Private Prison Company Throws Shade and Fails, Badly

By Carl Takei, ACLU National Prison Project at 9:59am
How can you tell that a private prison company is getting desperate? When its lobbyists and PR reps start throwing shade at the ACLU for "politics and posturing."
With Only Your Wits and an Empty Can of Pepper Spray to Protect You

With Only Your Wits and an Empty Can of Pepper Spray to Protect You

By Claire Gardner, Community Engagement Associate, ACLU of Tennessee at 12:27pm

Listen, Trousdale County, Tennessee, I get it: When a big, powerful corporation comes to town and promises 400 new jobs, that's a huge deal. Especially if you're a small, rural community of hardworking people trying to make an honest living.

So…

Reverend Sanders

Private Prisons Eat Our Humanity

By Reverend Edwin C. Sanders II, Senior Servant and Founder, Metropolitan Interdenominational Church at 2:30pm

Somebody figured out, once again, how to build a machine that can quantify the life of an African-American man and make money off him. They figured out how to use the value of his body to fuel their machine. They learned how to drive its engine, and…

Blog author, Justin Jones

How to Starve the For-Profit Prison Beast

By Justin Jones, Former Director, Oklahoma Department of Corrections at 3:27pm

I know some private prison lobbyists who would love it if you were found with a cell phone. Assuming, of course, that you're already locked in one of the prisons their clients operate in Oklahoma.

Introducing a cell phone into a correctional…

How to Disappear a Mentally Ill Grandmother: Throw Her in Solitary

How to Disappear a Mentally Ill Grandmother: Throw Her in Solitary

By Helen Vera, National Prison Project Fellow, ACLU at 1:45pm

Her cell was so dirty that a sock rotted into an open wound on her foot. For two and a half years, she didn't have a bed. She slept on a mat on the floor. She bled on herself, because the jail denied her sanitary napkins.

Jan Green, a 51-year-old…

Immigrants Rights are Civil Rights

Gov. Brewer, Heed Your Own Advice

By Alessandra Soler, ACLU of Arizona at 11:30am

Several weeks ago, when Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the anti-gay Senate Bill 1062, she urged us to "turn the ugliness of the debate … into a renewed search for greater respect and understanding." She cited "non-discrimination" as a core value among Arizonans...

Congratulations! The Taxes You Just Paid Might Be On Their Way to a Private Prison

Congratulations! The Taxes You Just Paid Might Be On Their Way to a Private Prison

By Hedy Weinberg, ACLU of Tennessee at 11:44am

Ah, April 15th. Tax Day. 

When you pay taxes, you assume they'll be used to support education, health care, public transportation, and other programs...

From Dee to Patti: Transgender Women Fighting Back Against Sexual Assault in Detention

From Dee to Patti: Transgender Women Fighting Back Against Sexual Assault in Detention

By Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney, ACLU at 11:39am

Imagine how scared you would be if you were taken into custody by the police and told repeatedly that you are not who you know yourself to be. You are already afraid and the process is out of your control. You want to at least be kept safe while you…

What's the Difference Between Force Feeding and Waterboarding?

What's the Difference Between Force Feeding and Waterboarding?

By Zak Newman, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:02am

The Department of Defense this month publicly released its newest rationalization for the abusive force-feeding program at Guantánamo Bay. In this latest memo on hunger strike policies, the abusive force-feeding program is referred to as "medical…

Getting Rich By Locking Up Grandpa

Today in Disgusting: Getting Rich By Locking Up Grandpa

By Carl Takei, ACLU National Prison Project at 2:55pm

Well, that didn’t take long. Within just a few months of Kentucky cutting its ties with the country’s biggest for-profit prison company, the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) has hit back with its latest sinister scheme to turn tax dollars…