March 3, 2022 -
While reporting on the human rights crisis in Alabama's prisons, journalist Beth Shelburne began corresponding with incarcerated men in the state about their fight to read. She recounts their ongoing battles against censorship inside an irrational system where books and magazines are treated like dangerous contraband.
June 29, 2015 -
An interview with law professor Angela A. Allen-Bell of the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on restorative justice, an approach that considers the impact of wrongdoing not only on an individual but on society — and seeks to heal both.
June 17, 2015 -
Last week a federal judge ordered the release of Albert Woodfox, who's been held in solitary confinement in Louisiana for 43 years, though a higher court blocked the move while the state appeals. Meanwhile, prisoners are suing over Virginia's policy of placing death row inmates in solitary, arguing that the practice amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.
September 8, 2014 -
Angela A. Allen-Bell, a professor at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has a new article out that turns the tables on anti-Black Panther Party rhetoric by asking if the treatment the group has suffered at the hands of government officials constitutes a form of domestic terrorism.
October 4, 2013 -
Held in solitary confinement at Louisiana's notorious Angola prison for 41 years for a murder he did not commit, Herman Wallace passed away today -- just three days after his conviction was overturned and he was set free.
July 22, 2013 -
Once accused of being a spy and held in solitary confinement by the Iranian government, Sarah Shourd is now a playwright who is using her work to shine a light on the notorious case of Herman Wallace of Louisiana's Angola 3 and the broader human rights issue of prolonged solitary confinement in U.S. prisons.
March 15, 2013 -
A federal judge recently reversed the controversial conviction of Black Panther Albert Woodfox for the 1972 killing of a guard at Louisiana's Angola prison. Amnesty International has launched a campaign asking the state attorney general not to appeal in the case that has come to be known as the "Angola 3" for the number of inmates held in prolonged solitary confinement following the guard's death.