Battleground: Lockdown

This is post 14 of 15 in the series “Guild Notes Vol. 41, No. 1 (Spring 2016)” How Long-Term Solitary Adversely Impacts Society By Dr. George Willie Buford, III, D.D. | Lewisburg, PA One significant, yet overlooked battleground in our march toward American criminal justice reform is the federal lockdown facility. As the federal government usurps […]

Mississippi DOC Revives “Group Punishment”

This is post 9 of 15 in the series “Guild Notes Vol. 41, No. 1 (Spring 2016)” By Charles D. Owens, II | Lakesville, MS The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC), under the leadership of the new Commissioner Marshall Fisher, has revived the practice of group punishment. Under this revived practice, entire prisons re punished for […]

Prisoner Paralegals: Our Struggle to Find Justice

This is post 6 of 15 in the series “Guild Notes Vol. 41, No. 1 (Spring 2016)” By Hunter Lee Weeks | Sterling, CO In prison, there are those of us who spend time, effort, and funds to acquire a formal education in law. Most of us have no education, while a few of us have […]

Inmate Advisory Counsel: A Cruel Hoax

This is post 5 of 15 in the series “Guild Notes Vol. 41, No. 1 (Spring 2016)” By Rodney B. Barno | Corcoran, CA I was the Inmate Advisory Counsel (IAC) Chairman at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility (CSATF) in Corcoran, California. My responsibility was to advocate for the population of my facility and […]

Kentucky’s “Corruptional” System

This is post 3 of 15 in the series “Guild Notes Vol. 41, No. 1 (Spring 2016)” By Christopher L. Young | La Grange, KY I am grateful to be a member of the NLG and a Guild Notes subscriber and looking forward to receiving the Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook—I appreciate the chance to get my voice […]

The Concrete Empire

This is post 4 of 13 in the series “Guild Notes Vol. 40, No. 4 (Winter 2015)” By Carl H. Harrison | Susanville, CA In the 1980s, California began a prison- and jail-building boom. Concrete jails and prisons popped up all over the state, while laws were quickly changed to make it easier to lock people […]

Challenging Imperialism

This is post 3 of 13 in the series “Guild Notes Vol. 40, No. 4 (Winter 2015)” By Mwalimus S. Shakur, Corcoran, CA Within the confines of these concrete tombs, we prison activists have responded to fascist oppression by becoming jailhouse lawyers. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has buried us alive in the “SHU” […]

Mass Incarceration: Transforming an Unconstitutional System

This is post 2 of 13 in the series “Guild Notes Vol. 40, No. 4 (Winter 2015)” By Bro. Brad Broussard, Beeville, TX Under the Thirteenth Amendment, “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for a crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place […]