WEBINAR: Bail Funds and Community-Based Strategies

REGISTER NOW! bit.ly/bailfundwebinar Bail and bond funds can be an important tool towards dismantling the prison industrial complex and ending mass incarceration. However, as many new funds emerge in response to the rampant policing of protests and uprisings, this is an important moment to share lessons learned on the ground. Lawyers and legal workers sometimes […]

Struggles of Using Legal Recourse as a Path Toward Better Prison Conditions

Lisa Drapkin, NLG Membership Director It seems there could never be enough legal support to help the millions of prisoners who would benefit from having a lawyer at arms’ length. Whether it is lack of medical care, abhorrent nutrition, exposure to extreme temperatures, lack of clean water, or brutality by prison guards, there are endless […]

Mass Incarceration in the Trump Era

By Pooja Gehi, NLG Executive Director In 2015, the National Lawyers Guild adopted a resolution calling for the dismantling and abolition of all prisons. As an organization, we recognized mass incarceration in all of its iterations—policing, violence, incarceration, forced labor, privatization and capitalism—as a crisis that we must resist in all of our work. Sharlyn Grace, then […]

Chicago Community Bond Fund: Harm Reduction in a Prison Nation

This is post 8 of 15 in the series “Guild Notes Vol. 41, No. 1 (Spring 2016)” By Sharlyn Grace and Max Suchan, NLG-Chicago On any given day, around 500,000 people in the United States are behind bars for one simple yet horrifying reason: they cannot afford bond. In Chicago, a determined group of mothers […]

Flint Inmates Forced to Drink Lead-Contaminated Water

This is post 7 of 15 in the series “Guild Notes Vol. 41, No. 1 (Spring 2016)” By Shanna Merola, NLG Detroit and Michigan Chapter Legal Observer Coordinator On January 8th, Detroit activists called for a “solidarity road trip” from Detroit to Flint, Michigan to “Arrest Governor Snyder.” That evening, local residents and social justice […]

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 […]

NLG Adopts Resolution Supporting Prison Abolition

“Prisons do not disappear problems, they disappear human beings.” –Angela Y. Davis FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sharlyn Grace, NLG Co-Executive Vice President sharlyngrace@gmail.com | 773-946-8535 NEW YORK—Following the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) Law for the People Convention in October, NLG membership adopted a resolution calling for the dismantling and abolition of all prisons and of all aspects […]