Prisoners Speak Out: Analysis and Perspectives

Part of the mission of Critical Resistance is to uplift and amplify the perspectives of those most targeted by the prison industrial complex. We regularly integrate this analysis into our projects and campaigns for abolition and towards building alternative community structures of support and accountability. From imprisoned contacts we have gathered (and then publicly shared) guidance, research, analysis, and testimony that has propelled our campaigns forward. Through The Abolitionist paper, established 2005, Critical Resistance continues to produce a valuable a source of news and analysis on the issues that affect prisoners and state-targeted communities nation-wide that is currently distributed to over 5500 prisoners for free.

Knowing that we are entering an era of potentially greater political repression, isolation, and silencing of dissent, it is imperative that we do what we can to share even more of the experiences and analysis of imprisoned people speaking out against the prison industrial complex. We will post relevant reports and correspondence to this site as a part of our campaigns, projects, and political education.


March 27, 2017: Prisoners Oppose Cuts to Visitation in New York State Maximum Security Prisons



March 20, 2017: We wrote to some of our imprisoned contacts who are our most consistent writers in regards to the incoming Trump Administration. Here are their responses.



October 2016: Testimony from People Imprisoned at California State Prison – Lancaster “No New Jail in Lancaster”.