Supporting the publication of 2000 copies of Prison Focus Issue 62, and keeping it free for those enduring extreme information and sensory deprivation in the torturous conditions of solitary confinement.
Changing the world through inclusivity, solidarity, resistance, art and dialogue, one day and one page at a time.
“The new Prison Focus was incredible. The Legal info was very much needed. There are a couple of lawsuits prisoners are working on regarding the COVID-19 conditions. Some are collaborating, but the lack of knowledge amongst the prisoners population in regards to their rights makes it an uphill battle. We have to be smart with our resources. As you said, ‘We have a long way to go in the struggle.’ So thank you.” Francisco
“Hello. My name is Shante. I am currently serving a 22 year sentence. By chance or by feed your newsletter was slid under my door. From the first page I was in tuned. I have shared the knowledge now with my 15-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter. We must pass on any and all knowledge to our young kings and queens and fulfilling our duty to equip them with the correct tools they need to keep the fight alive. If there’s anything I can do to support this movement please correspond and let me know. As I depart from you I would like to leave you with these words. Be a master of your mind, not a victim of your thinking” Shante
CALIFORNIA PRISON FOCUS volunteers (aka Artivists) works to build a better world by ending human rights abuses against incarcerated people in California by acting in solidarity with and elevating the voices of those most impacted. CPF has worked for over two decades interviewing hundreds of prisoners to help uncover the worst abuses of the California Prison system and to bring them to light via our published reports and especially our quarterly magazine, Prison Focus.
As one of the few organizations that focuses on the devastating and inhumane conditions within California’s maximum security prisons, we were at the center of the massive California Prisoner Hunger Strikes of 2011 and 2013. In 2011, our quarterly publication Prison Focus had already been faciliating self-empowerment and the organizing of peaceful resistance for over twenty years. It subsequently played a key role in supporting and disseminating the 5 Core Demands of the California Prisoner Hunger Strike. The paper facilitated dialogue across prison walls and state lines, and was also a critical platform for ongoing articulation of the nature and status of the those demands, for both members of the public as well as for key decision makers.
Our captive audience know and trust CPF because of our decades-long record of working closely with them in partnership, and recognizing what they have to offer while standing up for their rights. Our philosophy is to work with people - not for them, acknowledging their humanity, skills, knowledge, experience and full potential. In addition, Prison Focus can be transformative for those who solutions, ideas, stories and art are projected outside the walls, from within the pages of Prison Focus.
Prison Focus is especially critical right now. CPF receives about ten letters a day from our readers. Over and over again we are told by our incarcerated readers that they lack basic yet critical information about the pandemic, new resenting guidelines and other potentially life-saving information.
Our recent publication included 2 special inserts including information on the Covid vaccine published by Prison Law Office and a packet of information and forms needed to claim one’s stimulus payment. Our next issue will include resources on how to appeal a parole denial.
“I’m currently serving a life sentence under the three strikes law. It’s awesome having a resource we can count on and support for bringing us the real deal keeping us updated on the latest Legal news. I’ve been reading it for 10+ years now, starting while I was in solitary confinement. Being around that environment kind of shut me down socially speaking, but there are some thing us old dogs can learn!” William
“Thank you for sending me another issue of prison focus number 61. The first copy was all worn out. I read it and then let the rest of the brothers enjoy reading the articles. Thank you for the information. I challenged my parole denial. It’s good to know that you are out there who are aware of the injustices going on.” Roberto