MDOC Runs Death Camps
This article, written on May 21, 2020, provides a detailed account of the multiple failures of the MDOC and how during the COVID-19 pandemic these failures have turned the already-deadly prison system into a system of death camps. It ends with a call for the legislature and the governor to grant 90-day time cuts and repeal the Truth-In-Sentencing act.
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Rand Letter to Dr. George Pramstaller MDOC Chief Medical Officer Re: Overcrowding and Increased Viral and Bacterial Infection Rates at SPR, June 11, 2010
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Lack of Social Distancing Causes COVID-19 Explosion in Michigan’s Aging and Overcrowded Prisons
This is Rand and Kenneth Smith’s open letter to Gretchen Whitmer laying out the two options she has to allow social distancing during the corona crisis: either let people out immediately (shrinking the cost of the prison system) or open up previously closed facilities (expanding the cost of the prison system).
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Three Book Reviews
Rand reviews three books published by Microcosm:
Firebrands: Portraits from the Americas
Edible Secrets: A Food Tour of Classified U.S. History
Crate Digger: An Obsession With Punk Records
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Motion to Vacate Conviction and Set Aside Judgement for Lack of Jurisdiction, 10/28/19
Rand argues that his conviction should be vacated because
1) he was arraigned two weeks before the court’s examination return was filed
2) he was brought to trial and convicted while his interlocutory appeal was filed and pending
3) all state courts in Michigan were deprived of jurisdiction entirely when the state boundaries were omitted from the Michigan Constitution of 1963.
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The Weaponization of Suboxone Strips: An Evolving Situation and Tactics in the “Perpetual Battle” for Control in America’s Prisons
Rand outlines the effects of sublingual Suboxone strips on prisoners and prison organizing, argueing that the smuggling of Suboxone into prisons has tacit approval from MDOC officials because it helps to keep prisoners subdued. This piece was also prepared for presentation at the Bend the Bars conference that was held in Lansing in August 2019.
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Bend the Bars 2019: Seven Strategies to Reduce the Numbers and Suffering of Michigan Prisoners
Rand wrote this piece to present at Bend the Bars 2019, a conference about the prisoner movement and prison abolition. He outlines seven prospects for abolitionist reforms in the state of Michigan.
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Open Letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
In this letter addressed to current Michigan governor Whitmer, Rand thanks her for her work releasing some medically frail prisoners. He follows up by giving some advice on how to get more prisoners out, via extending the coverage of that bill as well as repealing disciplinary time and leaving disciplinary credits intact.
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The Good Time Bill Myth: Good Time Credits, Disciplinary Credits, Proposal B, and Truth-In-Sentencing in Michigan Prisons
This article, written in May 2019, describes the current situation surrounding two pending bills for good time reforms in the state of Michigan. Rand argues that HB 5666 and SB 1143 are doomed to fail and that the legislature should instead pass a bill that simply repeals TIS, or disciplinary time, as enacted back in 1998.
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“Back Through the Looking Glass: The Death of Brian Rodriguez and the Fake “Flu Quarantine” at Gus Harrison Correctional Facility”
This article, from March 2019, details the death of Brian Rodriguez at Harrison CF when medical staff wouldn’t treat his heart attack. Rand also writes about the fake flu quarantine that they imposed in the wake of this case of medical neglect.
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“Inside Michigan Prisons: Overview and Analysis of Structure and Conditions”
This article is a based on a speech that Rand delivered to a meeting of prison rights activists and prison abolitionists in Lansing, MI. It is a description of living conditions in Michigan prisons, the corruption rampant in the MDOC, and current bills in the state legislature that would increase possibilities for people getting out of prison.
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“Your Right Not to Be a Slave: The 13th Amendment and Michigan’s Criminal Statutes”
This article is a detailed analysis of Michigan’s criminal statutes and how it relates to prisoners being forced to work.
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“Fake Flu Quarantine Equals Real Lockdown in Michigan Prisons”
This article from February 2018 is a first-hand account of the fake MDOC quarantine operation amid a flu epidemic in the prisons in the U.P.
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“Know Your Enemy: The New COINTELPRO and the Slippery Slope of Identity Politics”
This article written in late 2017 discusses cross-racial alliances, federal counterinsurgency measures, and the need for a mass unified revolutionary movement.
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“New Mail Policy in Michigan Prisons”
This article from November 2017 describes the motivation of the new mailroom restrictions and argues that the repressive move pays off big for the owners of JPay
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“The ‘Howl’ Of Justice”
This article traces the origins and connotations of the word “justice” and criticizes the U.S. justice system for its practices.
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“A Brief Outline of Unlawful Mail Censorship in Michigan Prisons”
This article, from June 2017, describes the problems of censorship in Michigan prisoners and the ways that the mail room workers abuse their power.
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“Michigan Prisoners Rise Up!”
This article from October 2016 details the abusive and inhabitable conditions of Michigan prisons that led the the Kinross Rebellion on September 10th, 2016. It was published in various outlets including the San Francisco Bay View.
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“The Lesser Threat: The White Panther Party, Illegal FBI Wiretaps, and FISA”
This article describes the revolutionary politics of the White Panther Party and the state violence directed against the organization. It was published in the San Francisco Bay View.
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“Letter to the Editor: Taxpayer Dollars Wasted Closing and Reopening Prisons”
A letter to the editor from August 2015 about the MDOC budget and the ludicrous cost to Michigan taxpayers. Also references the black mould at Hiawatha Temporary Facility.
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“Hiawatha Temporary Facility (HTF): Status as of August 2015″
A 7-point criticism of the MDOC’s decision to transfer prisoners to the black mold-infested facility.
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“A Journey to Death’s Door: The last Stop for Lifers in Michigan’s Prisons”
This article describes the conditions at the Duane Waters Hospital in Jackson, Michigan.
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“Day of Mourning”
This is a poem written in 2012 which describes the horror history of America and the destruction that industrial humanity has wrought upon ourselves and upon the earth.
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“We’re All Inside the Fences: The Reproduction of Prison Inside Our Heads”
This article is an analysis of the life-long process of domestication that people are forced through. It ends by describing the tendency of people to reproduce prisons inside their own heads.
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“We Are Here to Dance Together”
This article discusses the relationship between civilization, religion, and sexuality. It argues against the sexual taboos that create the violent behaviors prevalent in our society.
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“Why the Capitalist State Wants You To Think America’s Prisoner Warehousing System is an Industrial Complex When It’s Not”
In this article Rand argues against the use of the term “prison industrial complex” because it distracts from the true function of the prison system: warehousing the underclass.
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“Legal Defense of Alleged ALF and ELF members”
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