Political prisoners

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'They Can Only Stretch the Bond. They Can't Break It.'

Michael Africa Jr. was born behind bars in 1978, right before his political prisoner parents were sentenced to 30 to 100 years. In 2018, for the first time in his life, Africa saw his mom and dad free and in the same space. Here’s a family story, 40 years in the making.

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After Nearly 45 Years of Incarceration, Herman Bell Wins Parole

Herman Bell, a former member of the Black Panther Party, was granted parole after serving nearly 45 years and having been previously denied seven times. 

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UPDATE: Political Prisoner Herman Bell Has Moved Facilities, Returned to General Population and is No Longer Facing Assault Charges

On September 5, former Black Panther Herman Bell was assaulted by guards at Great Meadows Correctional Facility. He spent weeks in isolation, received inadequate medical care and was denied a scheduled family visit. Here, his daughter-in-law reflects on how vital these all-too-rare chances to connect truly are.

The 16 Black Panthers Still Behind Bars

Black Panther alumni celebrated the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Party in 2016. In this informal census we present the names of those who are still in prison, who were recently released and who died while incarcerated.

Former Black Panther Marshall 'Eddie' Conway Released After 44 Years in Prison

After numerous campaigns, and consistent denial of the charges against him, the 68-year-old is now free.