The National Council for Incarcerated

COYOTE RI is excited to be joining our sisters at The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, who are committed to abolishing incarceration for women and girls. Bella Robinson, executive director of COYOTE RI was selected to be one of the 2022 FreeHer Fellowship Facilitators.

In solidarity with the National Council, we have dedicated this page to highlight this work and to help educate the public on these issues. We will be archiving tons of training materials as well as “In The News” to help with movement building. RI 3 Pager- Steps to closing jails_prisons

The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls Newsletter Feb 2022

Rapid Response and Legal Support Survey [link]

Fully Informed Jury Association link.   Take the quiz link



  1. Primary Caretakers Toolkit link
  2. AbolitionistTools  link
  3. Navigating Public
  4. Transcription app [link]
  5. Story Telling Tool kit link
  6. Electronic monitoring campaign toolkit. link
  7. Entering A Community Handout
  8. Six Seconds Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions link
  9. LA Alternatives to Incarceration Work Group- Report
  10. Entering A Community Template 2016
  11. direct_action_manual_3-1
  13. Report of the Presidential Committee on Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery link
  14. EPA’s Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool (Version 2.0) link
  15. THE REVOLUTION STARTS AT HOME-taking risks-implementing grassroots community accountability strategies.
  16. Narrative_Brief_POST_COP26_Culture_Hack_Labs
  17. The 50 Most Influential Think Tanks in the United States  link
  18. is a website that allows you to upload PDFs to it and it will read them to you for free.
  20. Legislative Tracker: Anti-Transgender Legislation  link
  21. Collective Action DC  link
  22. Black Out Collective-Oakland  link
  23. Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation Tracker link
  24. GLITS in NY link
  25. Women on the Rise in GA  link
  26. Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences  link
  27. The Peoples Coalition For Safety and Freedom  link
  29. Reformist reforms vs. abolitionist steps to end IMPRISONMENT  link
  30. Safety and Freedom  link
  31. PCSF VAWA Teach-In Resource Guide link
  32. Parole Justice NY  link
  33. The Peoples Process- The 94 Crime Bill link
  35. Drug Decriminalization [e]Course  link
  36. On Serial Killers link
  37. YWCA Resource List  link
  38. Building Your Abolitionist Toolbox- Resources for a Punishment-Free World  link
  39. Accountability Framework Facilitator Guide  link
  40. Fumbling Towards Repair A Workbook for Community Accountability Facilitators  link
  41. New Zine: What About “The Rapists?”  link
  42. Creative Interventions Tool Kit  link
  43. Equal Justice Initiative – EJI. link
  44. EJI’s Racial Justice Teaching Tools Now on Flipgrid Discovery Library  link
  45. No New Womens Prison tool kit  link
  46. Common Justice Guide  link
  47. Can Do Justice Through Clemency  link
  48. Freight Farms non profits  link
  49.  EPA’s Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool (Version 2.0)  link
  50. Music, writing project gives Maine prisoners a voice  link
  51. Into to Political Theories for Abolitionists  link
  52. Incite- The Revolution WillNot Be Funded Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex link
  53. FREE Anti Racism Workshops  link
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RESEARCH-  3 pager [link]

WHY WE DON’T NEED A NEW WOMEN’S PRISON – Suffolk University  link



Reading Folder  link

Structure of Legal System  link

Re:Power Training 1  link

Re:Power Training 2  link

Re:Power Training link



  1. The M&Ms are not Hot Anymore: Somehow, a serious video about the evils of colonialism. link
  2. Charisse Shumate: “Fighting for Our Lives” Video  link
  3. The Role of Gender and Poverty In Incarceration link
  4. Movie Attica link
  5. Laura Whitehorn, “The Impacts of the Prison Industrial Complex” link
  6. Episode 60: Capital with Angela Davis link
  7. Profile the Davis Museum exhibition, “Prison Nation. link
  8. JVP-NYC in conversation with former political prisoner Laura Whitehorn link
  9. The Origin of Race in the USA link
  10. Why Did Europeans Enslave Africans? link
  11. Capitalism Hits the Fan: Richard Wolff link
  12. The Drum Major Instinct by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. link
  13. Why Doesn’t the US Have Paid Parental Leave?  link
  14. Why Are Prescription Drugs So Expensive? link
  15. ‘Unashamedly Marxist’ founder of BLM resigns link
  16. Angela Davis & BLM Co-Founder Alicia Garza in Conversation across Generations link
  17. 13TH – FULL FEATURE  link
  18. Understanding E-Carceration: A Book Launch  link
  19. Prison Labor: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver [link
  20. Abolition. Feminism. Now. [link
  21. Van Jones: “We Will Not Live On A National Plantation Run By The Koch Brothers” 2011 link
  22. The Century of the Self- YouTube link
  23. The Century of Self – Vimeo link
  24. Black History & The Future of Justice link
  25. Paranoid Civilian Podcast link
  26. Automating Banishment: The Data-Driven Policing of Stolen Land link
  27. How the US STOLE Hawaii  link
  28. Don’t Talk to the Police [link
  29. Protect the Beast, Amazon, Apple TV and iTunes  link
  30. Momentum Webinar Series: link
  31. Women Abused Behind Bars link
  32. Joe Biden in 1993 speech warned of ‘predators on our streets’ link
  33. Aaron Briggs and the HMS Gaspee  link
  34. How Black Feminists Defined Abortion Rights- link
  35. Compton’s Cafeteria Riot link
  36. Carceral Cycles of Harm: A Teach-In on The Violence Against Women Act link
  37. The Peoples Process link
  38. Cameron Bell podcast  link
  39. People’s Coalition for Safety and Freedom Videos link
  40. Undoing Drugs link
  41. Chasing the Scream link
  42. In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts  link
  43. Drug Use for Grown-Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear link
  44. Heaven: Can You Hear Me?  link
  45. High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know about Drugs and Society  link
  46. Torn Apart How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families–and How Abolition Can Build a Safer World  link
  47. Building Accountable Communities Video Series  link
  48. Congratulations to COYOTERIs’ research director Tara Burns who’ research “People In Alaska’s Sex Trade: Their Lived Experiences and Policy Recommendations” was covered on the Last Week Tonight by John Oliver show.  link
  49. Implicit Bias | Concepts Unwrapped link
  50. Ta-Nehisi Coates: Reparations Are Not Just About Slavery But Also Centuries of Theft & Racial Terror link
  51. One Voice Closing Rikers  link
  52. Why did Haiti agree to pay reparations to France after the Haitian Revolution?  link
  53. The San People: Oldest DNA On The Planet!  link
  54. Tuskegee Syphilis Study  link
  55. Kwame Ture – The Principle of Capitalism  link
  56. Angela Davis video   link
  57.  POLITICAL THEORY – Karl Marx link
  58. Assata Shakur on Socialism link
  59. Marilyn Buck (One of Assata Shakur’s Liberators)  link
  60. ​​Interrupting Criminalization  link
  61. EZLN – Our Word is our Weapon Comandante MArcos video  link
  62. Chris Hayes Podcast With Mariame Kaba | Why Is This Happening?  link



  1. Respectability Politics Strange Bedfellows-  link

  3. Probation Profiteers In Georgia’s outsourced justice system, a traffic ticket can land you deep in the hole.  link

  4. Twenty Million Angry Men: The Case for Including Convicted Felons in Our Jury System link
  5. Rebellious Mourning- The Collective Work of Grief link
  6. Koch Criminal Justice Reform Trojan Horse: Special Report on Reentry and Following the Money  link
  7. A Company That Designs Jails is Spying On Activists Who Oppose Them link
  8. Improving Health Equity for Women Involved in the Criminal Legal System link
  9. The Mark of a Criminal Record link
  10. The Radical Capitalist Behind the Critical Race Theory Furor  link
  11. What will future generations condemn us for?  link
  12. As Private Prisons Surge Under Trump, Koch Brothers Launch Prison Reform Initiative link
  13. How the Koch Brothers Helped Bring About the Law That Shut Texas Abortion Clinics   link
  14. The Revolution Will Not Be Funded- Beyond The Non-Profit Industrial Complex.  link
  15. Koch’s Criminal Justice Agenda: Protect White-collar Criminals and Expand the Prison Industrial Complex   link
  16. The New Campaign for a Sex-Free Internet; Sex, money, and the future of online free speech link May 2022
  17. Pantry – Alternatives to Koch Industries Consumer Products link
  18. If You Fund the Research, You Can Shape the World  link
  19. No More Koch Case   link
  20. Charles Koch funded eviction push while investing in real estate companies   link
  21. Koch Criminal Justice Reform Trojan Horse: Special Report on Reentry and Following the Money   link
  22. Jeff Bezos’ $100 Million Award to Van Jones was a Slimy PR Move  link
  23. Dark Money- Jane Mayer  link
  24. As Private Prisons Surge Under Trump, Koch Brothers Launch Prison Reform Initiative  link
  25. They thought they were going to rehab. They ended up in chicken plants  link
  26. More on Koch Brothers on Democracy now archives  link
  27. First Step Act brings home thousands of prisoners; A win for property rights- 2019  link
  28. Deadly symbiosis: When ghetto and prison meet and mesh   link
  29. Conservatives prepare new push for constitutional convention  link
  30. Queering Sexual Violence   link
  31. Articles on 1994 Crime Bill  link
  32. Senators Call for Critically Needed Transparency About CIA Bulk Collection; Documents Declassified at Wyden and Heinrich’s Request-  link
  33. Arrested Justice Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation  link
  34. Tioni Theus, Human Trafficking, and Super Bowl LVI   link
  35. Beyond Survival book  link
  36.  I Use ‘They’ Pronouns Because I’m Non-Binary  link

  37. Dancing the Carceral Creep: The Feminist AntiViolence Movement and the Pursuit of Criminalization, 1973-1986  link
  38. Danielle Sered’s words re: Hamburger Stand from Until We Reckon   link
  39. The Jakarta Method: Washington’s Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our World  link
  40. States of Incarceration  link
  41. Why Misogynists Make Great Informants: How Gender Violence on the Left Enables State Violence in Radical Movements link
  42. Revolutionary Books &  Complimentary Texts: A Drop for Black liberation  link
  43.  As Black as Resistance: Finding the Conditions for Liberation  link
  44.  Assata Shakur- Autobiography link
  45. United Nations International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination – CERD Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination  link
  46. The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State”  link
  47. The gender wars of household chores: a feminist comic link
  48. Marx on Gender and the Family: A Summary link
  49. The Invasion Of Ukraine: Anarchist Interventions And Geopolitical Changes  link
  50. Anarchist Parenting  link
  51. NO! Against Adult Supremacy Vol. 1   link
  52. Understanding Christian Anarchism  link
  53. Christian Anarchism  link
  54. Viola Liuzzo’s story,  “From Selma to Sorrow: The Life and Death of Viola Liuzzo”   link
  55. Abolitionist Futures  link
  56. The Rise of Black Counter-Insurgency  link
  57. Madeleine Albright Was a Killer  link
  58. Green Criminology & Marxist Environmental Sociology  link
  59. Peoples Movement Assembly  link
  60. The People’s Budget  link
  61. Let’s talk about the slavery that still exists in U.S. cotton ‘prison farms’  link


  1. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a nonprofit organization of conservative state legislators and private sector representatives who draft and share model legislation for distribution among state governments in the United States.
  3. The Heritage Foundation link
  4. Koch Family wiki page   link
  5. Koch Industries   link


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Equity Challenge 

  1. Intersectionality 101 [link]
  2. The urgency of intersectionality [link]
  3. What is intersectionality, and what does it have to do with me? [link]
  4. The intersectionality wars [link]

Policy and Legislation 

  1. Is it time to legalize prostitution in RI [link]
  2. RI’s Bella Robinson fights to legalize prostitution, her profession at age 57 [link]



LaResse Harvey: The stigma of incarceration and helping Connecticut residents- link

Another transphobic law sponsored by Rep Lauren Boebert link

Kathy Boudin, Radical Imprisoned in a Fatal Robbery, Dies at 78 link

As more wrongful convictions unravel, exoneree’s help one another adjust to life beyond bar link

Inmate workers win suit against Mills administration for seizing unemployment benefits  link

Biden will commute or pardon sentences of 78 non-violent people. Here are a few to know link

Almost a year on, new Boston police watchdog has processed only a few complaints of officer misconduct. Some advocates are disappointed. [link]

An interview with DARE organizer Anusha Alles on racism in the RI General Assembly [link] April 22nd, 2022

Business Tax on Freelance Writers Heads to Virginia Supreme Court [link]

Court-martial results in first conviction of general officer in Air Force history [link]

Florida inmate uses TikTok videos to expose prison issues [link]

Beyond troubling’: Current, former government officials tied to human trafficking probe in Georgia [link]

NBC 10 I-Team: Short-staffing leads to big overtime bills in Rhode Island prison system [link] April 19th, 2022

City Won’t Pay $6 Million Awarded to Man Wrongfully Imprisoned for Decades [link]April 18th, 2022

Exclusive: HUD unveils plan to help people with a criminal record find a place to live [link] April 12th, 2022

Texas Judges Claim Jurisdiction Over Facebook Lawsuit Challenging Section 230 [link] April 13th, 2022

Supporters of prison construction moratorium plan rally Saturday in Framingham [link] April 8th, 2020

Pawtucket officer charged in teen’s shooting now accused of roughing up woman [link] April 5th, 2022

Rhode Island Senators Consider Two Paths To Decriminalizing Prostitution [link] April 2022

Is it time to legalize prostitution in RI? The arguments for and against [link]April 2022

He Spent 28 Years Behind Bars for a Murder He Didn’t Commit and Died Before Seeing Justice [link] March 2022

ICE set up a fake college to catch fraudsters. Students say they were duped. After fighting the case for years, the government has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by students who alleged they were collateral damage in the sting operation. [link]

‘Geofence Warrant’ for All Cell Location Data From Area Near Robbery Is Ruled Unconstitutional [link] 

President Biden signs bill making lynching a federal hate crime [link]

MA- The state’s high court in 2017 struck down a murder law that had condemned men who never killed to die behind bars. But what about those already facing that dire penalty? They are waiting. [link]


Belgium Decriminalizes Prostitution[link]



FBI Will Publish Long-Delayed Police Use-of-Force Data [link]

“Brutalized with little recourse”: Colorado lawmakers take a first step to protect sex workers [link]

NYC jail guard arrested for allegedly lying in probe over loaded gun found in inmate’s cell [link]

New Hampshire released a statewide list of problem police officers. No such list exists in Massachusetts [link]

Maine man recorded by jail while on phone with lawyer won’t get new trial [link]

Governor McKee is preventing the release of paroled men convicted as juveniles because “it’s an election year” [link]

‘I can’t breathe’: Chilling video shows death of California man pinned down by cops [link]

Inmate advocacy group alleges Nebraska prison’s book policy is unconstitutional- [link]

How the Atlanta Spa Shootings—the Victims, the Survivors—Tell a Story of America [link]

Selma to Montgomery march sheds light on voting rights push [link]

Bill regulating sexual conduct while in police custody stalls in RI Assembly [link]

Preventing Violence Against Female Inmates Act would ban possible Biden plan to house transgender women in women’s prisons- [link]

The New Violence Against Women Act Aims To Protect Women From State Violence [link]

ACLU Director Steve Brown details history of prostitution laws in Rhode Island [link]

Protesters drive anti-trans Texas House candidate Jeff Younger out of event at UNT [link]


Guaranteed income experiment provides hope for formerly incarcerated [link]

After decades of lobbying, supporters say they have the votes in the House to pass a reparations bill [link]

Inside Forest Defenders’ Blockade of Atlanta’s “Cop City” Training Compound [link]

Her Boyfriend Killed Her Baby While She Was at Work. Oklahoma Might Lock Her Up for Life. February 10th, 2022- [link]

Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Moses would be a free woman—if she hadn’t insisted on exercising her constitutional right to trial. [link]

Check out the stats for this years trafficking super bowl scam.-February 16th, 2022 [link]

‘Our hearts are broken’ – groups gather at the State House to push prison moratorium bill- February 15th, 2022 [link]

Switter, the Twitter for Sex Workers, Is Shutting Down- February 14th, 2022 [link]

Police Search Rape Kit DNA To See if Victims Are Also Criminals February 15th, 2022 [link]

Protesters call for 5-year halt on prison construction in Massachusetts [link]

Texas counties reject unprecedented numbers of mail ballots ahead of March 1 primary under restrictive new law [link]

The term “black on black crime” is a particularly pernicious trope  [link]

Police shot dead a record 1,055 people last year – the highest number in SEVEN years: Black people killed at twice the rate as white [link]

US Military Faces Crisis in Hawaii After Leak Poisons Water- February 6th, 2022 [link]

SCOTUS Just Blew Up the Voting Rights Act’s Ban on Racial Gerrymandering- February 7th, 2022 [link]

Happy Black History Month From Companies That Make Prison Even Lonelier- February 3, 2022 [link]

D.C. Cops Conspired to Keep Records From Reporters, Activists, and Critics, Says Lawsuit– February 3, 2022- [link]

After violence at N.J. jail, oversight committee probes housing and mental health- January 29th, 2022 [link]

Flaws plague a tool meant to help low-risk federal prisoners win early release- January 26th, 2022 [link]

Jails In Jeopardy Following New Treasury Rule: Federal Covid Relief Must Help People- January 19th, 2022 [link]

The Economic Costs of Pretrial Detention- January 19th, 2022- [link]

Atlanta Reckons with the Convict Labor that Built the City- January 18th, 2022 [link]

A new piece of legislation offered in Kentucky would “make operating a charitable bail organization unlawful.January 18th, 2022[link]

Conservatives prepare new push for constitutional convention- December 8th, 2021 [link]

In 1831, a group of white rioters razed the Providence neighborhood of Snowtown. Now, archaeologists are excavating its legacy- October 5th, 2021 [link]

Action Report From Fight Toxic Prisons On Lockdown Demanding Release Of Prisoners In The Midst Of Covid-19 Pandemic. April 17th, 2020 [link]


North Carolina woman who was granted clemency by Obama after serving 21 years in prison for a drug conviction dies two years after her sentence was commuted= February 27th, 2018 [link]




PRESS RELEASE Formerly Incarcerated Activists

Empowering incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women [link]