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Colorado Prison Director To Reform Solitary Confinement After Enduring It Himself

First thing you notice is that it’s anything but quiet. You’re immersed in a drone of garbled noise – other inmates’ blaring TVs, distant conversations, shouted arguments,” he wrote. “I couldn’t make any sense of it, and was left feeling twitchy and paranoid. I kept waiting for the lights to turn off, to signal the end of the day. But the lights did not go off. I began to count the small holes carved in the walls. Tiny grooves made by inmates who’d chipped away at the cell as the cell chipped away at them.”

The Free Thought Project- “Colorado prison inmates who have spent time in solitary confinement should prepare to see their conditions change after the new executive director of the state’s department of corrections said spending 20 hours in isolation has inspired him to reform it.

Rick Raemisch announced his intentions in an editorial for the New York Times, using the space to remind the public that prisoners who have committed even minor infractions in prison can often spend nearly two years in what is known as the solitary housing unit (SHU), or administrative segregation (ad-seg). 

I would spend a total of 20 hours in that cell,” he wrote. “Which, compared to the typical stay, is practically a blink. On average, inmates who are sent to solitary spend an average of 23 months there. Some spend 20 years.”

As reformers have tried to call attention to how inmates are punished behind bars, they have highlighted the numerous academic papers and medical studies that have found solitary confinement to be one of the most damaging mental experiences a person can endure. That seriousness is further exacerbated by the number of convicts who suffer from mental illness before they are ever placed in ad-seg.

Raemisch described how he fully immersed himself, writing of how that experience can shift a person’s mentality.

First thing you notice is that it’s anything but quiet. You’re immersed in a drone of garbled noise – other inmates’ blaring TVs, distant conversations, shouted arguments,” he wrote. “I couldn’t make any sense of it, and was left feeling twitchy and paranoid. I kept waiting for the lights to turn off, to signal the end of the day. But the lights did not go off. I began to count the small holes carved in the walls. Tiny grooves made by inmates who’d chipped away at the cell as the cell chipped away at them.”

The impact that leaves on a person not only wears on them through their time behind bars, Raemisch explained, but also when they re-enter society.” Read More At The Free Thought Project-

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Solitary Confinement May Dramatically Alter Brain Shape In Just Dayz, Neuroscientist Sayz

Originally posted on Moorbey'z Blog:

By Nicole Flatow

Solitary Confinement May Dramatically Alter Brain Shape In Just Days, Neuroscientist Says

A solitary cell at Angola prison in the early 1970s.A solitary cell at Angola prison in the early 1970s.

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Solitary confinement has been called a “living death,” cruel and unusual, and torture. Studies of the prison practice of placing inmates in a solitary, often concrete windowless cell for 23 hours a day with almost no human contact, have found that the psychological impact is dramatic after just a few days.

A University of Michigan neuroscientist suggested Friday that the physical impact on the brain could be just as significant if not moreso, and could “dramatically change the brain” in just a matter of days. Speaking on a panel about solitary confinement, neuroscientist Huda Akil said inaccess to inmates has prevented much formal study on brain changes while held in confinement…

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Deputy Assaults Shackled Prisoner , Judge Files Complaint , DA’s Office Declines Prosecution

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Denver Deputy Slams Shackled Inmate Into Courtroom Wall

” A Denver sheriff’s deputy is appealing a 30-day suspension he was given after he slammed a handcuffed inmate into a wall during a hearing before a judge in 2012. Anthony Waller was handcuffed when he appeared before a judge to face domestic violence charges on Sept. 11, 2012.

  The hearing was recorded by surveillance cameras and posted online by the Colorado Independent. In the video, Waller can be heard asking the judge, “The investigation should come first and then the arrest?” He then looks back and that’s when Deputy Brad Lovingier grabbed Waller by the waist and slammed him head first into a wall.”

   The Denver prosecutor’s office declines prosecution of a filmed assault and the authorities wonder why they are losing public support ? The blue wall includes the brown shoe and that reveals that their mentality is “the public be…

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US prison to charge inmates for meals

Originally posted on Tales from the World:

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February 9, 2014

A prison in Nevada County is moving ahead with a rare plan to charge inmates for food and medical care, despite opposition from human rights activists who slam the move as “cruel” punishment.

On Wednesday, The Elko County Commission approved Sheriff Jim Pitts’ proposal to charge prisoners $6 a day for meals, $10 for each doctor visit and $5 for initial booking into the jail.

He said the move will save county taxpayers millions of dollars a year. The prison pays up to $10,000 for the costs of food, services, housing and utilities for all 120 inmates, Pitts told The Elko Daily Free Press.

“We’re not the Hilton,” he said. “These guys shouldn’t have a free ride.”

Commissioner Grant Gerber, another backer of the plan, said, “Why should the people of Elko County pay for somebody else’s meals in jail?”

Under the new policy, inmates of…

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Two New Posters for Rally at Sacto Hearing

Originally posted on Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity:

Thanks to Melanie Cervantes and Dignidad Rebelde, we have two new posters for the rally to be held this Tuesday, February 11 following the California legislative hearing on solitary confinement. Poster images below. These and others will be screened at Sole Space on Telegraph in Oakland Sunday afternoon; see below and come help! The flyer for the hearing and rally is here.

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Racial War Inside an Indiana Prison

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February 11th, 2014: Support The Prisoner-Led Movement To End Long Term Solitary Confinement

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