Category Archives: Abuse

Report Shows Even More Evidence Of The Misuse Of Solitary Confinement

WASHINGTON — A report released this week by the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonpartisan nonprofit based in New York, provides yet more evidence of the misuse of solitary confinement. The researchers add to a growing body of evidence that … Continue reading

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Baby Dies in Jail After Mother Was Forced to Give Birth in Solitary With No Help: Lawsuit

Free Thought Project – “The plaintiff, Nicole Guerrero alleges in legal documents that: “Wichita County denied (her) access to reasonable medical care … ignored her obvious signs of labor and constant requests for medical assistance, failed to conduct a physical … Continue reading

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‘It’s Torture’: Pirate Bay Founder Kept In Solitary Awaiting Hacking Trial

Published on Dec 17, 2013 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has slammed Sweden over Gottfrid Svartholm’s case. Since his transfer to a Danish prison, the Pirate Bay founder has been kept in solitary confinement and denied access to mail and reading material. … Continue reading

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Half a Life in Solitary: How Colorado Made a Young Man Insane

After being wrongly convicted,  Mandez went to prison and was promptly placed into solitary for institutional offenses so petty that they almost beggar belief. Excerpts from The Atlantic – “The story of Sam Mandez is appalling on so many different … Continue reading

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I ‘Got Snatched’: Daniel McGowan’s Bizarre Trip Through America’s Prison System

via HuffPo – “Daniel McGowan was in the yard of the Federal Correctional Institution in Sandstone, Minn., when his name rang out over the loudspeaker. It had been eight months since he first reported to the low-security prison to start … Continue reading

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Fighting Spirit: A Message from Herman Wallace

PLEASE TAKE ACTION: Demand Humane Release for Herman! USA, UK,France, Belgium, and elsewhere On Saturday. August 31st, I was transferred to LSU Hospital for evaluation. I was informed that the chemo treatments had failed and were making matters worse and so all treatment came … Continue reading

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Solitary confinement for students will continue: Oregon schools easily bypass ban on “isolation booths”

“You have two adults dragging you into a room and locking the door behind you and you’re just a little kid and you don’t know what’s going on…” via Police State USA – PORTLAND, OR — Last year, a parent’s … Continue reading

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Opening the Box: Sarah Shourd on Herman Wallace, California Hunger Strikers and the Horror of Solitary Confinement

Last month, we were devastated to learn that the Angola 3’s Herman Wallace had been diagnosed with liver cancer, and that he was continuing to be held in isolation in a locked room at Hunt Correctional Center’s prison infirmary. Reflecting on … Continue reading

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The Horrible Psychology of Solitary Confinement

“You can’t starve people. You can’t put them into a hotbox or maim them,” she continued. “If you could do brain scans to show that people suffer permanent damage, that could make solitary look less like some form of distress, … Continue reading

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A GATED COMMUNITY

At Angola, a game of golf comes with a spectacular view of Louisiana’s only maximum-security prison. Josh Begley is a web artist studying the internets at NYU. Excerpt, Tomorrow “Moving through the course brings golfers closer to the most arresting element … Continue reading

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Mos Def Force-fed Under Guantánamo Procedure; Urges Obama to Halt Ramadan Plan

If they bite the tube, the guards hold their head still for “as long as necessary for the detainee to relax his jaw”. The Raw Story – “Islamic community leaders are calling on the Obama administration to rethink its policy … Continue reading

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Petition | California State Assembly: Pass SB 61 to Limit Solitary Confinement of Youth in California | Change.org

Dear Friends, We urge you to take a moment for California’s youth. One final hurdle remains for passage of Senate Bill 61, a bill to limit the harmful practice of placing young people in solitary confinement in California. Your support … Continue reading

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Lawsuit: Eight Inmates Beaten At NC Prison

“…Inmates with serious mental disorders were often kept in isolation for weeks, sometimes nude, in roach-infested cells smeared with human waste.”   By MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press WRAL – “RALEIGH, N.C. — A federal lawsuit on behalf of eight inmates at … Continue reading

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ACLU Demands DHS End Solitary Confinement of Children | ACLU – Colorado

ACLU Demands Department of Human Services End Solitary Confinement of Children in Pueblo Residential Treatment Center Prolonged seclusion of children at El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch violates Department’s child care regulations   DENVER – In a letter sent today, the … Continue reading

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Colo. governor orders audit of sentence records as Investigators search for links in three killings

By Erica Goode and Dan Frosch  |  NEW YORK TIMES      APRIL 05, 2013  When Tom Clements, the head of Colorado’s prison system, was shot to death at his front door last month, the killing seemed a planned assassination … Continue reading

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Solitary confinement isn’t the solution for immigrant detainees – latimes.com

Solitary confinement in immigration detention centers across the nation is often overused and arbitrarily applied. According to data obtained by the National Immigrant Justice Center, as many as 300 immigrants, or about 1% of all detainees in the 50 largest … Continue reading

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Criminal Justice System’s Dark Secret: Teenagers In Solitary Confinement

“For each of the past five years, roughly 100,000 juveniles have been held in adult jails and prisons, according to data from the Department of Justice.” ~~ “Ninety-one percent of the children who are serving time in adult jails and … Continue reading

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Rally Monday to end solitary confinement in NYC Jails

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Montana Considers Solitary Reform

Via Solitary Watch – “On Friday, February 22nd, the Montana House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on House Bill 536, entitled the “Montana Solitary Confinement Act,” sponsored by legislator Franke Wilmer. The bill, which the National Religious Campaign Against Torture calls … Continue reading

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Utah’s Supermax: House of Horrors

It has been over a year since I have had regular contact with men in this unit; my husband and I worked with prisoners here for 2 years trying to expose the abuses going on but made little progress, unfortunately. … Continue reading

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