Category Archives: ACLU

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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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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California Prisoners Launch New Hunger Strike to Protest Solitary Confinement

Solitary Watch – “Hundreds of people held in California prisons are expected to launch their third large-scale hunger strike in two years today. The current strike, announced by leaders at Pelican Bay State Prison on February 14th, is seen as a resumption … 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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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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ACLU Releases Report on Solitary Confinement Reform in Maine

March 11, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; media@aclu.org   Maine’s Success Shows Reform is Both Necessary and Possible “Solitary confinement is dangerous, cruel and costly. Thankfully, a movement to reform solitary is growing quickly, and we are hopeful that … Continue reading

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