Category Archives: Angola 3

Is Solitary Confinement a Form of Torture? Q&A with journalist James Ridgeway

“Obama says we don’t torture, but a lot of this is straight-up torture,” says journalism legend James Ridgeway. “We call Guantanamo and Afghanistan torture and we never look at our own stuff.” Ridgeway is talking about the growing use – … Continue reading

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RIP Herman Wallace – The “Muhammad Ali of the Criminal Justice System”

This morning we lost without a doubt the biggest, bravest, and brashest personality in the political prisoner world.  It is with great sadness that we write with the news of Herman Wallace’s passing. Herman never did anything half way.  He embraced his many … Continue reading

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Free At Last! Herman Wallace Has Finally Been Released

After a long, dramatic day, we are humbled to report that the indomitable, irrepressible Herman Wallace has just been released after spending over 4 decades in solitary confinement. Even after Judge Jackson’s late evening ruling denying the State’s attempt at a stay and again ordering … Continue reading

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After 41 Years in Solitary, a Dying Herman Wallace Has His Conviction Overturned

Courtesy of Solitary Watch – “Following is the full text of a news release, “Dying Angola 3 Prisoner Wins Full Habeas Relief After 41 Years; Federal Judge Orders His Immediate Release,” issued by advocates for Herman Wallace. A post on Angola … 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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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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Angola 3′s Herman Wallace is Gravely Ill and Still Being Held in Isolation

By James Ridgeway and Jean Casella (Reprinted from Solitary Watch) Herman Wallace, 71, has been diagnosed with liver cancer. He is being held in a locked prison hospital room at the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center at St. Gabriel, Louisiana. The prognosis is … Continue reading

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Abusing Prisoners Decreases Public Safety

An interview with author and former prisoner Shawn Griffith Angola 3 News If given the attention it deserves, an important new book is certain to make significant contributions to the public discussions of US prison policy. The author, Shawn Griffith, … Continue reading

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Why Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz Must Be Released From Solitary Confinement: An interview with Theresa Shoatz and Matt Meyer

By Angola 3 News “This month, a 30-day action campaign was launched demanding the release of Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz from solitary confinement, where he has been held for over 23 consecutive years, and 28 of the last 30 years, in Pennsylvania prisons. … Continue reading

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