Category Archives: Insanity

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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Voices from Solitary: A Mouse and a Murderer

Solitary Watch – “William Blake is in solitary confinement at Elmira Correctional Facility in upstate New York. In 1987, while in county court on a drug charge, Blake, then 23, grabbed a gun from a sheriff’s deputy and, in a … Continue reading

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Solitary Confinement…Medically Ethical?

Physicians who work in U.S. prison facilities face ethically difficult challenges arising from substandard working conditions, dual loyalties to patients and employers, and the tension between reasonable medical practices and the prison rules and culture.

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Solitary Confinement: No Way Out of the Monster Factory

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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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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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No Place For Children

Please sign (and share!) the petition on change.org

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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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The Horrifying Existence Of Solitary Confinement

“If we believe in basic human rights and dignity for all human beings, then we surely must object to solitary confinement.” Excerpts, SFBay View – “Imagine being locked in a cage alone for 22 ½ hours a day, sometimes for … 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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NY State Bar Report: Imposing Solitary Confinement On Children, “Particularly Harsh”

Excerpt from NY State Bar Association Civil Rights Committee REPORT TO THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES “In addition to those suffering from mental illness, juveniles and the elderly are also subjected to the same form of isolation as adult prisoners. As far … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Isolating Social Creatures

Originally published in the New Yorker,  the research in the article quoted here is still relevant – if not even more relevant now that more men, women and children and being thrown into isolation cells for minor infractions inside prisons. … Continue reading

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Questioning the price of solitary confinement

From The Boston Globe By Adrian Walker   Growing up in the old West End in the 1950s, Bobby Dellelo mastered stealing cars before he knew how to drive one. Trouble found him early. He graduated from routine burglaries as … Continue reading

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Man spends 2 years in solitary after DWI arrest

By Elizabeth Chuck, Staff Writer, NBC News A New Mexico man who said he was forced to pull his own tooth while in solitary confinement because he was denied access to a dentist has been awarded $22 million due to inhumane treatment … Continue reading

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