Category Archives: SHU

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: No Way Out of the Monster Factory

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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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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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No Place For Children

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

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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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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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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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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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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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California Assembly Reviews Solitary Confinement Policies As Prisoners Threaten New Hunger Strike

On Monday, February 25th, the California Assembly’s Public Safety Committee, chaired by Assembly Member Tom Ammiano, held a hearing on the state’s Security Housing Units (SHUs). The hearing comes 18 months after the committee held a similar hearingprompted by  a three-week … 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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FBOP To Review Solitary Confinement Conditions

On the surface this seems like a positive step in the right direction…but the slightly snarky side of me can’t help but wonder if allowing an agency of the Bureau of Prisons to investigate the actions of the BOP isn’t … Continue reading

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How Utah Officials Handle Complaints of Abuse

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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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Twelve Years In Solitary & Still In “Legal Limbo”

Via Solitary Watch – Paul Rogers has spent more than 4,300 consecutive days – over 12 years –  locked behind a solid steel door in the bowels of a Pennsylvania prison. He spends twenty-four hours a day in isolation, occasionally … Continue reading

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