Category Archives: SHU

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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The Cruelest Punishment

“So when you’re in Iran and in solitary confinement,” asks Lt. Chris Acosta, my guide at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison, “was it different?” His tone makes clear that he believes an Iranian prison to be a bad place… Excerpts … Continue reading

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Build a movement to close solitary confinement

Originally posted on Moorbey’z Blog Source: by Mumia Abu-Jamal   You may think that you know something about solitary, but you don’t. You may have a loved one in prison who has experienced it and told you about it. But still I say, … Continue reading

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Survivors Manual: Surviving In Solitary

A manual written by and for people living in control units.  The federal penitentiary in Marion, Illinois, went on permanent lock down in 1983. This created the first “control unit.” Now, in addition to the federal government, some forty states have … Continue reading

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