Category Archives: State Prisons

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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Prison costs: One of Chicago’s priciest neighborhoods isn’t what you’d expect

Taxpayers have shelled out an estimated $5.3 billion in the past decade just to incarcerate Chicago citizens who have been convicted of felony offenses, a vast majority of which are non-violent crimes, a new analysis by NBC 5 Investigates 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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State Bar Calls for Restrictions on Long-Term Use of Solitary Confinement

From Poststarnews.com ALBANY, NY (01/25/2013)(readMedia)– Citing strong evidence that demonstrates long-term negative impacts of housing inmates in solitary confinement, the New York State Bar Association today called for significant cutbacks in the use of long-term inmate isolation and new protocols for … 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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Colorado spending $208 million on empty solitary confinement prison

From Denver Post.com By David Olinger CAÑON CITY — Three days ago, Colorado shut down a brand-new prison it didn’t need. Unless the state government finds someone else who can use it, Colorado taxpayers can expect to spend $208 million for … 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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