Category Archives: Torture

Report Shows Even More Evidence Of The Misuse Of Solitary Confinement

WASHINGTON — A report released this week by the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonpartisan nonprofit based in New York, provides yet more evidence of the misuse of solitary confinement. The researchers add to a growing body of evidence that … Continue reading

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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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I ‘Got Snatched’: Daniel McGowan’s Bizarre Trip Through America’s Prison System

via HuffPo – “Daniel McGowan was in the yard of the Federal Correctional Institution in Sandstone, Minn., when his name rang out over the loudspeaker. It had been eight months since he first reported to the low-security prison to start … 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

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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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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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New Mexico Man “Forgotten” In Solitary Confinement For 2 Years Gets $15.5 Million Dollar Settlement

This is a story from right here in our home county. Notice the slant of this article…starting with the original title, “New Mexico inmate left in solitary confinement for 2 years gets $15.5 million” which implies he had been convicted … Continue reading

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Sacramento hearing exposes CDCR’s hidden agenda on Solitary Confinement

By Denise Mewbourne San Francisco Bay View Almost two years later, the ripple effect of the 2011 hunger strike organized by the Short Corridor Collective in Pelican Bay prison continues to reverberate throughout California. In protest of solitary confinement torture in … 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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Israeli Prisons Equipped by Notorious Security Firm G4S Hold Palestinian Teens in Solitary Confinement

Submitted by Adri Nieuwhof on Tue, 12/11/2012 Excerpt from Electronic Intifada– “Israel has held six Palestinian boys from Nablus in solitary confinement in al-Jalame detention center near Haifa, writes Defence for Children International-Palestine Section inan urgent appeal. The boys have spent on average 14.5 days in solitary confinement, ranging … Continue reading

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A Diary Of Solitary

This is an excerpt from prisoner’s request for help that came to us (my husband and I) a couple of years ago. We managed to verify from outside sources and get corroboration from other inmates inside on all of the … 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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Solitary Torture

The Washington Post By Sidney Rittenberg Sr   Feb. 22, 1968. As they walked me down the gray prison corridor toward my cell, I was startled to see the same medieval torture scene I had endured 19 years earlier. Eleven … 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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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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