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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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Contra Costa County to End Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

LA Times–  “In preliminary legal settlements announced Tuesday, Contra Costa County’s probation department has agreed to end the practice of solitary confinement for youths in juvenile hall, while the county’s office of education will guarantee appropriate services for all youths with disabilities. … Continue reading

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Thousands of American Prisoners Spend 23 Hours a Day in Solitary Confinement

“If you’re seriously mentally ill and placed in solitary confinement, chances are you’re going to be in there for a long time. Chances are you’re not going to get quality care, and chances are you’re not going to get better. … Continue reading

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Pregnant Woman Jailed, Forced To Give Birth In Solitary Confinement, Baby Dies In Cell

By 5 a.m. on June 12, a detention officer walking by saw that her cries were real, and that she was in fact in labor. He helped her deliver the baby, but because no help had come sooner, the umbilical … Continue reading

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Six positive developments for the US criminal justice system in 2014

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Under Fire for Negligence, North Carolina Prisons Chief Seeks New Funding for Mental Health Treatment

Excerpts, Solitary Watch – “North Carolina corrections chief David Guice wants more than $20 million to improve the treatment of people with mental illness in the state’s prisons. His request comes on the heels of two recent reports showing neglect … Continue reading

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Thank you, 60,000 times, from Pamela Smart’s team of supporters

Originally posted on Pamela Smart:
We had nearly 60,000 page-views of pamelasmart.com in August, and many offers of support and help.  Thank you! If you are new to this site, please read as much of it as you can.  If…

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Prison guards not trained for mental problems: union

Originally posted on Global News:
SASKATOON – The president of the union that represents Canadian prison guards says they are not being properly trained to deal with inmates who have mental health issues. Kevin Grabowsky of the Union of Canadian…

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Extreme Sentencing Laws Are Not Smart

Originally posted on 4JusticeNow:
ACLU – Extreme sentencing laws have pushed the number of people in American jails and prisons to over 2.3 million — with more than half imprisoned for nonviolent crimes. These unnecessarily long sentences have led to…

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Huge Jail Serves as Nation’s Largest Mental Health Care Provider

Originally posted on Social Action 2014:
http://youtu.be/C3AG6AGF3Mk Chicago’s Cook County Jail holds around 10,000 inmates, making it the largest jail in the United States. It’s also the nation’s largest mental health care provider, with an estimated 30 percent of inmates there…

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Central Park Five” – Wrongful Conviction: Defendant Speaks Out

Originally posted on Social Action 2014:
Richard French Live’s Dominic Carter speaks with Raymond Santana, one of the “Central Park Five” about his experience with the wrongful conviction he suffered.

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Get 16-Year-Old Trans Girl “Jane Doe” Out Of Prison!

Originally posted on 4JusticeNow:
WatchDog.net – “A 16-year-old transgender girl in Connecticut has been incarcerated in an adult men’s prison for nearly a month — and she still hasn’t been charged or convicted of a single crime. “Jane Doe” was living in…

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Colorado Prison Director To Reform Solitary Confinement After Enduring It Himself

“First thing you notice is that it’s anything but quiet. You’re immersed in a drone of garbled noise – other inmates’ blaring TVs, distant conversations, shouted arguments,” he wrote. “I couldn’t make any sense of it, and was left feeling … Continue reading

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Solitary Confinement May Dramatically Alter Brain Shape In Just Dayz, Neuroscientist Sayz

Originally posted on Moorbey'z Blog:
? By Nicole Flatow “Solitary Confinement May Dramatically Alter Brain Shape In Just Days, Neuroscientist Says” ? A solitary cell at Angola prison in the early 1970s. CREDIT: In The Land Of The Free…

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Deputy Assaults Shackled Prisoner , Judge Files Complaint , DA’s Office Declines Prosecution

Originally posted on YouViewed/Editorial:
Denver Deputy Slams Shackled Inmate Into Courtroom Wall ? ? ? ? ” A Denver sheriff’s deputy is appealing a 30-day suspension he was given after he slammed a handcuffed inmate into a wall during a…

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US prison to charge inmates for meals

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Two New Posters for Rally at Sacto Hearing

Originally posted on Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity:
Thanks to Melanie Cervantes and Dignidad Rebelde, we have two new posters for the rally to be held this Tuesday, February 11 following the California legislative hearing on solitary confinement. Poster images below.…

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Shackled, When I Should Be Free!

Originally posted on shelbycourtland:
I get by on a wing and a prayer and if you believe that, you’re a fool. There are no Angels to help me out, I’m just the subject of ridicule. I’ll never get a moment…

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Update on Hunger Strike at Menard Correctional in Illinois

Originally posted on Prison Books Collective:
From The San Fransisco Bay View On Jan. 15, 2014, approximately 25 prisoners in Administrative Detention at Menard Correctional Center went on hunger strike. The hunger strikers have been told the prison administration is…

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Murderer’s family launching lawsuit after ‘failed, agonizing’ 25-minutes-long execution

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