Tag Archives: Mental health

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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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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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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The Modern (Prison) Asylum

“Prisons have become the nation’s primary mental health facilities. But for those with serious illnesses, prison can be the worst place to be.” Director, U.S. Program of Human Rights Watch *** “We are literally drowning in patients, running around trying … 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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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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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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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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