Tag Archives: Prison

Half a Life in Solitary: How Colorado Made a Young Man Insane

After being wrongly convicted,  Mandez went to prison and was promptly placed into solitary for institutional offenses so petty that they almost beggar belief. Excerpts from The Atlantic – “The story of Sam Mandez is appalling on so many different … Continue reading

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Attica’s lessons and the urgency of ending prison-based gerrymandering

“Two-thirds of new prisons were built in rural areas, despite the experience at Attica and despite research showing that keeping an incarcerated person close to home increases family visits and reduces the odds of recidivism or a return to prison.” … Continue reading

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Abusing Prisoners Decreases Public Safety

An interview with author and former prisoner Shawn Griffith Angola 3 News If given the attention it deserves, an important new book is certain to make significant contributions to the public discussions of US prison policy. The author, Shawn Griffith, … Continue reading

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Lawsuit: Eight Inmates Beaten At NC Prison

“…Inmates with serious mental disorders were often kept in isolation for weeks, sometimes nude, in roach-infested cells smeared with human waste.”   By MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press WRAL – “RALEIGH, N.C. — A federal lawsuit on behalf of eight inmates at … Continue reading

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Criminal Justice System’s Dark Secret: Teenagers In Solitary Confinement

“For each of the past five years, roughly 100,000 juveniles have been held in adult jails and prisons, according to data from the Department of Justice.” ~~ “Ninety-one percent of the children who are serving time in adult jails and … Continue reading

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Prison Hospice Program Helps Prisoners Die With Dignity

Excerpts, Denver Post “Colorado’s prison population is aging quickly and more inmates than ever are sick with illnesses that will kill them long before their sentences are up. In the first state prison hospice program in the nation, inmates of … Continue reading

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Strategizing to Defeat Control Unit Prisons and Solitary Confinement –An interview with author/activist Nancy Kurshan

Via Activist Post Author and longtime activist Nancy Kurshan’s new book, entitled Out of Control: A Fifteen Year Battle Against Control Unit Prisons, has just been released by the Freedom Archives. Kurshan’s book documents the work of The Committee to End … 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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Human Rights Watch Report On US Prisons

Research in 2012 found that the massive over-incarceration includes a growing number of elderly people whom prisons are ill-equipped to handle, and an estimated 93,000 youth under age 18 in adult jails and another 2,200 in adult prisons. Hundreds of … Continue reading

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Return To Sender; Postcard-Only Policies

For prisons or jails to only allow prisoners to receive postcards is just another way to sever ties to outside support systems and to INCREASE the odds that a prisoner will re-offend. It also…conveniently enough – prevents word and documentation … Continue reading

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Confined behind these walls Confined behind these bars Confined in these halls You know who we are…   We’re your kids We’re your loved ones We’re your friends The young ones.   They confine us to our minds 24 hours … 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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Voices from Solitary: Suffering at the Hands of Other Human Beings

Via Solitary Watch – The following comes from Bryan Crawley, a prisoner at Ely State Prison in Ely, Nevada. Incarcerated since 2006 and convicted in 2008 for murder, he has been held in solitary confinement for his own protection since … 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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Vermont Activists Battle Private Prisons

“According to southern Vermont’s Rutland Herald the number of prisoners in Vermont increased at “nearly five times the national average” between 2002 and 2003.  The number of teenagers and young adults in Vermont jails surged by more than 77 percent. A racialized … 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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