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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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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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‘It’s Torture’: Pirate Bay Founder Kept In Solitary Awaiting Hacking Trial

Published on Dec 17, 2013 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has slammed Sweden over Gottfrid Svartholm’s case. Since his transfer to a Danish prison, the Pirate Bay founder has been kept in solitary confinement and denied access to mail and reading material. … Continue reading

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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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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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After 41 Years in Solitary, a Dying Herman Wallace Has His Conviction Overturned

Courtesy of Solitary Watch – “Following is the full text of a news release, “Dying Angola 3 Prisoner Wins Full Habeas Relief After 41 Years; Federal Judge Orders His Immediate Release,” issued by advocates for Herman Wallace. A post on Angola … Continue reading

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Fighting Spirit: A Message from Herman Wallace

PLEASE TAKE ACTION: Demand Humane Release for Herman! USA, UK,France, Belgium, and elsewhere On Saturday. August 31st, I was transferred to LSU Hospital for evaluation. I was informed that the chemo treatments had failed and were making matters worse and so all treatment came … 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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No Place For Children

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The Horrible Psychology of Solitary Confinement

“You can’t starve people. You can’t put them into a hotbox or maim them,” she continued. “If you could do brain scans to show that people suffer permanent damage, that could make solitary look less like some form of distress, … Continue reading

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California Prisoners Launch New Hunger Strike to Protest Solitary Confinement

Solitary Watch – “Hundreds of people held in California prisons are expected to launch their third large-scale hunger strike in two years today. The current strike, announced by leaders at Pelican Bay State Prison on February 14th, is seen as a resumption … 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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Spirituality In Dark Places

Spirituality in Dark Places explores the spiritual consequences and ethics of modern solitary confinement. Jeffreys emphasizes how solitary confinement damages our spiritual lives, focusing particularly on how it destroys our relationship to time and undermines our creativity. Solitary inmates experience … 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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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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ACLU Releases Report on Solitary Confinement Reform in Maine

March 11, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; media@aclu.org   Maine’s Success Shows Reform is Both Necessary and Possible “Solitary confinement is dangerous, cruel and costly. Thankfully, a movement to reform solitary is growing quickly, and we are hopeful that … Continue reading

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Sunshine Award

Many, many thanks to Moorbey  for honoring this blog with the Sunshine Award! If you are not already a reader/follower of his, please take a minute and check out his fantastic and informative blog! The rules for The Sunshine Award are: … 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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Montana Considers Solitary Reform

Via Solitary Watch – “On Friday, February 22nd, the Montana House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on House Bill 536, entitled the “Montana Solitary Confinement Act,” sponsored by legislator Franke Wilmer. The bill, which the National Religious Campaign Against Torture calls … Continue reading

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