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Solitary Confinement

Christopher Mathias

Here's Kalief Browder's Heartbreaking Research Paper On Solitary Confinement

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Mathias | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices

Bronx Community College was proud of Kalief Browder. At the end of the 2014-15 school year, the 22-year-old had an impressive 3.55 grade point ave...

Mental And Physical Damage From Solitary Confinement Can Last For Years

Posted 06.22.2015 | Health News

By: Elizabeth Palermo Published: June 16, 2015 07:09am ET on LiveScience. A man who spent nearly 43 years in solitary confinement in a U.S. p...

Samantha Lachman

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Goes Out Of His Way To Denounce Solitary Confinement

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Justice Anthony Kennedy agreed with the majority in a capital punishment case Thursday. But in an unusual move, he dedicated almost all ...

The Humanity of the Guilty: A Crime Survivor's Path of Forgiveness

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | Posted 06.16.2015 | Crime
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

In my work as an advocate and writer, I've encountered countless men and women who are incarcerated for crimes they did not commit. There is a particular tragedy to these cases.

End All Youth Detention and Torture at Rikers Island Now

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Nobody of any age should be held in jail without a trial for three years. No child or adolescent should be held in an adult jail. Yet, a 16-year-old accused of stealing a backpack was kept in one of the most violent adult jails in the United States, Rikers Island in New York City, for three years without a trial. This was morally scandalous and inhumane. Even worse, he spent more than two years of that time in solitary confinement, locked up alone except to go to the shower, the recreation area, the visit room or the medical clinic. This was torture. The suicide of 22-year-old Kalief Browder on June 6, barely two years after his release and return home, was the final horror in his tragic and brutal journey into the depths of the adult criminal justice system in New York.

Mental illness and Slow Death by Solitary Confinement

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 06.12.2015 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

On June 7th, the American prison system took another life. Kalief Browder had not been confined behind the walls of a prison for several months, but the system remains largely responsible for his death nonetheless.

Court Temporarily Blocks Release Of 'Angola 3' Inmate

Associated Press | CAIN BURDEAU & BRIAN SLODYSKO | Posted 06.09.2015 | Crime

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) — A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked the release of Albert Woodfox, the last of the Louisiana inmates dubbed...

Judge Orders Inmate's Release After More Than 40 Years In Solitary Confinement

AP | CAIN BURDEAU | Posted 06.09.2015 | Crime

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The last of the "Angola Three" inmates, whose decades in solitary confinement on a Louisiana prison farm drew international conde...

Christopher Mathias

The Death Of Kalief Browder Is An 'American Tragedy Almost Beyond Words'

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Mathias | Posted 06.08.2015 | Black Voices

Kalief Browder, a young man from New York City who had gained national renown in recent years as a symbol of America's broken criminal justice system,...

Criminal Justice Reform Demands Political Leadership, Not Editorials

David Rothenberg | Posted 05.22.2015 | Crime
David Rothenberg

Across the nation, there has been a recent barrage of media reports, in progressive as well as conservative publications, advocating and applauding reforms in the criminal justice system.

Jason Cherkis

Report Provides Even More Evidence Of The Misuse Of Solitary Confinement

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A report released this week by the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonpartisan nonprofit based in New York, provides yet more evidence of t...

Escaping from the Dark

Matthew Cooke | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Matthew Cooke

Technology affords us a new hope. With the advent of the iPhone we're in a national state of shock regarding the incredibly destructive "shoot first" culture of many police departments. This shock could lead to major reform that could uplift and save so many lives.

Justice Kennedy: Solitary Confinement 'Literally Drives Men Mad'

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics

The inmates and prison activists fighting solitary confinement have Supreme Court Justice and key swing vote Anthony Kennedy on their side. While s...

D.C. Church Installs Solitary Confinement Cell Replica For Lenten Reflection

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.22.2015 | Religion

The United States keeps thousands of its prisoners in solitary confinement or some other type of segregated housing. A group of religious leaders is t...

People With Mental Illness Should Get What They Deserve

Liza Long | Posted 05.19.2015 | Impact
Liza Long

Like many people who become mental health advocates, I arrived in this role entirely by accident.

Treat, Don't Traumatize

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Melody Moezzi

It's not enough to simply stop unjustly and disproportionately imprisoning the mentally ill. We need better care. Mental health providers must acknowledge and work to reduce the risk of traumatization during the treatment process.

The Great Mujica: Portrait of a Person

Ximena Ortiz | Posted 05.03.2015 | Latino Voices
Ximena Ortiz

Mujica projected, from his presidential perch, the wildly innocent virtue of Uruguay itself -- and magnified it. If Uruguay as a country is part exile, part refuge, Mujica made the country more the latter. One thing is certain, the world will remember Mujica -- the president, the person.

Hitting Bottom: Incarcerated Women in the Prison Hierachy

David Chura | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
David Chura

A prison can't function without its pecking order. Call it what you will, chain of command, hierarchy, rank, it all comes down to power.

Racism, Crime, and America's Faith in Punishment and Violence

Derek Flood | Posted 04.09.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

Rather than approaching crime from the perspective of restorative justice and public health, seeking to help people to reform and re-integrate, our country has instead not only continued in a model of punishment that can only be described as "medieval", but has grown it to a scale unprecedented in world history.

NYC To End Solitary Confinement For Inmates 21 And Under

AP | Posted 01.13.2015 | Crime

The New York City agency that oversees jails outlined on Friday its proposed changes to the rules governing the nation's second-largest jail system, i...

10 Ways Colorado Made History in 2014

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley | Posted 03.02.2015 | Denver
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

The year was marked by historic changes on issues from marriage equality to solitary confinement reform, and it ended with Colorado students taking to the streets, forcing a dialogue about race and police practices.

Top 10 Ways to Fix the Criminal Justice System

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 02.21.2015 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

It's that time of year when people are making lists and checking them twice. Here is my action list about ways to fix the criminal justice system, with suggestions for steps we all can take. The time is ripe for change. Here's to making it happen in 2015.

The Curious Case of Legal Mail

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Christopher Zoukis

Federally, the law is very clear on legal correspondence. In the Federal Bureau of Prisons, outgoing mail can be sealed and mailed via legal mail call every weekday morning. Correctional staff are not permitted to read these outgoing letters.

A Mouse and a Murderer

James Ridgeway and Jean Casella | Posted 12.08.2014 | Crime
James Ridgeway and Jean Casella

he following story came to us by letter from William Blake, who is now in his 27th year of solitary confinement at Elmira Correctional Facility in upstate New York.

Rikers Island To Stop Putting Teens In Solitary Confinement

AP | JAKE PEARSON | Posted 09.29.2014 | Crime

JAKE PEARSON, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — By the end of the year, city corrections officials will end their longstanding practice of sending...