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Solitary Confinement

I Was Confined To Solitary At Age 16 And It Still Haunts Me

Dwayne Betts | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Dwayne Betts

Seventeen years later, I find that I'm again constantly thinking about solitary confinement. The horror stories that drive the public conversation about solitary are not stories to me, but memories.

Pelican Bay Hunger Strike One Year Later: The Movement Against Solitary Confinement Grows

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 07.11.2014 | Politics
The Center for Constitutional Rights

The problem of long-term solitary confinement is far from fixed -- the cells that have been emptied as men are returned to general population have been filled by others newly transferred into the SHU. The prisoners need our support to finish the job.

Torture in US Prisons: What 'OITNB' Hasn't Told You

Rev. Ron Stief | Posted 06.26.2014 | Impact
Rev. Ron Stief

We Americans like to think of our nation as the "shining city on a hill," as a protector of human rights, a beacon for the rest of the world. The reality, however, is that widespread torture is happening today in our own country, especially in state and federal prisons and detention facilities.

OITNB Season 2: Those Days Piper Spent in Solitary? For Some Prisoners in the U.S., It's Decades on End

Jessica Lee | Posted 06.23.2014 | Crime
Jessica Lee

Right now, there are at least 80,000 people in the United States facing that horrifying existence, including people with mental and physical disabilities, pregnant women, the elderly, and children as young as 13.

Top Prison Official Secretly Spent 48 Hours In Solitary Confinement

ABC News | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics

When Prisoner 106 arrived at the maximum security facility of Level Six in the New Mexico State Penitentiary in Santa Fe, he was on the books as a dan...

David Lohr

Lawsuit Alleges County Jail Inmates Were Stripped, Tortured, Humiliated

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 06.13.2014 | Crime

Inmates at Floyd County Jail in Indiana were stripped, tortured, humiliated and abused, according to a class-action lawsuit filed Thursday by a local ...

David Lohr

Indiana Woman Allegedly Pepper-Sprayed, Stripped, Left Naked By Jailers

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 06.12.2014 | Crime

A misdemeanor arrest resulted in an Indiana woman being stripped naked, pepper-sprayed and left for hours on the floor of an unsanitary holding cell, ...

Colorado Places Limits On Solitary Confinement For People With Mental Illness

AP | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics

DENVER (AP) — Inmates with serious mental illnesses won't be placed in solitary confinement in Colorado under a new law. The bill Gov...

New Court Case Could Shape The Future Of Solitary

The New York Times | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics

More than 200 inmates at Pelican Bay, California’s toughest prison, have spent over a decade locked in windowless 8-foot-by-12-foot cells for 22 hou...

CeCe McDonald Shares The Struggles Of Being A Trans Woman In A Male Prison Facility

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 05.21.2014 | Gay Voices

Transgender activist CeCe McDonald was sentenced to 41 months in prison for manslaughter after a racist and transphobic attack against her turned dead...

Ryan J. Reilly

Holder Calls For Rollback Of 'Excessive' Use Of Juvenile Solitary Confinement

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric Holder called for an end to "excessive" use of solitary confinement in juvenile facilities on Wednesday, saying th...

Matt Sledge

'Angola 3' Inspire Solitary Confinement Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics

Albert Woodfox has spent the last 41 years in solitary confinement at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Documentaries, Amnesty International and Desmo...

WATCH: 410 Days In Solitary Confinement: 'I Completely Lost My Sanity'

HuffPost Live | Gina Carey | Posted 04.28.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

The new PBS Frontline documentary "Solitary Nation" delves into the stark realities and consequences of solitary confinement in the U.S. prison system...

Former Death Row Inmate: Solitary Confinement 'Breaks Your Will To Live'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Bach | Posted 04.24.2014 | Politics

Anthony Graves was wrongly convicted and sent to death row in connection with the murder of a Texas family in 1992. He spent 18 years in prison -- 16 ...

Lawmakers Are Trying To Restrict Solitary Confinement

AP | By IVAN MORENO | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics

DENVER (AP) — A year after a Colorado inmate held in solitary confinement allegedly gunned down the state prisons chief upon being released, lawmake...

The Ugly Reality Of Solitary Confinement

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 04.24.2014 | Politics

Filmmaker Dan Edge knew he had to make a documentary about solitary confinement after the head of Colorado's prison system was murdered. Edge had g...

Immigration Policy Bad News for U.S. Regional Standing

Rafael Salazar | Posted 06.17.2014 | Latino Voices
Rafael Salazar

Evidence of increased mass-scale deportations since the beginning of Obama's Presidency -- often in violation of immigrants' human rights -- are significantly harming U.S. regional standing in organizations such as the OAS.

Unprisoning Our Children

Sheila A. Bedi | Posted 06.16.2014 | Black Voices
Sheila A. Bedi

What will happen 30 years from now when the litigation my colleagues and I devoted ourselves to has faded from collective memory? Despite reforms, this place remains a prison for children.

When Punishment Is Torture: An Open Letter to Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.

Rev. Ron Stief | Posted 06.09.2014 | Crime
Rev. Ron Stief

I was deeply moved by your efforts to educate prisoners on their rights at the federal prison in North Carolina where you were held before being transferred to Montgomery, Ala. And I wasn't surprised to see those efforts it landed you in solitary confinement.

Are We Torturing The Mentally Ill?

The Huffington Post | Simon McCormack | Posted 04.23.2014 | Crime

Our jails and prisons are filled with mentally ill inmates and many of them are kept in solitary confinement, a form of punishment that some criminal ...

The Solitary Confinement of Children: Child Abuse by Any Other Name

Marsha Levick | Posted 05.18.2014 | Impact
Marsha Levick

Use of solitary confinement on a child is nothing short of government-sanctioned child abuse. We need to end the practice now.

From Stop-and-Frisk to Guantánamo: US Human Rights Record Under Scrutiny at UN

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics
The Center for Constitutional Rights

As the Obama administration continues rallying its allies to hold Russia to its international law obligations in Ukraine, the international community had an opportunity this week to turn the magnifying glass the other way and question the U.S. government.

Time to Bring an End to Torture in Our Jails

Rev. Ron Stief | Posted 05.05.2014 | Crime
Rev. Ron Stief

What the senators now know is that long-term solitary confinement is torture and therefore immoral, antithetical to rehabilitation, fiscally wasteful, endangers institutional and community safety, and must be brought to an end.

Over-Reliance on Solitary Confinement Is Inhumane, Counterproductive to Public Safety

Jim Liske | Posted 05.03.2014 | Crime
Jim Liske

Rick Raemisch, the new executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, volunteered to do something few would dare -- he spent 20 hours in 'Ad-Seg,' or solitary confinement, in one of his own prisons.

Former Inmates School Congress On Solitary Confinement

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels had quite the embarrassing moment Feb. 25 when he couldn't give the Senate Judiciary Committee the ...