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Solitary Confinement

The Letter That 'Shattered Everything' For A Convicted Killer

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 07.21.2016 | OWN

In the past, Shaka Senghor was proud to be a hardened man. He lived a dangerous life on the streets, selling drugs in the neighborhood as a teen, gett...

What I really want for Father's Day: Stop Solitary for Kids

Marc Schindler | Posted 06.20.2016 | Crime
Marc Schindler

As Father's Day approached, and I watched my kids excitedly make plans to celebrate, I couldn't help but reflect on my juvenile justice reform work. As a former youth corrections administrator, I noticed their excitement is so different than the isolation we know is too often experienced by kids in facilities.

What It's Like To Be Put In Solitary Confinement

TakePart | Mollie Reilly | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics

This story originally appeared on TakePart. The damaging effects of solitary confinement, also known as administrative segregation or secure housing, ...

The Deadly Consequences Of Solitary With A Cellmate

The Marshall Project | Paige Lavender | Posted 03.24.2016 | Politics

On November 19, 2014, the door clanged shut behind David Sesson and Bernard Simmons. Sesson put his hands through the food slot to have his handcuffs ...

How A Letter From His Victim's Family Completely Changed This Convicted Murderer's Life

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 03.14.2016 | OWN

The moment Shaka Senghor shot his gun, he knew he had taken a life. The Detroit native was 19 years old at the time and had long since traded his stud...

President Obama, When It Comes to Human Rights, We Need More Action, Not Words

Jamil Dakwar | Posted 03.02.2016 | Politics
Jamil Dakwar

By upholding U.S. human rights obligations through action in addition to rhetoric, the Obama administration can send a strong message to future presidents that there will be consequences for breaking the law and more effectively press other governments to end torture abroad.

Albert Woodfox To Be Released From Jail After 43 Years In Solitary Confinement

The Guardian | Annum Masroor | Posted 02.19.2016 | Politics

Albert Woodfox, the longest-standing solitary confinement prisoner in the US, held in isolation in a six-by-nine-ft cell almost continuously for 43 ye...

Poetry at Stake

Tara Skurtu | Posted 02.09.2016 | Arts
Tara Skurtu

Poetry has the logic of memory, the spontaneity of dreams, yet is much like calculus--each line is, in a sense, an asymptote composed of and continual...

Kalief Browder: Let Us Never Forget His Name

Cheryl Carlesimo | Posted 02.09.2016 | Black Voices
Cheryl Carlesimo

Let's all keep Kalief Browder's name and sacrifice alive. As Black History month starts. Let's add Kalief Browder's name to the list of heroes who died so that others might live a better life.

Leading the March Towards Criminal Justice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Bryan Stevenson is unwavering in that vision and in lifting his voice of great moral clarity at the forefront of the struggle. Every new hard-earned and overdue victory should remind us all that we must keep moving towards greater justice for all.

Following President Obama's Lead and Rethinking Justice for Youth

Robert Ross | Posted 02.02.2016 | Black Voices
Robert Ross

We've been heading in the wrong direction and depriving our young people of the chance to reach their full potential, and too often we are punishing children for symptoms of health problems. We should reconsider how we work with adolescents who are crying out for help even as they make youthful mistakes.

Labor Unions Should Heed Obama's Call to Reform Solitary Confinement

Rev. Ron Stief | Posted 01.28.2016 | Crime
Rev. Ron Stief

Correctional officers and their unions need to join the growing chorus to shut down solitary confinement in the U.S., not only to get on the right side of one of the major human rights issues of our day, but to address the long overdue subject of the well-being of workers in U.S. prisons and jails.

White House and Supreme Court Agree: Children Deserve a Shot at Redemption

Cara H. Drinan | Posted 01.26.2016 | Crime
Cara H. Drinan

Like the Court's decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana, President Obama's action sends a strong message about the vulnerability of youth and our obligation as a society to safeguard children, even when they commit crimes.

End of Youth Solitary Confinement in Federal Prisons Is Long Overdue | Posted 01.26.2016 | Black Voices

In an historic moment yesterday, President Obama used his executive authority to end the use of solitary confinement for youth in the federal prison system. This action is incredibly important to the numerous youth who are prosecuted and sentenced as adults in the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) each year.

President Obama Bans Solitary Confinement For Juveniles In Federal Prisons

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama in an opinion piece published in the Washington Post on Monday announced that he is banning...

Lawrence Phillips' Suspected Suicide: Solitary Confinement Is Sometimes Underused

Chandra Bozelko | Posted 01.22.2016 | Crime
Chandra Bozelko

The number of suicides in solitary confinement recently increased by one with the passing of former NFL star and college football champion Lawrence Ph...

Diasporic Dining: Cuisine Brutal or Solitaire?

Francis Levy | Posted 01.04.2016 | Comedy
Francis Levy

"New York Prisons Take an Unsavory Punishment Off theTable," ran The Times headline (NYT, 12/17/15). The story delivered a recipe for a Nutraloaf or ...

When Winter Becomes Solitary Confinement

Eric J. Hall | Posted 01.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

The short days and long cold nights of winter can have a negative effect on people who already feel lonely and isolated.

Top Five Holiday Wishes for People in Prison

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 12.17.2015 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

As I celebrate the holiday season surrounded by loving family and friends, my thoughts turn to the millions of incarcerated men and women surrounded by cold steel prison bars. In the holiday spirit of compassion, and with an ever-present eye toward public safety and correctional reform, I have compiled a list of my top five wishes for the incarcerated.

Solitary Confinement Makes Mass Incarceration More Problematic

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 12.17.2015 | Crime
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

State officials in New York are reforming their policy of keeping people convicted of non-violent offenses in solitary confinement. Some hail the decision; others, including corrections officers, object, saying that solitary confinement is necessary to maintain control, and they say that keeping an individual in solitary confinement is not inhumane.

New York Agrees To 'Historic' Reforms Of Solitary Confinement System

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics

Tonja Fenton spent 270 consecutive days in a 6-by-10-foot cell, alone for 23 hours a day. She was there for three infractions of prison rules: purchas...

The Death of Good Citizenship: The Real Tragedy of the Overuse of Solitary Confinement

Chandra Bozelko | Posted 12.09.2015 | Crime
Chandra Bozelko

The number of inmates in solitary confinement in the State of New York hit a three-year high this past September -- over 4,000 prisoners.

Solitary Confinement: A Personal Take

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.16.2015 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Looking into the future of American corrections, I present a question to both myself and others: If not solitary confinement, then what? For the most part there is no good answer in the current model of coercive rule.

They Swore They'd Never End Up Back In Prison. They All Did.

USA Today | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics

IOWA PARK, Texas — Silvestre Segovia had vowed many times over that he would never return to solitary confinement....

In 10 States, Children Can Be Punished With Indefinite Solitary Confinement

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ten states allow children in juvenile detention centers to be punished with solitary confinement indefinitely, according to a new report...