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Solitary Confinement

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 repor...

Undocumented Immigrants Decry Solitary Confinement At Georgia Detention Center

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 10.14.2015 | Latino Voices

Several immigrant detainees are decrying the conditions at a remote, privately-run detention center in Lumpkin, Georgia, following a protest that was...

Fusion Petitions White House To End Juvenile Solitary Confinement, Previews New Documentary

The Huffington Post | Ruby Mellen | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Representatives of Koch Industries, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Democratic Party and a TV network were just a few makin...

Against Solitary Confinement

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.22.2015 | Crime
Michael Shammas

Don't get me wrong: The most immoral prisoner has earned his government-sponsored home. Quite thoroughly. But by treating him in an inhumane manner that extends beyond confinement, we too become all too human. We too commit a moral wrong.

Pope Francis on Prison: 'I, Too, Could Be Here'

Cara H. Drinan | Posted 09.21.2015 | Crime
Cara H. Drinan

Pope Francis has made his pastoral care for the imprisoned a very personal cause. When he visits prisons, he embraces the inmates physically and emotionally.

Prisoners' Struggle Ends Indefinite Solitary Confinement

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

The purpose of the penal system is social rehabilitation, according to the ICCPR. In contravention of that mandate, the California legislature has specified that the purpose of sentencing is punishment. Solitary confinement implicitly denies any chance of social rehabilitation.

Nature Videos Could Help Inmates In Solitary Confinement Cope

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 09.14.2015 | Good News

Inmates in isolation at a Washington prison are finding some solace with a glimpse into the natural world.  Over the next few weeks, Washing...

Congress Is Coming Back, So The Government Could Be Shutting Down

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics

Legislators returning to the nation's capital after the August recess have one basic task: to fund the federal government for another year. But predic...

Even Prison Officials Want To Curb Solitary Confinement

The Huffington Post | Simon McCormack | Posted 09.03.2015 | Crime

A group representing prison leaders around the country came out strongly Wednesday in favor of severely limiting or even ending the use of solitary co...

97 Percent Of DC's Prisoners In One Type Of Solitary Confinement Are Black

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At least 66,000 inmates in state and federal prisons were held in some form of solitary confinement last year, according to a report re...

California Attorney General Kamala Harris Must End the Barbaric Practice of Solitary Confinement

Bill Blum | Posted 08.17.2015 | Crime
Bill Blum

Before Harris departs Sacramento and climbs another rung on the ladder to success and power in Washington, I have one urgent message for her: Settle the class-action lawsuit of Ashker v. Brown, which challenges the state's solitary confinement practices at the notorious Pelican Bay State Prison.

On 'Rectify,' There Is No Cure for Solitary Confinement

Lara Zarum | Posted 08.07.2015 | Entertainment
Lara Zarum

There are plenty of shows that have premiered since the late 1990s that might give that critic a run for his money. But the show that digs the deepest into America's troubled criminal justice system isn't particularly violent, sexual or otherwise. It's not even set in prison.

After Kalief Browder's Death, U.S. Lawmakers Demand Better Treatment of Incarcerated Kids

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) announced Wednesday that she is introducing several bills to improve the treatment of incarcerated yo...

Solitary Confinement: 'It's As If We Want Them to Fail'

Sean Larner | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Sean Larner

Evan Ebel was worried about leaving prison -- and reasonably so. His last couple years were spent by himself in a cinderblock cell the size of two queen mattresses.

Is Violence the New Normal? Why We Must End Solitary Confinement for Youth

Alex M. Johnson | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics
Alex M. Johnson

I don't want to wait for another Kalief Browder to remind us why ending this practice is essential. End solitary confinement now.

World Isn't Worth Saving if the Price is a Tear of an Innocent Child

Edward Goldman | Posted 07.07.2015 | Arts
Edward Goldman

If someone told me that I would have a reason to bring up the names of Pope Francis and Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in the same sentence, I would have highly doubted it. But, here it is.

Christopher Mathias

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