Along with VCNV companions, I'm part of a 150-mile walk from Chicago to Thomson, IL, a small town in Northwest IL where the U.S. Bureau of Prisons is setting up an Administrative Maximum prison, also known as a Supermax.
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.
This week, Esquire tells us whether Rahm Emanuel is a tough S.O.B. or a "douchebag" and how Ben Affleck fends off paparazzi, and the New Yorker says whether 25,000 U.S. inmates in supermax isolation are victims of torture.