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Solitary Confinement

Shame of the Nation: The Fight to Keep Children Locked Up for Life

Heather Ann Thompson | Posted 08.06.2014 | Crime
Heather Ann Thompson

Ending up here, with thousands of kids imprisoned for life, was by no means inevitable, or even predictable, when we look back in our nation's history. For much of the last two centuries, very few would have accepted the idea that the legal system should treat children exactly like adults, or that a child who breaks the law, even egregiously so, is unredeemable.

The Case of Jane Doe: How Public Systems Fail Our Most Vulnerable Youth

Shannan Wilber | Posted 07.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Shannan Wilber

Sadly, her story is all too familiar. Too many children "rescued" by the government from families unable to care for them are abandoned to caregivers who subject them to abuses more terrible than those prompting the state's intervention in the first place.

Policymakers Must Include Incarcerated People in Jail Reform Process

Brooklyn Defender Services | Posted 07.30.2014 | New York
Brooklyn Defender Services

More than 75 percent of the people on Rikers Island and in other city jails are not in custody due to a conviction. They are in jail on bail, sometimes as low as $250, because they cannot afford to meet this cash obligation.

Overcoming The Worst Moment With Words

Jackson Taylor | Posted 07.28.2014 | TED Weekends
Jackson Taylor

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWarehousing and silencing any segment of a population is a fear-based practice, and, in order for democracy to function, we believe it is important to hear from every segment of the population, even those disenfranchised by crime.

The Power Of Second Chances

Timothy P. Silard | Posted 07.25.2014 | TED Weekends
Timothy P. Silard

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgOur "incarceration only" approach to public safety has left us with bloated prisons and jails, wasted tax dollars and sky-high recidivism rates (more than half of those behind bars end up back in prison within three years after they are released).

Redemption And The War On Drugs

Heather Ann Thompson | Posted 07.25.2014 | TED Weekends
Heather Ann Thompson

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIt seems not to matter that, like so many veterans of other ugly wars, the young people who experienced the brutal Drug War had only become soldiers in the first place because of a "poverty draft." It also seems irrelevant to most that the longer these young conscripts to the Drug War lived with its brutality, the more violent they themselves became.

Not The End Of The Story: Building Empathy In Pursuit Of A Culture Of Health

Tara Oakman | Posted 07.25.2014 | TED Weekends
Tara Oakman

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpg"Doctors pulled the bullets out, patched me up and sent me back to the same neighborhood where I was shot. No one hugged me. No one counseled me. No one told me that I would be okay." If that emergency room treating Senghur had been trauma-informed, could he have been provided with the attention he may have needed and not have perpetuated the cycle of violence by eventually killing another man?

WATCH: He Was Shot 3 Times And He Killed Someone At 19. Who He Is Today Will Amaze You

TEDTalks | Posted 07.25.2014 | TED Weekends
TEDTalks

Is it possible to forgive a murderer? What if that murderer is you? This former drug dealer and convicted murderer was in solitary confinement when he had the awakening that would change his life forever.

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 08.06.2014 | 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.