How Solitary Confinement Hurts Youth

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Kate McCracken: We cannot just lock these youth up and throw away the key. Correctional facilities, deemed the “parent” of these youth, must provide a safe environment for youth to be successful.

Children in Solitary Confinement

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Youth in Solitary: The U.S. is still the only country willing to allow its citizens to die in prison for crimes they commit as minors.

41 Years in Solitary Confinement, Despite Three Overturned Convictions

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Albert Woodfox has been confined to solitary for over 40 years: animal rights advocates would be outraged if animals got such treatment.

Confronting California’s Abuse of Solitary Confinement

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Helen Vera: Seriously mentally ill prisoners all over California continue to be held in long-term solitary confinement, even though a recent court order prohibits those conditions for the mentally ill at Pelican Bay.

My Friend Todd Ashker: History of a One-Sided Dialogue

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Denis O’Hearn: Todd Ashker is a major mover in the movement for peaceful change in California’s prisons and on its streets.

My Friend Todd Ashker

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Denis O’Hearn: I know him as a thoughtful human being who has dedicated his life to peaceful change, to helping his fellow prisoners by learning the law and sharing his knowledge.

Hunger For Justice Rally – July 31st

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Join Danny Glover, Mike Farrell and others on Wed July 31st as people around the world stand in solidarity with the California Prisoner Hunger Strikers. Click to learn more

Protesting Solitary: Living with Love in a Cage

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Dan Bluemel: Modjeski’s husband exercises three hours a day. Since being in isolation, his memory, at 38 years of age, has begun to fail him. It’s the little things that are beginning to slip away, like how to spell simple words.

Solitary Confinement from Pelican Bay to Guantanamo Bay

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Danny Murillo: From Pelican Bay to Guantanamo Bay, solitary confinement is the same.

Solitary Confinement and American Acceptionalism

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Tina Dupuy: If the Constitution is good enough justification to protect nutty Uncle Ernie’s arsenal and Glenn Beck subscription, then it should suffice for halting long-term solitary confinement of both enemy combatants and U.S. citizens.

Hunger Strikes, Force Feeds, and Solitary Dreams

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Bruce Reilly: While the California prisoners enter their fourth day of hunger strikes, the people of Guantanamo enter their 40th. Meanwhile, Herman Wallace has spent over forty years in solitary confinement in Louisiana.

Hunger Strike

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Jonathan Simon: In California’s SHU, scores of prisoners have served more than twenty years of such conditions, and hundreds for more than ten.

Third California Prison Strike Looms

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Dan Bluemel: In 2011, inmates held in long-term solitary confinement in California prisons held two hunger strikes to protest their treatment. Because prison officials have not met the inmates’ demands, another hunger strike is planned for July 8.

How Abusing Prisoners Jeopardizes Public Safety

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Angola 3 News: Hidden behind the walls, huge numbers of human beings have their spirits broken daily. Secretly, many suffer false disciplinary reports, illegitimate confiscation or destruction of personal property, physical beatings, rape, and sometimes fraudulent criminal penalties.

Protesting 22 Consecutive Years in Solitary

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Angola3News: Ultimately, the people of the U.S. need to rise up and fight back against the imperial prison state, which is also an imperial torture state, decimating minds, bodies, and souls throughout the country on a daily basis.

Transformative Justice and Mass Incarceration: Can Faith Communities Help Create a New Frame?

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Rev. Peter Laarman: A safe society is first and foremost a just society. In that respect we have an awfully long way to go. Let’s not waste any more time.

Why Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz Must Be Released From Solitary Confinement

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Angola 3 News: This month, a 30-day action campaign was launched demanding the release of Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz from solitary confinement, where he has been held for over 23 consecutive years, and 28 of the last 30 years, in Pennsylvania prisons.

Strategizing to Defeat Solitary Confinement

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Angola3News: Being sent to a control unit prison is tantamount to torture. Prisoners are held under conditions that today are not considered ‘humane’ even for animals. They are an extreme abuse of state power.

Amnesty International Denounces Torture in California Prisons

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Angola 3 News: Amnesty International considers that the conditions of isolation and other deprivations imposed on prisoners in California’s SHU units breach international standards on humane treatment

A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal

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Anglola 3 News: We interview Noelle Hanrahan and Stephen Vittoria about their new film examining Mumia Abu-Jamal’s life and work as a revolutionary journalist.

Do US Prisons Violate European Human Rights Law?

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Angola 3 News: In this interview, Ahsan and Stahl discuss the extreme importance of the upcoming Grand Chamber ruling on a personal level for the six appellants fighting their extradition.

The Senate Needs to Rein in Brutal Prison Practices

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Jeremy Kuzmarov: While railing against social welfare programs and excessive government spending, law-and-order hawks have presided over an unprecedented prison boom funded by taxpayer dollars, and allowed prison conditions to deteriorate significantly in many states.

Prolonged Solitary Confinement on Trial

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Angola3Media: A diverse grassroots movement confronting the widespread use of prolonged solitary confinement in US prisons appears to be gaining momentum.

Confronting California’s In-Justice System with Michelle Alexander

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Come Let Us Reason Together: Faith Communities Confronting California’s In-Justice System — with Author Michelle Alexander — Thursday, May 10 — New Philadelphia AME Church, Rancho Dominguez, California

The Torture of Mumia Abu-Jamal Continues Off Death Row

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Hans Bennett: Abu-Jamal has asked for supporters to not just call for his release from the hole, but to challenge the very practice of solitary confinement and what are called in Pennsylvania “Restricted Housing Units.”

Geronimo ji-Jaga Dies at 63

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Geronimo ji-Jaga, also known as Geronimo Pratt, passed away on June 2, 2011 at the age of 63. He was known in most circles as Geronimo Pratt a high ranking member of the Black Panther Party but actually changed his name to Geronimo ji-Jada in 1968. In an interview with Tavis Smiley (see video below), [...]

Bradley Manning’s Torture Commonplace in U.S. Prisons

Sherwood Ross: Those supporting Manning need to recognize he is an icon for the bizarre, systemic destruction of tens of thousands of other human beings locked away in perpetual silence by their tormentors, often for mere infractions of prison rules, without the review of any judge or jury.

Bradley Manning within Rights on Wikileaks

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Sherwood Ross: The American people have been led into wars based on lies, fictions, and secrets and should be grateful to Assange and Manning for revealing the truth of this misconduct.

International Women’s Day: Iran and The Global Struggle for Women’s Liberation

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Although the U.S. and Europe are often regarded as the models for women’s political agency, Middle Eastern feminists like Gol emphasize their solidarity with the struggles of disenfranchised women in the West, particularly that of women of color.

Solitary Confinement in U.S. Prisons Making Thousands Psychotic

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The United States today is housing tens of thousands of inmates in long-term solitary confinement, a form of numbing mental torture that drives about one-third of them psychotic, induces irrational anger in 90%, and ups the likelihood they will commit violent crimes upon release. “It’s an awful thing, solitary,” U.S. Senator John McCain once wrote [...]

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