M.E. Vigil: When my father passed away in 2004, I had already been locked up in Pelican Bay for almost 14 years straight. I was never given the chance to say good-bye to him.
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.
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.
Albert Woodfox has been confined to solitary for over 40 years: animal rights advocates would be outraged if animals got such treatment.
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.
Denis O’Hearn: Todd Ashker is a major mover in the movement for peaceful change in California’s prisons and on its streets.
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.
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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.
Danny Murillo: From Pelican Bay to Guantanamo Bay, solitary confinement is the same.
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.
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.
Jonathan Simon: In California’s SHU, scores of prisoners have served more than twenty years of such conditions, and hundreds for more than ten.