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80,000 inmates held in ‘mind-destroying’ solitary confinement in the US: scientists

Robert King sat, slept and ate every meal alone in a cramped cell at Louisiana's notorious Angola prison for 29 long and lonely years. His eyesight failed from lack of stimulation, but King insists his resolve to fight the injustice of solitary confinement……

Elderly woman sues private prison company for denying cancer medication for the month she was in solitary confinement

A private prison company allegedly put an elderly woman in solitary confinement and prevented her from taking her medication, according to a lawsuit filed last month. Carol Lester, a 73-year-old serving time in a New Mexico prison for embezzling funds to fuel her gambling addiction, is suing Corrections Corporation of…

ACLU calls on U.S. attorney general to ban solitary confinement for teen prisoners

The American Civil Liberties Union is calling on the U.S. attorney general to end the practice of holding juveniles in solitary confinement in federal prisons. The group released a minute-long video, called “Hard to Watch, Impossible to Ignore,” to promote its effort to collect 50,000 signatures that will be sent…

New York prisons skirt bans on solitary confinement for mentally ill by reclassifying prisoners’ mental status

By Christie Thompson, ProPublica This story was co-produced with WNYC. When Amir Hall entered New York state prison for a parole violation in November 2009, he came with a long list of psychological problems. Hall arrived at the prison from a state psychiatric hospital, after he had tried to suffocate…

Hunger-striking California inmate on 27 years in solitary: ‘Every minute has been torturous to my mind and body’

Hundreds of inmates across the state enter second month of protest against ‘inhumane’ solitary confinement units California’s prison hunger strike is pitting hundreds of inmates against authorities in a battle of wills largely invisible to outsiders. A mass protest which has just entered its second month is playing out in…

California prison guards retaliating against hunger-strikers, lawyers say

Inmates’ lawyers say health of men is at risk amid allegations prisons are using cold temperatures to snuff out protest Prison guards are trying to break a hunger strike involving thousands of prisoners in California by blasting cells with cold air, confiscating legal documents and, in one case, banning lawyers,…

30,000 California inmates launch hunger strike against ‘state-sanctioned torture’

An estimated 30,000 inmates in jails across California are participating in a hunger strike to protest against solitary confinement and other conditions they say amount to torture. Prisoners refused meals for a second day on Tuesday in about two dozen jails, signalling what was thought to be the biggest protest…

Two Louisiana men mark 40th anniversary in solitary confinement

“I can make about four steps forward before I touch the door,” Herman Wallace says as he describes the cell in which he has lived for the past 40 years. “If I turn an about-face, I’m going to bump into something. I’m used to it, and that’s one of the…

Judge finds prolonged solitary confinement for ‘merchant of death’ unconstitutional

NEW YORK — A US judge on Friday ordered Viktor Bout, a Russian convicted of arms trafficking, to be removed from solitary confinement and put into a regular facility, saying that to continue his 15-month ordeal violated the constitution. Bout was convicted last November in New York federal court, concluding…

Man held in solitary two years without trial cannot remember ordeal

A New Mexico man, who expects to suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for the rest of his life, was awarded $22 million last week after he was tossed in solitary confinement for two years and never given a trial, but he remembers very little of the ordeal, Raw…

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