The Washington Post, January 25, 2016
President Obama – Why We Must Rethink Solitary Confinement (Click here)
A new PBS documentary takes us inside a Maine prison, where inmates and officials are locked in a grim and self-defeating embrace.
Creating Monsters: How Solitary Confinement Hurts the Rest of Us
The Huffington Post, June 18, 2015
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Goes Out of His Way to Denounce Solitary Confinement (Click here)
The Court’s most influential member, Justice Anthony Kennedy, opined in June that it might be time for the court to take a look at the widespread use of solitary confinement in the nation’s prisons and the “human toll wrought by extended terms of isolation.”
The Smithsonian Magazine, February 19, 2014
Research tells us that isolation is an ineffective rehabilitation strategy and leaves lasting psychological damage (Click here)
Even though the practice of solitary confinement has been mostly discontinued in other countries, it has come routine in American prisons. Not only as a short-term punishment as it once was, but as regular indefinite isolation. It is used to isolate during investigation and as a coercing technique to get cooperation with interrogations and admit guilt (whether guilty or not).
The Washington Post, January 29, 2016
How a routine traffic stop turned into six months of solitary confinement (Click here)
29 year old Kevin Bushrod Jr, was arrested on a suspended license, tried to get away and was shot in the shoulder. He was put in isolation and he didn’t even know why, The use of solitary confinement has reached a watershed moment in the United States. President Obama, citing the “devastating, lasting psychological consequences” solitary confinement can inflict, announced a ban this week on isolating juveniles in federal prisons and reduced the maximum number of days federal inmates can be isolated for a first offense from 365 days to 60. The reforms, however, will do nothing to change the circumstances of the vast majority of the nation’s isolated inmates. Roughly 90 percent of these prisoners, like Bushrod are held and state and county facilities with their own procedures.
NPR June 19, 2012
U.S. Senate Review of Solitary Confinement (Click here)
To help illustrate living conditions in solitary, committee members asked the architect’s office in the U.S. Capitol to set up a replica of a cell — a tall white box with no windows — right inside the hearing room.
“It is hard to describe in words what such a small space begins to look like, feel like and smell like when someone is required to live virtually their entire life in it,” says Craig Haney, a psychologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Monthly Review Nov. 1, 2009
The Resistable Rise and Predictable Fall of the U.S. SuperMax (Click here)
The resistable rise and predictable fall of the U.S. Supermax
The New Yorker Mar. 30, 2009
The U.S. Holds Tens of Thousands of Inmates in Long-Term Solitary Confinement. Is this Torture? (Click here)
Simply to Exist as a normal human being requires interaction with other people.
Center for Constitutional Rights, May 31, 2012
Asker vs. Governor of California (Click here)
A federal class action lawsuit on behalf of prisoners held in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison who have spent a decade or more in solitary confinement.
Solitary watch.com, June 26, 2016
Report Finds -Widespread Brutality and Solitary Confinement after prison escape (Click here)
According to the report, conditions at the already notorious prison got significantly worse after the escape, which embarrassed Clinton staff and the entire prison system. Corrections officers have abused their power by abusing the men in their charge, issuing false disciplinary tickets, and sending men into solitary confinement for minor offenses. Solitary confinement has frequently been used as a coercive tool by these officers to instill fear and wrongly punish people.
The New York Times, July 21, 2015
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President Obama comes out against Solitary Confinement
Presidential Memorandum (Click here)