solitary confinement

Mandela: 'Solitary Confinement the Most Forbidding Aspect of Prison Life'

Mandela: 'Solitary Confinement the Most Forbidding Aspect of Prison Life'
South African statesman Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison. He was sentenced to rigorous manual labor every day and routinely abused by guards. But in his book about his prison years called "Conversations with Myself," Mandela said that solitary confinement was the worst part of his long, painful experience. America's for-profit prison industry should make note.
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After 30 Years in Extreme Prison Isolation, CO Man Gets His Case Heard in Appeals Court

After 30 Years in Extreme Prison Isolation, CO Man Gets His Case Heard in Appeals Court
By law, you get 15 minutes to argue in the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. The rules are the rules. Yet that rule comes across as painfully ironic in the case of a man who has spent a million times that limit — 15,778,470 minutes and counting – in prison isolation. Tommy Silverstein, 61, has lived in solitary confinement nearly half his life, and longer than any other prisoner held by the federal government.
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Further Reading: Mental Illness and Solitary Confinement in Prisons

Further Reading: Mental Illness and Solitary Confinement in Prisons
Despite protections, inmates with severe mental illness are still ending up in solitary confinement at alarming rates. Prisons and jails across the country are filling with mentally ill inmates, while access to community mental health services dwindle. The Department of Justice estimated in 2006 that over half of all U.S. inmates suffer from a mental health problem.
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Christie Thompson
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CA's Guantanamo: Torture Tactics Continue at Pelican Bay

CA's Guantanamo: Torture Tactics Continue at Pelican Bay
CA prisons continue their horrific treatment of prisoners. A former inmate and current Berkeley student talks about his experience in the prison system, and how utterly ineffective the drastic punishment measures are.
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Officials Acknowledge Prison Director’s Murder Tied to Solitary Confinement Policies

Officials Acknowledge Prison Director’s Murder Tied to Solitary Confinement Policies
After years of controversial work to transition prisoners out of solitary confinement — especially prior to release into society — Colorado's Corrections Department Director was murdered by a former inmate who was released to the streets directly from 23 hours a day in a cement cell. The tragic, teachable moment is both about human rights for all humans and public safety.
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