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Loren 18
Loren 18

I spent only one (1) year in solitary confinement and the effects where numerous. Sensory deprivation was only part of the story . Extreme anxiety, irritability, and a general sense of hopelessness parlayed  into a cacophony of confusion. I have yet to fully extricate myself - nearly a decade later. 

nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg

ruby!

i've been thinking of you -- so glad to see you

and Yes

Bbeachbabefl
Bbeachbabefl

thanks for support Kay!   It's definitely a weird site..gave me all sort of problems..but then it's MIT!

Vikki
Vikki

Thanks Kay. We have a way to go, for sure. I'm heartened by the increased attention and mobilization around the issue.

Bbeachbabefl
Bbeachbabefl

powerful post , Victoria.  As we become more advanced technologically we seem to be losing some of our humanity.  This is important information..Thank you

princss6
princss6

Thank you for this post, Nancy!  It is so important to bring awareness to Pelican Bay and all prisoners.

nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg

Thank you Victoria for continuing to shine a light on the horrors of solitary confinement

Yes Pelican Bay is just the tip of that ice berg and yes solitary is just the tip of the troubles to be found with the pic..

May this be a way forward

nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg

the Judge's Commendation is great :)

you will have to keep us posted on your trip to the UN

this is so wonderful -- for  million reasons!

nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg

yes!

I  also appreciates the connections that Solitary Watch is making with issue related to Death Row

this is a powerful piece  --

Dispatches form Hank Skinner

http://solitarywatch.com/2011/11/07/voices-from-solitary-hank-skinners-dispatches-from-texas-death-row/

"In this place you cannot have anything, say anything, see
anything, know anything, do anything, be anything, hear anything or enjoy
anything. It’s beyond being merely inhumane; locus es terribilis iste! – “this
place is terrible!” Some of you might be quick to say “well, they’re capital
murderers and they shouldn’t have anything anyway”. To you I would say, again,
not all of us are guilty but besides that, our court sanctioned punishment is
DEATH; we forfeit our very lives for the crimes we’re accused of, so we
shouldn’t have to forfeit more, extra-judicially, in the meantime just because
others want to make us suffer. If you believe otherwise, then you are the very
thing you accuse us of being: a remorseless, vile, sociopathic killer. The mark
of a civilized society is supposed to be it’s ability to rise above the baser
instincts of animalistic terror. If you wish to visit that upon us, you are not
part of civilized society. It is that same society which condemns such actions
by sentencing people to death who commit them… i.e. again, you become the
‘monster’ you loathe…"

nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg

"As we become more advanced technologically we seem to be losing some of our humanity."

this is so true... we become more and more removed

Vikki
Vikki

Thank you Nancy for hosting this! We should do what we can to connect these struggles and not see SAMs as somehow separate  from long-term solitary confinement for non-Muslim  prisoners or vice versa. Too often, prison justice activists and social justice organizers allow ourselves to get splintered into thinking that some aspects of the PIC are not really our concern...

Bbeachbabefl
Bbeachbabefl

just received email the UN briefing is Jan. 24 and they are trying to schedule the US congress on the same week.  Don't know when it will be in Treehugger.   We're going to have a veggie world!!! woo hoo!

VikkiLaw
VikkiLaw

Oh, I hadn't seen that! Thanks for pointing it out!

nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg

thank you again Vikki -- for this piece and all you do