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  • Domino14

    Thanks Nancy…
    another insanity that needs to end..
    how did we ever get here?   :(

    • KayWhitlock

       @Domino14 It began in the colonial era, Domino, with the creation of the penitentiary – ironically, by liberal religious reformers working to end hideous forms of corporal punishment.  Prisoners went mad over prolonged isolation and confinement in horrifically small spaces.  Today, we’ve just expanded it geometrically. 
      This is not a symptom of a system gone awry; it is a core characteristic of the system itself. 

  • KayWhitlock

    Thank you, Nancy – and huge thanks to Solitary Watch, Angola 3 News, and Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity.
    This is a kind of systemic inhumanity that never ends.  Let’s keep shining the light and lifting up the humanity of those who endure this perpetual torture.

  • Special thanks to Solitary Watch, Angola  3 News and Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity  for always shining the light on this dark issue
    Much gratitude

    •  Yes, echoing Nancy’s many thanks for all the work you’ve done to make sure this issue doesn’t get swept under the rug.
      And thanks for CI and Seeta, as always, for hosting the conversation.

      •  @Vikki thank you vikki!
        this practice is an abomination — it must be expoised and ended

  • New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/02/nyregion/prisoner-letters-offer-glimpses-of-life-in-solitary-confinement.html

    Having been held captive to their imaginations for weeks, months or, occasionally, years on end, the men — many already struggling with mental illness — brought their paranoia, rage, anxiety and hope to life on the page, with descriptions that were sometimes literary and other times nearly impossible to decipher. More than anything, they conveyed a grisly awareness that their identities were unraveling, a feeling so disconcerting for some that they tried to take their own lives.
    The trove of letters from more than 100 inmates to the New York Civil Liberties Union, which corresponded with the men to bolster its attempts to curtail the practice of solitary confinement, gives new insight into a closed-off world usually viewed only one person at a time.
    The letters may add fuel to the national debate over whether holding prisoners in extreme isolation amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. Many states have recently shifted away from the practice, which was the subject of federal hearings this summer, but it remains widespread in New York.
    Nearly 4,500 prisoners in the state are held in segregated housing on any given day, about half in solitary confinement and half in cells with another inmate, according to the N.Y.C.L.U., which planned to publish a 72-page report on its findings on Tuesday, a copy of which was provided in advance to The New York Times…..”

    •  @nancy a heitzeg Thanks for this Nancy!