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Domino14
Domino14

Thanks Nancy...

 

another insanity that needs to end..

 

how did we ever get here?   :(

KayWhitlock
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.

nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg

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

 

Much gratitude

nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg

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

 

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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....."

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