Reporting Human Rights Violations: A How-to Guide for Prisoners

The following guide, published by the Human Rights Coalition, offers guidelines for prisoners on reporting human rights violations. The method described is simple, requiring documentation, intervention, and movement-building: [W]e learn the truth by gathering evidence (documentation); we take action according to the urgency of the situation and our capacity to move people (intervention); and we bring others…

U.N. Criticizes U.S. on Torture, Police Practices, Immigration Detention

ACLU: U.N. Criticizes U.S. on Torture, Police Practices, Immigration Detention

The following comes from the ACLU: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: media@aclu.org GENEVA – The United Nations Committee Against Torture issued a report today castigating the United States’ record on a wide range of issues, including lack of accountability for torture, immigration detention, and abusive criminal justice practices such as solitary confinement and excessive use of…

New York City Mayor De Blasio: We Need to Address People with Mental Illnesses in Jail

NEW YORK—At a Thursday press briefing on the Department of Correction’s planned reforms of jail conditions at Rikers Island, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Corrections Commissioner Joseph Ponte expressed that their biggest challenge is how to provide for mentally ill inmates. The mayor said the high proportion of inmates with a mental illness—at 40 percent…

Voices from Solitary | Nathan Brewer | Hamilton County Jail | Solitary Confinement

Voices from Solitary: A Day in the Life, Part VI

The following essay was originally published on Solitary Watch: This post is the next in a series of pieces Solitary Watch is publishing as part of a project calling for people held in solitary confinement to write on various proposed themes. Our first suggested theme, “A Day in the Life,” calls for writers to describe a day…

U.S. Tells UN panel that Ban on Torture Applies to Everyone, Everywhere

GENEVA — The Obama administration moved forcefully Thursday to distance itself from Bush administration policies, telling a United Nations panel that the ban on torture enshrined in a 1984 treaty that the U.S. signed applies worldwide and covers all people and places, including detention facilities abroad. “The answer to the question whether the U.S. will…

Automatic Solitary Confinement for Prisoners Held on Virginia’s Death Row

Virginia’s practice of automatically holding people held on Virginia death row in solitary confinement will be reviewed by a federal appeals court. Experts claim that the case could have an impact beyond just the state of Virginia. The Daily Press opens its story on the subject with the controversial question: “Should prisoners in Virginia sentenced to…

Pope Francis Denounces Solitary Confinement, Calls for Prison Conditions That “Respect Human Dignity”

Pope Francis Denounces Solitary Confinement, Calls for Prison Conditions That “Respect Human Dignity”

In a wide-ranging speech on Thursday, Pope Francis revealed himself as a passionate criminal justice reformer. His words also suggest that he is familiar with the controversies surrounding solitary confinement and supermax prisons, and strongly opposes their use. Speaking at the Vatican to representatives of the International Association of Penal Law, the Pope said: “All Christians and people…

Seven Days in Solitary (6/23/13) – Weekly news roundup on solitary confinement

June 23, 2013 | Lisa Dawson for Solitary Watch The following roundup features noteworthy news, reports and opinions on solitary confinement from the past week that have not been covered in other Solitary Watch posts. •  According to the tally kept by The Miami Herald, 104 of the 166 men held captive at Guantanamo are now on hunger strike, with 44 being…

The Reality of Solitary Confinement in the U.S.

In determining which of the countries is “worse,” the creator looks at factors likely to significantly impact a prisoner’s quality of life, including mattress quality, phone call privileges, ease of communication with neighboring cells, privacy and more. According to the infographic, an alarming 39% of suicides at Pelican Bay State Prison take place in SHU.…

Children Flying Solo – Solitary Confinement & Its Psychological Impact

Originally posted on churchmice253's Blog:
http://youtu.be/lTLV-9S61zk A range of international instruments provides that solitary confinement should not be used other than in the most exceptional circumstances. The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT 1987) states :- ‘Solitary confinement can, in certain circumstances, amount to inhuman and degrading treatment; in any event, all forms…

Seven Days in Solitary

April 27, 2013 | Lisa Dawson | Solitary Watch The following roundup features noteworthy news, reports, and opinions on solitary confinement from the past week that have not been covered in other Solitary Watch posts. •  The Queens Chronicle reports on efforts by activists and New York City Council Members to increase transparency and and place stricter limits on the use…

Four Score and One Too Many Years: Free all of the Angola 3 from solitary confinement

Originally posted on Moorbey'z Blog:
  (Artwork by Emory Douglas) Today, April 17, 2013, marks 41 years that Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace have been unjustly incarcerated in solitary confinement in Louisiana. This is 41 years of living in concrete and metal cages of 6 x 9 feet; 41 years of being separated from…

On death row now for over a decade, Jeffrey Havard fights wrongful conviction and death sentence by Mississippi state

April 22, 2013 | Lisa Dawson Jeffrey Havard currently sits in solitary confinement on death row in Mississippi, wrongfully convicted in 2002 of murdering and sexually abusing his then-girlfriend’s 6-month old daughter, Chloe Britt, who died from head injuries. While the state of Mississippi argues that Havard, 34, sexually abused and killed the child, Havard maintains…