North Carolina: Solitary Confinement of Prisoners with Mental Illness

Under Fire for Negligence, North Carolina Prisons Chief Seeks New Funding for Mental Health Treatment

December 15, 2014 | by Lisa Dawson North Carolina corrections chief David Guice wants more than $20 million to improve the treatment of people with mental illness in the state’s prisons. His request comes on the heels of two recent reports showing neglect and abuse of prisoners with psychiatric disabilities in North Carolina, and the…

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…

The Inhumanity of How We Incarcerate

The Inhumanity of How We Incarcerate

North Carolina man Anthony Michael Kerr’s, who died of dehydration in solitary confinement, is only the latest horrifying story we’ve heard in recent months. You may recall Darren Rainey, the mentally ill Florida inmate whose skin was boiled off his bones when guards locked him in a scalding shower as a punishment. Former employees later alleged that staff at that Dade County facility made a “sport” of brutalizing the mentally ill. Or Jerome Murdough, who died of heat exposure after left unattended for hours in a cell in a Rikers unit for mentally ill patients. This, despite the fact that prison officials knew a heating unit malfunction had raised the temperature in those cells to dangerously high levels. Or Christopher Lopez, a schizophrenic man in Colorado who suffered two seizures and died on the concrete floor of a prison cell while guards allegedly mocked and laughed at him. Prison officials waited a year and a half before bothering to report his death.

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…

Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

Corcoran SHU Prisoners Start Hunger Strike for Decent Healthcare

From Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity: Corcoran Hunger Strike On Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, three men locked inside unit 4B-1L of the Secure Housing Unit (SHU) of California State Prison-Corcoran started a hunger strike: Heshima Denham (J-38283), followed on Sept. 27 by Michael Zaharibu Dorrough (D-83611). Kambui Robinson (C-82830) will join them the following day for…

Leon Benson | Shakespeare in the SHU | Wabash SHU Solitary Confinement

Voices from Solitary, Analyzing Isolation

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 second suggested theme, “Analyzing Isolation,” calls for writers to provide their analyses of solitary, discussing ways in which the practice is harmful and counterproductive. …

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…

Report Outlines Abuses by California Prison Staff

Originally posted on Prison Reform Movement's Weblog- America: Land of the Free, Home of the Incarcerated:
English: Image is similar, if not identical, to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation patch. Made with Photoshop. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) A California parole agent was accused of soliciting one of his parolees to kill another. Numerous…