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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. …

ACTION ALERT: William Van Poyck: Sentenced under false pretenses, yet scheduled to be executed in MINUTES

Sentenced under false pretenses, William Van Poyck has spent the last 26 years held in solitary on Florida’s death row for a murder he did not commit. Poyck is scheduled to be executed in minutes.  SHOW YOUR SUPPORT: TAKE ACTION! 1) Contact Florida Governor Rick Scott and tell him what you think. (850) 488-7146 (Email: Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com) 2) Sign the petition…

Poetry from Prison: “Rare Breed”

September 7, 2011 | by Derek Lindsay | Originally posted on voicesfromthecracks Rare Breed When someone asks me, “what happened?” Their like, “you know, with that or this.” I say “oh, I didn’t tell you? Because, it’s none of your business”! Want to know how to find out if someone’s real? I’ve got a suggestion, that’s…

Voices from Solitary: The Louder My Voice the Deeper They Bury Me

April 11, 2013 | Lisa Dawson | Solitary Watch The following poem is by Herman Wallace, who has been held in solitary confinement in Louisiana’s prison system for almost 41 years, mostly in the Louisiana State Penitentiary, known as Angola. Convicted of killing a guard at Angola, Wallace and fellow prisoner Albert Woodfox, both members of the…