March 27, 2008 |
Two former Black Panthers held in solitary confinement in a Louisiana prison since 1972 have been transferred into quarters with other inmates, state corrections officials said Wednesday. Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox were moved into a "maximum security dormitory" on Monday, said Angie Norwood, assistant warden at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Wallace and Woodfox had been in solitary since their convictions in the death of a guard.
September 4, 1998 |
Israel's militia ally released one of Lebanon's most prominent prisoners, a Communist woman who shot and wounded the group's leader 10 years ago. After her release, Soha Bishara, 31, said she did not regret trying to kill Gen. Antoine Lahd, commander of the Israeli-backed South Lebanon Army militia. Bishara was released after spending 10 years in the SLA-run Khiam detention center in Israeli-occupied southern Lebanon, including six in solitary confinement.
May 16, 2013
Re "Too young for solitary," Editorial, May 12 Your editorial had such a promising beginning. Unfortunately, rather than saying the cruel solitary confinement of juveniles should be banned, the editorial recommend that it "should at the very least be documented. " Documentation cannot make an inhumane practice humane. We know that a high percentage of juvenile offenders have psychiatric disorders. Research consistently confirms that isolation exacerbates mental health disorders.
December 4, 2013 |
BOSTON -- Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may now meet with a mental health consultant without an attorney present, a tweak to special administrative measures put in place to ensure that he cannot incite terror from jail. Tsarnaev has been held in solitary confinement, his communications with the outside world restricted. His lawyers and the ACLU of Massachusetts had argued that the measures should be lifted in order to allow his legal team to do a better job representing him. But the government objected, saying he had already inspired some readers of an al Qaeda magazine and that he could do more harm in the future.
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August 30, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Lawmakers frustrated that a state prison hunger strike has gone on for seven weeks say it is time they took on the debate over solitary confinement themselves. “The issues raised by the hunger strike are real ... and can no longer be ignored,” Senate Public Safety Committee Chairwoman Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) and her Assembly counterpart, Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) said Friday. They issued a joint call for hearings this fall on conditions within California's super-maximum security prisons.
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July 19, 2002 |
Col. Floyd J. Thompson, who endured nearly nine years of torture, disease and starvation in Vietnam as the longest-held prisoner of war in American history, has died. He was 69. Thompson was found dead at his Key West, Fla., home Tuesday after an apparent heart attack over the weekend, said Charles Ingraham, a friend and spokesman for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Key West.
July 9, 2013 |
OK, excuse me while I see how much sympathy I can work up for the inmates in California's prisons. Umm, yep, sorry -- not really feeling the love, guys. As you know, 30,000 or so unfairly incarcerated choirboys at several state prisons, including Pelican Bay and Folsom, began refusing to eat their meals Monday. They have a number of complaints ; at Pelican Bay, those mostly revolve around, as The Times' Paige St. John reported, “conditions in solitary confinement, where inmates may be held indefinitely without access to phone calls or rehabilitation programs, or outdoor exercise beyond a concrete pen.” But wait, there's more!
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July 11, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - As meal strikes and work stoppages continue in most of California's prisons, 10 inmates at one facility have ended their protests and resumed eating, officials said. Those who were on strike at the High Desert State Prison in Susanville, in northeastern California, are no longer under medical observation, said the federal overseer of healthcare in the corrections system. Other officials said they had not met any of the strikers' demands. Participants were protesting solitary confinement conditions, among other issues.
August 9, 2013
Re "Hungry for control," Opinion, Aug. 6 Jeffrey Beard, head of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, does a masterful job of presenting a narrow view of the issues underlying the current hunger strike in California prisons. He avoids the broader issue of the many thousands of persons held in some form of solitary confinement in California, a practice that is widely held to be torture, and describes conditions in the Security Housing Units, or SHUs, quite at odds with those observed by attorneys and human rights activists.