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NEWS
September 4, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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OPINION
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2013 | By Paige St. John, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2013 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - Supporters of California prison inmates on a weeks-long mass hunger strike convened on the Capitol Tuesday morning to urge Gov. Jerry Brown to take a more active role in resolving the protest. Around 50 people gathered on the Capitol's south lawn to show support for the inmates on strike and call for changes to policies regarding solitary confinement. Three organizers then delivered petitions with more than 70,000 signatures to the governor's office. Dolores Canales, co-founder of the California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement, broke into tears after presenting the signatures to a member of the governor's staff.  "These prisoners are so committed to the cause that they would put their own bodies through such suffering and be now on the 23rd day of the hunger strike.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2013 | By Lee Romney
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Advocacy groups on Thursday filed a class-action federal lawsuit against Contra Costa County's juvenile hall, alleging that some youths with disabilities are being denied educational services and held in solitary confinement for 23 hours per day -- in some cases for months. The Los Angeles-based Public Counsel and Berkeley-based Disability Rights Advocates teamed with a private law firm to bring the lawsuit, contending that while one-third of students at the county juvenile hall are deemed by authorities to have disabilities requiring special education, many do not receive those or related services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2013 | By Paige St. John
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.
OPINION
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.
OPINION
August 10, 2013 | By Paul Thornton
Convicted murderers, gang leaders and other hardened criminals tend not to draw much sympathy from readers. But the hunger strike taking place in California prisons, which is entering its second month and has drawn prolonged attention to the solitary-confinement conditions in which thousands of inmates are housed, may have changed that. When the strike started, many of the readers who sent us letters were content to let starvation take its course with the protesting inmates; some even suggested it was a good way to address overcrowding.
NEWS
March 10, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Whitewater figure James B. McDougal, who died Sunday at the Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth, was in solitary confinement when he collapsed of an apparent heart attack in a jail cell, a federal prison official said. McDougal, 57, had been placed in "administrative detention" because he had refused to give a urine sample as part of random drug testing for inmates, said Todd Craig, chief spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2000
Re Robert Scheer's "Lee Does Penance for Justice Dept.'s Sins," Commentary, July 25: The plight of Wen Ho Lee should enrage the public with the total disregard for the legal right of due process. It is evident that Lee, being held in solitary confinement (unbelievable as that may be), is a scapegoat trapped between a hostile Congress out to discredit the president and an administration trying to assure the public that security procedures are being endorsed. Meanwhile, Lee has been deprived of his legal rights by being held without bail.
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