The For-Profit Criminalization of Immigrants: Prison Contracts Encourage Placement in ‘Extreme Isolation’

By: Tuesday June 10, 2014 1:20 pm

Unlawfully crossing the United States border has traditionally been a civil offense where a person committing the act was deported, but more than half of all criminal prosecutions last year were for crossing the border and for-profit prison corporations operating federal facilities have directly benefited. The corporations make money incarcerating over 25,000 immigrants. Thousands are [...]

Global Survey Shows Citizens Around World Fear Their Own Governments Would Torture Them

By: Tuesday May 13, 2014 5:08 pm

Worldwide, a global survey conducted by Amnesty International reveals that tens of thousands of citizens from twenty-one different countries believe if they were “taken into custody” by their government they would probably be tortured. From December 2013 to April 2014, Amnesty International interviewed 21,221 citizens from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Germany, Greece, India, [...]

Solitary Confinement in California Prisons: What Pelican Bay Prisoners Weren’t Allowed to Say to Legislators

By: Friday February 14, 2014 4:04 pm

California permits long-term solitary confinement of prisoners. It is one of at least eight states with prison systems where a practice that is known to cause significant psychological and physical effects is acceptable. There has been an ongoing push to end solitary confinement in the state, especially because prisoners at the Pelican Bay State Prison [...]

Herman Wallace, Held in Solitary Confinement for 41 Years, Dies After Three Days of Freedom

By: Friday October 4, 2013 4:13 pm

The movement for human rights and justice mourns the loss of Herman Wallace, a former prisoner of the Louisiana State Penitentiary (Angola prison) who was held in solitary confinement for forty-one years before having his conviction and sentence for murder vacated by a judge this week. Wallace was released from prison because his Fourteenth Amendment [...]

Four Decades of Cruel, Degrading & Inhuman Treatment in Prison—But Herman Wallace Is Now Free

By: Wednesday October 2, 2013 8:02 pm

For over four decades, Herman Wallace (one of the Angola 3) was held in solitary confinement in the Louisiana State Penitentiary. The facility, also known as Angola prison, denied him the right to have the reasons for his cruel confinement conditions reviewed. This took place on top of the fact that there was significant corruption [...]

California Prison Officials Demonize Prisoners by Claiming Hunger Strike a Part of Gang Conspiracy

By: Tuesday July 23, 2013 12:19 pm

“We’re learning more about the large hunger strike going on behind bars of several California prisons,” a local radio station in Fresno, California reported yesterday. “State prison officials say the whole thing was orchestrated by prison gangs in order to sell drugs and make money.” KMJ News also highlighted the Los Angeles Times, which apparently reported [...]

Climate Justice Activist Tim DeChristopher on Going to Prison for Disrupting Land Auction

By: Monday April 22, 2013 4:08 pm

Climate justice activist Tim DeChristopher, who was given a two-year sentence in prison for making fake bids in a Utah public land auction that later was found to be corrupt, is finally free. He appeared on “Democracy Now!” this morning to give his first interview since being released Sunday from the halfway house where he [...]

The Guantanamo Hunger Strike, Through the Eyes of British Prisoner Shaker Aamer

By: Tuesday April 2, 2013 11:36 am

For over eleven years, a British prisoner at Guantanamo Bay has been held in detention without charge or trial. He has been cleared for release twice and suffered torture. He has been subject to conditions of solitary confinement for his participation in hunger strikes and for asserting that others in the prison have human rights. [...]

Environmental Activist, Prosecuted as If He Was Terrorist, Was Held in Isolation for Political Speech

By: Monday April 1, 2013 5:42 pm

An environmental activist, who was prosecuted by the Justice Department for engaging in acts the department considers to be terrorism, has found out through a lawsuit of which he is a plaintiff that he was transferred to a prison in Marion, Illinois, and held in isolation for his political speech. Daniel McGowan, who had a [...]

‘Gitmo North’ to Hold Prisoners in Conditions of Solitary Confinement

By: Tuesday February 12, 2013 7:10 pm

Journalists with the web-based project dedicated to bringing attention to the widespread use of solitary confinement, Solitary Watch, report the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is going to be expanding the Thomson Correctional Center in Illinois to hold federal prisoners in supermax conditions. This means cells will be holding prisoners in conditions of solitary confinement and [...]

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