‘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 [...]

US Convinces European Court to Not Block Extradition of Terror Suspects

By: Tuesday April 10, 2012 2:03 pm

(photo: Screen shot from BBC News broadcast of Babar Ahmad’s interview) The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that five individuals facing terrorism charges, including the radical cleric Abu Hamza, can be extradited to the United States. The ruling by the court in Strasbourg, France, was part of a determination that the human [...]

Nearly 12,000 Prisoners Join California Hunger Strike to End Torture Conditions

By: Monday October 3, 2011 2:41 am

A renewed hunger strike at California State Prisons has mushroomed to nearly 12,000 participants, as prisoners protest tortuous conditions, including a policy that makes inmates snitch on other prisoners or be held in solitary confinement indefinitely. The strike comes at a time when the California prisons are under attack for unconstitutional conditions of confinement, and in Federal receivership. But the prison authorities are threatening to punish strikers and have already expelled two of their attorneys from attending prison talks.

Isolation, Indeterminate Sentences Used to Extract Confessions at California Supermax Prisons

By: Saturday July 16, 2011 5:31 pm

While many articles on the hunger strike protest of Supermax prisoners at California’s Pelican Bay prison have rightly emphasized the conditions of torture that arise from a regime of long-term solitary confinement, another object of the strikers is to end the hated “debriefing” system, by which prisoners cannot escape their conditions unless they “snitch, parole, or die.” The “debriefing” regime is eerily similar to that experienced by so-called unlawful detainees at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay.

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