Johnny Cash: Solitary Man

Yesterday would have been Johnny Cash’s 78th birthday. Prison Law Blog dug out this NPR story from 2005 on Cash’s famous visit to Folsom Prison in 1968, which includes a recording of him singing “Folsom Prison Blues” for an audience of inmates. Listen to it here. Since that recording was made, the U.S. prison population has increased seven-fold, […]

No Obama Budget Freeze for Prisons

In the nation with the world’s highest incarceration rate, amid talk of dangerously high deficits and budget freezes, the White House proposes dramatically increasing spending on U.S. prisons. A newly released report from the Justice Policy Institute, titled “The Obama Administration’s 2011 Budget: More Policing, Prisons, and Punitive Policies,” analyzes the priorities reflected in the president’s overall spending […]

ACLU Calls on U.N. Human Rights Official to Stop Teen's Torture in Montana Prison

A teenager in solitary confinement at Montana State Prison has been subject to such brutal treatment that the American Civil Liberties Union today called upon a U.N. expert on torture to intervene on his behalf. “The conditions of Robert’s confinement are so appalling that they flout universally recognized human rights standards, including his absolute right to be free […]

Incarceration Nation

While it doesn’t specifically reference solitary confinement, an article in the Boston Globe this morning has a lot to say about the larger environment in which these brutal conditions of confinement become routine.  In “Imaginary Fiends,” Joe Keohane asks why Americans stubbornly refuse to believe that the U.S. crime rate has been dropping for at least 15 years. […]