Seven Days in Solitary [9/8/13]

by | September 9, 2013

solitary_confinement_cellThe following roundup features noteworthy news, reports and opinions on solitary confinement from the past week that have not been covered in other Solitary Watch posts.

• According to the tally kept by the Miami Herald, 22 of the 166 men held captive at Guantanamo are engaged in a hunger strike, with 20 being force-fed. This week marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Adnan Latif at GTMO, a travesty described in detail by Jeff Kaye on Firedoglake.

• An article in The Nation describes the movement to encourage architects to stop designing “chambers of living death”–death rows, supermax prisons, and solitary confinement units.

• An op-ed in the San Francisco Examiner urges lawmakers to support a bill that would ban the solitary confinement of juveniles.

• The end of the 60-day prison hunger strike in California was reported in publications nationwide and beyond, buy xanax without doctor consultation including a notable piece in the Guardian.

Detention Watch Network printed the responses of several civil liberties and human rights groups to ICE’s new directive curtailing the use of solitary confinement in immigrant detention.

• An op-ed in the Washington Post by two state legislators declares that Virginia is “turning away” from solitary confinement in its prisons.

Justice Fellowship‘s Pat Nolan published a commentary in which the one-time California legislator, who decades ago championed the construction of Pelican Bay, describes his “change of heart” and current opposition to the “overuse of solitary confinement.”

• The Quad City Times reports that Washington budget and debt debates have stalled the opening of the new federal supermax prison in Thomson, Illinois.

• A CBC radio documentary explores the effects of solitary confinement on survivors from both the United States and Canada.



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