Seven Days in Solitary [9/8/13]
The 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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