Court Rules Against Angola 3's Albert Woodfox: No End in Sight to 38 Years in Solitary Confinement

¬†Albert Woodfox¬†has spent nearly all of the last 38 years in solitary confinement at the Louisiana State Penitentiary¬†at Angola. His¬†case has brought protests from Amnesty International and¬†Human Rights Watch, who¬†argue that¬†Woodfox’s¬†decades in lockdown constitute torture, and from a growing band of supporters, who believe that he was denied a fair trial.¬†For¬†more than ten years, he¬†has […]

The End of Mississippi's Notorious Supermax Unit

Even in a nation known for its draconian prison conditions and brutal lockdown units,¬†the supermax portion of Mississippi’s state penitentiary¬†stood out.¬† Critics and residents described it as a “horrific” and “wretched” place of “hopelessness and despair.” Or, as Chris Joyner described it last week in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger: Unit 32 was a nightmare, if sworn […]

Punishment for Possessing One Joint = Jail, Solitary Confinement, and Deportation

Continuing her¬†incisive reporting on the travesty¬†of¬†immigrant detention in the United States, the New York Times‘s¬†Nina¬†Bernstein¬†¬†yesterday¬†documented¬†the three-year nightmare¬†of a legal immigrant from Haiti. Bernstein¬†describes what happened to the young man¬†after he was convicted of a non-criminal drug offense,¬†considered so minor in the state of New York that it carries a fine smaller than some parking tickets.¬† […]