Confessed killer strangles cellmate to death – Texas prison staff tries to shirk liability

by Jason Renard Walker, Deputy Minister of Labor, NABPP Odd as it seems, seeing prisoners left for dead or killed by guards is nothing new to me. The reason this may seem odd is that each death was during my seven-year stint in solitary confinement, and I was a prime witness or in earshot of […]

‘Security/welfare checks’: Call for 602s, 22s and artwork

by Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition Committee to End Sleep Deprivation and California Families Against Solitary Confinement Family Unity Network Are you living in segregated housing – SHU, Ad-Seg, PSU, Condemned Units? Are correctional officers coming around to your cell every half hour or hour to conduct security/welfare checks? Are these checks conducted in a […]

Why so many suicides at Lane Murray Unit, a Texas women’s prison?

by Britney Gulley For women in Texas prisons, it’s a perpetual fight. After five long, atrocious years of mental, emotional and physical abuse in prolonged solitary confinement at Lane Murry Unit – infamously nicknamed “Miserable Murray” – I have suffered tremendously. I, along with numerous other women from ad-seg (administrative segregation) at Lane Murray Unit, […]

Changing Terrain in Corcoran az Populationz are Transferred

by a California prisoner                          permalink   The PO Box 3476 is the only SHU yard and Ad-Seg yard address now at CSP-Corcoran. The 4B yard is closed, and was supposed to open up as a GP mainline, but hasn’t happened yet. All these […]

Women in Texaz prison decry abuse, banning of Bay View: ‘There’z no exaggerating the inhumane treatment that saturatez Miserable Murray’

by Britney Gulley A few months ago, I exposed the corruption of this particular unit and others across Gatesville, Texas,* striving for justice, peace and respect to no avail. (See “I am fighting for women in Texas prisons.”) In response to the grievances, articles and complaints the women here have written, we’ve been subjected to […]

I am fighting for women in Texas prisonz

by Britney Gulley I am a walking, living proof of a life that has been pulverized, destroyed and abandoned by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. I have been housed in Ad-Seg going on four years now, held in captivity of prolonged solitary confinement, deprived of adequate sleep, nourishment, clean ventilation, peace and privileges. TDCJ, […]

A Victory for Maroon!

  On Friday, February 12, United States District Magistrate for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Cynthia Reed Eddy, issued a decision denying both parties’ motions for summary judgment and ordering a trial in the case of Shoatz v. Wetzel, which challenges the 22 year solitary confinement of Abolitionist Law Center client and political prisoner Russell […]

How a Former Black Panther Could Change the Rules of Solitary Confinement

By Victoria Law By his 70th birthday in 2013, Russell Maroon Shoatz had spent nearly 30 years in extreme solitary confinement. A prisoner in Pennsylvania’s Restricted Housing Unit (RHU), Shoatz spent 23 hours each day confined to a 7-by-12-foot cell. He ate all his meals alone inside that cell. He slept under lights that […]

A Brief History of Solitary Confinement

Dickens, Tocqueville, and the U.N. all agree about this American invention: It’s torture. Eastern State Penitentiary, c. 1876. Via Wikimedia Commons. This story was funded by Longreads Members Join and help support great storytelling Jean Casella and James Ridgeway | Introduction to Hell Is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement | The New Press | February 2016 | […]

Solitary Confinement

Perhaps the single most barbaric aspect of mass incarceration in California is the cruel practice of assigning inmates to solitary confinement. This practice, affecting as many as 6,000 inmates at any given time, has been judged inhumane and unacceptable by human rights experts. The cruelty of the practice is underscored by its arbitrariness: people are […]