Solitary crackers: Sleep deprivation is a whiplash to our souls

by Richard Jackson Lost in thought, in this solitary cell, contemplating existence. Lights perched outside of every cell buzz in a high pitched whine, like a choir of crickets in unison. Listening in on a cheap pair of ear buds, attached to a contraband wire strung down the tier to the only radio in the […]

PTSD SC: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Solitary Confinement

by Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa and Baridi J. Williamson California Department of Corrections and rehabilitation (CDCr) had been locking classes of prisoners up in solitary confinement since the ‘60s as part of CDCr’s para-military low-intensity warfare, to break the minds and spirits of its subjects, California’s prisoner class. CDCr’s solitary confinement has two operating components: 1) […]

End the isolation of Jamil Al-Amin (formerly H. Rap Brown)

Open Letter to the Bureau of Prisons and State of Georgia by Concerned Academics We are academics who have spent our careers researching the history of the civil rights movement, issues of racial discrimination in the United States, civil rights law, and the representation of minorities in the public sphere. We strongly believe that deepening […]

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 […]

TDCJ’s ad-seg program is for profit not for rehabilitation: From sensory deprivation to sensory overload – and back

After randomly being awakened in the early morning, boarded onto the TDCJ transportation bus, then shipped to the Ramsey Unit, a prisoner told me that the experience was like “being snatched from a dungeon and sent to a new wave slave plantation.” The statement he made is a reality that many prisoners housed in close […]

Are Florida prisons suppressing an inmate strike or just lying about it?

We don’t know, because prisons are shrouded in secrecy  Prisons around the country keep inmates in, but also keep information out. (AP) CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that prisoners paid $17 for a can of soup, rather than a case of soup. In the weeks leading up to Martin Luther King Day, prisoners […]

Support the UN Campaign for Ana Belen Montes!

Together we can free Ana Belen Montes!   Download the letter attached and send it to the U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights! Read her biography below andSUPPORT THE MOVEMENT TO FREE HER! Who is Ana Belen Montes? Ana Belen Montes was on February 28th, 1957 in Western Germany, where her military-officer father was based as an Army doctor. […]

Why is Jeremiah Tatum in Florida’s Solitary Confinement?

You’ve likely never heard of Jeremiah Tatum or “JT”. We met here in Florida State Prison’s (FSP) solitary confinement or Close Management (CM) unit. He is an outspoken opponent of the abuse by prison officials, a tendency which officials find intolerable. In fact, this tendency led to a series of abuses that landed JT in […]

“Don’t talk about this place.”

  Investigative journalist Will Potter is the only reporter who has been inside a Communications Management Unit, or CMU, within a US prison. These units were opened secretly, and radically alter how prisoners are treated — even preventing them from hugging their children. Potter, a TED Fellow, shows us who is imprisoned here, and how […]

Two Years After Historic Settlement Ending Indefinite Solitary Confinement in CA, CCR Details Ongoing Violations, Releases Report Showing Lasting Consequences of SHU Post-Release

New Filing Seeks One-Year Extension of Court Monitoring Based on Violations   NEW YORK and PALO ALTO – Two years after the historic settlement of Ashker v. Governor of California marked the end of indefinite solitary confinement in California, the Center for Constitutional Rights and co-counsel filed a motion to extend the terms of the settlement by […]