THE ROOT OF AMERIKA’S OVER-USE OF SOLITARY CONFINEMENTS IN PRISON — AND HOW REFORM CAN HAPPEN

Tens of thousands of prisoners across the United States spend months, years – and sometimes decades – locked alone in windowless concrete rooms the size of wheelchair accessible bathroom stalls for at least 23 hours a day, seven days a week. Prison officials, not judges or juries, decide both which prisoners end up in solitary […]

Neuroscientists Make a Case Against Solitary Confinement

by Dana G. Smith Neuroscientists Make a Case Against Solitary Confinement   On any given day, 80,000 US prisoners are subjected to punishment that inflicts permanent damage to the brain. “We see solitary confinement as nothing less than a death penalty by social deprivation.” Robert King spent 29 years living alone in a six by […]

Solitary Confinement as a Tool of Political Opression

Since at least the 1950s, prison officials have used solitary confinement as a political tool against Black inmates, said Brittany Friedman, a professor of sociology at Rutgers University and co-author of an essay titled “Solitary Confinement and the Nation of Islam.” “When it comes to forms of extreme punishment behind bars,” said Friedman, “African Americans […]

Urgent Call to Support Kevin Rashid Johnson!

Self portrait by Kevin Rashid Johnson Here is what we are told by the Abolitionist Law Center: “On arriving at Sussex II (Wahe was greeted with attack dogs lunging at him while he was fully chained up. He is being served meals on a rubber mat, without utensils, and with no cups, so he is being […]

Interview with Kevin Rashid Johnson (58:19)

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Rashid: The prison struggle continues

by Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson It’s been some years since I’ve been able to communicate through radio outlets. This on account of a series of transfers between various states’ prison systems – from Virginia to Oregon, then Texas to Florida and back to Virginia – as reprisals for my political work and publicizing the inhumane conditions […]

California protest demands ‘End solitary confinement!’

Rally outside federal courthouse in San Francisco Aug. 21. Inside, four prisoners — Todd Ashker, Arturo Castellanos, George Franco and Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa — leaders of statewide fight against solitary confinement, attended meeting with prison authorities. Court had ordered prison officials to attend meeting to discuss more serious steps to dismantle abusive solitary conditions. Inset, […]

Prisons Use Solitary Confinement to Silence Strikers Nationwide—But Their Voices Have Been Heard

In commemoration of the Attica Uprising 47 years earlier, incarcerated organizers chose yesterday as the final day of the nearly three-week-long National Prison Strike that began on August 21. The … Source: Prisons Use Solitary Confinement to Silence Strikers Nationwide—But Their Voices Have Been Heard

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Solitary Confinement

In solidarity with the end of the National Prisoner Hunger Strike, we are republishing this article from the California Prison Focus Spring 2018 (Issue Number 55), written by Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa and Baridi J. Williamson, two of the original signers of the Agreement to End Hostilities that facilitated the success of the 2011 & 2013 […]

Prison labor is modern slavery. I’ve been sent to solitary for speaking out

I may be locked up in solitary confinement, but I stand with the men and women rejecting modern slavery in America   by Kevin Rashid Johnson  ‘Though I’ve always refused to engage in this modern slavery myself, I’ve witnessed plenty of examples of it.’ Photograph: Kevin Rashid Johnson This week, a nationwide strike was launched […]