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Albert Woodfox speaks after 43 years in solitary confinement

Last week Albert Woodfox, who was held in solitary confinement at a notorious Louisiana prison for more than 43 years after a highly dubious murder conviction, walked free in a plea deal. This week, Woodfox spoke to the media about his life behind bars.

California to end unlimited solitary confinement for gang leaders

In a major victory for the prison reform movement, California agreed on Tuesday to end the indefinite solitary confinement of imprisoned gang members.

Class action launched over treatment of mentally ill inmates

Toronto - A proposed class-action lawsuit filed in Ontario on Friday that alleges the federal government fails to provide adequate care to mentally ill prisoners, relying too heavily on solitary confinement and not giving proper medications.

Judge orders release of Albert Woodfox, held 43 years in solitary

A federal judge has ordered the release of a man held in solitary confinement in a notorious Louisiana prison for more than 43 years, but an appeals court has temporarily blocked his freedom.

S. Carolina inmate gets 37 years in solitary for Facebook updates

The South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) is punishing inmates with decades of solitary confinement—a recognized form of psychological torture—for Facebook posts.

Baby dies after mother gives birth in solitary confinement

Wichita Falls - Nicole Guerrero has filed a lawsuit alleging that after she informed jail staff in Wichita County she was in labor, they left her overnight in solitary confinement. The child was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck and died.

Op-Ed: ACLU cries for Alfredo Prieto

Fairfax - The ACLU is weeping buckets for a convicted murderer on death row. Here is what these champions of liberty didn't tell you about Alfredo Prieto.

U.N. Torture investigation on solitary confinement in the U.S.

Sacramento - Juan Mendez, the United Nation's lead torture investigator, says that he is worried about increased use of solitary confinement in United States' prisons and wants access to California lockups.

UN expert urges end to 'Angola 3' member's solitary confinement

New Orleans - A United Nations human rights expert is urging the United States to immediately end the solitary confinement of a Louisiana prisoner held in isolation in a tiny cell for more than 41 years.

Prisoner's conviction overturned after 41 years in solitary

Baton Rouge - Herman Wallace, 71, was released on Tuesday after spending 41 years in solitary confinement in a Louisiana prison. His conviction was overturned by a Federal Judge who said he did not receive a fair trial.

Op-Ed: Solitary confinement in California

Crescent City - The ongoing controversy over prisoners in solitary confinement at California's Pelican Bay State Prison raises questions with no easy answers.

Former death row inmate gives look inside solitary confinement

After spending three-and-a-half years on death row in Alabama for a murder he did not commit, a former death row inmate writes an eye-opening letter about solitary confinement and the death penalty. "It is a completely broken system!" he said.

Op-Ed: Outrage over Zimmerman trial drowns more meaningful discussion

While social media is saturated with misguided consternation over the verdict in the Zimmerman trial, a more sinister trial with more important implications is proceeding under an umbrella of media silence.

Neglected prisoner awarded $15.5 million

Dona Ana - Stephen Slevin, former prisoner of Dona Anna County Detention Center awarded $15.5 Million after filing a federal lawsuit against the center for inhumane treatment during his 22 months in solitary confinement at the center.

Worldwide protests mark 1,000 days in prison for Bradley Manning

Bradley Manning, accused whistleblower, has been imprisoned without trial for 1,000 days. Protests, rallies, marches and performances were held in in his honor in 70 cities worldwide on February 23.

PFC Bradley Manning to get military court hearing on Dec. 16

Providence - PFC Bradley Manning, accused of leaking sensitive US government documents to Wikileaks, will have his first chance before a military court on December 16, when an Article 32 hearing will begin at Fort Meade, Maryland.

Anders Breivik ordered to four weeks in solitary confinement

Oslo - An Oslo court had ordered confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik to remain in pre-trial detention for eight weeks, which will include four weeks of solitary confinement, a treatment Breivik has described as a form of "sadistic torture."

Op-Ed: The Waste of Solitary Confinement

Solitary confinement causes mental illness, but we use it more than we did 100 years ago. Our society can do a much better job of punishing offenders than simply locking them in isolated cages.

Manning’s visitor: ‘I have watched my friend degrade over time’

Boston - Pvt Bradley Manning, accused of leaking US government documents to Wikileaks, continues to endure harsh treatment at Quantico Brig in Virginia, and one of his few allowed visitors says the detainee’s mental and physical health continues to “degrade."

US gov’t forces Manning to strip, remain naked for two nights

Quantico - PFC Bradley Manning, held in solitary confinement at Quantico Brig in Virginia, was forced to strip naked in his cell Wednesday and Thursday nights, remaining in that condition until the following mornings when his clothing was returned by a Marine guard.

Army cites ‘serious leadership failures’ of Manning’s superiors

Washington - An Army investigation of the breach of US government documents released to Wikileaks found “serious leadership failures” and “gross negligence” in Pvt Bradley Manning’s supervision in Iraq, an official familiar with the investigation has said.

Op-Ed: America’s exceptionalism — Private Manning’s solitary confinement

Lost in the hoopla of a Democrat-turned-Republican president and the escalating deaths of NATO forces in Afghanistan and the associated “signs of progress” is disturbing news on the US government’s treatment of Army Private Bradley Manning.

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Looking down the wall in the Solitary Confinement area. The photographer said the only light they had came through the little window in the door and a small pipe for ventilation in the ceiling.

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