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Solitary Confinement

Solitary confinement is still a controversial subject in Texas and throughout the United States.Texas prison officials call solitary confinement–administration segregation.Texas officials argue that solitary confinement is required to protect inmates and officers from violent offenders. Texas opponents of solitary confinement emphasize that its use harms inmates with mental health issues. Not all inmates are in […]

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Solitary Confinement

The United States is number one for the most inmates ( 80,000 inmates) held in solitary confinement ( also called segregation). The use of solitary confinement was stopped in the late 19th century in the United States because it was viewed as barbaric. During the massive increase of inmates during the 1980’s and 1990’s, prisons […]

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Only Bernie & Hillary Challenge Status Quo: USA 2015 Gold Medal for Most Inmates

  The Democratic presidential candidates, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, have challenged the status quo–the United States mass incarceration crisis. In 2015, the United States again won the top medal for the most inmates in the world. The United States, year after year, is awarded the Gold medal for the world’s largest inmate population at […]

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Changing Solitary Confinement

For many years, lonely voices in the wilderness have cried out against the abusive use of solitary confinement in American prisons and jails. The pleas for reasonable use of this punishment were ignored because our prison systems were focused on punishment and not rehabilitation. The failure of the punishment policy is demonstrated by the United […]

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Facebook, Prison, & Solitary Confinement

  The South Carolina Department of Corrections has imposed the most extensive and harshest use of solitary confinement as a punishment for inmates using Facebook. The Electronic Frontier Foundation issued a report revealing that South Carolina’s Department of Corrections equates an inmate “creating and/or assisting with a social networking site”—the same as an inmate committing […]

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USA, China, & Russia– 2015 Gold, Silver, & Bronze for Most Inmates

  The major powers again win the top three medals for the most inmates in the world. The United States, year after year, is awarded the Gold medal for the world’s  largest inmate population at almost 2.3 million incarcerated Americans. China won the Silver with 1.7 million inmates and Russia trailed a distant third for […]

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Solitary Confinement & Mentally ill Inmates

      Pennsylvania’s policy with respect to serious mentally ill inmates in solitary confinement will now change as a result of a settlement reached last week, between the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania. Many of the Pennsylvania inmates had been  placed in solitary confinement  for behavioral issues which […]

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Torture in our Prisons and Jails

The news media was focused this week about the CIA, interrogations, and torture. Many Americans are shocked at the actions of the CIA, but you do not have to look at the CIA for examples of torture by Americans. Every month, inmates in the United States suffer from intentional and gross negligent actions of prison […]

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