Friday, December 19, 2014
By Megan Malloy
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Forty percent of inmates held at Rikers Island Correctional Facility have a diagnosed mental illness. This week, a report revealed the cause of inmate Jerome Murdough's death: He had been left in an overheated cell and, as one official put it, "baked to death."
Saturday, March 01, 2014
Reveal pulls back the curtain on what governments, businesses and communities are doing behind the scenes to solve problems often outside of the national spotlight. On this episode of Reveal, host Al Letson gives us an inside look at issues regarding solitary confinement, heroin trade, animal rights on film sets, and instances of sexual abuse on farms.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
By Robert Lewis : Reporter, WNYC News
The state prison system is about to become the largest in the country to ban the use of solitary confinement as punishment for prisoners under 18, pregnant women and the developmentally disabled.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
In New York, inmates diagnosed with “serious” disorders should be protected from solitary confinement. But since that policy began, the number of inmates diagnosed with such disorders has dropped.
Monday, July 08, 2013
Artist Jackie Sumell was outraged when she learned that a Louisiana state prisoner named Herman Wallace has lived in solitary confinement 23 hours a day for more than 40 years now. He is believed to be the longest-serving prisoner in solitary confinement in the United States. Angad Balla's documentary airing tonight on PBS, "Herman's House," follows Jackie as she raises awareness of long-term solitary confinement through art.
Monday, April 01, 2013
New York Times reporter Ian Urbina discusses the lengthy detention in solitary confinement of many illegal immigrants here in the United States, "Immigrants Held in Solitary Cells, Often for Weeks."
Friday, November 16, 2012
Lawrence Weschler, director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, author of Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative, Breyten Breytenbach, poet, painter, human rights activist, author of a memoir about his seven-year imprisonment in Apartheid South Africa, The True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist, and Taylor Pendergrass, senior staff attorney at the New York Civil Liberties Union and co-author of Boxed In, discuss Saturday's symposium exploring the theme of solitary confinement.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
State governments should abolish the use of solitary confinement for offenders under 18, whether as a punitive or protective measure, two of America's leading advocates for prisoners' rights said in report Wednesday.
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
This month, two prisoners in the U.S. will mark the 40th anniversary of their solitary confinement in the notorious Angola Prison in Louisiana. It's believed to be the longest period of time in such confinement in U.S. penal history. Tim Franks of our partner the BBC reports on their case, and meets another former inmate who'd been kept in solitary confinement for 29 years at Angola.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
All this week we’re talking about incarceration in America. Yesterday we looked at juvenile justice, and whether life-without-parole sentences for teenage murder convicts violates the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Today, we’re talking about super-maximum-security prisons and the effects of solitary confinement.