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Solitary Confinement

WNYC News

NYC Considers Segregated Housing for Violent Prison Inmates

Friday, December 19, 2014

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But activists say it's just solitary by another name.

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In Solitary, Inmates Languish, Despair and Attempt Suicide: Report

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A new report details the rough treatment of inmates placed in solitary confinement at New York City's largest jail system, Rikers Island.

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The Takeaway

Isolation & Fear Inside Rikers Island

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."

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Specials

Reveal

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.

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WNYC News

Groundbreaking Changes To Solitary Confinement in NY

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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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.

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Stop Putting Kids in Solitary: Report

Thursday, February 13, 2014

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The city needs to change the way it treats teenagers locked up at Rikers Island or risk the continued waste of money and lives, according to a new report. 

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WNYC News

New York Promised Help for Mentally Ill Inmates – But Still Sticks Many in Solitary

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.

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The Takeaway

'Herman's House': The Dreams of a Man in Solitary Confinement for 40 Years

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Ian Urbina on Immigrants and Solitary Confinement

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."

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WNYC News

NYCLU Files Lawsuit Over Solitary Confinement

Thursday, December 06, 2012

The New York Civil Liberties Union is charging that the state’s practice of sending people into solitary confinement for non-violent crimes is a violation of civil rights.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

In Solitary

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.

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WNYC News

Rights Groups Call for End to Solitary Confinement of Youths

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.

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The Takeaway

The Angola Three and Solitary Confinement

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.

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The Takeaway

Incarceration in America: Rethinking Solitary Confinement

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.

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