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dayton wants reforms on 'brutal' solitary confinement


gov. mark dayton and state corrections officials are at odds over how to implement solitary confinement reform in minnesota prisons.the department of corrections won’t support the reboot of a bill brought last year that would mandate statewide changes, instead favoring new internal policies, said spokeswoman sarah fitzgerald.but in a news conference friday, dayton said he backs a law change.“absolutely i would support the reforms,” said dayton. “i’m not aware of the particulars, but i think it’s brutal. and it may be necessary as an inmate control tool, but it’s got to be used very, very selectively.”minnesota is among a minority of states with no laws on the books addressing long-term isolation. in 2017, rep. nick zerwas, r-elk river, led the charge on a bill that would have limited the l






nyc to pay inmates forced back into solitary confinement


new york (ap) — new york city has agreed to pay $4 million to 470 rikers island inmates it forced back into solitary confinement under an old policy that has since been dropped.the preliminary agreement settles a class-action lawsuit that alleged the practice was inhumane.the old policy meant that returning inmates who were serving solitary confinement before they were released were forced back into solitary when they re-entered.the city dropped the practice when it overhauled its use of solitary confinement after settling a lawsuit in 2015.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.under the settlement approved monday, the new york times reports each plaintiff will receive $175 per day in solitary. inmates under 18 years or had serious mental illness will receive $200 per d






bill limiting solitary confinement goes to governor


the bill would prohibit jails and prisons from placing in solitary confinement inmates who are pregnant, mentally ill or younger than 18.






tennessee inmates threatened with solitary confinement if scabies outbreak menti


inmates were warned they'd be put in solitary confinement if they talked about what caused their rashes, alleges a new federal lawsuit filed friday.        






colorado bans solitary confinement for longer than 15 days


denver (ap) — inmates in state prisons can’t be held in solitary confinement for more than 15 days, the colorado department of corrections announced on thursday in the latest effort to overhaul a practice criticized as “torture” by the agency’s chief.the changes also require that inmates who are held in solitary confinement at the discretion of prison officials get at least four hours per day outside a cell for recreation or group classes.colorado officials in 2011 began efforts to cut the number of people held in solitary confinement. former state corrections director tom clements also tried to make it easier for people once held there to re-enter society and closed a new prison built specifically to house solitary-confinement prisoners, the still-vacant colorado state penitentiary ii in






australia prisoners with disabilities abused: hrw | australia news


people with disabilities are at "serious risk" of being sexually and physically abused in australian prisons, and are disproportionately held in solitary confinement, according to a new report by human rights watch (hrw).the damning investigation, published on tuesday, examined 14 government and private prisons in the states of queensland and western australia, detailing experiences of sexual and physical abuse, as well as the treatment of prisoners with disabilities.the report found instances of prisoners living in nappies (diapers) due to lack of adequate toilets."it confounds me that in modern australia a prisoner with a physical disability would have to wear a nappy simply because there is only one suitable toilet - and it is located in an infirmary," elaine pearson, australia's head o






australia prisoners with disabilities abused: hrw | australia news


people with disabilities are at a "serious risk" of being sexually and physically abused in australian prisons, and are disproportionately held in solitary confinement, according to a new report by human rights watch (hrw).the damning investigation, published on tuesday, examined 14 government and private prisons in the states of queensland and western australia, detailing experiences of sexual and physical abuse, as well as the treatment of prisoners with disabilities.the report found instances of prisoners living in nappies (diapers) due to lack of adequate toilets."it confounds me that in modern australia a prisoner with a physical disability would have to wear a nappy simply because there is only one suitable toilet - and it is located in an infirmary," elaine pearson, australia's head






israel orders solitary confinement for jailed palestinian leader


tel aviv—israeli authorities placed a jailed palestinian political leader in solitary confinement on tuesday after he organized a mass hunger strike to demand better prison conditions. marwan barghouti, who is serving five life sentences for his involvement in the deaths of israelis in the early 2000s, was transferred to an isolation cell on the second day of the strike, which involves more than 1,000 of the roughly 6,500...






death row inmates at louisiana's angola prison sue over solitary confinement


marcus hamilton, winthrop eaton and michael perry were each convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in louisiana more than 25 years ago. all three have been living in solitary confinement for a quarter-century or more.lawyers representing the three men filed a federal class-action lawsuit this week that seeks to overturn a prison policy that automatically and permanently places prisoners sentenced to death in louisiana in solitary confinement.there are currently 71 prisoners who have been sentenced to death in the state and are being held in solitary confinement at the state penitentiary at angola, a former slave plantation. louisiana executes only a small minority of death row inmates — fewer than 12 percent over the last 30 years, said nicholas j. trenticosta, one of the






solitary confinement restrictions move forward in house


luis sánchez saturno / the new mexicanrep. gail chasey, d-albuquerque, chairwoman of the house judiciary committee, listens to rep. antonio 'moe' maestas, d-albuquerque, speak about his house bill 175, which would restrict the use of solitary confinement for juveniles, pregnant women and people with mental illness. luis sánchez saturno / the new mexicanlobbyist edwin t. mahr speaks in opposition to a bill from rep. antonio maestas, d-albuquerque, that would provide restrictions on the use of isolated confinement. mahr wants to exempt people held on behalf of the united states in prisons under federal contract.luis sánchez saturno / the new mexicanrikki-lee chavez, an attorney with the new mexico criminal defense lawyers association, speaks friday in support of house bill 175, which would r






israel orders solitary confinement for jailed palestinian leader


tel aviv—israeli authorities placed a jailed palestinian political leader into solitary confinement on tuesday after he organized a mass hunger strike to demand better prison conditions. marwan barghouti, whose role at the head of the hunger strike poses a challenge to the leadership of palestinian authority president mahmoud abbas, was transferred into an isolation cell on the second day of the hunger strike involving more than...






watchdog report: solitary confinement can harm inmates


washington (ap) — the nation’s federal prisons are holding inmates in solitary confinement for long periods of time, sometimes years, in spite of mounting evidence that it can seriously hurt their mental health, a government watchdog says.the bureau of prisons says it doesn’t practice solitary confinement, or even recognize the term. but the justice department’s inspector general found some inmates, including those with serious mental illness, languishing for years alone in their cells. at the supermax prison in southern colorado, for example, a pair of inmates were isolated in their own cells with limited human contact for more than 22 hours a day. another had been held alone in a single cell for four years.the agency sets no maximum amount of time that inmates should spend in such “restr






watchdog report: solitary confinement can harm inmates


washington — the nation's federal prisons are holding inmates in solitary confinement for long periods of time, sometimes years, in spite of mounting evidence that it can seriously hurt their mental health, a government watchdog says.the bureau of prisons says it doesn't practice solitary confinement, or even recognize the term. but the justice department's inspector general found some inmates, including those with serious mental illness, languishing for years alone in their cells. at the supermax prison in southern colorado, for example, a pair of inmates were isolated in their own cells with limited human contact for more than 22 hours a day. another had been held alone in a single cell for four years.the agency sets no maximum amount of time that inmates should spend in such "restrictiv






bill limiting solitary confinement goes to governor


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.state senators on friday voted 29-3 for a bill to prohibit jails and prisons from placing in solitary confinement inmates who are pregnant, mentally ill or younger than 18.advertisementthe bill does not apply to federal prisoners, and it has exceptions for inmates who pose an ongoing threat of physically harming someone.house bill 175 next goes to gov. susana martinez for her consideration. it previously cleared the house of representatives 38-22 on a largely party-line vote. republicans cast all the votes against it.democratic rep. antonio “moe” maestas, an albuquerque attorney, sponsored the bill. sen. mary kay papen, d-las cruces, presented it on the senate floor. she said the measure would lessen the chance of






us judge won't let el chapo out of solitary confinement


new york — mexican drug lord and escape artist joaquin "el chapo" guzman needs to stay in solitary confinement at a new york city lockup to keep him from trying to control his drug-trafficking empire from behind bars, a judge ruled thursday.in a written decision, u.s. district judge brian cogan rejected a request by guzman's defense team to order him released from an ultrahigh-security wing of a jail in lower manhattan and be allowed in the general inmate population and receive visitors.solitary confinement is needed "to ensure that the defendant cannot coordinate an escape from prison, direct any violence against cooperators or manage any aspect of the sinaloa cartel's enterprise," the judge wrote. he agreed to let guzman communicate with his wife but only through letters screened by fede






watchdog says mentally ill inmates held alone for years


washington — a government watchdog says the nation's federal prisons are holding mentally ill inmates in solitary confinement for long periods of time, sometimes years.a report out wednesday by the justice department's inspector general says that practice is in spite of widespread evidence that such confinement can seriously worsen inmates' mental health.the inspector general says that while the federal bureau of prisons does not recognize the term "solitary confinement," it holds some inmates alone in their cells for more than 22 hours a day. one mentally ill inmate was held in a single cell for about four years.prison officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment. the inspector general says the agency agreed with 15 recommendations, including improvements to screening, t






baher mohamed: my 1,124 hours of solitary confinement in prison | journalism mat


al jazeera's baher mohamed, mohamed fahmy and peter greste, along with seven colleagues outside egypt, were accused of spreading "false news" during their coverage of demonstrations protesting against the military overthrow of president mohamed morsi in 2013.they were arrested on sunday, december 29, that year.mohamed spent 437 days in jail, many of them in solitary confinement. he was finally freed in september 2015.as journalists around the globe prepare to mark world press freedom day on may 3, another al jazeera reporter, mahmoud hussein, remains in jail after being arrested on december 20, 2016. read more: mahmoud hussein - freedom of expression is valuable some of hussein's detention has also been spent in solitary confinement.these are mohamed's reflections on his imprisonment, soli






baher mohamed: my 1,124 hours of solitary confinement in prison | journalism mat


al jazeera's baher mohamed, mohamed fahmy and peter greste, along with seven colleagues outside egypt, were accused of spreading "false news" during their coverage of demonstrations protesting against the military overthrow of president mohamed morsi in 2013.they were arrested on sunday, december 29, that year.mohamed spent 437 days in jail, many of them in solitary confinement. he was finally freed in september 2015.as journalists around the globe prepare to mark world press freedom day on may 3, another al jazeera reporter, mahmoud hussein, remains in jail after being arrested on december 20, 2016. read more: mahmoud hussein - freedom of expression is valuable some of hussein's detention has also been spent in solitary confinement.these are mohamed's reflections on his imprisonment, soli






baher mohamed: my 1,124 hours of solitary confinement in prison | journalism mat


al jazeera's baher mohamed, mohamed fahmy and peter greste, along with seven colleagues outside egypt, were accused of spreading "false news" during their coverage of demonstrations protesting against the military overthrow of president mohamed morsi in 2013.they were arrested on sunday, december 29, that year.mohamed spent 437 days in jail, many of them in solitary confinement. he was finally freed in september 2015.as journalists around the globe prepare to mark world press freedom day on may 3, another al jazeera reporter, mahmoud hussein, remains in jail after being arrested on december 20, 2016. read more: mahmoud hussein - freedom of expression is valuable some of hussein's detention has also been spent in solitary confinement.these are mohamed's reflections on his imprisonment, soli






baher mohamed: my 1,124 hours of solitary confinement in prison | journalism mat


al jazeera's baher mohamed, mohamed fahmy and peter greste, along with seven colleagues outside egypt, were accused of spreading "false news" during their coverage of demonstrations protesting against the military overthrow of president mohamed morsi in 2013.they were arrested on sunday, december 29, that year.mohamed spent 437 days in jail, many of them in solitary confinement. he was finally freed in september 2015.as journalists around the globe prepare to mark world press freedom day on may 3, another al jazeera reporter, mahmoud hussein, remains in jail after being arrested on december 20, 2016. read more: mahmoud hussein - freedom of expression is valuable some of hussein's detention has also been spent in solitary confinement.these are mohamed's reflections on his imprisonment, soli






baher mohamed: my 1,124 hours of solitary confinement in prison | journalism mat


al jazeera's baher mohamed, mohamed fahmy and peter greste along with seven colleagues outside egypt, were accused of spreading "false news" during their coverage of demonstrations protesting a military overthrow of president mohamed morsi in 2013.they were arrested on sunday, december 29 that year.mohamed spent 437 days in jail, many of them in solitary confinement. he was finally freed in september 2015.as journalists around the globe mark world press freedom day on may 3, another al jazeera reporter, mahmoud hussein, remains in jail after being arrested on december 20, 2016. read more: mahmoud hussein - freedom of expression is valuable some of his detention has also been spent in solitary confinement.these are mohamed's reflections on his imprisonment, solitary confinement, and a weigh






veteran facing deportation moved into solitary confinement amid ongoing hunger s


a u.s. army veteran who is in the third week of a hunger strike while he faces deportation has been moved to solitary confinement, prompting criticism from human rights advocates and u.s. sen. tammy duckworth’s office.miguel perez jr., 39, served two tours in afghanistan but was later convicted of felony drug charges and has been ordered deported to his native mexico. while his attorneys and supporters, including duckworth, work to keep him in the country, perez has been held at the kenosha county, wis., detention center.one of his supporters, sara walker, told the tribune that perez was moved into isolation and feels that authorities are violating his religious freedom. she said perez called and said he was told to pack up his belongings as he was being immediately moved to segregation.“w






'it is wrong:' legislators speak out against solitary for mentally ill


fighting back tears, sharon rolenc — whose son spent a year in solitary confinement — called on lawmakers wednesday to support more oversight and other proposed reforms to the use of extreme isolation in minnesota prisons.“anybody who knows me knows that i am one of minnesota’s biggest cheerleaders,” she said at a news conference in the state office building, standing alongside senate and house bill authors. “there is no other state in the union that lives and breathes the golden rule like we do — that believes in treating each other with dignity and comp ion. but we’ve lost our way in this use of solitary confinement.”the proposed bill — a bipartisan effort led by republican authors in both chambers — would significantly alter minnesota’s use of solitary confinement, including prohibiting






lawmakers push solitary reform, sans key protection for mentally ill


lawmakers stripped out a key protection for prisoners with mental illnesses from proposed reforms to solitary confinement in minnesota this week.chief bill author rep. nick zerwas, r-elk river, introduced a scaled-back version of the legislation tuesday after a more robust one failed last week. the new language, which was added to a broader package of public safety proposals, would create more transparency and limit how long a person can spend in solitary, but it no longer includes a mandate to divert inmates with mental illnesses to alternative punishment.the absence of this and other provisions elicited some criticism, including from rep. debra hilstrom, d-brooklyn park, who called the new bill "lip service" that doesn't adequately address the need for reform. "i think that it is wrong t






film examines the brutal long-term effects of solitary confinement / boing boing


you don’t have to be an evil mastermind, but with the maglev globe sitting on your desk, it may look to your coworkers like you’re overseeing some kind of global corporation with nebulous intentions in a pierce brosnan-era bond movie.thanks to the magic of magnets, this piece of desk art features a freely levitating globe suspended by […]






privately run immigration detention is so violent that prisoners beg to be kept


with obama's federal government reducing the role of private prisons in the incarceration of americans, companies like corrections corporation of america (now known as corecivic) and gao aggressively moved into providing detention facilities for people awaiting deportation, like the 2,000,000+ people deported under the obama administrations. these detention facilities were, if anything, even more cruel and inhumane than the private prisons that warehoused so many americans. the verge made foia requests to ice for information on conditions in their privately contracted detention centers, and these documents reveal that under obama, "life inside the facilities can be so dangerous and hostile that numerous detainees have voluntarily admitted themselves to solitary confinement just to seek ref






lawmakers push solitary reform, sans key protection for mentally ill


some minnesota legislators revived their push to overhaul the state's solitary confinement laws, removing a key protection for prisoners with mental health as a concession to keep the measure alive.chief sponsor rep. nick zerwas, r-elk river, vowed to continue to pushing for the scaled back measure, despite deep concerns. he likened placing someone with a mental illness in solitary to punishing a person for having brain cancer."we just wouldn't treat them like that," he said.state rep. debra hilstrom, dfl-brooklyn park, called the new bill "lip service" that doesn't adequately address the need for changes."i think that it is wrong to put things in the bill that don't actually go anywhere near fixing the problem," she said.zerwas acknowledged the amended bill wasn't a perfect solution, but






freedom a struggle after years in solitary confinement


uniontown, pa. (ap) — twelve days after his release from prison, richard dale thomas hadn’t let go of the routines that got him through 2½ years of solitary confinement.every day, 1,200 pushups.pacing to the point of exhaustion.keeping his distance from unfamiliar people.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.“you get used to being by yourself for so long, when you get out, you’re not used to people being near you and touching you,” the 32-year-old uniontown man said.he was trying to avoid the behaviors — breaking things, mostly, and “snapping out” at authority — that got him “hole time” totaling nearly 1,000 days, during each of which he spent 23 hours by himself. “i was losing my mind because i was locked up in the hole.”states including colorado, texas and california






watchdog says sick federal inmates held alone for years


washington (ap) — the nation’s federal prisons are holding inmates in solitary confinement for long periods of time, sometimes years, in spite of mounting evidence that it can seriously hurt their mental health, a government watchdog said wednesday.the bureau of prisons says it doesn’t practice solitary confinement, or even recognize the term. but the justice department’s inspector general found some inmates, including those with serious mental illness, languishing for years alone in their cells. at the supermax prison in southern colorado, for example, a pair of inmates were isolated in their own cells with limited human contact for more than 22 hours a day. another had been held alone in a single cell for four years.the agency sets no maximum amount of time that inmates should spend in s






bills seek curbs on use of solitary confinement in prison


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"it is wrong:" legislators speak out against solitary for mentally ill


fighting back tears, sharon rolenc — whose son spent a year in solitary confinement — called on lawmakers wednesday to support more oversight and other proposed reforms to the use of extreme isolation in minnesota prisons.“anybody who knows me knows that i am one of minnesota’s biggest cheerleaders,” she said at a news conference in the state office building, standing alongside senate and house bill authors. “there is no other state in the union that lives and breathes the golden rule like we do — that believes in treating each other with dignity and comp ion. but we’ve lost our way in this use of solitary confinement.”the proposed bill — a bipartisan effort led by republican authors in both chambers — would significantly alter minnesota’s use of solitary confinement, including prohibiting






judge to weigh solitary confinement, pepper spray at prison


madison, wis. — a federal judge is set to hear evidence in a case seeking to halt the use of solitary confinement, pepper spray and the shackling of inmates at wisconsin's troubled youth prisons.the hearing thursday before u.s. district judge james peterson comes in a lawsuit filed against the state department of corrections by the american civil liberties union and the juvenile law center. they are asking the judge to temporarily ban the disciplinary tactics at the lincoln hills and copper lake prisons while its lawsuit challenging them as unconstitutional proceeds.attorneys asked the judge to close the hearing when videos are shown that reveal the identities of young inmates as they are pepper sprayed. a coalition of media outlets and groups was objecting to closing the hearing to show t






court-ordered changes at wisconsin youth prisons due


madison, wis. — plans for instituting court-ordered changes to disciplinary practices at wisconsin's embattled youth prisons are due in federal court.u.s. district judge james peterson set a friday deadline for attorneys to spell out how they would comply with his order to reduce the use of solitary confinement, pepper spray and shackles on inmates at the lincoln hills and copper lake juvenile prisons.attorneys for the department of corrections and those representing past and current inmates were working together on a proposal to submit to the judge in line with his order from two weeks ago.the judge ordered attorneys to craft a plan that would reduce solitary confinement, narrowly define when pepper spray can be used and use shackles on inmates only when safety warrants it.






missouri does youth corrections the right way; it’s past time for colorado to do


thinkstock by getty imagesa coalition of children’s advocates, including the aclu, disability law center, and public defender, just released the results of an investigation into colorado’s division of youth corrections (dyc). it is a brutal exposé and a stinging indictment of a system in crisis, a system plagued by violence and mistreatment, a system that routinely uses solitary confinement and the intentional infliction of pain on children.despite the best intentions of youth corrections leaders across the country, most youth facilities still operate more like prisons than rehabilitation centers. colorado’s dyc is no exception.certainly our leaders have made some changes. they describe adopting the sanctuary model, trauma-informed care and positive behavior supports. the legislature has h






bury st edmunds head teacher 'locked children in rooms'


image copyrightgoogleimage caption alison earl was the head teacher at tollgate primary school from 2014 to 2015 a head teacher who punished children by locking them in rooms has been found guilty of unprofessional conduct.the national college for teaching and leadership panel was told children at tollgate primary school in bury st edmunds could regularly be heard "shouting or crying" from the rooms.alison earl admitted leaving children in the rooms, but denied it was for an "inappropriate" amount of time.the education secretary is to rule on what disciplinary action she will face.the hearing heard, under mrs earl's leadership, staff would put children into solitary confinement for bad behaviour.it was heard staff would hold the handle from outside so children could not get out. the handle






bury st edmunds head teacher 'locked children in rooms'


image copyrightgoogleimage caption alison earl was the head teacher at tollgate primary school from 2014 to 2015 a head teacher who punished children by locking them in rooms has been found guilty of unprofessional conduct.the national college for teaching and leadership panel was told children at tollgate primary school in bury st edmunds could regularly be heard "shouting or crying" from the rooms.alison earl admitted leaving children in the rooms, but denied it was for an "inappropriate" amount of time.the education secretary is to rule on what disciplinary action she will face.the hearing heard, under mrs earl's leadership, staff would put children into solitary confinement for bad behaviour.it was heard staff would hold the handle from outside so children could not get out. the handle






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