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Don't think solitary confinement in prison is torture? Imagine these conditions for years.

What does it mean to call solitary confinement in prison torture? Although a United Nations report has described it as such, it can be difficult to envision how something that involves no physical contact is really torture. After all, solitary confinement is just extreme seclusion, right?<p>In a new …

A woman who spent more than 2 years in solitary confinement is suing New York for $10 million

Hailey alleges that, throughout most of the time she spent behind bars waiting to be tried for the 2012 stabbing of an infant, prison officers frequently abused her.<p>She was ultimately acquitted of the charge in May 2015, but — she says — nearly didn't make it.<p>"I just wanted to die," Hailey told the</i> …

How Prohibition gave birth to bad policing, the modern prison system, and right-wing politics

But historian Lisa McGirr argues in her new book <i>The War on Alcohol: Prohibition and the Rise of the American State</i> that Prohibition was anything but a historical outlier.<p>The period, she writes, should be regarded as crucial to the development of law enforcement, the penal system, and the grassroots …

Prison sentences for Heathrow 13 activists would threaten our right to protest

Last month, 13 activists were tried in court for carrying out a peaceful protest against the expansion of Heathrow airport (Report, Opinion, 25 January, theguardian.com). They were found guilty of aggravated trespass, and await sentencing on 24 February.<p>We believe it would be unjust for these …

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The U.S.-Iran Prisoner Swap Is Yet Another Victory for Diplomacy and Human Rights

Diplomacy's great promise is that one can never predict where discussions will lead once they have begun. Serious, sustained negotiations first produced a historic nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran. They continued working together to ensure that 10 American sailors were released from Iranian …

Civil Rights Advocates Applaud Feds' Fight Against 'Debtors' Prisons'

By reminding state courts Monday that it was illegal to jail people because they can't pay fines, the U.S. Department of Justice has thrown its weight behind civil rights advocates who have accused local judges of operating modern-day "debtors' prisons."<p>Until now, the effort has been led by …

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Where mass incarceration inflames the HIV crisis: Report shows Louisiana jails violate prisoners’ human rights

Study reveals the “non-existent HIV treatment” in jails in Louisiana, the state with the highest incarceration rate<p>"I thought I would die there," said a Louisiana inmate. "I waited 41 days for my HIV medications... They did nothing for me at all."<p>This chilling story comes from a new report that …

The Intersection of Reform: Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health

Asking any behavioral health professional, perhaps any professional in any field, and you will find quickly that one of the largest obstacles that they strive to overcome is silos. These can be silos of care, silos of information sharing, or silos of silence causing duplicated services and wasted …

The unconstitutional outrage of juvenile life sentences: Why Philadelphia will be a case study for this criminal-justice reform

The city is faced with deciding what to do about 300 now-unconstitutional juvenile life sentences<p>Children convicted of committing murder on Philadelphia’s violent streets long faced the prospect of receiving the harshest sentence short of death: life without parole. Today, the city has more …

N.C. public wants criminal justice reform

As North Carolina residents begin to engage in this election, Republicans and Democrats are split on many pressing issues – like how to handle the …

Dozens of drug criminals freed by Obama in clemency move designed to boost criminal justice reform - but some are violent gun criminals

• <b>Total of 61 federal drug offenders have their sentences commuted, with most to be released on July 28</b>• <b><br>One in three were serving life sentences, but</b> …

Lawmakers Have a Golden Chance to Fix New York's Broken Bail System

Every year, tens of thousands of New Yorkers spend days, weeks or even months locked up in jail even though they have not been convicted of a crime. …

''Dallas 6'' Prisoners Face Trial for Protesting Abuse in Solitary Confinement

The Dallas 6 should not be on trial for standing up for their right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / …