Susan Nygaard

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Why solitary confinement isn’t the way to solve prison overcrowding

Prison authorities have increasingly come to see solitary as a handy solution to problems that have nothing to do with its intended goals. Canadian prisons are often overcrowded, due to an increase in minimum sentences, staffing cuts and government reluctance to spend money on criminals. But as …

James Ridgeway’s Solitary Reporting

Prison officials rarely allow journalists to walk through their prisons, and even rarer is the warden who lets a reporter into his solitary-confinement unit. The voices of the men and women confined inside these prisons-within-a-prison are often the last ones that any prison administrator wants …

Mr. Obama’s smart move to reduce solitary confinement

Regarding President Obama’s Jan. 26 op-ed, “Rethinking solitary confinement”:<p>Two years ago, I met my own Kalief Browder, whose tragic story is emblematic of why we must rethink solitary confinement. Ojore Lutalo spent 22 years in solitary confinement. Since his release, Mr. Lutalo has spread …

Mentally Ill Prisoners Are Destroyed By Solitary Confinement

For those predisposed to mental illness, isolation can induce anxiety, depression, distortions, paranoia, even psychosis.<p>When President Obama announced the end of solitary confinement in federal prisons for juveniles and as a response to low-level infractions last week, he cited "devastating, …

Shawshank

Please Stop Comparing the New York Prison Break to 'The Shawshank Redemption'

One is a feel-good movie, the other is a real-life tabloid tale about a pair of murderous sociopaths. It shouldn't be that hard to tell the difference.<p>Frank Darabont's <i>The Shawshank Redemption</i> is a great prison movie. I spent many a middle-school sick day rewatching it on daytime television, …

This Infographic Finally Gives Us A Definitive Answer On How Long Andy’s Tunnel Was In ‘The Shawshank Redemption’

A classic film that tops just about everyone’s “best of” list, <i>The Shawshank Redemption</i> tells the story of wrongfully accused accountant Andy Dufresne, who spent 19 long years in a prison cell for a murder he didn’t commit. <b>Spoiler alert</b>: he escapes with the help of a small rock hammer and crawls to …

‘Staggering corruption’: Feds accuse 49 Georgia prison guards of taking bribes, drug trafficking

Federal agents have indicted 49 Georgia prison guards and officers on charges of drug trafficking and accepting bribes. The arrests were part of a …

Innocent Man in Prison for 45 Years

Cleve Heidelberg has been in prison for 45 years. Convicted of killing a police officer in the early morning hours of May 26, 1970 in Peoria, Illinois. He was sentenced to 99 to 175 years of incarceration. Now at 72 years old, the injustice of Heidelberg's conviction is finally coming to light. And …

UK Prison Reform a Step Toward Reducing Recidivism

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has offered a far-reaching proposal for improving what he describes as the "scandalous" failure of the English and Welsh prison system. Calling his plan the biggest overhaul to the national corrections system since the Victorian era, Cameron said he is the first …