Denial of Parole to Prisoner Hunger Strikers

Dear Prisoners and Supporters, The PHSS (Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition) Parole Subcommittee is focusing on parole issues specific to prisoners who have been released from SHU, both before and after the Ashker settlement. We are particularly interested in seeing language from transcripts of parole hearings and psych. evaluations that contain references to unsuitability for parole based on: 1. Failure to debrief 2. Participation in the hunger strike 3. Factors which are really related to long-term indeterminate SHU, such as inadequate programming. We are reaching out to [...]

Solitary Confinement

Solitary Confinement Is Used as Torture Chambers for Black Dissidents   By Kanya D’Almeida Sensory deprivation, lack of social contact and restricted access to all intellectual and emotional stimuli can destroy a person. It's torture. Russell “Maroon” Shoats has been kept in solitary confinement in the state of Pennsylvania for 30 years after being elected president of the prison-approved Lifers’ Association. He was initially convicted for his alleged role in an attack authorities claim was carried out by militant Black activists on the Fairmont Park Police Station [...]

By |2012-09-02T15:55:18-05:00September 2nd, 2012|Commentary, Editorial, Human Rights|1 Comment

Born in Chains

Born in Chains: the American Way of Birth in Prison Thanks to its incarceration addiction, the US has the world's largest female prison population – but no plan for pregnancies by Sadhbh Walshe When DeShawn Balka was five-and-a-half months pregnant, she was sent to the Clayton County Jail in Atlanta, Georgia for a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession. As her pregnancy was high-risk, she was housed in the jail's infirmary. On the night of 18 April 2012 she started experiencing nausea and stomach pain and called for [...]

By |2012-09-02T15:49:00-05:00September 2nd, 2012|Commentary, Democracy, Editorial, Human Rights|0 Comments
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