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Why does the United States lock up so many people?

Freedom is seldom found By beating someone to the ground... We’re in the belly of the beast Because we fed it -- Amos Lee, Freedom Prisoner sketch, Pelican Bay SHU The statistics are shocking: One out of every 99 adults quarantined behind bars in the United States, with larger and larger swaths of the civilian work force deployed as a captor class. Although academic scholars have been analyzing the social costs of our 30-year punishment binge for some time, the American public has been oddly disinterested in our de-evolution into a full-blown prison nation.
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California Prison Hunger Strike Set to Start Today

Ethnicity & Race / Latino : VivirLatino (3 years ago)

Today, prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City, CA have started an indefinite hunger strike to protest inhumane and torturous conditions inside the Security Housing Unit (SHU). SHU prisoners are kept in windowless, 6 ... Read Post

Isolation, Indeterminate Sentences Used to Extract Confessions at California Supermax Prisons

US Politics / Liberal : Firedoglake (3 years ago)

The conditions at Security Housing Units (SHU) at Pelican Bay Prison, and other Supermax prisons, clearly constitute torture and/or cruel, inhumane treatment of prisoners. It relies on the use of severe isolation or solitary confine... Read Post

Pelican Bay Hunger Strike One Year Later: The Movement Against Solitary Confinement Grows

Politics / US Politics : Huffington Post: Politics Blog (last month)

By Alexis Agathocleous and Rachel Meeropol, senior attorneys at the Center for Constitutional Rights When Todd Ashker was transferred to the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at California's Pelican Bay State Prison in 1990, he was told h... Read Post


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