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Old 01-16-2018, 01:46 AM
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There's a suit in PA on behalf of death row inmates arguing that they should not be kept in solitary.

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On weekends, they can go for as many as 70 hours without being out of their cells, where lights remain on 24 hours each day.
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/pol...s/201801250097

The security issues of housing people with nothing to lose are an obvious question.
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U.S. Senator John McCain, who spent two years in solitary confinement after being shot down while bombing Hanoi as a Navy pilot in the Vietnam War, described solitary in unequivocal terms: “It’s an awful thing, solitary. It crushes your spirit and weakens your resistance more effectively than any other form of mistreatment.” This assessment is from a man whose escape from his crippled plane broke his right arm in three places, his knee, and his left arm, who then had his shoulder broken from a blow from a rifle butt, and was stabbed in the ankle and groin with a bayonet. His injuries were left unset and largely untreated for five years while he was a prisoner of war, where he suffered years of dysentery that reduced him to one hundred pounds, and was regularly subjected to physical torture to the point of losing consciousness.
https://www.salon.com/2018/02/12/sol...-be-dangerous/

I wasn't impressed with the article overall but that insight from Senator McCain was worth reading the rest of it.

OK, you've got the Silversteins of the world who are a lethal danger outside their cells even in handcuffs and escorted. But that's got nothing to do with people like this guy:
https://www.independent.com/news/201...-housing-unit/
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You would think that McCain would feel a little uneasy about taking money from CoreCivic and other prison profiteers.

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Can we all agree that this is a misuse of solitary?

Other states than TN have similar laws.

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2...r-20180216-955

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During the hearing, when it looked like Bowman was headed to jail, her lawyer revealed she was sick with what turned out to be MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant staph. The judge suggested sending her to a “special needs” facility in Nashville. Bowman, now 54, assumed she would be going to a clinic or hospital. Instead, she was driven more than 120 miles to the Tennessee Prison for Women, which usually houses people already convicted of a crime. There, without understanding why, she was dressed in white, the uniform of maximum security prisoners. She was placed in solitary — locked down 23 hours a day with three showers a week and fed through a slot in her cell door
Even if that one was justified by fears she was contagious the other cases are hard to explain.
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Here's another interesting one. It's about death row inmates in Virginia. The state improved conditions for them (daily showers, an hour and a half for five days a week in an outdoor exercise yard, etc.). The state was arguing basically that if they gave it to the inmates they could take it away whenever they wanted.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...=.561c48acb601

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Under the old policies, prisoners scheduled for execution spent about 23 hours a day alone in a 71-square-foot prison cell and could see visitors only through a plexiglass wall. For one hour a day, five days a week, they were taken to an equally small “outdoor cell” with a concrete floor and no exercise equipment. They were barred from the recreational facilities used by other inmates.
Even I can see potential safety issues during their hour a day in the indoor rec room in the company of other lethally violent people.
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My husband was sent to the SHU shortly after he arrived at Wasco reception. No displinary issues. They told him it was for his own protection. He has been in solitary confinement i reception for going on three months now.. No real reason and not by his own choice. I just don't understand how they can hold him like that for so long when he didn't do anything. Anyone have that happen or know what can be done to get him back to general population?
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Welcome to Prison Talk. Be sure to check the California prison forums too.
http://www.prisontalk.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=127

CA Prisons can usually keep someone in the SHU indefinitely for one reason or another. If they know of a specific threat against him, his safety is one of those reasons. He may be able to live in general population after finishing his reception in Wasco and he is moved to his home prison.
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A man wouldn’t cut his dreadlocks, for religious reasons. Here’s what solitary confinement did to him.

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Moochie resisted for seven years. His dreadlocks were that important to his spiritual growth. He didn’t cut them until we convinced him he’d otherwise have no chance of being paroled. Before we could, however, he became a different person. Guards became convinced he was a mute. My then-fiancée was taken aback by his strange affect when I was finally able to take her for a visit at the prison and watched him rock back and forth the entire time like a madman, communicating by furiously writing on small scraps of paper he had folded and refolded dozens of times.
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