- Anthony Graves published a column in Time magazine describing his time in solitary confinement, and spoke to the issue of releasing people directly from solitary to the free world: "Freeing an inmate from solitary can be risky. You’re taking someone who has had no hope, no tools to succeed in this world, and you’re putting them back in society and asking them to do the right thing. Sometimes they’re so angry and hopeless that they commit another crime just to go back in."
- Albert Woodfox, one of the Angola 3 in Louisiana, was released unconditionally after an astonishing 43 years in solitary confinement. See background here and here.
- Here's a story of a 19th century serial killer who spent a "half century" in solitary confinement.
- A federal lawsuit in Virginia is challenging whether death row inmates must automatically be assigned to solitary confinement. In the early stages, but this would be a big deal if it makes.
- See recent reports on solitary confinement from the Vera Institute and the ACLU of Texas.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Alone Time: Solitary confinement roundup
Here are a few items related to solitary confinement that merit Grits readers' attention:
Posted by Gritsforbreakfast at 7:27 AM