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Killer Breivik 'Shocked' by Own Prison Writings

Neo-Nazi says he's become 'more radical' as state appeals ruling that isolation is 'inhuman'

(Newser) - Anders Behring Breivik says even he is "shocked by many of the things I have written" over the nearly six years he's spent in Skien prison for his 2011 massacre of 77 people. The Norwegian neo-Nazi says he's become "stranger" and "a lot more radical"... More »

40+ Years in Solitary: 'Ask Me in 20 Years' How Freedom Feels

Albert Woodfox of 'Angola 3' was in isolation more than any other inmate in US history

(Newser) - Albert Woodfox, the last of the famous "Angola Three," was released from prison last February after pleading no contest to manslaughter in the 1972 killing of prison guard Brent Miller. In a piece for the New Yorker , Rachel Aviv offers some insight into the "reserved" and "... More »

Inmate Let Out of Solitary Confinement After 37 Years

Arthur Johnson sued the state alleging cruel and unusual punishment

(Newser) - A Philadelphia murderer is out of solitary confinement for the first time in 37 years, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Arthur Johnson, 64, was sentenced to life in prison for a 1970 gang killing. He was placed in solitary confinement in 1979 after multiple escape attempts. In September, Johnson sued the... More »

Manning Could Be Punished in Wake of Suicide Attempt

'It is unconscionable,' says ACLU rep

(Newser) - Once punished over old toothpaste , Chelsea Manning could spend the next three decades in solitary confinement following her suicide attempt earlier this month. According to the American Civil Liberties Union , Manning has been informed she is under investigation for allegedly "resisting the force cell move team," "prohibited... More »

2 Inmates Were Put in Solitary Together. One Came Out

The practice of 'double celling' is shockingly common

(Newser) - It seems like some sort of oxymoron: two inmates together in solitary confinement. But as a joint investigation by NPR and the Marshall Project found, "double celling" is anything but an anomaly: They cite a 2014 Federal Bureau of Prisons report in asserting that "over 80% of the... More »

Mass Killer Suing Norway Over 'Inhumane' Prison Conditions

He's cut off from other prisoners, but he does have a PlayStation

(Newser) - Anders Behring Breivik —the man who killed 77 people, many of them teenagers, in 2011—is suing the Norwegian government, alleging his treatment while imprisoned has been "inhumane" and "degrading," AFP reports. Breivik's lawyer claims his client has "clear isolation damage" after nearly... More »

Ex-Rikers Inmate: 2-Plus Years in Solitary Ruined Me

'I don't think I'll ever be normal again': Candie Hailey

(Newser) - Six weeks after her arrival at Rikers Island, an argument over who should clean a shower sent Candie Hailey to solitary confinement—known as "the bing." It was the first time, but it would not be the last. Of her first 29 months in jail, Hailey served about... More »

Obama Bans Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

Move covers only those in federal prison

(Newser) - President Obama thinks solitary confinement does far more harm than good when it comes to juvenile offenders, and he's now banning the punishment outright in federal prisons. The president laid out his reasoning in a Washington Post op-ed, declaring that "the United States is a nation of second... More »

New York Will Make Solitary Confinement More Humane

New agreement calls for shorter stays and 'regular food'

(Newser) - New York reached a deal Wednesday to drastically reform solitary confinement in its prison system months after it was sued by the New York Civil Liberties Union, the New York Times reports. About 4,000 New York inmates currently spend 23 hours per day in 60-square-foot cells. The new agreement... More »

Court: Man in Solitary Since 1972 Can Be Tried 3rd Time

Louisiana accused of pursuing 'vengeance over justice'

(Newser) - Louisiana can keep "Angola Three" inmate Albert Woodfox in jail and continue its plans to try him a third time in the 1972 killing of a prison guard, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The 2-1 decision by the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a June order... More »

Inmates Get Unreal Punishment for Rap Video

7 inmates given combined 20 years in solitary confinement

(Newser) - A " music video " filmed at South Carolina's Kershaw Correctional Institution made inmates famous on the Internet last year. They're now paying the price, big time. Public documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation show seven inmates were handed a combined 20 years in solitary confinement for... More »

California to End Unlimited Solitary Confinement

Thousands of inmates to be moved out of isolation

(Newser) - Thousands of inmates will soon be moved out of solitary confinement in California, after years of court battles and hunger strikes against the controversial practice. The state's decision was revealed in a legal settlement filed today—which still must be accepted by the court—with a group of inmates... More »

Again, No Release for Man Held in Solitary Since 1972

Federal appeals court extends order barring Albert Woodfox's release

(Newser) - Albert Woodfox's time behind bars is not over. An order barring his release was extended today by a federal appeals court, NBC News reports. The timeline: A federal judge this week ordered Woodfox's "immediate" and "unconditional" release and barred the state from trying him a third... More »

How Solitary Confinement Breaks the Mind

Isolation dulls cognitive functions, boosts anxiety

(Newser) - The damaging effects of solitary confinement on a prisoner can appear within three months, sometimes sooner. Albert Woodfox has been in solitary confinement for 43 years, though he could be released from Louisiana State Penitentiary as early as Friday . Since 1972, Woodfox has spent 23 hours a day in a... More »

Release of Man Held in Solitary Since 1972 Blocked

Albert Woodfox won't be free until Friday at earliest

(Newser) - Prison activist Albert Woodfox, the last member of the "Angola Three" inmates held for decades in solitary confinement, will have to wait a bit longer to see if he'll experience the "immediate" and "unconditional" freedom ordered by a federal judge . A federal appeals court has temporarily... More »

Man Held in Solitary Since 1972 Ordered Free

Judge says Louisiana can't try Angola 3 member again

(Newser) - After 43 years in solitary confinement, two overturned convictions, and two documentaries on his case, freedom could finally be at hand for Albert Woodfox. A federal judge has ordered the release of the 67-year-old, who was placed in solitary in 1972 after the death of a guard in a riot... More »

Suit Exposes Horrors at Our Only Federal Supermax

Severe mental illness rampant at ADX: lawsuit

(Newser) - What goes on inside American's only federal supermax —the Administrative Maximum Facility, or ADX, in Florence, Colo., where inmates spend 23 hours a day in solitary confinement—has largely been shielded from the rest of the world. An in-depth New York Times Magazine look into the prison changes... More »

NYC to Ban Solitary for Inmates Under 22

Move marks major 'innovation': activist

(Newser) - New York City's Board of Correction has unanimously voted to end the practice of solitary confinement for inmates age 21 and younger, the New York Times reports. An activist says the move may be a nationwide first: "I've never heard of anything like that happening anywhere else,... More »

Teen Died After Rikers Guards Ignored Screams: Suit

Andy Henriquez's family is suing Corizon for unspecified damages

(Newser) - A new lawsuit claims a teen inmate at Rikers Island died in solitary confinement while begging for medical attention. The family of Andy Henriquez says he complained of chest pain for seven months before he was found dead of a ruptured aorta last April at 19. "He used to... More »

Report: Conditions Inhuman at 'Alcatraz of Rockies'

Amnesty International: solitary confinement must be rolled back at ADX

(Newser) - At the nation's most restrictive prison, most inmates are allowed nearly zero social interaction—in one extreme case, a prisoner who killed a fellow inmate at another prison gets just one minute per day of contact with other people. In a report out today, Amnesty International says the Administrative... More »

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