ACLU Sues to End Solitary Confinement at Virginia Prisons

A class of inmates represented by the American Civil Liberties Union brought a federal lawsuit Monday to stop solitary confinement at two maximum-security prisons in Virginia, arguing that a program meant to return prisoners to the general population is actually a veiled attempt at keeping them in solitary.

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Washington Post Journalist Recounts Harrowing Captivity Before Judge

For 18 months, journalist
Jason Rezaian wasted away in captivity. He lost 40 pounds in as many days in an Iranian
solitary confinement cell, suffered from pulmonary illnesses, developed
infections too personal to describe in a public court, and contemplated
suicide. His mother and brother–Mary and Ali Rezaian–described him as “the
life of the party” before his capture, but Rezaian said he’s now an anxious man,
still recovering from lingering trauma three years later.

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Mentally Ill Ex-Prisoner Says Solitary Was Torture

A mentally ill man imprisoned after stealing $1 and a hat claims in a civil rights lawsuit that Illinois prison officials tortured him by putting him in solitary confinement for two decades, where he self-mutilated himself, including slicing off his testicle and hanging it on his cell door.

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20 Years in Solitary

The 10th Circuit affirmed summary judgment of qualified immunity for Kansas prison officials who kept Richard Grissom in solitary confinement for nearly 20 years, “because at the time of Grissom’s confinement there was no clearly established law that would have alerted them that his asserted constitutional rights were being violated.”

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