CMUs/Prison Conditions

  • Citing U.S. prison conditions, British appeals court refuses to extradite accused hacker Lauri Love to the U.S.

    CMUs/Prison Conditions February 6, 2018 at 0 comments

    Source: The Intercept. A British appeals court on Monday rejected demands from the U.S. government for the extradition of an accused British hacker, Lauri Love, citing the inability of U.S. prisons to humanely and adequately treat his medical and mental health ailments. In sum, concluded the court, the way in which U.S. prisons “treat” inmates with mental illnesses and suicidal impulses — with segregation, isolation, and a lack of ongoing medical and mental health care — almost certainly means that extradition to the U.S. would worsen Love’s health and create a very high likelihood of driving him to suicide.

     
  • Florida prisoners prepare to strike, demanding an end to unpaid labor and brutal conditions

    CMUs/Prison Conditions January 14, 2018 at 0 comments

    Source: The Intercept. Florida prisoners are calling for a general strike to start this week — marking the third mass action over the course of a year in protest of inhumane conditions in the state’s detention facilities. Detainees in at least eight prisons have declared their intention to stop all work on Monday — Martin Luther King Jr. Day — to demand an end to unpaid labor and price gouging in prison commissaries, as well as the restoration of parole, among other requests.

     
  • The end of American prison visits: jails end face-to-face contact – and families suffer

    CMUs/Prison Conditions December 9, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: The Guardian. It’s been described as ‘Skype for the jailed’ and is being sold as safer and more convenient. But it begs the question: are in-person visits a human right? Under the new system, in-person visits are no longer allowed. Instead, all visits now must be done by video, either from a smartphone, computer, or at an offsite location. Each video visit made from home costs $12.99 for 20 minutes. In-person visits used to be free.

     
  • ACLU Says South Florida private prison giant is torturing immigration detainees

    CMUs/Prison Conditions September 5, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: Miami New Times. Boca Raton’s GEO Group is one of the most powerful private-prison companies in America — and a major player in state and federal politics. The American Civil Liberties Union said Friday that the company is torturing whistleblowers at its private immigration detention facility in Aurora, Colorado. GEO runs the facility on behalf of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. According to the ACLU, ICE agents at GEO’s 1,500-bed Colorado detention center are retaliating against Iraqi nationals who have joined an ACLU class-action lawsuit to stop the U.S. from deporting them. The ACLU says employees at the GEO facility are denying Iraqis food, water, and access to the restroom to intentionally make their lives a living hell.

     
  • CIA documents expose the failed torture methods used on Guantanamo’s most famous detainee

    Source: Alternet. This was a summary of CIA documents obtained by AlterNet’s Grayzone Project. The records were originally obtained by Zubaydah’s defense team through the discovery proces. The vast majority of the documents have not been available to the public prior to this story. Among the most shocking revelations in the files is the fact that the CIA engaged in torture even before it received legal authorization from the Bush administration’s infamous “Torture Memos,” which were signed on Aug. 1, 2002.

     
  • Justice in America: One in five Black prisoners is serving life sentence

    Source: Newsweek. A record number of people are serving a form of life sentence in United States prisons, including one out of every five African-American prisoners. According to a new report from the Sentencing Project, a Washington, D.C.-based group that seeks to reform the U.S. criminal justice system, one out of every seven prisoners in the U.S. is serving a life sentence, whether it’s life with parole, life without parole or a “virtual life sentence,” defined as a sentence of 50 years or more. They make up roughly 13.9 percent of the nation’s prison population. More than 17,000 people are serving life sentences for nonviolent crimes, and 30 percent of them are for nonviolent drug offenses, according to the report. Nearly 12,000 prisoners are serving life sentences for crimes committed as teenagers.

     
  • The Terre Haute experiment

    Source: Indianapolis Monthly. A black box inside one of the nation’s most notorious federal penitentiaries, Terre Haute’s D-Unit is entering a second decade—and third presidential administration. It’s home to some of the nation’s most high-profile and controversially confined inmates of the War on Terror. A majority of them are Muslim. With the specter of Islamophobia hanging over the nation, human rights activists who have fought the Kafkaesque study in isolation now wonder: Are things about to get a whole lot worse?

     
  • With final detainee transfer, Obama’s Guantanamo policy takes its last breath

    CMUs/Prison Conditions December 28, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: The Washington Post. The Obama administration has informed Congress of its plans to resettle as many as 19 detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in a final sprint to pare down the inmate population at the military prison, U.S. officials said. Even if the transfers occur before Jan. 20 as planned, about 40 inmates will remain at the facility.

     
  • Who’s in solitary confinement?

    CMUs/Prison Conditions November 30, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: The Marshall Project. The Arthur Liman Public Interest Program at Yale first collected data from state and federal corrections officials in 2014 and again, in more detail, last year, taking what amounts to a comprehensive census on the use of solitary confinement in the U.S. Researchers found that in the fall of 2015, at least 67,442 U.S. prisoners were kept in some kind of restricted housing. (That includes prisoners held in “double-cell solitary,” where they are locked down with another inmate.) Demographic data from the new survey shows that on average, prisoners of color were slightly overrepresented in solitary confinement when compared with the overall prison population. But in some states, this disparity is particularly stark. In California state prisons, Hispanic men make up 42 percent of male prisoners, but 86 percent of male prisoners in restricted housing.

     
  • The torture mindset of the United States

    Source: Truthout. The use of torture in and by the US is not a post-9/11 phenomenon. The CIA’s long history of involvement in torture, and the ongoing investigation into Chicago police torture at Homan Square say otherwise. The purpose has never been discipline or interrogation, but control. In Angola in 2008, Herman Wallace wrote: “The government tries out its torture techniques on prisoners in the US — just far enough to see how society will react. It doesn’t take long before they unleash their techniques on society as a whole.” The experiments on CIA prisoners can be viewed in the same vein.June 26 this year, as it has been every year since 1998, is “UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.” With respect to the US and torture, there has really only been one major change in post-9/11 landscape: US domestic torture practices have been globalized and franchised.