solitary confinement

12:00am

Fri May 2, 2014

7:12pm

Mon September 30, 2013
Cops & Courts

StoryCorps: Staying in touch with someone in solitary confinement

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Sitawa Natambu Jamaa has been incarcerated for 33 years at the Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City; 23 of them in the Security Housing Unit, also known as the SHU. He spends most of his time—up to 22 hours a day—in a small, windowless cell. His charge is murder, though his sister Marie Levin says he did not commit the crime.

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11:57pm

Thu July 11, 2013

12:00am

Mon October 29, 2012
Politics

Today on Your Call: What is the reality of solitary confinement in US prisons?


On today's Your Call, We’ll have a conversation with investigative journalist and former hostage, Shane Bauer about California’s Pelican Bay State Special Housing Unit also known as SHU. Join us live at 10 or send an email to feedback@yourcallraido.org? What are the long-term mental health effects of near total isolation? It’s Your Call, with Holly Kernan and you.


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8:26am

Thu June 21, 2012
Cops & Courts

Transgender immigrant detainees face isolation in detention

The issue of prison rape is often belittled by standup comedians, but it’s really no laughing matter – especially if you’re a transgender woman locked up in an all-male facility.

Grace Lawrence, 43, is a transgender woman from Liberia who was in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, for nearly three years. For all but six months, she was kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day.

Often, transgender inmates are placed in protective custody – also known as solitary confinement – for their own protection.

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