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Solitary Confinment

Solitary confinement is a huge social injustice. A torture that has no end until the prisoner dies. It is a dark stain on society proclaiming to be democratic to subject prisoners to solitary for decades. 19 more words

Book Reviews: The Siege by James Hanna (*****)

Firstly, and as usual, I received this book free in exchange for a review. Also as usual I give my candid thoughts below despite the delightful privilege of receiving a free book. 253 more words

Books

Clemency for Drug Offenders?

US Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that the Obama administration plans to implement new rules that would reduce sentences for thousands of nonviolent drug offenders currently in federal prisons. 791 more words

Politics

De Facto Mental Institutions

Fact: The L.A. County jail system is this country’s largest de facto mental institution.

Source: NPR, What is the Role of Jails in Treating The Mentally Ill?

Facts

Kentucky inmate starves himself to death; doctor fired, hunger strike rules rewritten

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A prison doctor has been fired and two other staffers are in the midst of being dismissed after an inmate at the Kentucky State Penitentiary starved himself to death, a case that has exposed lapses in medical treatment and in how hunger strikes are handled at the facility. 1,357 more words

News

Watching As He Wastes Away: How a Kentucky Prison Let a Mentally Ill Man Starve to Death

As I type this, a delectable, carbohydrate filled pretzel bagel from Servatti’s is busy baking in the convection oven of my favorite coffee shop. Within the next minute or so that bagel will be brought out to my table and I will promptly devour it, at which point the golden brown pretzely bits of bagel will be digested, broken down into glucose, and absorbed into my bloodstream to provide my body with the fuel it needs to function. 1,413 more words

Mental Health