|Robert Hillary King, a former Black Panther who spent 29 years in solitary at Angola State Prison in Louisiana in a tangled case that ended with his original conviction being overturned in 2001, compared the American prison system to slavery... 'When I'm asked what it was like, I kind of come up against a blank wall,' said Shane Bauer, one of the three American hikers imprisoned in Iran from 2009 through 2011, who was patched in to the event by telephone. 'As the months passed, I became less able to think.' ...Bauer, however, answered carefully when asked if he'd rather be in solitary in Iran or at Pelican Bay State Prison, the supermax facility in Crescent City, Calif., whose conditions he recently described in an investigative report for Mother Jones. Some prisoners at Pelican Bay, he noted, have been in solitary for more than 20 years. 'It's unimaginable to me, having had a glimpse...
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Over 40 years ago in Louisiana, 3 young black men were silenced for trying to expose continued segregation, systematic corruption, and horrific abuse in the biggest prison in the US, an 18,000-acre former slave plantation called Angola. In 1972 and (more...
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