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Citing the Angola 3 case, TIME says "It's Time To End Solitary Confinement in U.S. Prisons "

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This week, the Angola 3 and the broader issue of torture in US prisons was the focus of a Time Magazine essay. Time's Adam Cohen writes: In April, Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace marked a grim anniversary. The two Louisiana State Prison inmates, both in their 60s, had been held in solitary confinement for 40 years. Amnesty International condemned their punishment as 'cruel, inhuman and degrading' and called it a violation of human rights law...Last week's congressional hearing is the biggest step yet in the drive to end or curb solitary confinement. Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, said he intends to introduce a bill to reform how solitary confinement is used in federal prisons. The anti-solitary confinement campaign has one more factor working in its favor: the current weak economy. At the hearing, Senator Durbin noted that solitary confinement is extremely expensive..
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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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