To some, Mike (not his real name) may fit the stereotype of someone who accepted his role as a repeat offender. In and out of Arizona prisons for 40 years, he never managed more than a few years of freedom at a time, and usually less; he often returned to prison within a few days or months.
Quaker group presents book of prisoners’ own tips on mental, physical, spiritual survival
PHILADELPHIA (July 26, 2012) – The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) this month is releasing the fifth edition of “Survivors Manual: Survival in Solitary” a collection of letters, poetry and practical advice on surviving the miseries of solitary confinement in prisons.
Led by Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 19 held a first ever all-day hearing on solitary confinement in US prisons, “Reassessing Solitary Confinement: The Human Rights, Fiscal and Public Safety Consequences”. Important testimony was presented on the impact of such confinement on prisoners, and the widespread use of it, and the link between solitary and other forms of torture was emphasized.
On December 28, AFSC Regional Director Laura Magnani and another member of the “mediation team” met with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Undersecretary Terri McDonald to discuss CDCR progress on changing policies and procedures for gang validation into the SHUs (security housing units). In that meeting, Undersecretary McDonald stated the following points.
[Updated] On September 26, thousands of California prisoners inside and outside the state resumed their hunger strike to protest the conditions of solitary confinement. The strike was suspended after three weeks in July to give officials time they said they needed to respond to prisoner demands.
The Stopmax Arizona Campaign is an integral part of the nation-wide Stopmax Campaign and its effort to end the use of long-term solitary confinement and torture in US prisons ans jails. This video gives voice to the survivors of solitary confinement. For more information or to get involved with the Stopmax Arizona Campaign, contact the Tucson, Arizona AFSC office at 520.623.9141 or email@example.com.
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