Episode
Jul 18

Solitary confinement in U.S. prisons

California prison inmates hunger strike for an end to long-term isolation
Replica of a SHU solitary confinement cell at Pelican Bay Prison (FLICKR / Steve Rhodes)

How long would you be able to live in a confined space with minimal or no human contact? Days? Months? A decade? For thousands behind bars across the U.S., being alone is life. But in California, inmates at Pelican Bay Prison say enough. On a hunger strike, they are demanding an end to long term isolation. While some say the practice is justified, others claim it’s torture. What do you think? Join the coversation at 19:30 GMT.

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:
Shane Bauer @shane_bauer
Investigative Journalist
 
Terry Thornton
Deputy Press Secretary, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
 
Anthony Graves
Exonerated Death Row Inmate, Criminal Justice Reform Advocate
 
Dr. Terry Kupers
Psychiatrist
 
Dolores Canales
Co-founder of California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement


What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 
 

 

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