July 18, 2013

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
Dolores Canales
Co-founder of California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement

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