Is anyone truly surprised that, yet again, the life of a Black man is shown to be worthless in the eyes of the so-called criminal justice system of this country?
White Supremacy Acquits George Zimmerman
A jury has found George Zimmerman not guilty of all charges in connection to death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. But while the verdict came as a surprise to some people, it makes perfect sense to others. This verdict is a crystal-clear illustration of the way white supremacy operates in America.
Wonderful news! It looks like Duran and Olejnik’s attorney filed a request for their release and it is being granted! For details, click here.
Occupy Astoria-LIC is holding a letter-writing night on 11/13/2012 from 7pm-9:15pm at the Church of the Redeemer at 30-14 Crescent St, in Astoria. Click here for more information.
The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) has released a report, entitled “Boxed In: The True Cost of Extreme Isolation in New York’s Prisons” which exposes not only some of the horrors of solitary confinement, but how arbitrarily this punishment is used in prisons in New York State.
The NYCLU also comes up two recommendations on how to deal with this issue which, in typical reformist liberal fashion, fall far short of what is required. The NYCLU says:
New York must end its use of extreme isolation by:
- adopting stringent criteria, protocols and safeguards for separating violent or vulnerable prisoners, to ensure that prisoners are separated only in limited and legitimate circumstances for the briefest period and under the least restrictive conditions practicable; and
- auditing the current population in extreme isolation to identify people who should not be in the SHU, transitioning them back to the general prison population and reducing the number of SHU beds accordingly.
Solitary confinement is torture, plain and simple, and has no place in a free world. All such units should be closed immediately.
An article in today’s New York Times offers a glimpse into the mental torture that is solitary confinement
Having been held captive to their imaginations for weeks, months or, occasionally, years on end, the men — many already struggling with mental illness — brought their paranoia, rage, anxiety and hope to life on the page, with descriptions that were sometimes literary and other times nearly impossible to decipher. More than anything, they conveyed a grisly awareness that their identities were unraveling, a feeling so disconcerting for some that they tried to take their own lives.