July 10, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The Abolitionist Law Center (ALC) filed a lawsuit Tuesday in the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against several officials in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PADOC), alleging that their sustained use of solitary confinement on State Correctional Institution ...[read more]
June 7, 2014
by G. Redd
Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado signed a progressive bill for mentally ill inmates on Friday. Senate Bill 14-064 changes traditional methods of solitary confinement by mandating psychiatric evaluations and therapy for inmates diagnosed with mental illness and qualifying for disciplinary ...[read more]
June 1, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Amnesty International (AI) urged Iran on Saturday not to execute a political dissident convicted of "enmity against God." Gholamreza Khosravi Savajani was sentenced to death in 2010 on the charge of "enmity against God" for his alleged links with a banned opposition group, the People's Mojahideen ...[read more]
April 11, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
Experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) voiced concern on Thursday about the lack of medical treatment to two political prisoners in Iran who are at risk of dying in detention. The experts have urged the Iranian government to provide medical care to the two ...[read more]
March 5, 2014
by Brent Nesbitt
JURIST Guest Columnist Steven Zeidman of the CUNY School of Law argues that changes to solitary confinement laws present an opportunity to discuss larger issues with the prison system as a whole ...The recent agreement, growing out of the case of Peoples v. Fischer, reached by the New York Civil ...[read more]
February 21, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
New York has agreed to reforms that would reduce the use of solitary confinement and ban solitary confinement for prisoners under 18 years old, according to court documents released on Wednesday. Under the agreement, the state will immediately halt the use of solitary confinement for youth, ...[read more]
February 4, 2014
by Ian Everhart
Representatives from the Abolitionist Law Center joined JURIST podcast moderator Ian Everhart to discuss their efforts at reform in the Pennsylvania criminal justice and prison system in this episode. ALC Executive Director Bret Grote and ALC staff attorney Dustin McDaniel shared information about ...[read more]
January 30, 2014
by Sean Gallagher
Representatives from the Abolitionist Law Center joined JURIST podcast moderator Ian Everhart to discuss their efforts at reform in the Pennsylvania criminal justice and prison system in this episode. ALC Executive Director Bret Grote and ALC staff attorney Dustin McDaniel shared information ...[read more]
January 6, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday demanded that Louisiana state officials immediately release former Black Panther Albert Woodfox, who has been detained in solitary confinement since 1972 after being charged and convicted of fatally stabbing a prison guard. Authorities first moved Woodfox to ...[read more]
October 23, 2013
by Bradley McAllister
UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez on Tuesday encouraged governmental review of the UN Standard Minimum Rules for Treatment of Prisoners adopted in 1955, with particular emphasis on limiting solitary confinement. Mendez noted the rules fail to keep pace with international human rights ...[read more]

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