Seven months after 22-year-old Lonnie Hamilton’s death by suicide in solitary confinement at an upstate New York prison, officials from both the Department of Corrections and the State Commission of Correction, a regulatory agency, have refused to release any information about the inmate’s mysterious death.
Venida Browder, whose son Kalief committed suicide last year after being detained at Rikers Island for three years without a conviction, died on Friday at age 63 from complications of a heart attack. Her lawyer, Paul Prestia, told the New York Daily News that he believed she “literally died of a broken heart.”
After her supporters and legal team were unable to reach her for six days, Chelsea Manning has been located alive. Her attorney Nancy Hollander says she was being kept in solitary confinement, apparently for an unspecified disciplinary infraction.
On Monday, President Obama announced an executive order banning solitary confinement for juvenile offenders.
On Wednesday, New York State correctional system announced an upcoming overhaul of their solitary confinement process. As one of the largest prison systems in America, this move could signal a trend for the rest of America, if shifts go according to plan.
USA Today’s Kevin Johnson has followed the lives of nine inmates who were all released from solitary confinement on the same day in 2002. All of the men were felons, Texans, and while all of them hoped to remain out of prison, none of them were given a transition period between “the box” and the street. Now, 13 years…
Chelsea Manning, a transgender US army soldier currently serving a 35-year-sentence for sharing government secrets with WikiLeaks, has been threatened with indefinite solitary confinement for several completely innocuous, scarily trumped-up “violations.”