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Survivors of Solitary Confinement

Saturday, July 13, 2013 By Staff, Making Contact: National Radio Project | Radio Report
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President Obama declared that “we have banned torture without exception.” However, some would take exception to this claim. The practice of isolating a person in solitary confinement for extended periods of time causes severe sensory deprivation and has been denounced as torture by the United Nations. But tens of thousands are locked up in solitary confinement in American prisons.

Producer Claire Schoen met nine formerly incarcerated people, who described what it’s like not to talk to or touch another person, for years at a time. Listen as they explain the conditions driving 30,000+ people to hunger strike right now  in California’s prisons.

Featuring:

Hakeem Shaheed, Laura Whitehorn, Robert Dellalo, Bilal Sunni Ali, Munirah El Bumani, Ray Luc Levasseur, Tommy Escarciga, Diano King ArchAngel Rodriguez, and Robert King Wilkerson, solitary confinement survivors; Teresa Vaughn, mother of son who died in solitary confinement.

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Survivors of Solitary Confinement

Saturday, July 13, 2013 By Staff, Making Contact: National Radio Project | Radio Report
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President Obama declared that “we have banned torture without exception.” However, some would take exception to this claim. The practice of isolating a person in solitary confinement for extended periods of time causes severe sensory deprivation and has been denounced as torture by the United Nations. But tens of thousands are locked up in solitary confinement in American prisons.

Producer Claire Schoen met nine formerly incarcerated people, who described what it’s like not to talk to or touch another person, for years at a time. Listen as they explain the conditions driving 30,000+ people to hunger strike right now  in California’s prisons.

Featuring:

Hakeem Shaheed, Laura Whitehorn, Robert Dellalo, Bilal Sunni Ali, Munirah El Bumani, Ray Luc Levasseur, Tommy Escarciga, Diano King ArchAngel Rodriguez, and Robert King Wilkerson, solitary confinement survivors; Teresa Vaughn, mother of son who died in solitary confinement.

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

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