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July 14, 2012
Your recent editorial about the use of disciplinary and administrative segregation in Maryland prisons reflects the challenges I have experienced in attempting to secure data about solitary confinement in the state ("Torture by another name," July 8). As a member of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, which is addressing this issue across the nation, our team has found from our work in other states that reducing the population in solitary confinement - or isolation, as it is often euphemistically called - can result in considerable cost savings, less recidivism and a decrease in violent or suicidal behavior.
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April 3, 2014
Anyone concerned by the use of solitary confinement in Maryland should look at what happens to juveniles charged as adults in Harford County ( "Isolated confinement," March 31). These kids are all held in either isolation (24-hour lockdown) or segregation (23-hour lockdown) for months or even years on end. Robert Richardson spent 10 months in isolation, followed by 14 months in segregation. One has to wonder if these kids take plea deals, at least in part, to escape the rigors of isolated confinement.
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NEWS
July 23, 2012
Your editorial about solitary confinement in Maryland's prisons mischaracterizes how Maryland utilizes inmate administrative and disciplinary segregation ("Torture by another name," July 7). State regulations make it effectively impossible for Maryland's prisons to hold inmates in solitary confinement. In Maryland, an inmate can only be placed in isolation for up to 48 hours, and even this can be done only in consultation with medical and mental health professionals. Inmates with mental disorders cannot ever be placed in isolation.
NEWS
April 2, 2014
Your discussion about studies of solitary confinement in Maryland reminded me of a situation my wife and I observed during our prison ministry ( "Isolated confinement," March 31). There was an inmate who had confided to authorities about certain illegal behaviors by prison personnel. The state, to protect him, had to put him in solitary confinement in another unit to avoid retribution by prison personnel. This kind of situation probably doesn't happen often, but it does show a use of solitary confinement that people don't think about.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Theater Critic | March 11, 1992
Washington-- A good mystery-thriller needs two basic components. It should fool you (that's the mystery part), and it should scare you (that's the thriller part). In addition, if it's a stage play, it needs one thing more -- spine-tingling acting.Rupert Holmes' "Solitary Confinement," at the Kennedy Center on an extended pre-Broadway tour, isn't particularly frightening; there are more thrills and chills in Washington rush-hour traffic. But the play does have a humdinger of a twist. And best of all, it has a virtuoso performance by Stacy Keach as an eccentric, reclusive tycoon named Richard Jannings.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Theater Critic | March 11, 1992
Washington A good mystery-thriller needs two basic components. It should fool you (that's the mystery part), and it should scare you (that's the thriller part). In addition, if it's a stage play, it needs one thing more -- spine-tingling acting.Rupert Holmes' "Solitary Confinement," at the Kennedy Center on an extended pre-Broadway tour, isn't particularly frightening; there are more thrills and chills in Washington rush-hour traffic. // But the play does have a humdinger of a twist. And best of all, it has a virtuoso performance by Stacy Keach as an eccentric, reclusive tycoon named Richard Jannings.
NEWS
March 31, 2014
In January, Rick Raemisch was brought shackled and handcuffed to a state penitentiary in Colorado and deposited in a 13-by-17-foot cell with nothing in it except a bed, toilet and sink screwed to the floor. His restraints were removed, the door slammed shut behind him and then he was alone. Mr. Raemisch had committed no crime. He was, in fact, the recently appointed head of Colorado's corrections department, and as he later wrote in a New York Times op-ed, he hoped that by putting himself in an inmate's place he might get "a better sense of what solitary confinement was like, and what it did to the prisoners who were housed there, sometimes for years.
NEWS
July 8, 2012
Officially, the state of Maryland does not hold any of the 22,000 inmates in its prison system in what is called "solitary confinement," a cruel form of extreme punishment that isolates certain prisoners from any contact with other human beings, sometimes for months, years or even decades at a time. In fact, the term "solitary confinement" doesn't even appear in the state regulations governing prisoner treatment, nor is it anywhere mentioned in guidelines issued by theU.S. Department of Justicefor the federal Bureau of Prisons.
NEWS
April 2, 2014
Your discussion about studies of solitary confinement in Maryland reminded me of a situation my wife and I observed during our prison ministry ( "Isolated confinement," March 31). There was an inmate who had confided to authorities about certain illegal behaviors by prison personnel. The state, to protect him, had to put him in solitary confinement in another unit to avoid retribution by prison personnel. This kind of situation probably doesn't happen often, but it does show a use of solitary confinement that people don't think about.
NEWS
By Moscow Bureau | October 8, 1993
MOSCOW -- The men who challenged Boris N. Yeltsin for the rule of Russia spent yesterday in solitary confinement, dining on a first course of cabbage soup and a second of herring and potatoes.Parliament Chairman Ruslan I. Khasbulatov, Vice President Alexander Rutskoi and their four-member "Cabinet" are being held in Lefortovo Prison, built in 1880 and once a symbol of Soviet secret police (KGB) terror.One of the Cabinet members -- Viktor Barranikov -- was until a few months ago Mr. Yeltsin's KGB chief.
NEWS
March 31, 2014
In January, Rick Raemisch was brought shackled and handcuffed to a state penitentiary in Colorado and deposited in a 13-by-17-foot cell with nothing in it except a bed, toilet and sink screwed to the floor. His restraints were removed, the door slammed shut behind him and then he was alone. Mr. Raemisch had committed no crime. He was, in fact, the recently appointed head of Colorado's corrections department, and as he later wrote in a New York Times op-ed, he hoped that by putting himself in an inmate's place he might get "a better sense of what solitary confinement was like, and what it did to the prisoners who were housed there, sometimes for years.
NEWS
July 23, 2012
Your editorial about solitary confinement in Maryland's prisons mischaracterizes how Maryland utilizes inmate administrative and disciplinary segregation ("Torture by another name," July 7). State regulations make it effectively impossible for Maryland's prisons to hold inmates in solitary confinement. In Maryland, an inmate can only be placed in isolation for up to 48 hours, and even this can be done only in consultation with medical and mental health professionals. Inmates with mental disorders cannot ever be placed in isolation.
NEWS
July 14, 2012
Your recent editorial about the use of disciplinary and administrative segregation in Maryland prisons reflects the challenges I have experienced in attempting to secure data about solitary confinement in the state ("Torture by another name," July 8). As a member of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, which is addressing this issue across the nation, our team has found from our work in other states that reducing the population in solitary confinement - or isolation, as it is often euphemistically called - can result in considerable cost savings, less recidivism and a decrease in violent or suicidal behavior.
NEWS
July 8, 2012
Officially, the state of Maryland does not hold any of the 22,000 inmates in its prison system in what is called "solitary confinement," a cruel form of extreme punishment that isolates certain prisoners from any contact with other human beings, sometimes for months, years or even decades at a time. In fact, the term "solitary confinement" doesn't even appear in the state regulations governing prisoner treatment, nor is it anywhere mentioned in guidelines issued by theU.S. Department of Justicefor the federal Bureau of Prisons.
NEWS
July 27, 2011
Photo credit: Reuters With a year to go until the London Olympics, organizers are promising to take another look at whether a solitary terrorist could cause tragedy. From the AP : At least 93 people were killed when a Norwegian with right-wing views set off a bomb in Oslo and went on a gun-rampage at a youth camp. Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson says "we need to see what the direct cause of that is, but that will always cause anybody to look and to re-examine their own security plans.
NEWS
May 5, 2006
Even four and a half years later, America's desire for vengeance against those cold-blooded killers of Sept. 11, 2001 is still palpable. But with mastermind Osama bin Laden still at large, and captured plotters being held beyond reach of the judicial system at least until interrogators are through with them, federal prosecutors sought to make would-be hijacker Zacarias Moussaoui a proxy target for revenge. He willingly obliged by displaying himself as a contemptible and darkly twisted character.
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By Robert Benjamin and Robert Benjamin,Beijing Bureau of The Sun | August 15, 1991
BEIJING -- A leading imprisoned Chinese dissident, Chen Ziming, began a hunger strike yesterday to protest the squalid conditions of his solitary confinement cell, friends of his family said last night.It was not clear whether Wang Juntao was carrying out a threat to start his own hunger strike for the same reason, according to friends of both men's families.The two dissidents have been labeled by the government as the masterminds behind the June 1989 pro-democracy protests.The uncertainty over Mr. Wang's situation arose in part because both his wife and Mr. Chen's were barred by prison authorities this week from monthly visits, the friends said.
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By Stephen Hunter | March 28, 1992
MOVIESBut it's funny"White Men Can't Jump" isn't a great movie, and in fact it's sloppy and ragged, but it's great fun as it follows the fortunes of a salt-and-pepper basketball team playing the mean brand of macho intimidation and backdoor moves on L.A.'s scary playground courts. Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson, good athletes, sell the jock part of the roles well, and their spatting is always profane and frequently funny. Rated R. If all the phrase "folk music" brings to your mind is acoustic guitars and "Tom Dooley," perhaps it's time you discovered Sweet Honey in the Rock.
NEWS
August 5, 2005
IT'S A GOOD thing the Justice Department is investigating the troubled detention wing at the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center. Just Wednesday, a detainee was hospitalized after another youth hit him with a chair, causing severe injuries to his face, eye and neck. The children at the city's detention center are not yet guilty under the law - they are waiting to appear in court to answer charges. Some are there because their parents haven't yet been found to pick them up. They are not there to be brutalized, or to be taught further criminal behavior, though that is what continues to happen, according to state monitors' reports, defense attorneys and advocates.
NEWS
March 31, 2005
AT THE RELATIVELY new juvenile holding tank at the Baltimore Juvenile Justice Center, where the staff is supposedly freshly trained in best practices and state law, children have been badly, apparently illegally, treated. At the well-established Alfred D. Noyes Children's Center in Rockville, there are new reports of the old, familiar "fight clubs," as well as allegations that a staffer ran a gang -- with shame and physical abuse as hazing -- in one of the units. Apparently, not much has changed as the Ehrlich administration rolls into its third year of juvenile justice "reform."
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