This is a very real story about a man currently imprisoned, who began a pen pal relationship with planet
, a website that began documenting and
the work of Enceno Macy, a pseudonym
created to protect him from retaliation in prison, one the article does not mention by name.
It's very touching to say the least, and brings to light the hidden life of America's prison population hidden away in isolation and solitary
confinement. This story was picked up today by a website named solitary watch
, which then released the story
about Macy's life behind bars in seclusion.
Life in solitary confinement is very taxing on the psyche and human condition in general. So much so that the American friends
has recently printed and distributed a
) for individuals to cope and overcome
conditions in solitary confinement.
The manual is written by people who have and are undergoing solitary confinement. It is also dedicated to the all courageous individuals occupying
penitentiaries across America, and to the memory of all who died in the isolation cages. It gives a brief description of how confinement units began
and underlines conventions setup through the (pdf) United Nations
forbids any punishment intentionally designed to inflict severe physical or mental pain and suffering. The use of isolation units are also in direct
violation of UN CPR
The stories coming out of prisons is horrific and needs to be told. In an article published in the Boston review
in 2000, told the story of Mike James who was being held in a super max prison, and his story of how correctional officers use cell extractions to
intimidate and wrangled prisoners into complete and utter submission. In the article
is available to view that was leaked out of the Maine state prison in Warren, which demonstrates the intense and shameless acts perpetrated against
Little has been done to end these atrocious acts in prisons. However on
June 19 2012
, many activists and supporters descended on
Capital Hill for a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, convened by
subcommittee chairman Dick Durbin.
What becomes of this hearing and it's outcome and effects upon solitary confinement remains to be seen, but through the grim and darkness there is
Senate hearings explores the
exorbitant cost of incarceration
Solitary confinement facts
(pdf) In a time of broken bones
edit on 14-8-2012 by Daedal because: Edit