Barack Obama: Why we must rethink solitary confinement

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  1. shadowraiths

    shadowraiths LISK Liaison, Verified Forensic Psychology Special Moderator

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    [color=#0080000]In 2010, a 16-year-old named Kalief Browder from the Bronx was accused of stealing a backpack. He was sent to Rikers Island to await trial, where he reportedly endured unspeakable violence at the hands of inmates and guards — and spent nearly two years in solitary confinement.

    In 2013, Kalief was released, having never stood trial. He completed a successful semester at Bronx Community College. But life was a constant struggle to recover from the trauma of being locked up alone for 23 hours a day. One Saturday, he committed suicide at home. He was just 22 years old.[/color]​

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  3. shadowraiths

    shadowraiths LISK Liaison, Verified Forensic Psychology Special Moderator

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    More links:

    Before the Law: A boy was accused of taking a backpack. The courts took the next three years of his life. (The New Yorker)

    Kalief Browder, Held at Rikers Island for 3 Years Without Trial, Commits Suicide (The New York Times)
     
  4. kimi_SFC

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    Thank you for starting this thread, shadowraiths. I remember when Kalief's story was first publicized -
    truly tragic! :rose:

    I hope this thread opens up a thoughtful dialogue on the subject.



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  5. wendybtn

    wendybtn Active Member

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    Why is Obama singling out this one niche of criminal law when the entire 1993 sentencing guidelines need to be re-written? The case he is referring to sounds more like a NY DOC problem, where charges should have been brought against individuals or the DOC as a whole.
     
  6. shadowraiths

    shadowraiths LISK Liaison, Verified Forensic Psychology Special Moderator

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    Have to start somewhere. This particular issue is as good as any. Especially since solitary confinement affects so many (the accused, criminals and the mentally ill) in both federal and state prisons.
     
  7. wendybtn

    wendybtn Active Member

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    Since only Congress can change or write laws, do you think Obama will get this done, when he has not managed to do anything constructive with Congress for the last seven years? Sometimes I even like an idea I hear him speak about, but he never gets anything done.
     
  8. Betty P

    Betty P Active Member

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    The right to put prisoners in solitary confinement while in prison isn't written into law. It's done at the discretion of the prison. Since Obama is in charge of the Executive Branch, he can make changes on his own where the federal prison system is concerned.

    ETA: According to the link at the top of this thread, Obama already has issued new guidelines for solitary confinement in federal prisons. Good for him. The FBI will monitor it's application in federal prisons. Hopefully, it will serve as a guideline for state and other prisons.

    http://www.justice.gov/restrictivehousing

    If abuse continues in state prisons, he has other options available.
     
  9. bluesneakers

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    NAMI Applauds President's Call to "Rethink" Solitary Confinement


    Why so many people with mental illnesses are in prison is another question, but this is something.
     
  10. bluesneakers

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    I just read this about Indiana:

    Indiana to provide treatment to mentally ill prisoners under settlement

     
  11. katydid23

    katydid23 Verified Juanette

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    Why was he put in solitary confinement? They don't usually do that unless they need to protect the inmate, because of crimes they are accused of, OR to protect others from them, because of their violent behavior. So why did he spend 2 yr in solitary over a backpack? THere has to be more to this story.
     
  12. bluesneakers

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    There's a lot more. You should read the article.
     
  13. BayouBelle_LA

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    He was in solitary confinement for fighting. Every time he was released from solitary confinement he would be sent back soon after for fighting. FWIW his brother advised him to get himself sent to solitary confinement if he didn't feel safe.
     
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    Montjoy Inactive

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    There is more to the story than what you've stated. Have you read any of the articles linked here?
     
  15. katydid23

    katydid23 Verified Juanette

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    Yes, I read the first article linked and it said nothing about WHY he was in solitary.
     
  16. bluesneakers

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    How a routine traffic stop turned into six months in solitary confinement

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    This is long, but it's a well-written and worth the read.
     
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    UN Report Compares Solitary Confinement Practices in the U.S. and Around the World


    Report: Seeing into Solitary: A Review of the Laws and Policies of Certain Nations Regarding Solitary Confinement of Detainees

    More at both links.
     
  18. Elley Mae

    Elley Mae The enemy is here. beware

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    I don't see that he killed himself because he spent 3 yrs in prison, three yrs after he got out, what i see is he was going back to prison as to why he killed himself. Jmo
     

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