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Tag: Cruel And Unusual Punishment

Truthdiggers of the Week: Inmates and Lawyers Against Solitary Confinement

A 2011 hunger strike by California convicts attracted the attention of human rights advocates, and that led to an extraordinary alliance. If this group of lawyers and prisoners has its way, the barbaric conditions in our prisons will come to an end.

Posted on Aug 22, 2015 READ MORE

AP/Trent Nelson

A Simple Fix for Our Execution Problem

Shortages of lethal drugs are causing executions to be botched in horrible ways, but the resulting public outcry could help clear a path to a lasting, moral solution.

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE

AP/Rich Pedroncelli

Truthdiggers of the Week: Lawyers Representing California Hunger Strikers

Hunger-striking inmates seeking an end to California’s use of solitary confinement concluded their two-month protest Thursday, three days after state lawmakers pledged to hold legislative hearings on conditions in the state’s maximum security prisons.

Posted on Sep 8, 2013 READ MORE

AP / California Department of Corrections

Cleaning Up California’s Cruel Prison System

Much as it did with the South regarding segregated schools and other public facilities in the Jim Crow days, the Supreme Court has ordered a recalcitrant California to obey the Constitution.

Posted on May 25, 2011 READ MORE

Rob Shenk (CC-BY-SA)

Supreme Court Orders California to Lose as Many as 46,000 Prisoners

California’s overcrowded prisons have “fallen short of minimum constitutional requirements,” causing “needless suffering and death,” according to a 5-4 majority of the U.S. Supreme Court. The state, which imposes draconian sentences on repeat offenders, must now find a way to reduce its prison population by at least 38,000 inmates.

Posted on May 23, 2011 READ MORE

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