Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges meets with ex-prisoner Ojore Lutalo and rights advocate Bonnie Kerness to discuss abuse in U.S. penitentiaries.
The work is part of a campaign for prison reform, band member Nadya Tolokonnikova (pictured) tells Truthdig.
"Today even harsher prison conditions [exist in the U.S.]" than those that led to the New York prison rebellion that left 29 prisoners and nine hostages dead, says Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges in a recent episode of "On Contact." He is joined by author Heather Ann Thompson.
What happened to that bipartisan push toward reform?
Federal prisoners would be scored according to their risk of recidivating. Those who got high scores would be ineligible for sentence reduction.
As architects consider a ban on designing death chambers and a major pharmaceutical company stops selling drugs for use in executions, Washington sits on its hands when it comes to reform.
After 19 years behind bars, including seven in solitary confinement, the best-selling author works for criminal justice reform—and for those he left behind.
And there’s something in it for everybody—safer streets, children with a second chance in life and even lower taxes.
Kiriakou opposes torture and went to prison for exposing it. Now he is working to reform the American security state. The former CIA officer explains how to Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer.
Survivors call solitary confinement “living death.”