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Hell Is A Very Small Place

Author : Jean Casella
ISBN : 9781620971383
Genre : Social Science
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The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture has denounced the use of solitary confinement beyond fifteen days as a form of cruel and degrading treatment that often rises to the level of torture. Yet the United States holds more than eighty thousand people in isolation on any given day. Now sixteen authors vividly describe the miserable realities of life in solitary. In a book that will add a startling new dimension to the debates around human rights and prison reform, former and current prisoners describe the devastating effects of solitary confinement on their minds and bodies, the solidarity expressed between individuals who live side by side for years without ever meeting one another face to face, the ever-present specters of madness and suicide, and the struggle to maintain hope and humanity. These firsthand accounts are supplemented by the writing of noted experts, exploring the psychological, legal, ethical, and political dimensions of solitary confinement, and a comprehensive introduction by James Ridgeway and Jean Casella. Sarah Shourd, herself a survivor of more than a year of solitary confinement, writes eloquently in a preface about an experience that changed her life.

Hell Is A Very Small Place

Author : Jean Casella
ISBN : 9781620971376
Genre : Law
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The UN Special Report on Torture has denounced the use of solitary confinement beyond 15 days as a form of cruel and degrading treatment that often rises to the level of torture. Yet the United States holds more than 80,000 people in isolation on any given day. Now, for the first time, the founders of Solitary Watch have collected a dozen first-hand accounts of life in solitary confinement. These first-hand accounts are supplemented by the writing of noted experts, exploring the psychological, legal, ethical and political dimensions of solitary confinement.


Author : Sharon Shalev
ISBN : 9781134026678
Genre : Social Science
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This book examines the rise and proliferation of 'Supermaxes', large prisons dedicated to holding prisoners in prolonged and strict solitary confinement, in the United States since the late 1980s.

Solitary Confinement

Author : Jimmy Tarrant
ISBN : 9781607917359
Genre : Religion
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From the pits of addiction to the mountain tops of recovery, come take a journey with an ordinary man named R. J.. Gain a deeper understanding of the heartache and pain caused by pornography use, and how it causes people to isolate themselves from what they really need to recover. Find hope for true freedom and release from solitary confinement. "This book not only reveals the truth of consequences, but also the hope that comes from God and His precious word. I commend this book to you without hesitation and ask that you give it careful consideration as to how God can set you free." Frank S. Page - Pastor, First Baptist Church Taylors, SC, former President of the Southern Baptist Convention "Jimmy Tarrant has given a great gift to Christian men who need someone to say something helpful about the subject of pornography on the Internet." Marion D. Aldridge - Coordinator, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina "Tarrant offers hope, healing strategies, and scriptural encouragement to believers and non-believers seeking recovery from the pains and false promises of living with 'secret sin'." Edward H. Hammett - Author of Spiritual Leadership in a Secular Age, Professional Certified Coach "Jimmy's book helped me better understand the struggle men have with pornography; I could feel the anguish and heartache of R. J.." Connie Tarrant - Author's wife Having served as a youth minister, campus minister, and senior pastor, Jimmy Tarrant has over 25 years of ministerial experience. Currently, he is teaching high school math while working to start a new church (The Journey Community Church) in upstate South Carolina. He and his wife, Connie, are getting ready to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. The couple has two beautiful daughters, Gabrielle and Michaela. In his spare time, Jimmy is an avid fisherman.

A Sliver Of Light

Author : Shane Bauer
ISBN : 9780547985534
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Three young Americans describe the time spent in captivity in Iran's infamous Evin Prison after they unknowingly crossed the border while hiking on vacation and were accused of espionage by Iranian Border Patrol. 30,000 first printing.

Total Confinement

Author : Lorna Amarasingham Rhodes
ISBN : 0520240766
Genre : History
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"Ethnographically rich, thick with gritty details and original insights, Rhodes's revelatory book about US prisons--those who are incarcerated in them and those who run them--should be read by everyone who cares about social justice and the nature of power."--Emily Martin, author of Flexible Bodies "Thank you, Lorna Rhodes, for taking us to where the 'worst of the worst' are kept out of sight and out of mind in the new millennium. This powerful ethnography of the correctional high tech machine reveals how institutional power suffocates individual agency and redefines rationality and insanity. Good, bad and evil fall by the wayside."--Philippe Bourgois, author of In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio "A truly remarkable book. The inside look at supermax confinement alone is worth the price of admission, and the prose sometimes verges on poetry. This is meticulous scholarship."--Hans Toch, author of Living in Prison

Behind The Walls

Author : Jorge Antonio Renaud
ISBN : 9781574411522
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Written by a Texas inmate trained as a reporter, this book gives practical advice on how inmates live, eat, play, work, and die in the Texas prison system. It spotlights the day-to-day workings of the Texas Department of Criminal Justicewhat's good, what's bad, which programs work and which ones do not, and examines if practice really follows official policy. While the book is meant to be a primer for those with loved ones in prison, it should be required reading for any attorney involved in criminal law.ā€¯Texas Lawyer de Novo Magazine


Author : Terry A. Kupers
ISBN : 9780520292239
Genre : Prisoners
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"When I testify in court, I am often asked: 'What is the damage of long-term solitary confinement?' . . . Many prisoners emerge from prison after years in solitary with very serious psychiatric symptoms even though outwardly they may appear emotionally stable. The damage from isolation is dreadfully real." --Terry Allen Kupers Imagine spending nearly twenty-four hours a day alone, confined to an eight-by-ten-foot windowless cell. This is the reality of approximately one hundred thousand inmates in solitary confinement in the United States today. Terry Allen Kupers, one of the nation's foremost experts on the mental health effects of solitary confinement, tells the powerful stories of the inmates he has interviewed while investigating prison conditions during the past forty years. Touring supermax security prisons as a forensic psychiatrist, Kupers has met prisoners who have been viciously beaten or raped, subdued with immobilizing gas, or ignored in the face of urgent medical and psychiatric needs. Kupers criticizes the physical and psychological abuse of prisoners and then offers rehabilitative alternatives to supermax isolation. Solitary is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the true damage that solitary confinement inflicts on individuals living in isolation as well as on our society as a whole.

A Question Of Freedom

Author : Dwayne Betts
ISBN : 9781101133361
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A unique prison narrative that testifies to the power of books to transform a young man's life At the age of sixteen, R. Dwayne Betts-a good student from a lower- middle-class family-carjacked a man with a friend. He had never held a gun before, but within a matter of minutes he had committed six felonies. In Virginia, carjacking is a "certifiable" offense, meaning that Betts would be treated as an adult under state law. A bright young kid, he served his nine-year sentence as part of the adult population in some of the worst prisons in the state. A Question of Freedom chronicles Betts's years in prison, reflecting back on his crime and looking ahead to how his experiences and the books he discovered while incarcerated would define him. Utterly alone, Betts confronts profound questions about violence, freedom, crime, race, and the justice system. Confined by cinder-block walls and barbed wire, he discovers the power of language through books, poetry, and his own pen. Above all, A Question of Freedom is about a quest for identity-one that guarantees Betts's survival in a hostile environment and that incorporates an understanding of how his own past led to the moment of his crime.

Buried Alive

Author : Jan Bondeson
ISBN : 039332222X
Genre : Medical
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Speculating that one out of a hundred people were buried alive a century ago, this fascinating book uses folklore, history, and literature to explore the nineteenth-century fears associated with this disturbing fact. Reprint.

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