Out of solitary confinement, yet the struggle continues

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June 9, 2019 by socialaction2014


“Virginia Torture Chamber” – Art: Peter Kamau Mukuria (Comrade Pitt), 1197165, Red Onion Prison, P.O. Box 1900, Pound VA 24279

by Comrade Pitt

After seven years of being warehoused in Virginia’s Solitary Confinement under the most restrictive status, never knowing when I would be released, I have finally been released into General Population. This would not have happened had I not been named plaintiff in a federal class action lawsuit filed by Virginia’s ACLU in partnership with the White and Case law firm seeking to end Solitary Confinement at two maximum security prisons – Wallen’s Ridge and Red Onion state prisons – which for years have been disguising the practice of Solitary Confinement under a rehabilitation program titled “Challenge Series Step Down Program.”

Warehousing prisoners in a single cell for 22-24 hours a day for years with no release in the foreseeable future is, according to the U.S. Supreme Court…

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