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  • Solitary-1
    Following the death of two prisoners at New York City’s Rikers Island facility, we look at mounting pressure on jails and prisons to reform their use of solitary confinement. A corrections officer was arrested last week and charged with violating the civil rights of Jason Echevarria, a mentally ill Rikers prisoner who died after eating a packet of detergent given to him when his cell was flooded with sewage. It was the first such arrest...
    Apr 01, 2014 | Story
  • Hikers
    In a Democracy Now! special, Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal recall their harrowing ordeal as American hikers imprisoned in Iran. Detained after setting out on a hike in the summer of 2009 in Iraq’s Kurdish region near the Iranian border, Bauer and Fattal were held for 26 months, while Shourd — now married to Bauer — was held for 13 months, much of it in solitary confinement. The three tell their story in a new memoir, "A...
    Mar 18, 2014 | Story
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    Tune in Tuesday when we’ll speak with Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal about their new book, "A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran." In the meantime, you can read an excerpt from Bauer about the day they were arrested.
    Mar 17, 2014 | Web Exclusive
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    Watch our extended interview with activist and scholar Angela Davis about the significance of the Oscar-winning film, "12 Years a Slave," the use of solitary confinement in prisons, and the global movement to challenge the expansion of immigrant detention. [includes rush transcript]
    Mar 06, 2014 | Web Exclusive
  • Drones
    Watch the 20 most-viewed Democracy Now! segments on our website.
    Dec 31, 2013 | Web Exclusive
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    After close to 42 years in solitary confinement, Herman Wallace is free.
    Oct 03, 2013 | Columns & Articles
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    A dying prisoner has been released in Louisiana after serving nearly 42 years in solitary confinement, longer than any other person in the United States. Herman Wallace and two others, known as the Angola Three, were placed in solitary in 1972 following the murder of a prison guard. The Angola Three and their supporters say they were framed for the murder over their political activism as members of one of the first prison chapters of the Black...
    Oct 02, 2013 | Story
  • Wallace2
    UPDATE: Angola 3 member Herman Wallace died early today, on Friday October 4, just three days after being released from prison in Louisiana after 42 years in solitary confinement.
    Oct 01, 2013 | Web Exclusive
  • Henry2
    We broadcast from New Orleans, Louisiana, the heart of the world’s prison capital, where more people are behind bars any other state per capita — an incarceration rate 13 times that of China. Louisiana also ranks among the highest in the country in terms of the number of people per capita who are exonerated after serving years in prison for crimes they did not commit. We are joined by Henry James, the longest-serving prisoner to be...
    Sep 30, 2013 | Story
  • Wallace
    Angola prisoner Herman Wallace is dying of liver cancer after 42 years in solitary confinement. A member of the so-called Angola Three, Wallace and two others were in jail for armed robbery, then accused in 1972 of murdering a prison guard at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, known as Angola prison. The men say they were framed because of their political activism as members one of the first prison chapters of the Black Panther Party. Wallace’s...
    Sep 30, 2013 | Story