Most House Republicans Vote to Let Schoolchildren Be Held Down, Tied Up, and Put in Solitary Confinement

CHILDREN IN LOCKDOWN On Wednesday afternoon, the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 4247, the  Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act (now being called the Keeping All Students Safe Act), by a vote of 262-153. In the final vote count, 238 Democrats and just 24 Republicans voted for the bill, while 8 Democrats and 145 […]

Maine's Solitary Confinement Bill: Another Test of Our Tolerance for Torture

For those of us who believe that long-term solitary confinement is cruel and unusual punishment and often qualifies as torture, what happens in the Maine State Legislature in the coming weeks matters just about as much as what happens in the U.S. Justice Department concerning the torture that took place the Bush Administration. So while everyone seems to be talking about the […]